Winter is coming — and Downtown Courtenay is celebrating the launch of the season with its annual Moonlight and Magic celebration Nov. 23, with a Viking twist.
There will be merchant and dining specials all day long, then from 5-9 the street celebration begins. Cool shopping specials combined with hot grog tents, live music, DJ’s and roving performers, pop up parties, Viking Strength Exhibition, a fiery dance spectacle, face painting, kids craft tents, Viking Costume Contest and more. Costumes are optional. Head into the heart of the Comox Valley to celebrate the coming winter season.
Official Tree Lighting at 5:30
Join the Canadian Military Wives Choir and special guests for the annual Downtown Courtenay Tree Lighting at the corner of 5th and England. Choir performs from 5:10-5:30. Then head into the streets for a night of eating, drinking, shopping, and celebrating with friends and neighbours.
Merchant Specials Throughout Downtown
Get a head start on the seasonal shopping. Downtown Courtenay is filled with exciting and innovative small businesses with unique gift ideas. Shop local, support the Viking Village. From clothing, jewelry and outdoor gear to books, pottery, toys, essential oils, decor and wellness products - you’ll find it all in downtown Courtenay. Merchant features and delicious dining all day long on Friday, the 23rd.
Bring the Kids
Face painting sponsored by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, Moonlight Craft Tent sponsored by downtown businesses, and family dance parties everywhere.
Viking Costume Contest
Don’t miss the Moonlight and Magic Viking Edition Costume Contest. Enter as an individual, couple, family or group. Special prizes for kids. Prizes to be won from downtown businesses include the grand prize of six pack adult lift tickets from Mount Washington, valued at over $500. To be entered, come to Viking HQ at 5th and Duncan (look for the Grog Tent) from 7:30-7:45. Prizes will be awarded just before 8 pm.
Atlas Party Tent: Located at 5th and Duncan with LadyK, internationally flavoured tribal-house DJ
Viking Grog Tent: Proudly presented by Rotary Club of the Comox Valley
Comox Valley Viking Suns Tent: between England and Fitzgerald. Stop and visit with real local vikings, taste some delicious baking and cozy up on furs by the fire.
Moonlight Party Tent: Local DJ em.ash holds down the party at 5th and England
CVRD Moonlight Transit Tent: Stop by for street games and prizes, and a chance to win transit passes.
Cornerstone Taphouse: Local viking virtuoso Chap Pabianek plays from 7-9, Electronic Music from Inner Space with Powell River’s Texture&Light at 10 p.m.
Gladstone Brewing Co: Good times on the all season patio, delicious local craft beer and live music with Larry Ayre.
High Tide Public House: Sultry singer Jilli Martini with her house band perform for Moonlight
There’s also pop up performances from Just In Time Choir, Kevin Flesher, Cathy Stoyko, Henry Faberge, Amy Muloin, Risa Schorno and Mike Murdoch
Comox Valley Art Gallery: Pop by from 4-8 p.m. and check out the works of Cheryl Jacobs (silversmith/jeweler), Dale Rouleau (fine woodworker) and Alan Burgess (ceramicist). Geek out with Comox Valley Makerspace on sensors and projection technologies. Make your own art-buttons to wear for the holidays or give to friends. Visitors will get a sneak-peak of a fantastic array of items for sale in CVAG’s Winter Art Market. Don’t miss the concert on the plaza from 6-7 with Texture&Light from Powell River, electronic music from Inner Space, sweet tunes before and after by DJ Roberto, and the CV Pop Up Choir Performance at 8 p.m. sharp.
Viking Strength Exhibition
A true exhibition of Viking strength where athletes will participate in three traditional events: Yoke Walk, Log Press and Stone Lifting. Presented by local strongman Sean Hayes, from 6-8 p.m. at 5th and Fitzgerald. Pre-registration required for the real event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Special spectator games open to all.
Fiery Spectacle with Ignisia Circus
Ignisia Circus is a fire, flow and dance performance troupe founded by Denyse Dansereau, a local dancer, choreographer, storyteller and fire performer. Each member of Ignisia Circus is an accomplished solo performer in their own right, with their own stylistic approach to performance. Each act is a unique blend of skilled technique, graceful dance and magnetic stage presence, bringing together years of performing experience to create an unforgettable act. Don’t miss their our Fiery Viking inspired spectacle at 8 p.m. in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Duncan Ave.
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