Get Set to Party P.G.!
Prince George, B.C.- With the New Year just days away, the City is announcing a festival it hopes will capture, and rekindle the positive vibes created by the Canada Winter Games.Say hello to the Celebrate Prince George Winter Festival!
From February 5th through the 14th, the City will be under the Winter Festival banner as residents and visitors are encouraged to attend events. The Festival is being organized in partnership with Prince George Tourism.
“It was the atmosphere in Canada Games Plaza last February that really inspired us to develop this idea for a Winter Festival one year after the Games,” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “Our hope is that the spirit of the Games and the City Centennial will continue to live on in our Community Celebrations grant program, which Council created this year.” Under the Community Celebrations grant program, organizations can apply for up to $30 thousand dollars in funding for events to be held in February or in July.
Community Celebration grant applications are being accepted until the end of January, that doesn’t leave much time for some groups to plan for an event. “We just saw it as an opportunity to do something in February to coincide with the year out from the anniversary of the Games, and we wanted to get at it a little quicker than what we had originally planned” says Mayor Hall.
One of the highlights of the Winter Festival, will be an open air event at the Canada Games Plaza, much like what was experienced during the Canada Winter Games, complete with concerts, food trucks, activities and displays, and fireworks.
The Plaza event is set for the 13th of February.
There are a number of other activities taking place in the City during that period which will be under the Winter Festival banner, including Chinese New Year at Exploration Place, Theatre Northwest, Cougars, Spruce Kings and Timberwolves games, Pacific Sport, the Prince George Iceman competition and cultural performances. “There’s a number of things that would have been traditionally held during that time that we’re incorporating into this ten day festival, but there are things as well which will be new to it.”
So will the festival, recapture, or rekindle the Games spirit? “I think we can” says Mayor Hall “I think wehat happened during the Games is that we really, really ignited the spirit of Prince George during those Games, and I think we can relive some of that. We won’t have 10 thousand people here from across Canada, but you know, those events at the Plaza, more often than not, the greater percentage of people attending were from Prince George, and absolutely loved it. It show cases the local entertainment and cultural events we have here in Prince George so, it’s such a positive thing for the community and we really showed what the spirit of Prince George is about and I think we can capture that. ”
There will also be free admission to a number of local facilities on select days.
“This event is exactly what we need in Prince George to attract visitors as well as enhance activities for residents,” says Erica Hummel, CEO of Tourism Prince George. “It’s great that this won’t be a one-off, and will grow to include annual festivals in February and July through the Community Celebrations grant.”