Mrs. Claus’s story-telling corner was a popular spot for the children at the Coastal Black Christmas.

Coastal Black Christmas nets nearly 10K

Celebration of Trees raises $2,750 for the Comox Valley Transition Society

Elanor Bukach

Student intern


Despite December’s inclement weather, Coastal Black Christmas was a success, raising nearly $10,000 in donations.

“It was a great year for us really, I mean the weather was super tough, we had nine really awful days out of the 12,” said Abel O’Brennan, owner of Coast Black Estate Winery. “It was on par with last year. We would have liked to have seen it higher, but it was on par or just slightly down from last year just because the weather was so good last year.”

The money raised went to two charities.

One dollar from each admission was donated to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, resulting in $7,043 raised. Local businesses decorated trees as part of Coastal Black’s Celebration of Trees and helped to raise $2,750 for the Comox Valley Transition Society.

Last year, money was raised for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island as well as Habitat for Humanity.

Nightly live entertainment consisted of local musicians, dancers, an ice carver and other entertainers.

“Santa is always a huge draw and so are the reindeer, they are a big part of what brings people in. The fireworks are huge too,” said O’Brennan.

Encouraged by the attendance of 10,000 visitors despite the wind and rain, Coastal Black intends to maintain the same attractions for next year’s celebrations.


Just Posted

Bike helmets, tools donated to Santa’s Workshop

Cross Canada Cycle Touring Society and Canadian Tire embraced the season of giving

Annual labyrinth walk welcomes the festive celebration of lights season

Take a break from the commercial activity of the holiday season and… Continue reading

Strong winds to hit B.C.’s south coast

Western regions may see winds of up to 80 km/hr

Courtenay family looking for help after baby born two months premature

A GoFundMe page has been set up as a difficult pregnancy and a long stay in Victoria have left the family struggling to get by

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Bear cubs try to take Vancouver Island woman’s Christmas cookies

Incident happened in the early-morning hours today, Dec. 18, in Nanaimo

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

‘A start:’ Alberta critical of Ottawa’s $1.6B package for ailing energy sector

A further $150 million is to be used for clean growth and infrastructure projects

Most Read