Lights, action, camera! No, there isn’t a movie being shot in Sooke. It’s the annual Festival of Trees light up, Santa Parade and all the good folks taking pictures of the action during the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 4.
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is busy getting the world out about their annual holiday events.
“The chamber is Santa’s helper,” says Kari Osselton Sooke Region Chamber manager. “We’re helping Santa get ready for the festive season.”
The first event is the Sooke Festival of Trees which opens on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at both SEAPARC and the Prestige Oceanfront Resort. Local businesses and organizations have decorated Christmas trees and people who view them can vote for their favourite when they offer a small donation.
The Sail Past, which is the lighting of all types of vessels in the harbour, is cancelled this year. But you can still see all the lights. Take a walk through some of the neighbourhoods to see them or take a drive around town.
Then on Friday, Dec. 2 many of the shops and stores in Sooke will remain open for late night shopping, all in a effort to encourage people to shop local this holiday season.
The biggest event for the kids is the Santa Parade taking place on Sunday, Dec.4.
Osselton said there are close to 20 entries so far, with more wanting to get involved.
“There is everything from a lady with a pony to a cement truck to The Q Boom Box to walking groups to mini trucks,” said Osselton. “Mayor and council are taking part as well.”
Santa, as usual, closes the parade. The chamber will be having hot dogs for those watching the parade and hot chocolate and baked treats will be available along Sooke Road at Modern Mortgage.
The parade begins at 3 p.m. at Sooke Elementary School and ends by the post office.
“We’re all excited, it should be lots of fun,” said Osselton.