GETAWAY GRINCH – The Grinch and Max got stuck in the Tim Hortons Santa Claus Parade while trying to escape with stolen Christmas lights

Cold can’t keep Lacombians down

The Lacombe Express has written a few editorials detailing how the City is an incredibly generous community with great community spirit.

The Lacombe Express has written a few editorials detailing how the City is an incredibly generous community with great community spirit. But it’s something that can’t really be overstated.

We often see Lacombians demonstrate their incredible community spirit by donating generously to local charities. Another way Lacombians commonly demonstrate community spirit and their love for Lacombe is by attending the different celebrations and festivals held in the City throughout the year.

Lacombe proves it has a vibrant arts community every spring with the Encore Art Sale and Celebration. Each summer, Lacombe’s Canada Day celebrations and the Lacombe Days Festival are well attended, hugely successful and awaited with much fanfare. Lacombe’s fall festival, the Culture and Harvest Festival, continues to grow each year as well.

In the winter, Lacombe enjoys the Light Up the Night Festival, a celebration which has grown tremendously in its four years of existence. What began simply as an evening for local businesses to offer extended hours to holiday shoppers has grown to include a Christmas concert, Santa Claus parade, light up ceremony for an incredible display, Lumenight, world record attempts and of course, fireworks.

Unfortunately many of this year’s Light Up the Night events were cancelled due to cold weather concerns. Still, the cold weather and snow could not prevent the Tim Hortons Santa Clause Parade.

Last week, families still lined the streets to watch the bright floats pass through the City and stand by to see the impressive lights display come to life. Despite the incredibly bitter cold, Lacombians still came out to celebrate with their community and show their spirit.

It was actually quite a pleasant scene. Parents walked in place and hopped up and down to stay warm while their children entertained themselves waiting for the parade to arrive by playing in the snow.

That being said, it was still freezing during the parade as well and to say the hand warmers handed out by AFSC and the bowls of hot chili available from the First Lacombe Scout were appreciated would be an understatement.

One might wonder why a community would go through so much discomfort just to see a parade. To that we would answer – you  clearly haven’t seen Lacombe’s parades.

And that is another reason why Lacombe has great community spirit, the City and other organizations that put on these events make it easy for us. Not only was the Time Hortons Santa Claus parade bright and wonderful, but so was the incredible light display at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, which never ceases to impress.

That is why next year, no matter how cold it is, all of Lacombe will be out to take in the festival again too.

 

Just Posted

Details of Mr. Big sting operation discussed in Castor-area triple homicides

Klaus confesses to arranging murders, says Frank pulled the trigger

Red Deer Royals see over 1,000 letters of support for funding

MP Blaine Calkins to make an appeal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Man who stopped impaired school bus driver honoured

Red Deer’s Kurt Stenberg receives Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Award for Bravery

Missing Ontario man may be headed to Red Deer

Police are searching for Tyler Haney, who may be in the area to find work

WATCH: Lacombe voters eager to get to the polls

Lacombe voters are out today to decide who will represent their interests in the community

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

Bank of Canada cautious of future rate hikes

The Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low- inflation risk

London theatre received allegations against Kevin Spacey

The theatre said Thursday the 20 allegations deal with incidents between 1995 and 2013.

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

Da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record $450M

The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one a few paintings by Leonardo known to exist

Loblaws closing 22 stores, launching home delivery ahead of ‘difficult year’

“We are excited about our future. But…we expect 2018 will be a difficult year,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO.

Ban moves ahead in B.C. against same real estate agent for buyer and seller

New real estate consumer protection rules to take effect in March

Indigenous youth deaths preventable, B.C. coroner says

Trauma, mental illness, drugs and alcohol major factors

Most Read