Christmas is just around the corner (press here to comment)


Christmas Wreath
Christmas Wreath

Well, here I am sitting at my laptop thinking about all the things I have to do to get ready for the Christmas season. It seems that most of us are guilty of preparing earlier and earlier for the festive season.

As I travel throughout Bay Roberts and area I see houses decorated and trees decorated and lit. Is this because everyone likes the warm cozy feeling we all get this time of year or is it that they like all the chores and preparations over and done with before the Christmas rush is upon them? Maybe it is a bit of both, the malls get so crowded and the lines are so long this time of year AND the weather has been so mild they would be fools not to take the opportunity to decorate their lawns in the comfort of the current temperatures. For whatever the reason, it is very evident that Christmas is indeed right around the corner.

The Bay Roberts Festival of Lights

Planning for this year’s festival has almost concluded, most of the preparations are ongoing and will be finished (with any luck) on Friday. The launch of the biggest Christmas Festival in Newfoundland and Labrador will take place this Monday at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex. Last year saw thousands of people from all over the region gather for our largest opening ceremonies/tree lighting in the history of Bay Roberts. For those of you who could not make it please take the time to get out and witness this community event, please make the effort, you will not be disappointed.

Some of the special features of the opening are the Illumination Parade, a night time parade of children and bright floats that make their way from Amalgamated Academy to the Complex, the children love it and it is a sight to see. Other attractions of course are the school choirs, a visit from Santa, family fireworks and last but certainly not least is the lighting of the Christmas Park. Our park is unique and one of only a few in Atlantic Canada. Click on the youtube link for a closer look at the park

as well, for a look back at a past Festival of Lights check out
or visit for a full events list for Christmas 2008.

In the coming weeks I will be writing blogs on Advent ,the Christmas season, Tibb’s Eve and the Christmas Song top ten (Newfoundland addition) Once again I will be looking for your input into the greatest Newfoundland Christmas songs of all time.

One last note

Last week I traveled to Springdale for meetings with the Newfoundland and Labrador Economic Developers Association. The meetings were productive and educational (of course) but what made the event amazing were the accommodations. Some of the lucky ones of the association got to stay at the Riverview Inn

Riverview Inn, Spingdale
Riverview Inn, Spingdale

This is a 4 ½ star facility nestled on the banks of the Indian River in scenic Green Bay, Springdale Newfoundland. I researched the Inn before travelling there to ensure the stay will be a pleasant one. That was an understatement, from the moment I drove up the quaint roadway to my first site of the building I knew I was in for a treat. The rooms were huge and tastefully decorated with modern yet rustic appeal, the customer service of Danny and Susan was fantastic, from the min I arrived I was called by my first name and was told that they saved my dinner for me as I arrived a little late. I was also pleasantly surprised with their food, both meals were wonderful, it was easy to tell they were made from scratch, their desserts were also made “in house” and were delicious. It has all the amenities needed for meeting or events and I would recommend it highly for your next trip to the Springdale area. Thanks Todd for reserving my room!! To take a look at this gem of a facility or to book a getaway, visit:






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