Tsawwassen is renowned for getting an enviable amount of extra sunlight as compared to neighbouring cities in the Lower Mainland, but even Sunny Tsawwassen can't control the early darkness of winter.
Thankfully, the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Assocation (TBIA) has continued a twinkling tradition for the past 22 years, stringing up 50,000-plus LED lights of ruby reds, beautiful blues and emerald greens all around town.
"We want our residents to feel that same 'Sunny Tsawwassen' sense of warmth and glow that the lights bring us during the Christmas and holiday season," says TBIA executive director Lydia Elder.
More than 750 strings of lights have been hung on trees, lamp standards and other objects around Tsawwassen, with each string containing as many as 70 bulbs.
Staff at the TBIA check every string of lights to ensure they're all lit up. It's a lot of work but the result is as colourful and magical as Christmas itself!
This year, the TBIA has increased the amount of lights it puts up and included new areas, such as the treet lamps outside The Wexford on 56th Street and 18th Avenue. There are also some strings that will be kept in place permanently, to keep that inviting light year round.
Elder says nothing beats the feeling of coming home after a long day of dreary winter weather to be greeted by the cozy and welcoming boulevard of twinkling lights on 56 th Street.
"It’s always brought a smile to my lips and helped me unwind from the frenzied pace of the rest of the Lower Mainland. I can relax back into that sense of being home."
The best places to see the lights is uptown, along 56th Street from Highway 17 to Winskill Park, and along 12th Avenue's most bustling businesses. Whether walking or driving in the area, the scene is a feast for the eyes.
While you're in the area enjoying the winter wonderland, be sure and check out the local businesses for Christmas gifts or ideas.
"When folks shop local in our corner of Delta here in Sunny Tsawwassen, they get to continue to experience that sense of warmth with personalized customer service in the shops, boutiques, cafes, and salons and spas that make our community so unique," says Elder.