Share the spirit this year in the heart of the Harbour City with Downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter’s holiday celebrations with the Santa Fly-in, Gingerbread Village, Indigenous storytellers,
choirs, free photos with Santa, late night shopping, and much more under the brand of “Winterfest”.
The neighbourhoods of downtown are coming together to attract families
to a total downtown shopping, dining, and relaxation experience. Streets and stores will be decorated for the season as part of this free event providing a place where families can create fun memories while supporting local businesses.
Shoppers are invited to participate in this year’s window display contest from November 21st until December 17th where they can vote online for their favourite shop’s seasonal decor. Cash prizes
will be awarded to a lucky shopper who votes on the display, to the shop with the display and to a charity.
“We’ve gained a reputation for attracting ‘the real Santa’
from the North Pole and downtown merchants are proud to offer photos with him for free – bring your phone”, according to organizers of Gingerbread Village, opening November 26 in the VICC when Harbour Air provides their annual Fly-In with Santa.
Photos with Pets are offered on Dec. 1 from 5-7 pm. Quiet Time with Santa for children with sensory challenges takes place on Dec. 11. Appointments for all visits are recommended. Photos with Santa for kids and pets are also offered at Heritage Mews on weekends
Indigenous story tellers will offer a couple of experiences in the Nanaimo Museum on Saturday afternoons starting Nov. 26, and there will be Magic Shows at Literacy Nanaimo
on Nov. 27 & Dec. 11.
Art lovers are encouraged to make their way downtown for ARTWALK on December 3 & 4, an annual event that involves all of downtown. And if you’re a night-time
shopper, get ready for the area’s late-night shopping event on December 9th.
Choirs and special events in the Old City Quarter, storytelling and puppet shows at the Museum and Literacy
Nanaimo and many more special attractions in Nanaimo’s heritage downtown shopping, dining and arts district are also offered.
Sponsored by the City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Hospitality
Association, Harbour Air, Western Forest Products, DenMar Electric, Coast Capital Savings and the Wave & Wolf.