Check Out These Festive Holiday Events in Kelowna
Ho ho holy cow, it’s the holiday season! Sorry. I know that was cheesy but I didn’t have a good intro and I couldn’t think of any Christmas jokes that’d… sleigh you. OK, OK. I’ll stop.
Since my blog on Halloween happenings was so well received, I figured I might as well do another for all the Christmas events in and around Kelowna. This one’s going to be tough though. I thought there was a lot of stuff going in October but man oh man does the Okanagan go above and beyond when it comes to holiday festivities. I could easily write a post every day that highlights something different to do and still not cover them all by the New Year. Of course, then I’d have to start with New Year’s stuff and I’d be stuck at my desk forever! What I’m trying to get at is that our city knows how to do the holidays right. Here are a few of the best Kelowna Christmas events of 2017.
The Festival of Trees at Mission Hill Winery
It’s probably no surprise that one of our most famous wineries also puts on one of the most beautiful events. This year, in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Mission Hill Winery will transform itself into an enchanted forest filled with exquisitely decorated trees for The Festival of Trees Celebration. This is a must see if you love traditional Christmas settings.
Downtown Kelowna Light Up and Winter Street Market
Technically this is two events but they’re on the same day at the same place so we’ll count it as one. First is the Winter Street Market. This free family event is new to the city and will be held in Stuart Park on December 2nd. It sounds like it’ll be a fun one with live entertainment, food, and a few craft and cultural booths to check out. And at the end of it is the Downtown Kelowna Light Up! This is a city tradition that returns for its 29th year. Bring the kids and watch the giant tree get lit up!
Craft Culture Holiday Market
If you’re looking for unique gifts, you definitely don’t want to miss the Craft Culture Holiday Market. This two day market (December 9th and 10th) will feature over 175 artisans and crafters from BC and beyond. You’ll find everything from one of a kind housewares to handmade clothes to fun kid’s toys to you name it! The market is at Prospera Place so that should give you an idea of how big it is.
Every year Arion Therapeutic Farm puts on a fantastic event for kids and this year’s Winter Wonderland is no different. Kids will get to pet dozens of animals, go on pony rides and hayrides, and do all sorts of fun activities. Santa’s going to be there too… as well as Okanagan World of Reptiles. I’m not sure if that means Santa’s traded in his reindeer for some snakes or what. Either way it’s worth checking out.
A Kelowna Christmas Carol
Let’s end with some culture. New Vintage Theatre is taking a Dickens classic and putting their own spin on it with A Kelowna Christmas Carol. Instead of Victorian era England, the play will now be set in the early days of our city, complete with original music. This is another fun one for all ages.
Whew! That’s just the start of what’s happening over the next month. Most of the wineries seem to be having their own special events, there are a bunch more Christmas markets, and plenty more plays, concerts, and festivals too. Trust me, you’re going to be busy!
After a day (or two) out on the town, there’s nothing quite like relaxing in the comfort of your home. If you’ve been thinking about buying or selling a new home in Kelowna, please get in touch. I’d love to help you go through your list, check it twice, and find something that’s more than just nice!