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Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns

Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns: Six homes, dozens of designers, hundreds of ticket holders and thousands of Christmas ornaments

As sure as the holiday season arrives, so does the Kelowna Christmas classic – Hot Holiday Homes. This self-guided tour of decorated homes returns Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Hot Holiday Homes features six privately owned homes that have been decorated by proud homeowners and talented designers exclusively for this self-guided holiday tour. This year, many homeowners have taken the decorating reins themselves leveraging their own collections of décor and ‘insider’ knowledge of their homes to bring out the seasonal spirit, while others have embraced the opportunity to work with professional designers who bring a trained fresh eye to the project.

The décor teams from Expressions, Fresh Approach, Lemon Garden Design, JANUS Design, along with décor from Urban Barn, Target, Rona, Beachcomber, Bylands, Art Knapp and others have created beautiful homes to help you discover your own festive style.

The homes on the tour include:

  • A newly renovated, beach-theme-inspired home with soft blue and green colours and driftwood accessories bringing Christmas to the shores of Lake Okanagan.
  • Constructed in 2009, this two-time Tommie Award winning home is a large three-story Tuscan with an amazing 180-degree view of Kelowna, Lake Okanagan and neighbouring vineyards. The homeowner keeps the interior design simple and clean with refurbished antique furniture.
  • Located in the heart of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area, this small home has been lovingly restored to its 1939 roots capturing the elegance and charm of the era.
  • An award-winning 1930 heritage home decorated by the homeowner and her daughter features a staggering twenty-five trees many filled with re-imagined salvaged items.
  • An early 1950’s character home that has retained may of its original features filled with revived, re-used and recycled antiques and special finds.
  • Perched above the hills of Kelowna, this gorgeous 5500 square foot home fuses Old World elegance with state of the art conveniences.

The holiday spirit will be throughout these amazing homes with entertainment, food & beverage samplings, along with artists and artisans with seasonal products for sale.

Organizers have adjusted the tour schedule for Hot Holiday Homes this year making the tour one day only, Saturday, November 15, but opening the doors at 1:00 pm to allow guests to start earlier, stop for a late lunch or early dinner and continue their tour, or to tour more comfortably in daylight hours. As always ticket holders are welcome to tour the homes in any order that they wish.

Tickets are available for $42 before November 1 and $47 after at Art Knapp, Bylands, Expressions, Green & Bear It, and Rick’s Garden World or online at Groups can save 10% on 10 or more tickets. Ticket holders also receive exclusive discounts at participating shops & restaurants.

You can learn more about Hot Holiday Homes at


Sock it to Homelessness at Trunk or Treat

Willowstone Academy and First Lutheran Church are preparing for the 3rd year of their very successful family event, ‘Trunk or Treat’.  The event is a safe, family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating, aimed at families with children up to 10 years of age.  The facility’s parking lot is transformed into a “neighbourhood” of parked cars, where children are safe to trick-or-treat from parked car to parked car.  Previous years have seen more than 500 people take part in the festivities. 

This year, in partnership with Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, the school’s Leadership Team is asking for the public’s help to ‘Sock it to Homelessness’ by bringing new or nearly-new men’s socks to the event.  Donations can be brought to the KGM van, which will be at ‘Trunk or Treat’.

Families can expect over 40 vehicles set up for ‘Trunk or Treat’.  All of the trunks are sponsored by church and school families, with the exception of the RCMP and Auxiliary Police, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, and Turner VW Audi’s ‘Fire Bug’ for the Fire Department. The Lower Mission Starbucks will also be providing coffee to keep parents warm.

“I think what made this event such a hit is providing a safe, outdoor event that caters to young families during daylight hours,” explains event coordinator, Heather Sandager.  “It’s pretty great to be able to celebrate Halloween and still maintain regular mealtime and bedtime routines.”

‘Trunk or Treat’ is a free event, open to the community. The event, which runs from 4:00-5:00pm, will take place at Willowstone Academy/First Lutheran Church, located at 4091 Lakeshore Road. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the school gym.  For more information please call (250)764-3111. 

Gala set to 'Enchant'

It is the biggest fundraiser the SPCA holds each year, and it’s always a sold out event.

The BCSPCA Charity Fundraising Gala presented by The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation takes place Saturday, November 1 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

Every year guests are given an opportunity to support a project or fund to support local animals.

This year, the Kelowna team will focus on creating a Spay and Neuter Fund to support the overpopulation issue and also the creation of a barn on the property to house farm animals from cruelty investigations and seizures. The barn will be the first of its kind in the Okanagan.

“We are focused on continuing to provide the best care, support and environment possible for all animals that come into our care that being domestic, farm and wild  animals,” says Suzanne Pugh, Kelowna branch manager.

Last year the BC SPCA supported over 41,000 animals throughout British Columbia.

“We certainly have a few things we need to focus on in the Okanagan, including cruelty and pet overpopulation. We continue to see a growing problem with our cat overpopulation and simply not enough homes.”

The theme of the event this year will be ‘One Enchanted Evening,’ and will feature a silent and live auction for:

  • A Big White get-a-way
  • Tickets to Bryan Adams
  • A Kelowna Rockets' box complete with food and beverage credit
  • A commissioned art piece by local artist Alex Fong
  • Hand-picked wine from the private cellar of Tom Budd

“Every year, we feature BC SPCA Kelowna staff and animals with a runway show,” mentions Heather Harrison, branch fundraising support.

“This is always the highlight of the night as everyone gets really excited to see our furry friends.”

For more information or to make a donation towards a local Kelowna project, please contact Heather Harrison at 250-862-1039 or [email protected]


Halloween Food Bank Drive

Castanet and Halloween Alley are teaming up to help The Kelowna Food Bank this fall. 
Help those who are less fortunate in your community by dropping off a non-perishable food item at Halloween Alley, 1634 Harvey Ave, between October 16 - 29. 
Those who donate will be entered to win a $200 Halloween Decor Prize pack and a $200 Gift Certificate to Social 242 Lounge & Grill.

All donations must be dropped off at Halloween Alley, 1634 Harvey Avenue. (The Castanet office is not a drop off location).

The Food Bank will be live on location accepting non-perishable food and funds on Friday, October 24th from 11 AM - 1 PM.  
Halloween Alley Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM; Sun: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thank you for supporting our local Food Bank. 

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