Share your holiday light-up stories

Submit your favourite Christmas Festival memory and you could be plugging in the lights at the Oak Bay Light Up Nov. 29

  • Nov. 6, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Marking 15 years of light on Oak Bay Avenue, Oak Bay Village invites the community to celebrate – and become part of Christmas Festival history.

Share your favourite Christmas Festival memory and you could be plugging in the lights at the Oak Bay Light Up Nov. 29.

The best letter sharing an Oak Bay Christmas Festival story will earn the writer a gift pack from village businesses and the honour of plugging in the Christmas lights for the 15th annual light-up.

“It’s exciting to see how the Oak Bay Christmas Festival has grown over a decade and a half and we are looking forward to hearing about what has stood out for people as being extra special,” says Elizabeth Smith, Oak Bay Business Improvement Association president.

“The community is such a big part of the Christmas Festival, we couldn’t think of a better way to highlight that than have someone from the community turn on the lights to officially start the season.

Submit your Christmas Festival memory on the contest page at or in person at Athlone Travel.

It could be running into old friends at the festival, meeting Santa at Light Up,  the Parade of Lighted Trucks, Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk, an experience you had in a village shop during the Christmas season or even simply enjoying the Christmas lights on the avenue.

Letters will be posted online and selected letters will be published in the Oak Bay News. Winning letters, chosen by judges, will win gift packs from Oak Bay Village businesses. The public will also be able to vote for a Reader’s Choice letter at The contest is open from Nov. 6 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27. The winner will be notified Nov. 28 in time for Light Up, Nov. 29.

Click here to submit your entry.

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