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Light Up! What you need to know

Our business communities in Rutland and Downtown Kelowna are both planning Light Up! events for this weekend.

The 25th Annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up! happens on Saturday, Dec 7th, from 11-7pm throughout the downtown core. 

The Uptown Rutland Christmas Tree Light Up happens on Sunday, Dec 8th, 4-6pm at Roxby Park. 

Its great to see our credit unions support these events. Interior Savings is the title sponsor for the Downtown Light Up while Valley First is the title sponsor for the Rutland Christmas Tree Light up. As mentioned last column its tough for any event to stand the test of time so having our local credit unions support these events does help 

One of the highlight events at the Downtown Kelowna Light Up! are the children’s performers Bob’s and Lolo. Ryan Watters recently interviewed them about their songs, show on Treehouse, and experiences in Kelowna. Here is the audio from that interview.

They perform at 4:15pm at Kerry Park on Saturday:

Here is the full activity listing for the Downtown Kelowna Light Up! 

Ice Skating! Bring your skates - All day in Stuart Park

Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St.)
Story Time 11:00am – 11:45am,

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides *weather permitting*, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Stop Points at: Laurel Packinghouse & Bernard Ave. at corner of St. Paul St.
Suggested $2 Donation to Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society

Laurel Packinghouse (1304 Ellis St.) Free Activities from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Photos with Santa! (Bring your camera) - Courtesy of Valley First Credit Union
Cookie Decorating - Courtesy of Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Entertainment Sing some songs with Trixie the Clown & Mr. Brown Knows
Complimentary Wine TastingSome fun for the adults, too!

BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop (1304 Ellis St.)
Apple Cider & Activities (by donation) - Making History with Kelowna Museums
Complimentary Wine TastingSome fun for the adults, too!

Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Ave.) 11:00am - 4pm
Musical Petting Zoo - Courtesy of Wentworth Music - Free
Holiday Crafts - Courtesy of the Rotary Centre for the Arts

Towne Centre Mall (565 Bernard Ave.)
Face Painting & Santa Letter Writing Station 11:00am – 3:30pm
Live Piano 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Balloon Twisting – Sugar the Clown - 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Kelowna Yacht Club (1414 Water St.)
Hot Chocolate & Hot Dogs, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$5 for a hot chocolate & hot dog. Net proceeds to John Howard Society

Okanagan Heritage Museum (470 Queensway Ave.)
Vaudeville Extravaganza – Making History with Kelowna Museums
1:00pm,  By Donation

Royal Anne Hotel (348 Bernard Ave.) Free Activities, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Face Painting, Holiday Films & Mascots! - Come take a seat & warm up.
Photo Booth Courtesy of Calowna Costume & Photography West

Paramount Theatre Holiday Movies (261 Bernard Ave.)
New toy donation or cash donation to Kelowna Community Food Bank
2:00pm - Elf
7:00pm - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9:00pm - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Kerry Park, 2-7pm,

Kid’s Activities Courtesy of the Interior Savings team & Fat Cat mascot
Street Hockey – Bring your hockey sticks and helmets, and play with Kelowna Minor Hockey
Park & Play ActivitiesCourtesy of City of Kelowna
Festive Food Mini donuts, hot drinks, cotton candy & more
Re/Max Hot Air Balloon Rides  (Impark Lot across from Kerry Park) *weather permitting* By donation to Children’s Miracle Network & RE/MAX REALTOR ® Charity Foundation
Loose Moose Mascot Courtesy of Big White Ski Resort, 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Fat Cat from 2pm - 5pm

Live Entertainment in Kerry Park

2:00pm - A Christmas Carol scene – New Vintage Theatre
2:30pm - Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre
3:20pm - Vaudeville Extravaganza – Kelowna Museums
3:40pm - Winter Wonderland Dance Class –
MotionWorks Fitness
4:15pm & 5:00pm - Bobs & Lolo
5:45pm - Sista B & The Boyz

Uptown Rutland Christmas Tree Light Up

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About the Author

Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

The postings on this site are my own and do not represent the views or opinions any of my employers (Festivals Kelowna and Creative Okanagan).


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