Deck the halls - it’s coming! The 2nd Annual Great West Life Spirit of Christmas Celebration.

The Spirit of Christmas takes place November 29th to December 1st.

The free community celebration taking place from November 29 to December 1st on the University campus features concerts, Christmas craft sales, an outdoor theatrical nativity presentation with live animals, and a variety of activities for children and adults. Positioned as the kick-off event to Christmas in the Valley - an extensive television, radio and print cross-marketing campaign aimed at promoting and positioning the Fraser Valley as a Christmas destination for lower mainland families - the University estimates that 10,000 people will make their way to the campus this year.

This year, a second evening has been added allowing for even more opportunities for the community to enjoy the festivities. In the true spirit of Christmas, the event is not only entertaining but also highlights the needs of the Salvation Army. Throughout the Celebration there will be opportunities to support the charity through their red kettle appeal. Other events that have been designed to creatively raise funds for the Army include a Christmas tree decorating contest that is open to the public, rental of craft tables at the craft sale, and Langley's Oh Christmas Tree Farm will be on hand selling trees and will donate five dollars from every tree sold to the well known charity.

Television personalities Suzanne Smith and Randall Mark from CHNU 10, (formerly known as Omni Television), will co-host the kick-off event on Thursday evening. Says Smith, "There are so many festive activities and events to enjoy for the holidays, taking place in the valley. CHNU and the Christmas In The Valley community cooperative are pleased to partner with first class attractions such as The Great West Life Spirit of Christmas benefiting the Salvation Army."

Plans are in full swing to transform the University in the next few days into a winter wonderland. Volunteers including TWU staff and faculty will be joining together and stringing lights on the campus, setting up Christmas trees and other event particulars and the volunteering won't end there. More than 50 student volunteers will also extend the "Spirit of Christmas" into the community on December 1st helping string lights in Williams Park. Keith Miller, Recreation Programmer with the Township of Langley who producing the Christmas in Williams Park says, "Without our many volunteers and the volunteers at Trinity Western University this event would not be possible. I'm very thankful to all of who are assisting us to make Christmas at Williams Park successful."

SOC-jazzMichael Wipf, Producer of the Spirit of Christmas says, "This is our biggest and most involved event yet. We have some superior entertainment coming that showcases how talented the Fraser Valley is. We have a new and fresh Living Nativity which will be sure to bring smiles to faces as audiences take in the outdoor performance. And we have a large base of volunteers making this Celebration and others in the community possible. It's great to see an event such as this pull the community together on so many levels. People will really want to make The Great West Life Spirit of Christmas Celebration a destination this holiday season."

There are still a few spots for groups and corporations to get in on the Spirit of Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army. Decorated trees will be judged in a variety of categories, such as most creative, most beautiful, best representative of a department in a business and best representative of a business or group. For more information contact Shirley Busby at Trinity Western University Tel: 604- 513-2121 Ext. 3909.

To view a full schedule and learn more about the Great West Life Spirit of Christmas Celebration log on to or call the hotline at 604-513-2006.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.


Last Updated: 2007-12-20
Author: Erin Mussolum