The Shawnigan Alliance Church is offering a live nativity show Dec. 21. (Citizen file)

The Shawnigan Alliance Church is offering a live nativity show Dec. 21. (Citizen file)

Coming up in Cowichan: Family fun at an arena near you; live Nativity and more

Free Christmas Family Skate at Kerry Park Sunday

There will be a free Christmas Family Skate at Kerry Park Arena on Sunday, Dec. 15, with hour and a half long sessions.

The arena will be transformed with lights, trees, and decorations. Bring your family and enjoy the on-ice activities and toboggan run, or warm up around the fire. Santa will stop by for a special visit and bring treats for the little ones. The event is open to “children” of all ages. Admission is free, but tickets are required. This event does sell out so please get your tickets in advance. Tickets will be ready for pick up Monday, Dec. 2 at Mill Bay Thrifty Foods, Shawnigan Lake Community Centre, or Kerry Park Recreation Centre.

This event is generously sponsored by Thrifty Foods Mill Bay and Island Savings Credit Union.

Sessions run from 1-2:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.

Consider a gift for a therapy horse this Christmas

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to gatherings with family and friends, delicious meals, glittering decorations and colourfully wrapped gifts. This is true for everyone involved with CTRA and the association’s equine friends are very much part of the equation. They deserve a treat too! These dedicated animals work hard all year round, providing services for many in the community.

If you are in the giving spirit this season, please consider a donation to Santa’s Neigh Sleigh. A donation to CTRA makes a heartfelt gift for your loved ones, especially those who are hard to buy for. Everyone loves the good feelings from helping others.

Funds raised in this campaign go directly to the care and feeding of the therapy horse herd.

• $25 buys a “holiday dinner” (feeds a horse hay for about a week)

• $100 buys new “party shoes” (a visit from a farrier that lasts six weeks)

• $500 buys a new “winter wardrobe” (a new blanket to keep a horse warm and dry)

Donations of any amount can be made online through Canada Helps, or through the CTRA office (250-746-1028/info@ctra.ca). Donations to CTRA in honour of someone else make great gifts and a custom card, or photo opportunity can be arranged for the gift.

Live Nativity at Shawnigan Alliance Church Dec. 21

The Shawnigan Alliance Church is inviting everyone to the Live Nativity show on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The show tells the traditional story of events surrounding the birth of Jesus. This year Shawnigan Alliance Church will be using the script Too Busy.

The show is done outdoors and involves live animals. Inside the church there will be homemade cookies, hot chocolate and carol singing. There will also be crafts for kids to take home.

“Every year we have around 100 volunteers who all grab an end; serving and showing the community the story of Christmas,” said Deborah Gammer, the church’s office manager, of the event which is a holiday favourite for many.

There are two chances to catch the show on Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1603 Wilmot Ave., just up from Shawnigan village.

Free Winter Wonderland skate in Duncan Dec. 21

There will be a free Winter Wonderland Skate at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Our arena will be filled with lights, decorations, and holiday music. There will be arts and crafts for the kids and tons of exciting activities on the ice, including the always popular crazy carpet slide. Sit down and warm up around the on-ice fireplace. Santa Claus will stop by to say hello and give out treats to the little ones. This event is free but tickets are required. Tickets will be available for pick up at the Cowichan Community Centre starting Nov. 14.

This event is generously sponsored by Tim Hortons.

Hour and a half sessions run from 12:30-2 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.