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Old Time Christmas 2017 – Dec 8

Image courtesy of Michael Dean.

The Community is Invited!

Many stores open late from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 8th then Friday late night shopping on the 15th and 22nd!

Elf on the Shelf 2016

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Search for all the elves hidden in downtown Ladysmith stores at Old Time Christmas. There will also be horse and carriage rides, carolling, ‘smores at a firepit, candle lantern workshop, Santa visits, a live nativity, and child minding and crafts.

Elf on the Shelf

We look forward to having you!

For Businesses

For this year’s event, we are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks. Please let us know if you can help – we’d love to hear from you!

We are looking for sponsors to help cover some of our costs, including coordination, horse and carriage buggies, supplies, marketing, insurance and other incidentals.  Any sponsor will be promoted on our marketing material. If you would be willing to help us put this event on by sponsoring, please contact Tamara.

The Event Coordinator is Tamara Stone of Left Coast Fashions. You can contact her via email.

No dogs allowed on First Avenue during events per Town of Ladysmith Bylaw 1155.  Coastal Animal Control will be in attendance during this event.

What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the “Old Time Christmas” is to host a community event that is family friendly. To encourage residents to wander around, bumping into old friends and making new ones. And to visit their local businesses and “shop local” during the busy Christmas season as well as highlight the town of Ladysmith as a shopping destination within the region.

What does the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association do?

We promote the event through local advertising, our website, eNewsletter and Facebook page, posters, as well as print a promotional map of all the locations where events are happening and distribute them through schools and town. There will be a horse and carriage ride by donation, child minding provided by Oceanview Church, visits with Santa in his house, choirs singing, a nativity scene, a candlelight workshop, and the Elf on a Shelf campaign.

What can you do as  a Business?

We encourage businesses to host an event. In the past there has been popcorn given away, hot chocolate stations, crafts, in-store specials and so much more. Be creative… what can you do that will bring in people and expose them to your business at the same time? Give them a reason to come back! Please put your thinking caps on now.

This is open to all downtown businesses, with the exception of the Elf on a Shelf campaign. We would appreciate your membership as it would allow us to do more events like this. Please consider joining the LDBA, you can join online.

Elf on a Shelf (member-only benefit) is a treasure hunt! We provide you with an elf for your shelf and community members come in to find it. This year we will be placing a sign “Find an Elf on a Shelf in this business” on your doors, to make it easier for elf hunters to know which businesses are participating. The LDBA no longer provides candy to members for the Elf on the Shelf; members need to buy their own treats or stickers to hand out, if they wish.

The Elf on a Shelf campaign is an opportunity to showcase your business to the community – perhaps to people who haven’t been in your business before.

We are also asking business to stay open late until 8 p.m. on Fridays, December 15th & 22nd. If we build this up year after year, we will all be more successful at keeping people in town to shop. Sign up for late night shopping with Tamara and be included in our marketing.

Ladysmith’s Historic First Avenue Wins National Great Street Title

Ladysmith’s First Avenue wins national Great Places in Canada contest – Great Street!

First Avenue

Ladysmith, November 8, 2017 – Ladysmith’s beautiful and historic First Avenue has been selected by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) as Canada’s 2017 Great Street. The award was decided by a jury of certified planning professionals during the Great Places in Canada contest. CIP’s review of 17 submissions from across Canada was based on a set of criteria of planning best practices that considered social, economic, and accessibility and safety factors, and elements such as design, culture, history, and landscape.

Jury Statement

First Avenue exhibits all of the qualities one would expect from a great street: visually-interesting building facades, generous sidewalks, attractive landscaping and artistic details, places to rest, and places to gather.

This street, with its diverse mixture of local businesses, housing and services, has been a focal point of daily life for community members for more than a century.  Streetscape enhancements, heritage preservation, the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the many unique and publicly accessible festivals and events held throughout the year, are key ingredients to First Avenue’s success as a Great Street.

The jury acknowledges the community’s commitment to defining and celebrating First Avenue as the heart of Ladysmith’s downtown core.

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First Avenue

“We are absolutely thrilled the Canadian Institute of Planners has chosen First Avenue as Canada’s Great Street. This is an incredible honour for our community and showcases the pivotal role First Avenue has played in helping to shape Ladysmith’s identity as a charming, diverse and vibrant west coast community,” said Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone.

First Avenue

Great Places in Canada contest winners were announced on World Town Planning Day, an internationally celebrated day that recognizes the accomplishments of professional planners and their contributions to communities. Other British Columbia winning communities included Coquitlam, which was awarded Great Public Space for its Town Centre Park, and Main Street in Smithers, which received the People’s Choice: Great Street.

First Avenue

“The last time a B.C. community received the Canada’s Great Street honour was back in 2011. Winning this award for 2017 truly acknowledges our community’s commitment to defining and celebrating First Avenue as the heart of downtown Ladysmith and highlights the significance of this exceptional street and its importance to our community,” said Guillermo Ferrero, Town of Ladysmith City Manager.

Sidewalk Sale – Success!

On Sunday, August 27th, the downtown merchants had a sidewalk sale to coincide with Arts on the Avenue.

“The Sidewalk Sale was a success! I walked around on Sunday and visited all the stores that decided to be open that day.

“I saw lots of folks shopping, talked to store owners who were thrilled with the number of people in their stores and they were buying!

“I spoke to  people on the streets and ran into locals who were enjoyed walking First Avenue and seeing the stores open.

“I would like to thank all who participated in the Sidewalk Sale – your efforts in helping to create a shopping event downtown is appreciated.

“I would like to thank the marketing committee: Kathy Holmes, Paul Joy, and Frieda Douglas, for the signage, the buskers, and all the marketing you did to make this event successful.

“Thanks again for everyone’s effort. It was great fun strolling the Avenue on Sunday and seeing so much activity.”

Andrea Rosato-Taylor, President LDBA

Andrea Rosato-Taylor

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2017 Calendar of Events

We are listing some of the main events in town for the rest of 2017 that businesses can plan around.


  • Sat. 11th: Remembrance Day – Memorial Service
  • Thurs. 16th: Membership meeting @ 7:30 am (Waterfront Art Gallery)
  • Thurs. 30th: Light Up kicks off 30th Festival of Lights


  • Tue. 5th: Luncheon @ Cottonwood Golf Course
  • Fri. 8th: Old Time Christmas
  • Fri. 15th: Late Night Shopping
  • Thurs. 21st: no membership meeting
  • Fri. 22nd: Late Night Shopping