Christmas? It’s busy!

  • Dec. 11, 2013 2:00 p.m.

The weeks leading up to Christmas are packed with events to get islanders in the spirit. It seems as though here on Haida Gwaii Christmas comes more than just once a year! The Masset Community Christmas Humbug will take place at the community hall tomorrow Fri. Dec. 13. Musicians and singers will perform holiday music and a group of 23 children will be acting out the play A Christmas Carol. Doors open at 6:30 pm, the festivities start at 7 pm and admission is by cash donation. Masset’s annual Christmas Craft Fair is taking place Dec. 14 (Sat.) at the community hall. Vendors will be selling holiday goods all day, from 10 am to 4 pm. On the other end of Graham Island that same day, the Queen Charlotte Christmas Gift Fair will be taking place at the community hall from 11 am to 4 pm. Gifts from home-based business, as well as artisans, will be available for purchase. Later that night, several island musicians will be performing at the Meegan’s Christmas Benefit Show in the apartment above the store. Doors open at 7 pm and admission is $10 and a non-perishable food item. All of the proceeds will be donated to food hampers. By the look of Santa’s figure, he sure loves to eat. Islanders can join him for breakfast Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Charlotte community hall. Admission is $5 per person, which provides pancakes, sausages, a beverage, a book,a treat and a photo with Santa. Doors open at 9 am. Bring your cameras. After breakfast, hop on the ferry and visit the Christmas market place at the Sandspit community hall. Vendors will have holiday merchandise available from 10 am until 2 pm. Nothing says Christmas like a Turkey Shoot! Sunday (Dec. 15) starting at 2 pm, islanders are invited to the Port Clements shooting range on Juskatla Road. Bring your own rifle, or use one of the club’s. A Christmas tree lighting will take place in Charlotte’s Spirit Square on Dec. 17 (Tues.) from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is sponsored by the Co-op and a special guest with a white beard and red suit will be attending. There will be a family dinner at Tahaygen Elementary in Masset on Wed. (Dec. 18) from 5 pm to 8 pm. That same night there will be a Community Christmas Dinner for those who reside in Sandspit. There are sittings at the community hall at 5 pm and 7 pm. Sign up sheets are located at SuperValu. Dec. 21 (Sat.) is the winter solstice, and a great day to spend with farmers and artisans at the Last Minute Christmas Craft Fair and Farmers Market in Tlell from 11 am to 3 pm. Just a few minutes drive away in Skidegate that day, is Christmas at the Haida Heritage Centre. Between 12 pm and 5 pm, visitors can peruse the gift shop and vendor tables, catch a movie or enjoy a meal at the bistro. The Living and Learning school has organized the annual Charlotte Christmas potluck for Sunday, Dec. 22. It will begin at 5 pm at the community hall. Attendees are asked to bring a prepared dish to share, a non-perishable food item to donate, as well as their own plates and cutlery. Turkey and ham will be provided. This event has been supported by the community club and funded by Gwaii Trust. Finally, welcome 2014 with the family at the Charlotte community hall Dec. 31 (Tues.).