Ladysmith getting ready for huge light-up

The Ladysmith Festival of Lights Society is celebrating the 28th anniversary this year of Light-Up night on Thursday, Nov. 26.

The Ladysmith Festival of Lights Society is celebrating the 28th anniversary this year of Light-Up night on Thursday, Nov. 26.

“The hillside community of Ladysmith transforms into a magical place of thousands upon thousands of sparkling and twinkling lights as we prepare for the 2015 holiday season,” said event coordinator Dianne Edwards in a press release.

Those thousands and thousands of lights also draw thousands and thousands of visitors to the town.

“In 1987, Bill Fitzpatrick first considered the concept of stringing a few lights on local business buildings to draw some attention to the approaching holiday season. He could never have imagined how his small idea has now become a yearly event for over 20,000 visitors,” the press release reads.

There, they can enjoy a community spaghetti dinner at the Eagles Hall that starts at 3 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children eight and under. At the same time, the Christmas Craft Fair at Aggie Hall begins.

There is entertainment on the stage and in front of Aggie Hall from 4-6:15 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m. Santa arrives and flips the switch on the light display, followed immediately by the start of the Kinsmen Parade along First Avenue.

After the parade finishes make your way to Aggie Hall for the light up of the Chuck Perrin Christmas Tree and a fireworks demonstration.

First Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic for the festivities, beginning at 3 p.m. Parking is at a premium and there will be shuttle buses from Transfer Beach and the churches at the north end of 4th Avenue.

For more information, call 250-245-5888 or see www.ladysmithfol.com