It’s time to get ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Our Christmas in Kelowna family activity guide will look much different this year, but, there are still plenty of ways to get in the festive spirit, and support local businesses. This year’s guide includes everything from Christmas tree farms, to Christmas brunches, to online Craft fairs! This page will be updated regularly as more information regarding 2020 events and activities becomes available so please check back often. Merry Christmas!
Kelowna Christmas Tree Farms
Get in the Christmas spirit and put up your Christmas tree! Here is a selection of local tree farms to get your Christmas tree from. Grumpy’s Tree Farm is by far the most recommended tree farm in Kelowna, located off June Springs Rd. Make sure you check the opening times and dates for each of the tree farms as well as their COVID-19 protocols and regulations.
- Coldstream Creek Farm (Oyama)
- Grumpy’s Christmas Tree Farm
- K & J Pacific Peaches
- Turner Family Tree Farm (Oyama)
Skating & Winter Activities
Is there anything more Canadian than skating outdoors? City ice rinks are open for the 2020 season with social distancing measures in place:
- Stuart Park The outdoor skating rink downtown Kelowna will open on December 1, 2020. (This year there won’t be vendors for skate rentals or hot chocolate on site).
- Public Skating: Pre-book your public skating online for four City rink locations.
Christmas Plays & Performances
Andrew Allen at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
When: December 4, 7:30 pm; December 5, 2:00 & 7:30 pm
What: Let multi-platinum singer/songwriter Andrew Allen bring you all the Christmas feels with a mix of originals, Holiday Classics, and his own top 10 hits in an intimate and ‘as close as you can be’ performance to usher in the season.
Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts
It’s a Wonderful Life
When: December 10th , 11th, 12th, 13th
What: This beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers his life one fateful Christmas Eve with the help of an unlikely angel.
Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts
28th Annual Celebration of Light
When: December 20th, 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
What: The Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna (CLSK) is proud to present the 28th annual Celebration of Light, Sunday, a festive hour of uplifting music and inspirational messages.
Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts
Actors Studio Holiday Spectacular
When: December 2-13
What: A new musical full of old classics, Christmas chestnuts, memories, laughs and Holiday spirit. Blending familiar songs and recordings with moments from television, movies and radio that have become part of our collective memories, the sounds, sights and themes that defined the holiday season for a century. With selections including: salutes to our favourite famous personalities, romantic holiday standards, animated specials, classic movies, and more, all presented in the format of a TV Holiday Special that used to be staples of the family winter experience. With comedy, music and mostly a lot of heart!
Where: Kelowna Actors Studio, 1379 Ellis Street
Big White Sleigh Rides
When: See website for dates and times; information for 2020 coming soon.
What: Take a step back in time with a ride on an old fashioned horse drawn sleigh in the winter wonderland of Big White. 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 4 onward. Check website for specific dates & times, as well as new COVID 19 regulations and procedures.
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
Predator Ridge Christmas Brunch 2020
When: Sundays November 22 – December 20
What: à-la-carte menu brunch with some festive surprises for groups of up to 6 people. (Santa is not at brunch this year).
Digital Santa Photos with Montana Rae Photography
When: November & December, 2020
What: No Santa? No problem! Email a photo of your kids and choose one of the look options available and they’ll create the perfect 2020 Covid Santa image! $10.00 per digital file. $25.00 for 3 $10/digital file or $25 for 3.
Where: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit with Santa
When: Multiple times through December, see website
What: Visit with Santa in a safely distanced environment and take home One (1) 4×6 photo and digital file for personal printing and social media. Positioned around a Christmas Tree with room for a maximum 2-3 individuals.
Where: Kelowna Actors Studio
Okanagan Christmas Fest Santa Photos
When: December 1 – 12, 2020
What: Purchase tickets for the event and say hi to Santa and take socially distanced photos
Where: Meadow Vista Winery, 3975 Junes Spring Rd, Kelowna
Annual Santa Photos Kelowna Gospel Mission Thrift Store
What: Socially distanced Santa photos, details coming soon!
Where: Kelowna Gospel Mission Thrift Store, 135 Roxby Road, Kelowna
Christmas Markets & Festivals
A Merry Little Christmas Home Decor Show
November 7&8, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunset Ranch Golf Course
5101 Upper Booth Road South, Kelowna
November 7 & 8 9 am – 4pm
Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
273 Power Street, Penticton
East Kelowna Country Christmas Market
November 15, 22, 29 & December 6 & 13, 10 – 3
East Kelowna Hall, 2704 East Kelowna Road
Grizzli Winery Holiday Market
November 28 & 29 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2550 Boucherie Rd, West Kelowna
Christmas Fest 2020
December 1 – 12
Meadow Vista Honey Wines
3975 June Springs Road, Kelowna
Check back soon, events and activities will be added regularly as information becomes available! If you have events to add to this list, please contact me! The more the merrier! From our family to yours, happy holidays! xo
**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