Trail’s Silver City Nites light up tonight

The Christmas season will light up Trail tonight for the annual Silver City Nites celebration downtown.

The Christmas season will light up Trail tonight for the annual Silver City Nites celebration downtown.

A parade, entertainment, games and hot chocolate all come together to bring citizens into the downtown core.

The Silver City Nites Candy Parade kicks things off at 6 p.m. The parade will include the Trail ambassadors, the ATV club, floats, horses and will culminate with Santa Claus getting the traditional Trail honour of riding on a fire truck.

The route begins by the former Eagles Hall on Bay Ave., and proceed to Farwell St., to Cedar Ave., and on to Eldorado St., before finishing by the Fortis building on the Esplanade.

Throughout the crowd and throughout the night, students from J.L. Crowe will be dressed in Victorian-era clothes and add their interpretation to the evening.

Following the parade, activities will take place in an area on Cedar Ave. Featuring free hot chocolate and hot dogs served up by Local 480.

Two contests will be held for children – a gift wrapping race and blindfolded tree decorating.

Christmas carols will also be performed by students from St. Michael’s School.

Citizens are invited to bring donations to the Salvation Army food bank. Everyone attending the festivities will receive an entry for a turkey dinner draw and additional entries will be given to those bringing food bank donations.

A North Pole backdrop will be mounted on the CIBC Wood Gundy building at the corner of Cedar Ave., and Eldorado St., for people wishing to pose for a photo with the backdrop.

Downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shoppers looking for bargains.

Meanwhile, there will be free admission for children and students accompanied by an adult to the Trail Smoke Eaters game against the Langley Rivermen at the Cominco Arena.