Santa is scheduled to arrive in the Platzl at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Santa is scheduled to arrive in the Platzl at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Platzl Lights Up this Saturday

It’s certainly beginning to look at lot like Christmas outside as the snow piles up early this year.

But that creates a perfect backdrop for Light Up festivities in the Platzl this Saturday evening.

The Light Up weekend begins with a Countdown to Christmas evening shopping event. Twenty-four downtown businesses will be open late this Friday evening, so head down and check out what local merchants have to offer. With Kimberley’s eclectic mix of small retail businesses, you are bound to come across gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else.

“This is a fun evening, maybe aimed to adults without their kids along,” says the Chamber’s Mike Guarnery.

On Saturday, Light Up begins at 6 p.m. with the Kimberley Community Choir providing holiday music to set the scene.

This is the first opportunity to take a look at all the holiday lights in the Platzl, and of course, an opportunity for the kids to see Santa.

Santa’s arrival is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. As is traditional, he will arrive on Kimberley’s fire truck. The Platzl will light up right after the big guy’s arrival.

Then it time for pictures with Santa. The Chamber will have John Allen on hand to take pictures, though you are encouraged to take your own as well. Photos will be printed and available for pickup at the Chamber after November 21.

Hot chocolate will be available by donation from the Kootenay Dance Academy.

“This is a big fundraiser for them. They do great stuff so we encourage you to support them by buying a hot chocolate,” Guarnery said.

Platzl Light Up has been growing in recent years.

“It has been drawing huge crowds,” he said. “Last year we had close to 800 people. Temperatures are forecast to be just below zero so the weather will be nice. It should be a couple of beautiful days, with shopping on Friday and then a nice evening Saturday to welcome Santa to Kimberley.”