Tap into the spirit and culture of Christmas in Kamloops

And, of course, get some great yuletide shopping in too


Nov. 26, 2013, Kamloops, BC – Christmas is about giving, but for many who get swept up in the holiday shopping rush and want a change, Kamloops taps into the spirit and culture of the yuletide season minus the big city line-ups.


Kamloops is a winter wonderland full of outdoor fun family activities from skiing to tobogganing, but as the holidays approach, opportunities abound for tapping into some of the decadent delights of the season – Kamloops style.


Here are a five ways to spend the holidays in Kamloops:

1. At Privato Winery and Vineyard (www.privato.ca) on Westsyde Road, getting your Christmas tree just got better. Settle into the tasting room to sample and replenish your Christmas wine cellar, then hop on a hay ride out to the winery-owned Woodward Christmas Tree Farm to harvest the perfect tree for the family home before returning to warm up with hot chocolate around the bon fire. Harper’s Trail Winery (www.harperstrail.com), set on the banks of the meandering South Thompson River, is also opening its gorgeous tasting room for the season, every weekend until Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Fans of the stage are anticipating Western Canada Theatre's (www.wctlive.ca) take on the global musical phenomenon Les Miserables, Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, as well as a C.S. Lewis classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Dec. 11 - 22.


3. Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (www.kamloopssymphony.com) heralds the yuletide spirit Dec.14 and 15 with young piano virtuoso Jaeden Izik-Dzurko as he joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's Nutcrackcer Suite, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor and other magical holiday favorites.


4. For the 16th year in a row, BC Wildlife Park (www.bczoo.org) celebrates the season the way it knows how, with the perennially popular Wildlights, Dec.13, 2013 - Jan.5, 2014. From the western rattlesnake to ursus horribilis, the grizzly bear, more than 60 different animals are etched into the night sky with multi-coloured Christmas lights in larger than life from, creating a dreamy scene throughout the 50 snow covered hectares of the park. While you're there take a crack at the Giant Maze, bundle up with toque, scarf and mittens for a journey aboard the Wildlife Express miniature train, or share some giggles with Uncle Chris the Clown, who will be on hand for nightly performances.
5. Christmas at the Courthouse Nov. 30 -Dec. 1 showcases the city's most beautifully restored civic heritage buildings in full Christmas splendour. For the wrangler in all of us, head to the Calvary Community Church Dec. 12 for the BC Cowboy Heritage Society's (www.bcchs.com) annual Cowboy Christmas Concert and help raise funds for the Kamloops Food Bank. If you want a little funk in your Christmas, join the B3 Kings at St. Andrews on the Square for a groovy take on classic Christmas repertoire.

And if you are a deal hunter, these local hoteliers are offering numerous stay and play packages:


  • Kamloops Best Western Plus is offering: The 100 Mile Shopping Discount gives visitors from close in communities located 100 miles or less from Kamloops a 20 per cent discount on rooms and their BC Wildlife Park “Wildlights” Family Package ($149 plus taxes) is based on double occupancy, and includes one night stay, two adult and two child passes for “Wildlights.” Book your stay by calling 1-877-302-7878. Dec. 13, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Scott’s Inn & Restaurant is offering The GETAWAY! ($59.95 plus taxes per person), which is based on double occupancy and includes dinner for two, continental breakfast or 10 per cent off any hot breakfast. Call 1-800-665-3343 or email booking@scottsinn.com to book and use the code “GETAWAY.” Oct. 17, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013
  • The Country View Motor Inn is offering the Wildlights Festival Celebration Package ($89 plus taxes), which includes one night accommodation for two and two tickets to Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park. The Family Package ($119 plus taxes) includes one night accommodation for four and four tickets to the Wildlights.  Call 1-800-213-6673 to book a package.  Nov.1, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2014
  • The Ramada Kamloops is offering the Christmas Shopping Special ($85 plus taxes) to all those coming to Kamloops so they can get their Christmas shopping done this holiday season.  Call 1-800-663-2832 and ask for the Christmas shopping rate to book.


And once you've perused the boutiques of downtown, browsed the major retailers and tied the ribbon on your last gift, you might be ready to replace the stress of the holidays with a little authentic Christmas spirit and celebration.


For more on the many Christmas season attractions and events in Kamloops visit: www.tourismkamloops.com/christmas-and-other-holiday-activities-in-kamloops-bc


About Kamloops, BC

Located in the heart of the interior of British Columbia, Kamloops is easy to get to, with several airlines servicing the city, major highways meeting in Kamloops and rail travel options. More information on summer activities, events, and accommodations in Kamloops may be found at www.tourismkamloops.com.




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