Christmas Light Up planned for Cumberland
Cumberland council has agreed to block off Dunsmuir Avenue on Dec. 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. to accommodate the Christmas Light Up, a truck parade that Coun. Leslie Baird initiated five years ago.
Baird and the Light Up committee plan to make the event a little more elaborate this year by expanding the parade route.
Starting at 6 p.m. in Cumberland, trucks will pass along a stretch of Dunsmuir then head down the freeway to the ferry turnoff into Union Bay, drive through Royston into Courtenay, pass on to Comox and Lazo Road, then down Ryan Road into downtown Courtenay.
"We're inviting far more people than we ever have, including all the Campbell River truckers," said committee member Keith Tatton, owner at Cumberland Ready Mix. "It should be a much bigger do this year."
Cumberland Ready Mix has in the past decorated a mixer truck with thousands of lights. Because past parades ended quickly, the Ready Mix truck carried on to care homes, the hospital and Glacier View Lodge.
"It was extremely well-received," said Tatton, noting last year's truck had 12,000 lights and a booming sound system.
The 'Christmas cement truck' can be seen on You Tube.
The committee is asking the public to bring items such as shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste to fill boxes for the Comox Valley Transition Society.