Posts Tagged ‘LIGHTS’

lp_sinter_2006_009_smallest.jpgI’ve attended the Lynden Lighted Christmas Parade several times, and it was worth standing in the cold each time. In fact, standing in the cold is part of what makes a Christmas parade special. Think, A Christmas Story, haloes of steam around everyone’s head in the crisp frosty air, Ralphie chomping at the bit because he wants to petition Santa for a Red Ryder B.B. Gun. Take a big thermos of something hot along, and dress warm, and you’ll be just fine. And pray that it doesn’t rain.

Each time, afterwards, I went out for a late bite to eat – which always seems to top something like that off, for me.

Be sure to visit the Lynden website – they have a complete list of Christmas activities occuring throughout the day, including the arrival of Sinterklaas.

  • What : A host of holiday activities, culminating in the lighted Christmas parade.
  • When: Saturday, December 6, 2008. Parade begins at Fairway Center, Lynden, 6:00 PM

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Christmas Piggies @ Pike Place MarketEven the piggies get dressed up for Christmas at Pike Place Public Market

  • What: Beginning @ 12:00pm, Santa will be by the Market’s vintage truck. Come by and take your own photos of your family with Santa. In the afternoon there will be a Food drive for the Pike Market Senior Center. Contribute 5 cans of food and receive a free reusable Market shopping bag (one bag per person, available for the first 100 who donate). PLUS:  Kid’s crafts –  The third level, “Downunder,” will celebrate the day with “Deck the DownUnder,” as they decorate their storefronts and welcome the season – The Seattle Chamber Brass Quintet takes the stage from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The grand finale is the annual lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. A large tree will be lit on Pike Place, as well as lights on the Market’s buildings.
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 29, 12:00pm-5:00pm

The Author and Friends outside Pike Place Market, 2005Yours truly posing with friends outside Pike Place Public Market, Seattle, on a Christmas Past.

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Bright Nights, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.CThis would be an excellent opportunity to visit the absolutely fantastic Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park, as well.

  • When: Now through Jan. 3, 3:00-10:00 PM, daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • What: More than a million twinkling lights transform the forest, train and Children’s Farmyard. Explore the woodland paths leading to enchanting, animated displays and holiday sounds. A Christmas family tradition for over 20 years, the train wends its way through the forest past Santa’s workshop, an international village and the much loved Moose in the middle of the glistening waterway.
  • Cost: Admission to the plaza is free. Tickets to visit the children’s farmyard and ride the train: Adults – $7.50; Children, youths, and seniors (2-18) – $4.50. Tickets need to be purchased at least one day in advance of the day you plan to visit the attraction

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the website.

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Mr. ChristmasYuckIn fact, most of the ones I’ve looked at on the shelf bear a warning disclosing that handling the wires exposes you to lead. Interestingly, virtually all of the Christmas lights I’ve looked at were made in China. Along with 90% of everything-else-Christmas.

Easy solution: Wash your hands, very thoroughly, after handling Christmas lights. And it’s probably not a good idea to let the kids help with the lights, unless they wear gloves, or unless you’re certain that your lights are lead-free.

The following article comes from the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition:

Holiday Lights and Christmas Trees May Contain Lead

Children’s Health Environmental Coalition

If you’ve been shopping for holiday lights this season, you may have noticed a warning label on some of them stating that they may contain lead.

The warning is required by the State of California’s Proposition 65. This law requires a warning label on any product containing a substance known to cause cancer or birth defects that is sold in California. Lead is listed as a carcinogen, but it’s more widely associated with neurological damage.

Wire coating and cords are usually made of PVC plastic that may contain lead. Lead is used in PVC for several reasons. For wires and cords, lead makes the plastic more flexible and reduces the risk of fire. Lead is also used in many PVC products to stabilize the color. Lead in PVC products can disintegrate into lead-laced dust.

The labels began appearing on holiday lights, as well as on electronic equipment and cords on other consumer products such as hairdryers, after a number of lawsuits were filed by an environmental advocacy organization in California…. (read more)

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With a sweet prize package worth $3500. For more information, see KGMI.com.

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This is another event that I haven’t personally attended, but about which I’ve heard nothing but good reviews. I have been to Butchart Gardens, in Victoria, B.C., during the summer, and it was very impressive, as in “world class.” There’s every reason to believe that “The Magic of Christmas” is equally impressive.

The Butchart Gardens Website

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I’ve never been to “The Lights of Christmas” at Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center in Stanwood, WA, but I’ve heard that it’s something to behold.

All the information you need to know is located here.

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach

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