A look at the latest: Agassiz Harrison holiday events to take you into 2019

A bite-sized look at local news and community events happening in Agassiz and Harrison. Have a mini story to share? Email nina.grossman@ahobserver.com or call (604) 796-4302.

CP Holiday Train

Like the yearly journey of the jolly man himself, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is set to roll across the Lower Mainland in the coming weeks, and on Monday, Dec. 17 at 5:05 p.m. the train will come to a stop across from Agassiz’s Agricultural Hall.

Thousands come out each year to watch the arrival of the festive locomotive and the holiday entertainment it provides during its 30-minute stop. This year Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown will be providing a performance sure to warm the hearts of crowds that brave the winter evening weather.

The CP Holiday Train provides donations to every town it visits, and Agassiz Harrison Community Services’ Food Bank will be on site to collect the donation that helps it provide services for the coming months.

Since 1999, the program has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food. Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

Related: Gallery: CP Holiday Train rolls through Agassiz

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Community Christmas Dinner

Why have only one Christmas dinner when you can join the community for a delicious meal and a chance to give back?

On Dec. 19, the Agassiz Fire Department will host the annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Agricultural Hall. A ticket will get you into the hall to enjoy a turkey and ham buffet meal with all the fixings catered by Lori’s Catering.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Pioneer Motors or the Agassiz Harrison Observer office. A limited amount will be available at the doors. Registered food bank clients can pick up free tickets at Agassiz Harrison Community Services (AHCS).

All proceeds benefit the AHCS food bank. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner is served from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Related: Agassiz fire hall takes on Christmas dinner

The Great Christmas Rescue

Only the Agassiz Library could create a Christmas reading adventure!

‘Brave kids’ aged eight to 12 are invited to join the Agassiz Library for ‘an interactive storytelling adventure to help find Santa and save Christmas.’

The program is held Dec. 15 from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. and Dec. 18 from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Anyone interested is asked to contact the library at (604) 796-9510 to register. Space is limited.

A Christmas Carol

No, not the kind with Scrooge! The kind sung by more than 100 Agassiz Harrison singers, filling the Agricultural Hall with the sweet sounds of the holidays and the original Christmas story.

On Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. head to the hall for the 51st annual Community Carol Festival and be delighted by performances from the 50-person mass choir, the Agassiz Elementary Secondary School’s band and local school choirs.

Sit back and enjoy the melodies or join in on some of the traditional songs yourself. There’s almost no excuse not to sing during the final performance of Silent Night.

Donations for the local food bank will be accepted at the event.

Related: Fifty years of Agassiz carols

Blue Christmas

Christmas is a time for joy, togetherness and giving, but for many it brings up feelings of loss or loneliness.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. the Agassiz United Church will host its ‘Blue Christmas,’ an event for those seeking a quiet, contemplative Christmas service.

The United Church’s Blue Christmas offers support and hope to those whom Christmas brings a sense of sadness or deepens the struggle of living with illness, change or loss.

Grieving, mindfulness and contemplation are encouraged at this unique service, open to all.

ACE Christmas breakfast

The Agassiz Centre for Education (ACE) has one strong belief about the holidays – that no one should be alone on Christmas morning – especially seniors.

Since 2011, ACE has been making that belief a reality by putting on a Christmas morning breakfast with donations and volunteers from across Agassiz and Harrison. A breakfast buffet and gifts from Santa make Christmas morning a special day for the seniors and volunteers who come to the Legion at 8 a.m. the morning of Dec. 25.

A recent plea for an early morning chef was answered, and ACE is happy to report that its Christmas breakfast is on! Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Agassiz Library or local Legion.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Anyone who wants to contribute can email ACE administrator Sandy Balascak at ace@sd78.bc.ca.

Related: Students, volunteers prepare for Christmas morning at the Legion

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Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Band performed on the CP Holiday Train’s stage’s during it’s 2017 stop in Agassiz. The train is returning on Dec. 17 with performances by Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown. (File Photo/Greg Laychak)

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