Doc The Barber prepares a smores station outside her haircutting business on Friday night during Moonlight Madness. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Doc The Barber prepares a smores station outside her haircutting business on Friday night during Moonlight Madness. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Holiday cheer spreads rapidly

Abundance of community events every weekend

It’s already been a wonderful start to the holiday season in Chemainus the last two weekends and we’re just now getting into December.

The Chemainus + District Chamber of Commerce Christmas Market was nearly two weeks ago already, but really captured the essence of the holidays to get everyone into the festive feeling well ahead of time after the COVID restriction doldrums of 2020 and 2021.

The great thing about the market is it offered a little something for all ages and a great way for families to spend time together. It took a combined effort, not only from Chamber members, but also other service clubs and volunteers to make it truly special.

It didn’t hurt that the day was clear and cold, either. It brought that small town winter atmosphere more reminiscent of most other parts of Canada that we seldom experience here, but it provided a nice touch.

The addition of the Rotary Club of Chemainus’ smores tent certainly proved to be a big hit as well. It’s one of those little things that everyone loves: sitting around a fire or a fireplace, toasting your marshmallows and then putting it together into an ooey, gooey treat.

Safe to say, the smores tent is now a fixture for the Rotary Club to identify with and president Doc The Barber utilized it again outside of her business during the Chemainus Business Improvement Association’s Moonlight Madness shopping and eating event that followed last Friday night.

There was a big lineup outside the Chemainus United Church to kick things off that afternoon for its Everything Christmas event that featured superb home baking, Christmas decorations and some holiday music within the church.

Last weekend also marked the dates for popular craft fairs at the Chemainus Fire Hall and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 191 Chemainus Hall as well as happenings around the Village Square complex.

And it’s all not over yet, folks, not by any means. This weekend’s menu features Little Town Christmas, the Chemainus Elementary School Winter Market and Sunday’s Crofton For Christmas parade.

Community spirit is what it’s all about and this Christmas season has already established itself as one of the best for everything coming together so well in a long time.

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The upstairs room in the Chemainus United Church was packed with Christmas items and plenty of customers eager to look over the selection. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The upstairs room in the Chemainus United Church was packed with Christmas items and plenty of customers eager to look over the selection. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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