Winter Wonderland in downtown Courtenay

Turn your thoughts to winter wonder and all the special things about the snowy season.

All week long we gaze up at the mountains at a beautiful white blanket of snow — but this weekend you can head to downtown Courtenay for a fun-filled snow day, complete with all sorts of entertainment.

Turn your thoughts to winter wonder and all the special things about the snowy season. From ice fairies and snow queens to skiing and skating — this weekend is all about the best parts of winter!

This Saturday you can come downtown with the kids and play in the white stuff. Emcon Services Inc is helping us all to get into the snowy spirit by bringing down some snow from the mountain.

Make sure you bring your mittens and stop by and build a snow sculpture. Kids can get their faces painted for free and become a winter fairy or other magical winter creature.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is joining in the fun, too. If you bring a donation for the food bank between 11 and 3 on Saturday to the lot at Fifth and England, you can enter to win lift passes for Mount Washington and all kinds of cool swag.

Stop by the WinterFest Hub at Fifth and England for some free, fun and eco-friendly arts and crafts activities with Kevin Flesher and the Comox Valley Regional District.

Or explore the magical side of Winter Wonderland at A Fairy Christmas at the Courtenay Library with local songwriter, performer, and fairy advocate Mary Murphy on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Winter Wonderland is the theme for shoppers, too! While you’re downtown  you can find the perfect ‘winter magic’ gifts for a loved one — from warm hats and mitts, cozy robes, candles and delicious teas to fuzzy slippers and a great book to curl up with in front of the fire.

Friday, Dec. 14

Jilli Martini and Doug Biggs busk for charity at Zocalo, noon-2.

Forbidden Jazz at Zocalo, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Comox Valley Farmers Market, 9-noon.

Snow Day! Facepainting, snow sculptures and food bank drive, 11-3 at Fifth and England.

Winter Wonderland-inspired eco craft activities with Kevin Flesher and the CVRD at the WinterFest Hub — free, Fifth and England, 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.

Good old fashioned Christmas craft making at the Courtenay Museum from 10-2. Make Christmas ornaments, cards, gift tags, bookmarks and more.

A Fairy Christmas, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Courtenay Library. Seasonal storytelling and craft-making program hosted by talented local songwriter, performer, author and fairy advocate Mary Murphy. Mary encourages girls and boys (and adults) of all ages to come dressed as fairies, imps, brownies or other forest creatures.

Music and Antics in the Streets, 11–3.

Annie Becker live at Union Street Grotto, 3-5.

Charlie Squires, Bobby Herron, Andrew Gower and Milo Yakibchuk all busking for charity throughout the day.

Alan Jossul and Leslie Eaton busk for the MS Society, 3:15.

Black Swan Fiddlers at Zocalo, 7:30 p.m.

Winter Festival Potluck Dinner with the Comox Valley Multicultural and Immigrant Support Society, Courtenay Legion. FMI: 250-898-9567.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Special Sunday Christmas jazz concert: B-3 Kings, featuring Denzal Sinclaire, Cory Weeds, Bill Coon, Chris Gestrin at the Elks Hall. A presentation of the Georgia Straight Jazz Society.

To check out the most updated events calendar for this weekend, check out Downtown Courtenay WinterFest on Facebook or check out www.downtowncourtenay.com. The Downtown Courtenay WinterFest is a project of the Downtown Courtenay BIA with their community partners.

— Downtown Courtenay WinterFest

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