Lacombe planning yuletide record attempt

Lacombe is hoping to turn its yuletide spirit into a record breaker. The city is hoping to make the Guinness Book of Records by pulling together 1,000 people to form a human Christmas tree.

Lacombe is hoping to turn its yuletide spirit into a record breaker.

The city is hoping to make the Guinness Book of Records by pulling together 1,000 people to form a human Christmas tree.

It is created by marshalling people to stand together in the shape of a tree for at least five minutes.

The attempt will be made at ME Global Athletic Park starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Currently, the record is held by a group of 672 participants who gathered in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Dec. 8, 2011.

It is just one of the many events and activities planned as part of the community’s three-day Light Up the Night festival.

The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. on Nov. 28 with a Christmas Farmers Market and a Festival of Wreaths. Santa will make his appearance at 5:45 p.m. when the Tim Hortons Santa Claus Parade winds through downtown.

After the human Christmas tree on Nov. 29, the fun switches to Cranna Lake where lots of entertainment is planned, including fire performers, ice sculpting demonstrations, do-it-yourself ice sculpting, a wishing tree, snowshoeing, fire pits, glow crafts and kettle corn.

Fireworks will cap off the evening at 8:30 p.m.

On Nov. 30, the 16th annual Christmas Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre and a craft fair runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mary C. Moore Public Library.

A series of family Christmas movies will be shown at the local movie theatre at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A Christmas swim takes place at the pool at 3 p.m.

Also planned is a Community Lights and Display Contest so festive home and business owners can show off their spirit and imagination. The deadline for contest entries is Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

For more information, go to www.heartoflacombe.ca.