Matsqui Community Hall (33676 St. Olaf Ave.) in Matsqui Village will be all lit up for the holidays starting Saturday, Nov. 28, and the public is invited to drive by to view it.
The lights are on every night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Santa will be at the hall every Friday and Saturday during those times for people to wave at as they drive by. His elves will be there with him to collect donations for the food bank and hand out candy canes.
The official lighting ceremony is on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. The display will run until Saturday, Dec. 19.
Many of the homes along St. Olaf Ave. will also be decorated.
The Light Up the Hall event is being coordinated by Matsqui Hall board member Cindy Rowell with the support of the hall’s board of directors, local residents, students from Matsqui Elementary, and local businesses. Fire Hall 4 will help to collect the food bank donations.
Rowell said they are grateful for all the support, as well as for the funding they received from the Neighbourhood Spirit Grant.
“Without them, this event would not happen. To see how the community has come together to bring this event to life is so satisfying,” she said.
She said the drive-by light display is a family event “that young and old can enjoy from the comfort of their car.”
“With our community hall being completely shut down, and all our community events cancelled, it is refreshing to be able to give back to our community and not just Light Up the Hall, but light up the village.”