Moonlight Madness is on Friday, Nov. 26.

Moonlight Madness is on Friday, Nov. 26.

Moonlight Madness, the return of an old favourite event

A family-friendly, town-wide holiday shopping celebration

The annual Chemainus Moonlight Madness shopping event is back Friday, Nov. 26 from 4-8 p.m. after a one-year hiatus due to a change in COVID rules.

Boutiques, galleries, storefronts, restaurants and a variety of other shops will welcome the public for this one-day special event. Merchants will offer deep discounts in stores along with draws and giveaways. Stores will be hosting draws, prize giveaways and some will even have goodies. There’s something for all age categories with vast interests.

“We are so glad to see this back in town again,” said Krystal Adams, executive director for the Chemainus Business Improvement Association. “This event comes hot off of the heels of the highly successful Fall Festival event that happened on October 30th. We can’t wait to have the levity we felt with the Fall Festival come back into the town again.”

Santa will be staying at home as Mrs. Claus is not very excited about him being out so close to Christmas this year, but the event promises not to lose any of its charm.

“Even though Santa won’t be here, we are really excited to show you everything that will be,” said Adams. “The night is filled with shopping, eating, and winning. We are also doing a big prize basket that people who have purchased from contributing stores between 4 and 8 p.m. will have a chance to enter. This basket is amazing and is filled with a little of everything.”

The Holiday Passport continues this year and runs until Dec. 20. There are more than 50 participants, the highest yet. The idea is simple, making a purchase of $10 or more at any participating retailer will earn shoppers a stamp. Once shoppers have collected five stamps from five different businesses, they can enter to win a $250 gift card that can be used at any of the participating businesses.

“People look forward to this event, they wait for it,” said Adams. “And we couldn’t be more pleased with the amount of love and support local businesses are already getting from shoppers who want to save on gas and take advantage of the wonderful local small town shopping experience this holiday season.”

Friday’s Moonlight Madness takes place from 4-8 p.m. throughout Chemainus, including downtown, Chemainus Road and Old Town businesses.

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