Kick off your holiday shopping and join the fun this Saturday in Kelowna’s city centre.
Start the festive season off at the 27th annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up from 10:00 am to sundown at 5:30 pm. It’s an all-day holiday spectacular of free activities, food and a visit from Santa. Remember, the city has arranged free Saturday parking from December 5 to 31 in parking lots and parkades owned by the City of Kelowna.
For up to the minute information, follow the hashtags #DKLightUp or #DowntownKelowna.
Here’s a rundown on what’s happening by location:
- Ice skating all day, weather permitting. Bring your own skates.
- Organized outdoor family park’n’play activities including a bouncy castle from noon to 5:30 pm, weather permitting. Mascots will be roaming the park with live entertainment on the hour every hour.
- Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available by donation.
- At 5:00 pm, watch Santa light the 20-foot Christmas tree.
- Santa Shuffle and Elf Walk charity 5km, 1km and fun run for the Kelowna Salvation Army. It gets underway at 9:45 am at Rhapsody Plaza. Preregistration required online.
Kelowna Art Gallery (1314 Water Street)
- Make a Starlight Lantern out of paper to light up the dark winter sky. Activity takes place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and costs $5 a person.
Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Avenue)
- Join the Rotary elves for some good old fashioned holiday crafting from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Bring your camera for a “Frozen” photo opp with the Snow Queen & Snow Princess coming to Kelowna all the way from “Arendelle” from noon to 3:00 pm. Plus, cuddly, furry friends from the Wentworth Petting Zoo will be available for the kids.
- The Musical Instrument Zoo will be tuning up from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the dance studio. It will be a rare opportunity to try a new instrument on for size.
Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis Street)
- Bring the little ones for Holiday Storytime beginning at 11:00 am. Free event.
Laurel Packinghouse & BC Orchard Industry Museum (1304 Ellis Street)
- Bring your camera for free photos with Santa starting at 11:00 am. He’ll have to leave at 4 o’clock to get ready to light the big Christmas tree at 5:00 pm at Stuart Park.
- Trixie the Clown & Mr. Brown Knows invite you to sing-a-long with them from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Sprinkle some holiday cheer on some festive goodies with free cookie decorating from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Enjoy apple cider and more merriment in the museum. Donations welcome.
- The BC Wine Museum will offer complimentary tasting, including traditional mulled wine for the adults.
Towne Centre Mall (545 Bernard Avenue)
- More free activities downtown with face painting, balloon animals and twisting and free hot chocolate from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Enjoy live piano in the mall from noon to 2:00 pm.
Tree Beer Institute (1346 Water Street)
- Present your copy of the Light Up Kelowna schedule for a complimentary 5-ounce beer to taste. Available from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.