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2018 Christmas Tree Trail

Find “The Tally – Ho Horses” Contest


EVENT DATE: Saturday December 1st
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Saanichton Community Christmas – A Family Tradition for 14 years      


The Saanichton Village Association, in partnership with the Seaside Magazine and the local businesses of Saanichton, invite you to join in the fun and festivities of the 14th Annual Community Christmas & Food Bank Fundraiser event, held on Saturday December 1st.

The tradition of this event continues to happen in the spirit of giving at an important time of year, with all the proceeds and food gathered to benefit the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. This seasonally spirited event has continued to grow each year to include: The Christmas Tree Trail throughout the Village (with many prizes for children), Tally-Ho horse and carriage rides, Gingerbread decorating at Pioneer Museum, and of course…The Pancake Breakfast with Santa hosted at St. Mary’s church on the corner of Cultra Ave. and East Saanich Rd. Proudly prepared and served by the Central Saanich Lions.

The event engages everyone, young and old, and is a chance to bring the community together over complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and mulled cider which is served at various places throughout the Saanichton Village…along with some fabulous cookies and treats. Food donations are collected during the event on behalf of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food bank.

The Saanichton Village Association proudly hosts this annual social event, “We’ve put in a lot of years creating a family-friendly event that gets people out of their cars for a walk around the village so they can discover local people and places they didn’t know existed”, notes Jim Townley – Board member of the SVA.


What’s Happening This Year

St. Mary’s Church / Pancake Breakfast: 9am-11:15 a.m
Community Pancake Breakfast: (by donation) returns with a visit from Santa and is proudly prepared by the Central Saanich Lions Club, with all proceeds to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank.


Santa Photos: 9am – 11:15am/ Picture taken with Santa
(By donation to food bank) during the Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary’s Church


The Old Attic: 9:30am – 1pm/ The Grinch/ Come take pictures with the Grinch 9:30am-1pm. If you can find him.


Spelts: 9am – 1pm/ Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank Drop-Off: You are asked to donate non-perishables and cash donations for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. Guides and Scout groups will serve free popcorn.


Fresh Cup: 10am – 1pm/ Horse Drawn Carriage Rides with “Marty the Marmot” in attendance.


Saanich Pioneer Museum: 10am – 1pm /Gingerbread Decorating station.



The Tally-Ho Horse Contest: Find The Horse in the Tree

Tally-Ho has provided the carriage rides at the Saanichton Community Christmas event for 10 years. This year we’re continuing to build-on last year’s success of the ‘Tree Trail’ for the local families.
Each business that participates in the Tree Trail will be asked to hide one of the Tally-Ho stuffies inside their tree.
Each stuffy will have a name badge of one of the Tally-Ho herd.

Families will take the Tree Trail map (available at a number of locations) around the village visiting the different businesses and looking for the horse so they can write down the name on the contest entry ballot.(printed directly on the map).

Once the kids collect at least 6 names, they will return the completed ballot to Fresh Cup or The Old Attic, for a chance to win one of the stuffies and a chance to win the Grand Prize: a gift certificate for a private 45 minute carriage tour valued at $180 !
(Ballots will be collected at the end of the day by a representative of the SVA)


Come out and support this wonderful community event…and don’t forget to start the day off with a ‘flapjack with Santa’.





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