It's that time of year again, when holidays are fast approaching, Kamloops shops are buzzing, and the holiday spirit is in the air. This year’s event line-up includes a wine open house, ballet, light displays, parades, musicals, craft fairs and more. So bundle-up and enjoy the holiday season with family and friends in Kamloops.
Tis the season to be naughty or nice. Here is the official Kamloops holiday events guide from our home to yours.
For the Month of November and December Parking Downtown is FREE
Elf the Musical
November 29-December 12 | 2pm, 7:30pm, 8pm
Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Ave.
The Musical is the zany tale of an orphan baby Buddy that was mistakenly transported to the North Pole in Santa’s bag of gifts. The would-be elf grows up in Santa’s workshop unaware he is human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth about his origins. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help a cynical urban world remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Woodward Christmas Tree Farm
November 24-December 21 | 10am-4pm
5505 Westsyde Rd.
The Woodward Christmas Tree Farm has been a part of Christmas Traditions for over 20 years. They have hay wagon rides that take you to and from the Christmas tree patch as well as a bonfire, a concession stand where they serve their famous smokies and of course wine tastings at Privato Vineyard and Winery. The Weekends are also a great time to come especially if you have kids. Drive out to the patch and then go for a walk on the 20 acres of trees.
Christmas on the Shore
December 1 | 4:30pm-6pm
The North Shore BIA, 115 Tranquille Rd
Come and join the community where there will be fun family games, toasty fires to roast your marshmallows and s'mores, hot chocolate and coffee sponsored by Van Houtte. Carolers will be making it festive alongside Santa, where he will be handing out goodie bags for kids and the pets of the family. Don't forget your wish-list, Santa will be taking requests from his Throne. Cookshack Cravings will be on site selling chili and hotdogs!
(10% proceeds to the SPCA to help them build their new home over by the airport)
2018 Kamloops + Area 4x4 Toy Run
December 2 | 10:30am-6pm
Starting at Sahali Mall, 22-945 Columbia Street W.
The Four Wheel Drive Association Of BC and Kamloops 4x4 Club are teaming up to host the 3rd Annual Kamloops & Area 4x4 Toy Run. All donations will go to Christmas Amalgamated. This year Christmas Amalgamated is in need of food for the hampers as well as cash to purchase turkey gift cards. They are asking everyone to bring any new unwrapped toy or two as well as non-perishable food items.
The 4x4 Club will meet at Sahali Mall on Columbia Street at 10:30am and will start the drive through Downtown and North Shore, with the final meeting place at the ORV parking lot in Lac Du Bois, in Bach. There will be prizes for the best-dressed vehicle, best dressed human and best-dressed pet! If you or your company can help out, please contact Wes Kibble.
Welcome Winter Block Party
December 8 | 12pm-7pm
Downtown Victoria St.
It's Back! The all Canadian flannel and plaid festival that lets your inner Canadian shine. Come down to the 300 block of Victoria Street where the street has been converted to a pedestrian-only walkway. Enjoy a ball hockey game, local craft brew, local wine, and hot food. There will be outdoor seating and more heaters this year to keep you cozy while catching some live entertainments. Don't forget the amazing retailers open for you to complete your holiday shopping. This is an all ages event with plenty of games to play and vendors to visit.
KHR Spirit of Christmas Train
December 9 &16 at 4pm
December 8,14, 15, 18, 19, 21 & 22 at 7pm
#3-510 Lorne St. (behind the condo units)
Take a whimsical one-hour ride through the wintry Kamloops night and experience the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas. Start your evening with holiday festivities before you board our beautiful heritage train, decorated in thousands of lights you can't miss this old beauty. Don't miss the special guests onboard before you take your little ones back to meet the big guy dressed in red. Dress warmly as this train has open-air cars but you will be seated in heated closed coaches.
2nd Annual Rock for Christmas Amalgamated
December 9 | 6pm-12am
The Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria St.
Someone To Blame and The Blue Grotto are hosting their annual Rock for Christmas Amalgamated. Join Someone To Blame, Keep 6, Half Step Down and The Suzi Rawn Band for a wonderful night benefitting Christmas Amalgamated!! Buy 50/50 tickets and get in on the raffle for door prizes!
A Louisiana Hayride Christmas
December 13 | 7pm-10:30pm
1250 Rogers Way
Get in the Christmas spirit with the incredibly talented cast of the Louisiana Hayride Show. After 9 years of successful shows across Western Canada, the cast and crew of the Louisiana Hayride Show will entertain you like no other! Get excited for great performers like Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Crystal Gayle, Lefty Frizzell, Shania Twain and more! They’ll be singing their big hits as well as their favorite Christmas songs, such as Blue Christmas, Let It Snow, Pretty Paper, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas.
CP HOLIDAY TRAIN
December 16 | 4:30pm-5:30pm
The Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne St.
Sam Roberts Band is highlighting the West Coast route this year on The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train. Once again setting out and entertaining hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America.
Santa is Here at Aberdeen Mall
November 26 - December 23 | Various Hours
Aberdeen Mall, 1320 Trans Canada Highway W
Come and visit Santa and tell him your whole wish-list this year:
November 26-December 13
Monday - Saturday: 10am-3pm,4pm-8pm
Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
December 24, Christmas Eve
21st Annual Wildlights Festival
December 14-January 6 | 5pm-8pm
BC Wildlife Park, 9077 Dallas Dr.
Enjoy spectacular light displays set up throughout the park as well as exciting, family-friendly activities! There will be a snack shack for hungry tummies and don't forget to hop on the train that tours the park!
Rapunzel - A Tangled Panto
December 24-December 31 | 1pm & 7pm
Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Ave.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” is the familiar call for young Rapunzel to toss her exceptionally long locks of golden hair down the side of a massive tower to raise and lower her only link to the outside world. Determined to see the outside world, and captivated by an annual event in the far off Kingdom that mysteriously only occurs on her birthday, Rapunzel hatches a plan while Mother Gothel is away running errands. With the help of her friends, and a rather unlikely alliance with a dashing rogue, an unscrupulous Taverness with nefarious connections, and a noble steed, Rapunzel sets off to see the outside world and get to the Kingdom of Corona in time for a very special celebration
2018 New Years Eve
Bull-riding + Dance
December 31 | 6pm-1am
North Thompson Agriplex, 4856 Dunn Lake Rd. Barrière
Spend New Year's Eve with some of the top bull riders in Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia! Watch as they face off against the toughest bulls...twice then celebrate with an evening of dancing and partying into the new year!
2018 New Years Eve in Vegas
December 31 | 6pm-1am 19+
Coast Kamloops Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way
Get ready for New Years in Vegas! and with it comes the New Year's Eve party of the City. They will bring you Sin City and all the nightlife you could want. Make sure to come to the biggest party holiday of the year.
- Featuring Comedian Brian Stollery, as seen on CBC
- DJ King Kong Finger
- Interactive and Chef Manned Food Stations
- Midnight Snack
- Party Favours
- Champagne at Midnight
New Years Celebrations at
Sun Peaks Resort
December 31 | 6pm-8:30pm
Sun Peaks Resort, 1280 Alpine Rd.
Don't miss the biggest night of the tear in Sun Peaks!
Festivities kick off with the First Flight Big Air Invitational in the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park, followed by the Kids Glow Stick Parade on the village platter learning area. The Sundance ski run will come alive with an iridescent red glow as skiers and boarder descend with lit torches in hand for the famous Torchlight Parade. The grand finale is a spectacular Fireworks Show against our mountain backdrop.
New Years Dinner at The Dunes
December 31 | 5:30pm-8:30pm
The Dunes Golf Course, 652 Dunes Drive
Making plans to celebrate the new year? Join The Dunes for New Year's Eve Dinner! Enjoy a 4-course meal and mingling with the community.
Salad: Maple bacon caesar salad or festive spinach and mixed greens
Starter: Seafood stuffed mushrooms, mini beef wellington, bruschetta, garlic aioli baguette
Main: Filet and prawns, Alaskan king crab, New Zealand lamb lollipops, garlic tiger prawns, vegetarian ratatouille
Savory: Salted caramel cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding, Irish cream cheesecake with Baily's, strawberry crepes, spanish coffee
Dave Coalmine Band + Angie Heinze
December 31 | 9pm-11:59pm
Pogue Mahones Irish Alehouse, 843 Desmond St.
The ultimate musical New Years Eve with 2 BANDS!! Dave Coalmine Band and The Angie Heinze Band share the evening, meaning the music doesn't stop all night! Midnight champagne and appetizers are included in this memorable not-to-be-missed event. Tickets are $20, available through Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse and downtown at Barnacle Records. Seating is limited so get your tickets soon! They make great stocking stuffers!
On the Rocks New Years 2019
December 31 | 9pm-1:30am
On The Rocks, 1265 Rogers Way
Celebrate New Years Eve 2019 With Kytami with Phonik Ops and special gues Deriek Simon! *Mayo ft MC Eros, Crisco, Kellan It!
Tix available at the Bar. $20 Advance - $25 @ Door. http://ontherockspub.biz/
New Year's at the Plaza
December 31 | 6pm-2am
Tumbleweeds Lounge, 405 VictoriaSt .
Join the Plaza to kick off 2019 at Tumbleweed Lounge. Enjoy champagne and a mouth-watering three-course meal from Chef Warren. Featuring live music by Gorden James from 7 PM -12 AM, then keep the party going with a DJ and dance floor until close!
New Years at the Office
December 31 | 7pm-12am
The Office Bar+ Grill, 2020 Falcon Rd.
New Years with Rockin' Firkin'
December 31 | 7pm-2am
Rockin' Firkin', 726 Sydney Ave.
Join Rockin' Firkin' in ringing in the New Year with Tighter the Retro Rock Band. Tickets $25 per person includes :
• Party Favors
• Barron of Beef
• New Years Beverage
$4 highballs all night
Call the pub or come in to get your tickets 250-376-6121
New Years with Fun Factor
December 31 | 2pm & 6pm
Fun Factor Games, 910 Tranquille Rd.
FAMILY FRIENDLY NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION! UNLIMITED Laser Tag, UNLIMITED Mini-Golf, UNLIMITED Lazer Frenzy, 2 Pictures in our Photo Booth PLUS a 20 Credit Fun Card - all for just $20.00 per guest including tax!
*All attractions are on a strict rotating timed basis - your wristband is only valid for the time period your choose!
*No Discounts/Refunds for unused time!
Gingerbread House Competition
December 1-24 | 11am
1250 Rogers Way
Hosted by Uptown Chefs Catering and Events, this wonderful event is celebrating the season with beautifully build Gingerbread houses to support the Kamloops YMCA Women's Shelter. Uptown Chefs will be hosting a Gingerbread House Competition beginning December 1 and ending December 24, 2018.
Join us in the lobby of the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre and walk through all of the wonderful displays made by our contestants.
All viewers are encouraged to bring a Christmas gift in to be donated to the families at the YMCA Women's Shelter.
Place your vote during the month of December!
Savour the Sun Festival
December 7-9 | All Day
1280 Alpine Rd. Sun Peaks
Enjoy a weekend of food, wine, and winter adventure at Sun Peaks Resort with the first annual Savour the Sun Festival.
A partnership between Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and Sun Peaks Resort, the weekend will bring some of the region’s most celebrated winemakers to the popular mountain destination. Anchored to three signature evening events, snow lovers can spend the day on the slopes before savouring rare and expressive wines paired with delicious food created by the Sun Peaks Resort culinary team.
December 7 | 7:30pm-10pm
1280 Alpine Rd. Sun Peaks
Part of the Savour the Sun festival weekend, Savour Bubbles is a progressive-style tasting at Masa’s Bar + Grill focusing on sparkling wines and terroir expressive varietals from nine Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country winemakers. Carefully selected wines will perfectly pair with the international flavours prepared by the Sun Peaks culinary team, a great way to kick off a weekend of food, wine and ski.
Kamloops Golf + Country Club
Holiday Brunch featuring Santa
December 16 | 11am-1pm
3125 Tranquille Rd.
Enjoy this year's annual brunch with a Holiday themed array of delicious brunch items including Eggnog French Toast, Smoked Salmon, and Honey Spiced Ham Carvery and much more. Special feature guest, Santa Claus at 12:00pm.
Book your reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 250-376-8020 ext. 106
Christmas Dinner at Romeo's
December 25 | 5pm-8pm
1250 Rogers Way
Take the hassle out of one of Christmas this year and join guests at ROMEOs Kitchen + Spirits for their annual Christmas Dinner. They have made some changes this year to make the event even more amazing.
Dinner is at 5pm in the ballroom (filled with the sounds of live music) to accommodate larger groups.
Keep checking back for events, we will be adding as they come up.
North Shore Community Craft Fair
November 3 | 10am-3pm
730 Cottonwood Ave. LEARN MORE
TVPG Annual Pottery + Fine Crafts Sale
November 3 | 10am-4pm
Desert Garden Community Centre, 540 Seymour St. LEARN MORE
Market + Craft Fair
November 3 | 10am-2pm
163 Oriole Rd. LEARN MORE
Westmount Elementary Craft Fair
November 3 | 9am-2pm
745 Walkem Rd. LEARN MORE
RIH Annual Craft Fair
November 4 | 10am-4pm
Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne St. LEARN MORE
Parkcrest Elementary Craft Fair
November 8 | 3pm-7:30pm
2170 Parkcrest Ave. LEARN MORE
ASES Annual Craft Fair
November 10 | 10am-2pm
Arthur Stevenson Elementary LEARN MORE
Westsyde Annual Craft Fair
November 10 | 10am-3pm
2833 Westsyde Rd. LEARN MORE
Christmas at the square
November 17 | 9am-4pm
St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St. LEARN MORE
Kamloops School of the Arts Craft Fair
November 17 | 10am-3pm
1390 9th Ave. LEARN MORE
Dufferin Elementary Craft Fair
November 18 | 10am-2pm
1880 Hillside Dr. LEARN MORE
Kamloops BC SPCA 2018
Christmas Craft Fair
November 25 | 9am-2pm
TRU, 900 McGill Rd. LEARN MORE
Kamloops 2018 Christmas Craft Fair
November 11 | 1pm + 5pm
Don't miss the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. A true holiday classic with life-size dancing puppets, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, huge Russian nesting dolls and more. Let Moscow Ballet dance into your family’s holiday traditions with a jaw-dropping performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker!
Lights in the night
November 22 | 5pm-8pm
Lights in the Night returns! Downtown retail businesses are open until 8pm for one night only to host customer appreciation events and kick-start the new Stuff Your Stockings giveaway campaign! This event is for everyone with our community tree light up display at St. Andrews on the Square (2nd & Seymour Street)
Santa Claus Parade
November 24 | 11am-12:30pm
The Annual Santa Claus Parade returns to Kamloops. Join Santa and all his friends as he makes his way through Downtown Kamloops! Parade starts in Downtown Kamloops at 2nd Ave & St. Paul Street, runs down 2nd Avenue to Victoria Street and along Victoria Street ending at 6th Avenue.
17th Annual Homes for the Holidays
November 24-25 | 12pm-4pm, 5pm-9pm
Self Guided Tour
Kick off the holiday season with your friends and family and tour this year’s Homes for the Holidays. Tour featured homes volunteered by local Kamloops residents that are beautifully decorated by Kamloops' signature designers and retails that work together to inspire Christmas décor, contemporary flair and DIY designs
Up To Snow Good
November 28 | 7:30pm
Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Rd.
Up To Snow Good features a fun mix of festive favourite carols, seasonal treats from other countries with selections like Christmastime in Russia, and other musical delights such as music from the movie How To Train Your Dragon. There will also be a raffle with prizes that will make for great Christmas presents.
Ring in the holiday season with the Kamloops Community Band! Ticket are $15, and are available in advance from eventbrite.ca, or at the door.
Chefs in the City
November 5 | 6pm-9pm
1055 University Dr.
Chefs in the City is a celebration of the culinary arts, fine wine and beer from Kamloops and the surrounding region. Guests enjoy beverages, hors-d'oeuvres, and desserts as they mingle with professional chefs, restaurant owners, caterers, vintners, brewers, and friends. The 11th annual Chefs in the City is an opportunity to celebrate and participate in this great event hosted by the Rotary Club of Kamloops.
Holiday Sip + Shop
November 23 | 6pm-9pm
1800 Tranquille Rd. The Shore
Start your holiday shopping off this year with Holiday Sip and Shop on The Shore. Socialize, shop and enjoy a drink all while shopping amongst 40+ vendors offering the best local crafts and home-based business' Kamloops has to offer. Admission is free, there will be delicious foods to purchase and many draws to enter. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.