Families braved a wet and blustery Sunday afternoon to welcome the holiday season – and Santa.
Oak Bay Avenue was packed with singing and dancing children and families who counted down the lighting of the thousands of twinkling lights, plus Santa’s arrival on an Oak Bay fire truck.
Hosted by the Oak Bay BIA, the annual light up features a host of activities on the avenue, including street hockey, crafts and entertainment from Daniel Lapp, Dustin Bentall, Colleen Eccleston, Oliver Swain and others.
Event MC Bill Murphy-Dyson led the afternoon’s activities that also featured the culmination of the recent Nutcracker contest in the Village.
This year’s contest, held in conjunction with Dance Victoria in anticipation of the coming performance of Nutcracker by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, had a romantic theme. The contest appropriately ended on stage Sunday with a mock “marriage proposal” from the Nutcracker Prince to the Sugarplum Fairy, performed by Airi Miyata, from Victoria Academy of Ballet.
Miyata will be performing the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker at Victoria Academy of Ballet’s Candy Cane Performance, Saturday, Dec 17 at the Metro Theatre.