Steveston is preparing to welcome the Christmas season with a community display of lights, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and the arrival of Santa.
On Saturday Dec. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m., the festive celebrations - organized by the Steveston Merchants Association - will begin with the Steveston-style arrival of Santa by boat at Fisherman's Wharf.
After being welcomed by the Fraser River Fiddlers, Santa will walk over to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery where parents can take a photo of their child with the jolly old elf himself.
Adding to the charm will again be the old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the afternoon, and Musically Yours, a trio of carolers, will be roaming the streets and singing at the lighting of the tree.
Merchants participate by decorating their storefronts for the judging of the Best Decorated Business, as well as adding special incentives for customers and passers by.
The finale of the afternoon, when the sun goes down, will be the lighting of the grand sequoia tree in front of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery with a turn of the magic candy cane by the city's mayor.
For the full schedule, go to www.exploresteveston. com