Tofino Sea Kayaking staff Sable Trafton holds a gift card they are contributing ‘12 Days of Jingle’ draw. One lucky local will has the chance to win $500 worth of gift cards to local merchants. (TLCC photo)

Tofino Sea Kayaking staff Sable Trafton holds a gift card they are contributing ‘12 Days of Jingle’ draw. One lucky local will has the chance to win $500 worth of gift cards to local merchants. (TLCC photo)

Tofino’s 12 Days of Jingle kicks off holiday season

“We wanted to do it early so people could make purchases and send them wherever they need to go.”

Tofino’s traditional night of merriment has been reinvented as the ‘12 Days of Jingle’ this year. Starting Saturday, Nov. 21 and running until Wednesday, Dec. 2, West Coasters can take advantage of holiday specials at this fun, shop local community event.

Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce (TLBCC) executive director Jen Dart said the week-long shopping extravaganza was created to help businesses stick to their COVID-19 protocols.

“Some people will have daily specials, some will have specials on the weekend. It’s going to be really different this year. Everything will be posted on the ‘12 Days of Jingle’ Facebook Page,” she said.

For most retailers, COVID-19 protocols include limiting the number of people allowed in the store, mandating face-masks, supplying hand sanitizer and directional signage. According to Dart, Tofino businesses are fairing well in spite of the restrictions.

“In the summer I think it was quite difficult, but now with slightly less of a crowd, things are easier to manage. Everyone was really grateful to have a successful season this year despite everything that is going on,” she said.

The ‘12 Days of Jingle’ is a collaborative effort between the TLBCC, the District of Tofino and Tourism Tofino.

“I think the ‘12 Days’ are a nice variation on the traditional Jingle, extending it so that potentially more local residents and visitors will get to shop locally, while practicing safe measures and dispersing the [foot] traffic that would usually occur on the Friday night,” Tourism Tofino’s Samantha Fyleris notes.

With the early Jingle shopping dates, locals are ensured ample of time to mail gifts well before the Canada Post holiday shipping cutoff.

“We wanted to do it early so people could make purchases and send them wherever they need to go. You know, bringing the ‘Made In Tofino’ all over Canada. Obviously it’s not going to look the same as years past, but it’s still a really important event for us and for local merchants,” said Dart.

‘12 Days of Jingle’ shoppers that spend $50 or more at participating Tofino retailers can enter to win one package of $500 in gift cards to local merchants.

“We’ve done this before and it went off really well. We did the draw on the radio, and we are hoping to do that again,” she said, adding that all she wants for Christmas is a vaccine.

Ucluelet’s Midnight Madness at the end of November will also look different this year. Stay tuned for details in the Nov. 25 edition of the Westerly.



nora.omalley@westerlynews.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

READ: West Coast holiday giving guide for those in need

READ: Tofino chef strikes a deal on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

HolidaysTofino,

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The District of Ucluelet is fast-tracking temporary use permits for RVs/campervans as seasonal housing. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet reviews 11 applications for RVs as seasonal housing

“Housing is so essential to everyone, and an issue that cases a lot of stress to business owners.”

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht public works dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 25-May 1. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 case counts continue to trend down

Fewer than 200 active cases on the Island, down from highs of 500-plus earlier this spring

Hotel Zed Tofino. (Westerly file photo)
Two Tofino businesses up for building awards

14th annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

At this Highway 3 check point, police officers will be asking for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel. (RCMP)
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area

A spectator looks on as the Olympic Caldron is relit in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Small majority of B.C. residents in favour of a Vancouver 2030 Olympic bid: survey

A new survey shows a split over the possibility of public money being spent to organize and host the winter games

Most Read