The seventh annual Christmas by the Lake, from Friday December 6th to Sunday
December 8th , is guaranteed to get you in the festive mood for yet another year. Indeed, there is no other event that can offer such a wonderful fun-packed weekend with something to entertain all family members, from the very young to those merely young at heart.
The sparkling-lit Christmas Village, a collection of festively adorned wooden booths, stands before the historic Silverton Gallery creating a unique, magical world of European yuletide cheer. Enjoy roasting bannock and chestnuts over the open fires and the evocative aromas of traditional Christmas cuisine as you wander through the village. Certainly, there will be plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink to savour and delight, ranging from numerous delicacies such as Gluehwein, bratwurst, crêpes, soup, European Stollen and more. Within the gallery itself there will be over 30 local artisans offering an appealing range of quality Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Happily, one of the most popular attractions for the smaller folk will be returning this year. Celebrated Peter Vogelaar will be sculpting his magnificent, legendary ice slide. Also glass blower Dan Farden from Ourglass Studio, Nelson.
Once again, you can watch other traditional craft artists at work. New this year is Patrick McIvor from Dancing Scot Forge. He is a traditional blacksmith and will demonstrate his skill on Saturday and Sunday. Returning to Christmas by the Lake is Dan Farden, a professional glass blower from Ourglass Studio, Nelson.
Of course Santa will be taking a break from his busy schedule to visit Christmas by the Lake and will arrive on Saturday at noon to have his picture taken with the many children present. The Grinch and Gingerbread Man will also be visiting. Other children’s attractions include a contest to win a Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera (contestants must be 16 years and under). The challenge will be to locate a picture, depicted on the contest form, somewhere within the Christmas by the Lake grounds.
By popular demand, the Christmas card and cookie decoration workshop will also be returning.
A glittering array of splendid entertainment is scheduled over the weekend, beginning with the Fireside Choir on Friday evening singing traditional Christmas carols. The Sturday afternoon starts with the Slocan Valley Community Band at 2pm, followed by Felicity Gerwing and the Mental Health Club of Slocan at 3pm, and the local musicians Leah Main and Michael Dorsey at 4pm.
The Sunday starts with the gendary Lucerne School Kids Choir at 11:30 am, followed by Hank Hastings and his accordion at noon.
There will be another highligt on Sunday, when Melissa McCready & Shannon Moldenhauer (Mots and Oats) perform at 1 pm.
Christmas by the Lake festivities begin Friday afternoon at 4 pm, followed by the lighting of the Christmas Village and the tolling of the bell at 5pm when the New Denver Royalty will launch Christmas by the Lake. Bring the family to this full weekend event that offers a truly unique opportunity to experience the magic and charm of an enchanted European Christmas celebration, reminiscent of a German Christmas market or Dickensian faire.
Admission and entertainments free.
Free shuttle from Nelson to Silverton on Saturday, December 8th.
Christmas by the Lake 2013