Local:LightsofXmas Shot on: 12/17/15

Local:LightsofXmas Shot on: 12/17/15

Your guide to winter light ups around the Okanagan

From Vernon to Summerland, with a stop in Kelowna, we’ve found some activities for you to enjoy

Keeping with tradition, the Okanagan is coming to life with a series of light-ups leading into the holiday season.

If you missed some of the light ups, there’s still a chance to catch a few light ups this weekend.

Festival of Trees

Mission Hill Family Estate is proud to host the second annual ‘Festival of Trees’ celebration in Kelowna. This year we hope to rain $50,000, with funds going directly to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Winter Kick Off at Big White

To kick off the winter festivities Big White will have massive bonfire in Happy Valley, Nov. 30. Join for the lighting of the bonfire at 6 p.m. With the bonfire, there will also be a craft station for the kids to decorate something for the fridge at home. Big White will then be lighting up the sky with a firework display at 6:45 p.m. A movie will be shown at 7 p.m.

Later in the season Big White Ski Resort will hold the Christmas Eve Festival, which is the perfect way to celebrate with your family and friends. This new tradition, in place of the Christmas Eve Parade, will see the Village come alive with elves, internationally inspired activities and – of course – Christmas lights. Event runs Dec. 24 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Downtown Kelowna Light Up and Winter Street Market

The annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up is a free community event held to welcome the holiday season Dec. 1. At Stuart Park you will find live entertainment, activities for kids, skating, food, and Santa from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Peachland Light Up

Celebrate all that is great about being in Peachland at this event featuring entertainment and activities in and around Peachland with a premier Light Up event at Heritage Park Friday, Dec. 7. The event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the Light Up at 6:15.

West Kelowna Light Up

Stop by the fourth annual Light Up and enjoy free hot drinks, a variety of activity stations, a bazaar, a visit from Santa, live music, prizes and more on Brown Road. The Light Up is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Rutland Christmas Light Up

The official Light Up takes place Dec. 9 at 4:30 at Roxby Square.


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