VIDEO: Mill Bay light-up drew big crowd

Lorraine Whitemant and her granddaughter, Mackenzie, enjoy a hot dog at Mill Bay Centre’s light up celebration last weekend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Lorraine Whitemant and her granddaughter, Mackenzie, enjoy a hot dog at Mill Bay Centre’s light up celebration last weekend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There were lots of opportunities for food and fun at Mill Bay Centre during light up. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)There were lots of opportunities for food and fun at Mill Bay Centre during light up. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Hot food, hot chocolate, and other treats are available all over the site as Mill Bay Centre lights up for Christmas. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Hot food, hot chocolate, and other treats are available all over the site as Mill Bay Centre lights up for Christmas. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Free treats and giveaways are all part of Christmas light up at Mill Bay Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Free treats and giveaways are all part of Christmas light up at Mill Bay Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Scott McGill entertains the crowd before Santa’s arrival at Mill Bay Centre.Scott McGill entertains the crowd before Santa’s arrival at Mill Bay Centre.
Riona Monma, Maria Moguel Aguilar, Chloe Pyne-Mercier, and Linda Liu represent four countries as they enjoy Mill Bay Centre’s light up night. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Riona Monma, Maria Moguel Aguilar, Chloe Pyne-Mercier, and Linda Liu represent four countries as they enjoy Mill Bay Centre’s light up night. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Santa makes a brief appearance at the top of Thrifty’s before coming down to greet children at Mill Bay Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Santa makes a brief appearance at the top of Thrifty’s before coming down to greet children at Mill Bay Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Santa Claus greets children after alighting from a fire truck at Mill Bay Centre Nov. 25. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Santa Claus greets children after alighting from a fire truck at Mill Bay Centre Nov. 25. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Santa Claus says ‘Hi’ to children at Mill Bay Centre.Santa Claus says ‘Hi’ to children at Mill Bay Centre.
Shelley Smiley sings with children at the Mill Bay Centre light up celebration.Shelley Smiley sings with children at the Mill Bay Centre light up celebration.
Brenda’s Brats entertain at Mill Bay Centre’s Christmas light up.Brenda’s Brats entertain at Mill Bay Centre’s Christmas light up.
Scott McGill entertains onstage at the Mill Bay Centre Christmas light up. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Scott McGill entertains onstage at the Mill Bay Centre Christmas light up. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A big fire helps to keep everyone warm at Mill Bay Centre during light up celebrations.A big fire helps to keep everyone warm at Mill Bay Centre during light up celebrations.

Lots of colour, entertainment, food and treats, and the traditional arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck added up to a fun evening for lots of families at Mill Bay Centre on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Happily, the rain held off until the event was over and that meant a large crowd turned out. They were dressed in Santa Claus hats, elf hats, bobble hats, scarves and tuques that lit up and more, adding to the colour and excitement.

One of the best aspects of this sort of day is that everybody goes so it’s also a wonderful chance to simply catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a while and get into the Christmas spirit.