Annual Seniors' Christmas Lights Tour returning to Kamloops this December, city says

Seniors' Xmas light tour a go

The Annual Seniors’ Christmas Lights Tour will return to Kamloops for its 46th year, with city seniors invited to join a free bus tour showcasing the best light displays in the Tournament Capital.

The event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Chelsea Fortin, the city’s tournament capital and events coordinator, said the city is excited to bring back the Christmas Lights Tour after a two-year interruption due to the pandemic.

“What started as a one-off event with two buses and fewer than 60 seniors has grown into a tradition with over 600 seniors, 25 buses and close to 100 volunteers,” Fortin said in a statement.

Individuals aged 55 and over are invited to attend.

The city said in partnership with First Transit, a bus will pick up participants from over 20 locations throughout the city for the tour.

After the tour, the Kamloops Rube Band and the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron will provide live entertainment at the Sandman Centre, while hot drinks and holiday treats are served.

Participants will be returned to their pickup location by bus at the end of the event.

The event is free, but participants are required to register for the event through the City of Kamloops website, or by calling 250-828-3500.

The registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1.

Those who will require handyDART services are encouraged to contact BC Transit to schedule a seat for the evening after they register for the light tour with the City of Kamloops.

The City of Kamloops encouraged residents living along tour routes to help out by putting out some Christmas lights.

Volunteers are also needed to run the event, with an orientation session planned at the Tournament Capital Centre on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Those interested in viewing the tour route and bus pickup locations, or finding out more about volunteering are asked to visit the City of Kamloops website.

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