Huge Youbou Christmas village display continues this weekend

Tiny villagers learn to ski while a Christmas train whizzes past. Fun for the whole family! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Tiny villagers learn to ski while a Christmas train whizzes past. Fun for the whole family! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It’s Christmas Town at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou as the Jones family bring out their wonderful collection of tiny villages for a wonderful display. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)It’s Christmas Town at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou as the Jones family bring out their wonderful collection of tiny villages for a wonderful display. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
There’s so much to see at this display of Christmas villages. It’s impossible to show even a fraction of the display in just one picture. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)There’s so much to see at this display of Christmas villages. It’s impossible to show even a fraction of the display in just one picture. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
This maritime scene is just one of many themed areas in the big display of tiny villages at Youbou this December. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)This maritime scene is just one of many themed areas in the big display of tiny villages at Youbou this December. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Especially prized among the little buildings are the ones that light up so you can see what’s happening inside, like this candy shop. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Especially prized among the little buildings are the ones that light up so you can see what’s happening inside, like this candy shop. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
What’s a Christmas village collection without a tiny train? Yep. They’ve got one. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)What’s a Christmas village collection without a tiny train? Yep. They’ve got one. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
This looks like a great neighbourhood to live in. There’s even food on the table, all ready for lunch. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)This looks like a great neighbourhood to live in. There’s even food on the table, all ready for lunch. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It’s all in the details: here we have a happy wedding party all ready for their picture but a young show-off on a bike has a mind to photo bomb their nuptial souvenir. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)It’s all in the details: here we have a happy wedding party all ready for their picture but a young show-off on a bike has a mind to photo bomb their nuptial souvenir. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Hardy outdoor types enjoy a hot drink by the campfire as the Jones family show off their Christmas village collection at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou until Dec. 22. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Hardy outdoor types enjoy a hot drink by the campfire as the Jones family show off their Christmas village collection at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou until Dec. 22. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The Joneses say a Lake Cowichan resident gave them this fine cathedral this year to add to their collection. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The Joneses say a Lake Cowichan resident gave them this fine cathedral this year to add to their collection. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Organizers Donna and Dennis Jones are delighted that their display of Christmas villages, on at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou until Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. is drawing lots of interest.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Cowichan District Hospital, and Donna Jones said Sunday that so far this year, they’ve received $1,200 in donations, way more than all of their effort last year, which was cut short when the windstorm and subsequent power outages stopped everything short.

A drive to Youbou is worth the effort to see this year’s display: it’s bigger than last year and is set up on stands constructed especially for the purpose.

From tiny people to fully realized waterfront towns, tiny trains, a carousel, and little shops and houses galore: Valley folks of all ages will find something to enjoy.

The display is open Friday afternoon, and then again Saturday and Sunday during the day. Entry is free but donations to the hospital are gratefully received.

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