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HOLIDAY EVENTS

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.

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Santa Parade

 

NOVEMBER FOOD EVENTS

Chefs in the city

 

CRAFT FAIRS + SHOPPING

Craft Fairs

 

DECEMBER EVENTS

Winter Block Party

 

DECEMBER FOOD EVENTS

Food Platter

 

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NOVEMBER EVENTS

For the Month of November and December Parking Downtown is FREE

 

Moscow Ballet

November 11  |  1pm + 5pm
Sagebrush Theatre 

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!

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Lights in the night

November 22  |  5pm-8pm
Downtown Kamloops

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) 

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Santa Claus Parade

November 24  |  11am-12:30pm
Downtown Kamloops

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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NOVEMBER FOOD EVENTS

 

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.  

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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. 

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Kamloops Wine Trail Open House

November 24-25  |  11am-5pm
Various Locations 

Harper's Trail Winery  |  2761 Shuswap Rd. 

Monte Creek Ranch Winery   |  2420 Miners Bluff Rd.

Privato Vineyard + Winery   |  5505 Westsyde Rd.

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CRAFT FAIRS + SHOPPING

 

 

 

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

Valleyview Christmas 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 BC SPCA 2018 Christmas Craft Fair

November 30-December 2  |  Various Times
954 Lavel Cres. LEARN MORE

 

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Holiday Shopping

With Holidays amongst us and the buzz of Christmas in the air, nows the time to think about all those special people you'd like to give a gift to this year. With so many retailers in Kamloops we have put a list together to simplify the biggest task of the year. 

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DECEMBER EVENTS

For the Month of November and December Parking Downtown is FREE

 

Community Christmas Celebration

December 1  |  4:30pm-6pm
The Shore, McDonald Park

Head over to the Shore for their annual tree lighting, bring the family and enjoy a great holiday tradition. Grab a hot chocolate and take a sleigh ride, make a smore with gooey marshmallows and chocolate and sing your heart out to some classic Christmas Carols.

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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.

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Brock Block Party

December 8  |  2pm-5pm
1800 Tranquille Rd.

Bring the kids to the Brock Shopping Centre to see Santa and join in some fun holiday festivities and Christmas carols.

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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.

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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! 

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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. 

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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! 

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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.

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Woodward Christmas Tree Farm

November 25-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. 

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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

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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!

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DECEMBER FOOD + DRINK EVENTS

 

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!

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Keep checking back for events, we will be adding as they come up.

 

 

 

 

 

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