Christmas Time

Ok so its time to accept that the Christmas season is fully upon us. WestJet has made their annual viral video, the decorations are up on the tree, and for some they have to debate the reason for the season (is it Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas). 
There are tons of events happening around town but we have a few traditions starting to take shape that are worth sharing so lets start with one of my favourites:  

As you can see above we have a true gem of a venue in our community that a lot of you are still not aware of. Its called Bottega and can be found in East Kelowna:GOOGLE MAP LINK 

Happening this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 14 & 15 / 11am – 4pm) is the third annual Christmas Market & Art Show. The European infused festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest artists & crafters. Live music, kids activities, specialty treats, food, drink + much more, all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna at Bo.ttega Farm Inn. Come and enjoy the spirit of the season!  Minimum donation $2 | children are free

All proceeds go in support of Karis Support Society; a local charity that provides safe housing, support, life skills, and training for people caught in life altering addiction and mental health. 

On Sunday Bottega will also be hosting a Christmas concert featuring the West coast jazz quartet B3 Kings. That show kicks off at 8pm and tickets are $25 and can be bought online here or at the Streaming Cafe and Mosiac Books.

KELOWNA FARMERS AND CRAFTERS MARKET: held three Saturdays each month from Dec - March at the Parkinson Recreation Center this market runs from 9am-1pm. 

Christmas Songs

Here is a collection of some of the best local Christmas songs our tight night community of performers and songwriters have released over the years

Tribehouse Christmas Compilation 

In 2012 Nico Boesten pulled together some of the best locally produced songs he could find.  Proceeds go to benefit the Kelowna Food Bank.


New Music: Rising Star Olivia Penvala

One of our newest emerging local act is 13yr old Olivia Penalva from Vernon. Here is her song “Christmas for Two”


I’m sure we will hear a lot more about Olivia in the coming years.

Funniest Christmas Song:

If you haven’t seen it Scruffy the Elf was released by Corey Doak a few years ago and is by far the funniest and most original Christmas song created by a local musician. Enjoy


Nat Jay - Green Tree’s Red Hearts


Andrew Allen - I Wanna Be Your Christmas:


Greg Sczebel - Perfect (Merry Little Christmas)


Here are two of my Christmas songs as free downloads. 

Merry Christmas


Silent Night

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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