Winter is Coming……and Downtown Courtenay is celebrating the launch of the season with their annual Moonlight and Magic celebration…with a Viking twist!

Merchant and dining specials all day long and then from 5 till 9 the street celebration begins! Cool shopping specials combined with hot grog tents, live music, DJ’s and roving performers, pop up parties, Viking Strength Exhibition, a fiery dance spectacle, face painting, kids craft tents, Viking Costume Contest and much more…..Costumes optional, but lots of fun! Head into the heart of the Comox Valley to celebrate the coming winter season!

Official Tree Lighting at 5:30….
Join the Canadian Military Wives Choir and special guests for the annual Downtown Courtenay Tree Lighting at the corner of 5th and England. Choir performs 5:10-5:30. Then head off into the streets for a fun filled night of eating, drinking, shopping and celebrating with friends and neighbours from across the Comox Valley and beyond.

Merchant Specials Throughout Downtown…
Get a head start on the seasonal shopping! Downtown Courtenay is filled with exciting and innovative small businesses with unique gift ideas! Shop local, support the Viking Village! From clothing, jewelry and outdoor gear to books, pottery, toys, essential oils, decor and wellness products – you’ll find it all in Downtown Courtenay! Merchant features and delicious dining all day long on Friday the 23rd!

Bring the Kids…
Face Painting Sponsored by Gord Johns MP Courtenay Alberni, Moonlight Craft Tent sponsored by the businesses of Downtown Courtenay and family dance parties everywhere!

Viking Costume Contest!…
Don’t miss the Moonlight and Magic: Viking Edition Costume Contest! Enter as an individual, couple, family or group! Special prizes for kids! Incredible prizes to be won from Downtown Business including the grand prize of 6 pack of adult lift tickets from Mount Washington Alpine Resort – valued at over $500! To be entered to win come to Viking HQ at 5th and Duncan Ave (look for the Grog Tent) from 7:30 to 7:45. All prizes to be awarded just before 8 pm! Proudly Sponsored by High Tide Public House and Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Moonlight Venues!
Atlas Party Tent: Located at 5th and Duncan with LadyK, internationally flavoured tribal-house DJ!
Viking Grog Tent: Proudly presented by Rotary Club of the Comox Valley
Comox Valley Viking Suns Tent: between England and Fitzgerald. Stop and visit with real local vikings, taste some delicious baking and cozy up on furs by the fire.
Moonlight Party Tent: Local DJ em.ash holds down the party at 5th and England
CVRD Moonlight Transit Tent: Stop by for street games and prizes and a chance to win transit passes.
Cornerstone Taphouse: Local viking virtuoso Chap Pabianek plays from 7-9, Electronic Music from Inner Space with Powell River’s Texture&Light at 10 pm.
Gladstone Brewing Co: Good times on the all season patio, delicious local craft beer and live music with Larry Ayre.
High Tide Public House: Sultry singer Jilli Martini with her house band perform for Moonlight
And more!!! Pop up performances from Just In Time Choir, Kevin Flesher, Cathy Stoyko, Henry Faberge, Amy Muloin, Risa Schorno and Mike Murdoch

Comox Valley Art Gallery: Pop by from 4-8 pm and check out the works of Cheryl Jacobs (silversmith/ jeweller), Dale Rouleau (fine woodworker) and Alan Burgess (ceramicist). Geek out with Comox Valley Makerspace on sensors and projection technologies. Make your own art-buttons to wear for the holidays or give away to friends. Visitors will get a sneak-peak of a fantastic array items for sale in CVAG’s Winter Art Market. Don’t miss the concert on the plaza from 6-7 with Texture&Light from Powell River with Electronic music from Inner Space, sweet tunes before and after by DJ Roberto and the CV Pop Up Choir Performance at 8pm sharp.

Viking Strength Exhibition
A true exhibition of Viking strength where athletes will participate in three traditional events: Yoke Walk, Log Press, & Stone Lifting! All presented by local strongman Sean Hayes as part of Moonlight and Magic 2018 – Viking Edition from 6-8 pm at 5th and Fitzgerald. Pre-registration required for the real event – email seanbryanthayes@gmail.com. Special spectator games open to all. Generously supported by Union Street Grill and Grotto.

Fiery Spectacle with Ignisia Circus…
Ignisia Circus is a fire, flow & dance performance troupe founded by Denyse Dansereau, a local dancer, choreographer, storyteller and fire performer. Each member of Ignisia Circus is an accomplished solo performer in their own right, with their own stylistic approach to performance. Each act is a unique blend of skilled technique, graceful dance, and magnetic stage presence, bringing together years of performing experience to create an unforgettable act. Don’t miss their our Fiery Viking inspired spectacle at 8 pm in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Duncan Ave.

Find out more at www.downtowncourtenay.com or follow Downtown Courtenay and Moonlight and Magic – the Viking Edition, on facebook.

Meaghan Cursons