2019 Okanagan Christmas Family Activity Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Who’s ready to take in all the Christmas fun?! Y’all know we love holidays, and the lead up to Christmas is truly one of my favourite times of the year. Below you’ll find tons of fun winter family events, from town light-ups, to Santa visits, to holiday market shopping. Wishing you all a magical, merry, holiday season! PS- Don’t forget to enter at the bottom of this page to win an advent calendar!

Kelowna Christmas Tree Farms

Christmas Tree Farms

Kick off the holiday season by decorating your Christmas tree! And, if you’re extra festive, head to a local tree farm to get your Christmas tree. Grumpy’s Tree Farm is by far the most recommended tree farm in Kelowna. You can help saw down your own tree, and enjoy a campfire with hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies with your family. It doesn’t get more magical than that! Grumpy’s Tree Farm is located off June Springs Rd. Make sure you check the opening times and dates for each of the tree farms; contact them at the info below.

Christmas Light-Ups

Christmas Light up

Summerland Festival of Lights
When: November 29, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Highlights: 5:00 pm (Santa Parade); 7:00 pm (Light up & Fireworks)
What: This is well worth the drive from Kelowna! Enjoy children’s crafts and activities, live music, food vendors, shopping, a Santa parade and end the night with an amazing fireworks display. This is one of my family’s favourite holiday events!
Where: Downtown Summerland

Silver Star Mountain Christmas Light Up 
When: November 29, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
What: A fun filled night of activities, including local crafts and talents, hot food and drinks, sleigh rides, fire dancers, fireworks, Santa Claus and more. All in the heart of our mountain village. This is one fun-filled night you’ll definitely not want to miss out on! New this year: $10 sightseeing rides ($30 for 4) on the gondola! There’s nothing quite like seeing the village lights from the top of the mountain inside a cozy gondola cabin. The gondola will be running from 5 pm to 7:30 pm with last cabin loading at 7:20 pm.
Where: Silver Star Mountain Resort, 123 Shortt Street, Vernon

Downtown Kelowna Light-up 
When: December 1, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
What: A full day of family friendly activities around Kelowna’s downtown! Arts and crafts, live entertainment, holiday movies, and more!On Water Street indulge in some festive sweets and treats, munch on some delicious street food, or sip your hot chocolate by a cozy fire. At Stuart Park you will find live entertainment, activities for all ages, skating, food, and don’t forget – Santa! The evening will end with lighting up the giant tree downtown.
Where: Downtown Kelowna

Light up Big White 
When: November 30, 6:00 pm
What: The evening kicks off at 6:00pm with a laser show that dances through the Village like the northern lights. Make sure you are in the perfect position outside by 6:30 pm to experience the magic of thousands of LED Lights all coming to life at once. Big White skies will then be lit up by a spectacular firework display.
Where: Big White Ski Resort

Uptown Rutland Light-up 
When: December 8, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
What: More details coming soon!
Where: Roxby Plaza, 2350 Hwy 33 West

Christmas Light Tours & Displays

Christmas Light Up

Candy Cane Lane is a popular place for a holiday light tour. Many houses on this road decorate for Christmas and you can drive or walk the street. If it’s snowing out we like pulling the kids in a sleigh! Parking  is generally easy, and don’t forget to take your donation to the Kelowna Food Bank (drop bin is located on the corner).

Kelowna Light Displays:

  • Castanet Parade of Lights for listings of light displays
  • More coming soon!

Public Skating

Outdoor Skating in Kelowna

Is there anything more Canadian than skating outdoors? The outdoor skating rink at at Stuart Park is not to be missed. Buy some hot chocolate from one of the on-site vendors and warm up around the fire after your skate. Skate and helmet rentals are available on-site.

Kelowna Skating:

Christmas Plays & Performances

Christmas Plays

The Snow Dragon
When: November 21- December 1, evening and matinee (on weekends) show times available
What: An all ages show! Adults $25; seniors & students $20; child (12 and under) $12
Where: Mary Irwin TheatreRotary Centre for the Arts421 Cawston Ave Kelowna

Living Nativity
When: December 6-8, daily show times range from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This is a free family event!
What: Enjoy a musical drama suitable for all ages, called “One King and a Baby”. Then, take a walk through some amazing Christmas scenes from the 70’s while enjoying hot drinks and cookies. The kids will love the Christmas light show out in the parking lot as you leave.
Where: Willow Park Church@33, 439 Hwy 33, Kelowna

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory 
When: December 6 – 19, evening and matinee (on weekends) show times
What: An all ages show! Tickets: Adults $25; children $15
Where: Mary Irwin TheatreRotary Centre for the Arts421 Cawston Ave Kelowna

Hear the Music Night- Christmas Kelowna 
When: December 22, 7 pm
What: A night of magical Christmas songs and special guests featring Juno nominee and Christian recording artist Jon Buller and band who will lead a night of favorite carols and worship songs sure to inspire you, especially if love to sing along, or simply enjoy the sounds and spirit of Christmas. It’s a faith-based environment that is exciting, inspiring and inclusive. $25/person; $20/per person group rate (4+)
Where: Mary Irwin TheatreRotary Centre for the Arts421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna

The Winter Sleigh Ride Show The Nutcracker
When: December 10-11: 5 & 7 PM, December 12-January 4: 4, 6 & 8 PM (Run time approx 60 minutes) Visit the website for ticket pricing info as it varies per sleigh and show time.
What: Crackling fires, hot chocolate, magnificent horses, and the magic and mystery of the Theatre. This winter, get ready for a spectacular retelling of Tchaikovsky’s Holiday Classic: The Nutcracker. The Winter Sleigh Ride Show is a professionally produced theatre production staged in up to five locations, outdoors. The audience is transported from scene to scene by horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon, depending on the snow).
Where: Caravan Farm Theatre, 4886 Salmon River Road, Armstrong BC

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
When: December 4 – 22, show at 1 pm and 7:30 pm
What: “Be Our Guest!” The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.  Ticket pricing from $52 & up- see website for details.
Where: Kelowna Actors Studio, 1379 Ellis St, Kelowna

Christmas Trains

Christmas Train

The Summerland Christmas Express Train
When: December 12-23rd, departures at 4:30 & 6:30 pm.
What: See the lights along the rail line, sing carols with Santa and Mrs. Clause, look at beautiful decorations, and enjoy some cookies and candy canes too!
Where: 18404 Bathville Road, Summerland

CP Holiday Train
When: December 14, starting at 5:10 pm (in Sicamous)
What: Although a bit of a drive from Kelowna, catch the decorated CP Holiday Train featuring live entertainment from Terri Clark.
Where: Closest stops are in Sicamous and Salmon Arm, check the website for details!

Spirit of Christmas Train 
When: December 6-21, 4:00 pm
What: A whimsical 1 hour through Kamloops aboard a beautiful heritage train with lights and decorations. Refreshments included.
Where: Pioneer Park, Kamloops

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh Rides

Big White Sleigh Rides
When: See website for dates and times
What: Take a step back in time with a ride on an old fashioned horse drawn sleigh in the winter wonderland of Big White. Cozy up under a blanket and enjoy hot chocolate while gliding through snow covered forest trails during your sleigh ride, a fantastic experience with the horses. This is the perfect family activity as all ages are welcome.
Where: Big White Ski Resort

Silver Star Sleigh Rides
When: December 1 onward. Check website for dates & times.
What: This spectacular 45-minute tour meanders through Silver Star’s pristine wilderness trails to the Wild Horseman’s Cabin. Enjoy the magic with either the Hot Chocolate Ride or the Wild Horseman Dinner Tour. If you are looking for a magical experience at SilverStar, this is it.
Where: Silver Star Mountain Resort

Santa Brunches

Santa Brunch

Predator Ridge Sunday Brunch with Santa
When: December 1, 8 & 15, 9 am – 2pm
What: Gourmet buffet style brunch, photos with Santa & Mrs. Clause and colouring and toys for the kids to play while they wait to meet Santa. Adults $42; Seniors $37; Children (5-12) $22; Children (5 and under) $9.00.

El Dorado Santa Brunch
When: December 7, 14, 21
What: Hot buffet items & pasteries galore! Also enjoy a visit with Santa.

Kelowna Yacht Club Santa Brunch
When: December 8 & 15, 10 am – 2pm
What: Holiday brunch buffet, kids cookie decorating & Santa photos.
Adults $38 Children (6-12) $15.95; 5 & under (free)

Toonie and Toy Santa Pancake Breakfast
When: December 14, 830 am-10:30 am
What: Details coming soon!
Okanagan Mission Hall

Christmas Markets

Holiday Market Shopping

November Markets

Manteo Resort Holiday Market 
November 9 & 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Manteo Resort, 3762 Lakeshore Road

Wine Not Sip & Shop
November 14, 4 pm – 8 pm
Kelowna Golf and Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Drive, Kelowna

Christmas Artisan Gift Shop
November 15 & 16, 4 pm
East Kelowna Hall, 2704 East Kelowna Road

West Kelowna Christmas Fair
November 15, 16, & 17
2466 Main St, West Kelowna

Sugar Plum Fair
November 16 &17, 11 am – 4 pm
Quail’s Gate Winery, 3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna

Connect Christmas Fair
November 17, 10 am – 4 pm
Parkinson Rec Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna

Sip & Shop 
November 20, 5 pm – 9 pm
Oyama Community Club, 15710 Oyama Road

South Rutland Elementary Pictures with Santa & Craft Fair
November 21, 6 pm – 8 pm
200 Mallach Road, Kelowna

George Pringle Elementary Craft Show
November 22, 1 pm – 7:30 pm
3770 Elliott Rd, West Kelowna

Immaculata Christmas Craft Fair 
November 23, 10 am – 3 pm
14963 K.L.O Road, Kelowna

Quigley Winter Craft Fair
November 23, 10 am – 3 pm
705 Kitch Road, Kelowna

11th Annual Christmas Extravaganza 
November 23, 9 am – 3 pm
Rutland Centennial Hall, 215 Shepherd Rd, Kelowna

Sandhill Wines Holiday Market 
November 23 & 24, 10 am – 4 pm
1125 Richter St, Kelowna

Earth to Table Vegan Market 
November 24, 10 am – 3 pm
The Laurel Packing House, 1304 Ellis Street

Christmas Faire
November 24,
Lakeside School Kelowna, 429 Collett Road

A Heartfelt Christmas Market 
November 24, 10 am – 3pm
1696 Cary Road, Kelowna

Elison Elementary School 
November 30, 10 am – 3pm
3735 Parkdale Road, Kelowna

Touch of Christmas Crafters and Vendors Fair 2018 
November 30, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
New Life Centre, 2041 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna

St Joseph’s 3rd Annual Christmas Market 
November 30, 10 am – 3 pm
St. Joseph’s Elementary School, 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna

Grizzli Winery Holiday Market 
November 30 & December 1, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm/ 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2550 Boucherie Rd, West Kelowna

Arrowleaf Cellars Holiday Market 
November 30, December 1 10 am -4pm
1574 Camp Rd, Lake Country

December Markets

Winter Street Market
December 1, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Live music, food vendors, shopping, bonfire, ice skating and Santa!
1430Water Street, Kelowna

Kelowna Christian School Christmas Fair
December 6, 10 am – 4pm
Kelowna Christian School, 3285 Gordon Drive

Craft Culture Holiday Market 
December 7 & 8, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm/ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Prospera Place, Kelowna

Christmas Time at The Rotary Centre
December 7 & 8, 10 am – 4 pm
Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

Okanagan Christmas Fest
December 12, 13 &  14
Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, 2429 Hwy 97

Kelowna Etsy Collective Market
December 15, 10 am – 5 pm
Sandhill Wines, 1125 Richter Street

Give and ShareHoliday Giving

Last, but certainly not least, there are many organizations looking for contributions to help families and individuals during the holiday season. Here are a few ideas:

From our family to yours, happy holidays! xo

A friendly reminder:

*Is there something missing from this list? Please contact me and I’ll be happy to add it! The more the merrier!
**Please note this blog is a compilation of local events & activities. We love to celebrate the holidays and we love sharing a guide for our hometown. This post is not sponsored by any of the listed events or companies, nor are we responsible for any of the events or activities listed here. If you love holidays as much as me, be sure to check out my other Christmas posts, I write about everything from children’s holiday books to gift guides!  Thank you for stopping by. xo


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