Christmas

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Bah! Humbug! Italian bishop apologizes for telling kids Santa doesn’t exist

A Roman Catholic diocese in Sicily publicly apologized to outraged parents after…

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Giant Santas come to Grand Forks neighbourhood

The Santas are massive and somewhat costly, but neighbours say they’re worth it

(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Jennifer Bredl shared her festive dollhouse with the Second Hand Store and Sewing Centre in East Trail, a unique addition for the holiday season. Photo: Jim Bailey

Consider ‘new-to-you’ in the West Kootenay this Christmas

A great example is this wonderfully festive dollhouse on display at East Trail secondhand store

Jennifer Bredl shared her festive dollhouse with the Second Hand Store and Sewing Centre in East Trail, a unique addition for the holiday season. Photo: Jim Bailey
Winners from the 2020 contest. Photo: City of Castlegar

Make Castlegar merry and bright and win prizes

Join the Merry and Bright contest and light up Castlegar

Winners from the 2020 contest. Photo: City of Castlegar
An angel cutout hangs from a Christmas tree. Photo: Alicja/Pixabay

Christmas gift drives upcoming at Castlegar Rebels games

Fans attending upcoming Castlegar Rebels games will have a chance to participate

An angel cutout hangs from a Christmas tree. Photo: Alicja/Pixabay
This is the second year that COVID-19 will affect the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation’s annual Light Up campaign. Rosalie Ingham and Sue Raymer are pictured here at the 2020 pledge day. Photo: submitted

Castlegar Hospital Foundation Light-Up campaign focusing on new lab equipment

Annual Christmas fundraising campaign for Castlegar Health Centre kicks off

This is the second year that COVID-19 will affect the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation’s annual Light Up campaign. Rosalie Ingham and Sue Raymer are pictured here at the 2020 pledge day. Photo: submitted
Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

45 per cent prepared to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings: poll

Only 35 per cent said they would invite someone who is not fully vaccinated into their home

Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Santa will be visiting local children at their schools this year. Photo: Betsy Kline

No parade, but Santa is still coming to Castlegar

Santa Claus will visit local schools and daycare centres

Santa will be visiting local children at their schools this year. Photo: Betsy Kline
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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Tom Kline has been the pastor of Castlegar Baptist Church for 22 years.

Column: An unusual Christmas

Mary and Joseph found themselves alone and isolated on the first Christmas

Tom Kline has been the pastor of Castlegar Baptist Church for 22 years.
Betsy's Christmas tree. Photo: Betsy Kline

Personalized messages to Castlegar seniors from the community

Christmas wishes from the community to local seniors

  • Dec 25, 2020
Betsy's Christmas tree. Photo: Betsy Kline
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Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.

Do you remember Sparkle the Christmas Light?

Creator of popular 80s/90s light discusses item’s origin, wants to see it revived

Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.
The winner in the Castlegar News, City of Castlegar Making Spirits Bright challenge was Stan Folster at 2620 4th Avenue. See the full story and more photos on page 12. Photo: Jennifer Small

Castlegar goes all out for Making Spirits Bright challenge

Outdoor decorating challenge highlights Christmas spirit

The winner in the Castlegar News, City of Castlegar Making Spirits Bright challenge was Stan Folster at 2620 4th Avenue. See the full story and more photos on page 12. Photo: Jennifer Small
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Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking the jolly old man around the globe this Christmas

As with all things, the Santa tracker will look a little different this year

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The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Code Name: Big Red – B.C. soldier with NORAD helps Santa get around the globe safely

The annual NORAD Tracks Santa program features a soldier who grew up in Langley

The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Santa Claus cleared for arrival in Canada

The jolly old fellow is an essential worker

Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)

Nothing stops Santa from bringing joy to sick children – even with pandemic protocols

Santa sent gifts to Victoria General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

  • Dec 22, 2020
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)
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