Brighten Up Port Coquitlam With Lights, Shopping Local and Giving Back
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – Nov. 30, 2021…. The 12 days of Christmas holiday campaign is launching once again in Port Coquitlam, encouraging residents to help brighten up their community and support local businesses and charities.
Last year, over 120 residents submitted night-time photos of their brightly-lit homes and showed their community spirit and support to Port Coquitlam businesses and charities. This year, the City, encourages more residents to join in and submit their photos from Dec. 1 to 12 and will be entered to win a $50 gift card to a Port Coquitlam business of their choice. One winner will be randomly selected each day of the campaign.
“After great success last year, we’re excited to once again bring back this holiday campaign, bringing the Christmas spirit directly to neighbourhoods and making Port Coquitlam shine brightly this holiday season,” said Mayor Brad West, who officially switched on the lights at City Hall and Leigh Square last week “The City is lit up for this holiday season and we encourage our residents to also bring some cheer to their neighbourhoods with their own lights and decorations. Help spread some festive cheer where we can and give back.”
The City has once again joined in on the fun: the downtown area including Shaughnessy Street, City Hall, Leigh Square, Donald Street pathway, and the northside commercial area at Prairie Avenue and Coast Meridian Road is all lit up.
The 12 Days of Christmas contest is open to Port Coquitlam residents and limited to one entry per address over the 12 days. Photos may be uploaded to portcoquitlam.ca/brightenpoco, or shared on social media using the hashtag #WinterInPoCo and #WinterInTheCity and tagging the city (@CityofPoCo on Twitter or Instagram or @portcoquitlam on Facebook).
The 12 winners can choose a $50 gift card from any licensed business in Port Coquitlam and to match, the Port Coquitlam Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) will also giveaway 12 $50 gift cards from a local downtown business. Learn more about the BIA at downtownpocobia.com.
“There are many amazing and unique businesses in all areas of our community,” said Mayor Brad West. “I encourage everyone to continue to support Port Coquitlam businesses and shop locally as much as you can this holiday season, for everything from gifts to groceries. Every little bit helps the businesses that keep our community thriving.”
More Holiday Fun in Port Coquitlam
While Port Coquitlam won’t get a visit this year from the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train, residents are encouraged to tune in to a virtual concert Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live – featuring Steven Page and The Strumbellas who are headlining CP’s 2021 “Holiday Train at Home” concert with special guests The Trews, Sierra Noble, Odds, Tanika Charles, Aysanabee and Keb’ Mo’. – and donate to the SHARE food bank. The modified event is intended to draw attention to food security issues and ensure donations go to food banks, like SHARE, that would normally receive them.
“At this time there are challenges for many in our community and the need is great,” said Mayor West. “If you can, please make a difference is someone’s life by making a donation to the SHARE food bank or another organization this holiday season.”
For more information about these events, visit portcoquitlam.ca/winterinthecity.
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Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam