When & Where: 6pm, Big White Ski Resort What: Family friendly activities and fun including:
Happy Valley Après: Live music and free popcorn starting at 4pm. Tons of fun for kids in Adventure Park and the Ice Rink.
Moose Lounge Celebrations: From 4-6 pm enjoy live entertainment and craft activities for the kids. A special New Year’s Eve Prime Rib buffet ($24.95/ per person; $12.00 for kids under 12) is on from 5-9 pm.
Cosmic Skating: Lasers and a DJ will turn the ice rink a disco skating party! From 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the skating rink located in Happy Valley at the bottom of Lara’s Gondola.
Fireworks Display: Two firework displays will light up the skies of Big White on New Year’s Eve. The first display is in Happy Valley at 8:15pm and then count down to the New Year in the Village Centre for a midnight display.
When & Where: 6:45 pm, SilverStar Village Centre What: A not-to-be missed annual parade followed by a great fireworks display!
Torchlight Parade at 7:30 pm
Fireworks (approximately 7:35 pm following the parade)
New Year’s Eve at Home!
Last but not least, one of our favourite ways to ring in the New Year with little ones is staying home! Order in some take-out, or make a fun kid-friendly snack buffet, play some games, and count down at home. Netflix offers fun, kid-themed count-downs that you can play anytime you are ready to put the kiddos in bed. We love Zaab Thai Food and Yamato Sushi (and greatly miss Bordellos pizza!). If you are local to Kelowna share your favourite take-out location in the comments to spread the word on the best food in town! 😉
If you are looking for kid-free New Year’s Eve evens, Eventbrite has a full listing. And if you are crazy enough to take a dip in the lake on January 1st, check out the annual Polar Bear Dip happening at tugboat bay at 2pm. If you know of any other family New Year’s Eve events missing from this list, please let me know and I will be happy to add them!
I hope 2018 has been a wonderful year for you and your family, and you enjoy ringing in another fabulous year! Thanks for your support in reading my blog. xo
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Home AloneKim Smith
Kids will love this fun story based on the favourite holiday movie! Vienna loves hearing about how Kevin takes on the bad guys, and its a bit less scary than the movie for a five year old. 😉
How to Catch SantaJean Reagan This story full of ideas about how to catch the big guy is perfect for kids interested in how Santa does it all! This book is part of the “how-to” series, filled with fun tips and tricks!
Pick a Pine TreePatricia Toht We love this pretty book all about the Christmas tradition of picking and decorating the tree. It’s sets the perfect opportunity to discuss your family’s holiday traditions together.
Tallulah’s Nutcracker Marilyn Singer This is the story of a little girl who plays a mouse and is determined to be the best mouse ever and the star of the show, until something terrible happens during the big performance! Tallulah learns what’s behind being a real ballerina and that mistakes are ok as long as you try your best. This book is perfect for my five year old daughter who loves ballet.
The Littlest ReindeerSimon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books A story about a little girl who befriends a lost reindeer on a magical night. We especially love the beautiful black and white illustrations of this book.
If you’re looking for more story suggestions check out our Christmas Stories and Baby’s First Christmas library posts!
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