The holidays make Kelowna a welcoming place for both couples and families, because there’s so many activity options for both young and old. Whether you want to see Santa, spend a few hours Christmas shopping, or head out on the ice, we’ve got a list of 10 things you can do this December in Kelowna.
Dec 2- Mar 2015 Strap on your skates.
December means the Stuart Park Ice Skating Rink, which is open everyday from 6:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. If that’s too far, you can also visit one of the other ice rinks if you’re looking for things to do in December in Kelowna. Just check the City of Kelowna skate schedule for options.
Distinctly Kelowna Tours operates a winter wine tour option with late harvest and ice wines from fine wineries on the wine trail. You’ll visit Little Straw Vineyards, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, Quails Gate Winery, and Kalala Organic Estate Winery during the tour, which is offered from November 22 till December 23. Enjoy a glass of fine wine, learn about the wineries and get some Christmas shopping done on this unique excursion.
Dec 1 -24 Pick and cut down your own Christmas tree.
British Columbia is full of Christmas tree farms. You can find your next tree in Kelowna by visiting PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org, and locating a nearby farm. Some farms feature bonfires, live music, hot chocolate, sleigh rides and more.
Dec 3 -21 Watch a beloved musical.
The Kelowna Actor’s Studio has several performances for you this holiday season. First up is Oliver! running December 3 to December 21. Oliver! is the classic musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and is appropriate for the whole family.Â December 15 features a class version of A Christmas Carol, and finally, on December 16, the studio will present a young people’s version of another classic, The Sound of Music. See the Kelowna Actor’s Studio schedule for more information and tickets.
Free for the whole family, the church’s Living Nativity is a four-part interactive event with live animals, improve, scenes of Christmas and more. It appears on December 4 through 6, and has 12 showtimes. All you need to do is just show up to enjoy the fun.
Dec 6 Celebrate the coming holiday season at the downtown tree lighting.
The 26th Annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up! is December 6, and the event has activities for the whole family such as face painting, ice skating, crafts, live music, refreshments and more. Wine tasting for the adults who want to try a different holiday spirit, and kids can sit on Santa’s lap. The Downtown Kelowna website has a full schedule which features Kerry Park and other destinations.
Dec 6 -12 Engage the little ones with a Christmas puppet show or movie at the Kelowna Public Library.
The Kelowna Public Library has several sessions of fun this December, such as a puppet show of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, on December 6, 10, 11, and 12. There’s also a free movie showing of the classic family movie Home Alone on December 14 12:30 to 2:00 p.m, with popcorn and juice boxes provided.
Dec 12 -14 Watch Ballet Kelowna perform the classic The Nutcracker.
The Canadian School of Ballet presents a new staging of The Nutcracker for three nightly performances starring Ballet Kelwona. Elaborate costumes, breathtaking scenery and the familiar sounds of this beloved ballet make for a night to remember. See it December 12, 13, or 14 at the Kelowna Community Theater, with two performances available December 13 for afternoon and night sessions. You’ll find tickets and more information at the Kelowna Actor’s Studio.
9. Dec 13-14 Do some shopping at the 2014 Kelowna Christmas Show.
Still have a few things left to buy on your list? Stop by the Kelowna Christmas Show, which runs December 13 and 14 this year. You’ll be treated to handcrafted items by over 40 vendors including baby items, homemade treats, glass wear, and soaps. A kids area with coloring, face painting, and Santa will be available as well. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children under 12 are free.
10.Dec 19 Hear Bach, Handel and Verdi at the Okanagan Symphony Christmas Concert Yuletide Brass
Get in the Christmas spirit by listening to the Okanagan Symphony play holiday musical pieces during Yuletide Brass. Featuring the Fish on Five Brass Quintet, the concert will showcase Bach, Handel and Verdi at the Kelowna Community Theatre on December 19.
Are you ready to spend December having fun in Kelowna, B.C.? We’ve shared just a few of the options awaiting you this month, but there’s plenty more to see and do! Are you interested in finding your new home in Kelowna? Don’t let a dream home pass you by! Contact me today to see all of the properties I have available.
Okanagan Lake is a draw for many residents of British Columbia due to its wide variety of activities, such as fishing, paddle boarding, and hiking. One area in particular, OkanaganMountain Park in Upper Mission Kelowna is a wonderful area for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy. I recently found myself hiking in the park, and I recently saw all it offered firsthand. Covering over 10,000 hectacres, Okanagan Mountain Park is a perfect place to spend a day or two. The trails are open year round, and Camp Okanagan is one of the best sources of information on the park.
The park was burned significantly in the 2003 Okanagan fire, and much of the land was scorched. However, if you’ve not visited the park lately, you haven’t seen the lush land that awaits you. The grass and flowers have grown back, and the park is a rich paradise for any nature lover. If you’re a first time hiker, please be aware that Tourism Kelowna classifies the hiking as moderate to difficult, depending on the trails you choose. There are over 23 hiking options available in the Okanagan Mountain Park, and you’ll find distances range from 2 to 10 km. The area is only accessible by foot, bicycle or on horseback, so be prepared to park and hike.
Okanagan Mountain Park
Throughout your travels up and down the trails, you can take in the sights all around you. All you need is a little preparation and a beautiful day to enjoy hiking in Okanagan MountainPark. There are creeks with water but park officials advise you pack several bottles of water so you can stay hydrated, especially in hotter temperatures. If you want to bring along man’s best friend, feel free, as long as he’s leashed. Many people love to walk the trails with their dogs, and I recently took my silky Yorkshire Terrier. He loved running around exploring everything and I guarantee your dog will too.
If you want to spend more than a day in Okanagan Mountain Park, don’t worry, because tent camping is available. The simple campsites are available for a nominal fee; you can view the fee schedule on the park’s website. The sites are first come, first serve, so arrive early if you want the best spot! Unless there’s a ban in place, you’ll be able to purchase firewood so you can have a nice leisurely night camping in this beautiful park.
To preserve the nature contained within the park, hiking trails are clearly marked. Be cautious that you don’t wander off trail, and you’ll have a great time. The official BC Parks website contains a downloadable brochure with all of the important information for the park, including directions, trail descriptions and more. Photographers should definitely not overlook hiking in Okanagan Mountain Park. The panoramic views available on some of the trails must not be missed, and will make gorgeous snapshots. Friends of the South Slope Society has a map available that indicates some of the best viewpoints in the park.
This past weekend, I hiked the Wild Horse Canyon Trail. We saw a number of families out exploring the park, and we enjoyed seeing the Ponderosa Pines dotting the trails. If you packed a picnic lunch, it would be the perfect family or couple outing. Thanks to the park being open year round, you can enjoy it any time of year. Okanagan Valley itself is an ideal place for families as well, and I’m ready to help you find the perfect home in Kelowna. We saw over 35 homes and lots sold in Upper Mission Kelowna sold last month. Do you want to make your own home near this amazing park?
The arrival of October in the Okanagan Valley means many things to its residents and visitors. The month brings crisp fall temperatures, hot apple cider, colorful gourds, pumpkins, and of course, Halloween. However, another event that’s worth mentioning in October is the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. Beginning October 1 and ending October 11, the festival is a celebration of one of the things that make the Okanagan Valley so attractive and marks the fall grape harvest time. This is the 17th year for the festival, and 2014 promises to be a great one. The Westjet Wine Tastings held on October 4th have already sold out, and if you love wine, you can’t miss any part of this beloved festival. Here’s just a few of the ways you can have fun and enjoy yourself at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.
Try new Wines at the Okanagan Wine Festival
Don’t be afraid try new wine.
The point of a wine festival is to celebrate wine, and what better way to do that than by drinking it? You’ll find over 300 wines to sample, sip, and buy at the festival. Study the event listing, and visit a couple of venues to try new spirits. Over 70 wineries are going to be part of the festival, and you’ll see plenty of options to try. Did you know this event is actually the largest tasting of British Columbia wine throughout all of Canada?
Don’t skip out on the food!
Okanagan Wine Festival features a wide variety of dishes that were chosen to complement the wines available. You’ll have options for snacks, appetizers, and five-course meals. Don’t neglect the food portion of the festival, or you’ll miss some of the best fare in the area. Several events featuring delectable cheeses are part of the festival, including Organic Cheese and Wine: A Natural Pairing and The Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree.
Enjoy the many Great Okanagan Wineries
Venture to new places.
Spread out over 10 days, the festival is a celebration of wine, gourmet food, arts, and education. This is the largest wine festival in the Okanagan region, and if you attend, be sure you visit all the various venues represented in the festival. The festival has been named a Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association for 20 consecutive years, and delivers an experience to remember. To best enjoy the festival, you should try attending a few venues you’ve never visited before. More than 70 wineries will be offering their best selections, and wouldn’t you hate to miss out?
Of course, at any event featuring alcohol, you should exercise caution when drinking. The Okanagan Wine Festival features a free safe ride home program up to $80.00 taxi value, so you’re able to enjoy the festival in a responsible way. If you’re looking for a fun way to welcome October, you can’t go wrong with the Okanagan Wine Festival. Set in some of the best parts of the Valley, it’s proud tradition for the area, and a great way to celebrate the Okanagan Valley’s contributions to the wine industry.
Please share this article with wine lovers and if you discover a new wine on your tour leave a comment and share your discovery with us.
Kelowna, British Columbia is a popular destination for tourists in Canada, but also offers numerous things for residents as well. If you haven’t explored your Kelowna backyard,you still have time to start before summer shifts into fall, and we’re all in our winter coats. It’s time to start with some of the fun and entertaining things you can do before the summer ends.
1.Get a taste of the Outback at the Kangaroo Creek Farm
The Kangaroo Creek Farm will let you go Down Under in Canada! The farm features kangaroos, wallabies and sugar gliders. You can hold the baby kangaroos, also called joeys, in a pouch just like a mama kangaroo. You’ll also get a chance to learn some important facts about kangaroos and even feed them. The farm has a few other animals too, such as fat pot-bellied pigs. Care is taken to ensure both animals and the public have an enjoyable experience. The farm doesn’t charge admission, you only need to make a donation. The attraction is rated #1 on Yelp and is a big draw for birthday parties. It is best to go early in the morning to see the Kangaroos and hold the babies as everyone goes to sleep at 11:oo am. There is nothing quite like holding a baby Joey!!
Okanagan Valley features several distinct wineries where you can have a superior vintage. Why not spend a few hours enjoying the best wines the Valley has to offer? Distinctly Kelowna Tours features several tours with various options. What about a wine tour combined with the thrill of riding an ATV or zipline? If you’re ready to have fun, get a little education, and of course, enjoy some wine, consider a wine tour.
3. Head out on the water at the Kelowna Marina or play inside at H20
You can enjoy the beauty of Kelowna’s lakes in the summer by renting a boat. The Kelowna Marina lets you rent a boat without a boating license, and you can take your own tour on a wakeboard boat, pontoon boat, speed boat, or even a SeaDoo. With such beautiful summer weather, it’s hard to ignore the call of the water, isn’t it? Try taking a spin around Lake Okanagan today. Want to be inside? H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre features waterslides, hot tubs, a river run, and more. The pool is closed September 2 to 20 for annual maintenance, so be sure to check the website for updates.
4. See what’s the buzz at Arlo’s Honey Farm
Arlo’s Honey Farm operates tours by appointment only, but features the Kelowna Farm Gift Gallery, with the farm’s award winning honey, pollen, beeswax, fresh vegetables, and fruit. On the tour, you’ll learn about beekeeping, honey production, and sustainable agriculture. The availability of the tours depends on the weather.
5. Take a hike (and a picnic!) at Knox Mountain Park
Knox Mountain Park is the place where you can breathtaking views of the city and Lake Okanagan. The park is a perfect spot for a picnic before the summer ends, and you’ll explore exploring its 580 acres of nature. Several lookout spots are located around the park, and the park features 10 hiking trails of various lengths and difficulties.
6. Hit the waves paddle boarding at Gyro Beach
Don’t let the summer pass you by without spending a little time on the water. You can rent a paddle board at Gyro Beach, and enjoy a fun day in the sun.
Gyro Beach Watersports offers stand-up paddleboard rentals plus aqua loungers that can accommodate several people. Can you imagine a better way to spend a summer day than enjoying the beach?
7. Go mountain biking on Kettle Valley railway trail
The Kettle Valley railway trails are a must for many cyclists, and if you want to spend a nice day outside, you can’t go wrong. KVR Outfitters has bicycle rental rates for whole and half days, and they also offer self-guided itineraries so you can go at your own pace. Be sure to bring a camera as many reviews have described the trail as magical.
8. Go on a dinner cruise under the stars.
Kelowna Dinner Cruises are a popular past time on the Okanagan shoreline. You can spend a night under the stars listening to live music and eating fine food with a group of friends. The company has narrated cruises as well, so you can learn all about the area while relaxing in style. The cruises run till September 15, so it’s a perfect summer activity as we transition into fall and winter.
9. Listen to live music at Arts Alive! in Kerry Park.
As part of the Arts Alive! program, you can view a variety of artisans’ original work at City Park weekly until September. There’s also free outdoor music in Kerry Park. The lineup features a mix of music genres, including theme weekends.
10. Go for golf and dinner at one of Kelowna’s golf courses.
Spending a day on the links is always a good time, and Kelowna has many options for a good round of golf. Kelowna Springs features regular specials such 9 holes and a dinner voucher. You can go with friends or spend the day by yourself trying for that hole-in-one. The club offers a breakfast special plus several theme offers including Putts, Pints and Pasta, Vegas Mondays, Men’s Night, Sundays at the Springs and more.
Whether you’re looking for homes in Kelowna, British Columbia, or new to the area, you’ll find a wide variety of ways to spend summer days and night. Don’t let these fun opportunities for fun pass you by!
If you are wondering if Kelowna is the place for you please give me a call and we can discuss the different options
If you are wondering what to do with your Valentine this week, here are a few suggestions…..
Freddy’s Brewpub dinner dance package that includes a three course meal, bottle of fine wine, and the amazing music of Steve Todd for you and your loved one to dance the night away.Big White Ski Resort enjoy a private Champagne Gondola ride for two. The gondola ride will include music, candles, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for a quiet evening of love and romance. Reservations for the Gondolas can be booked at the resorts activity desk.
The Pulp Fiction Coffee House will be holding a Valentine’s Day evening. For Clocolate Lovers there is a Chocolatier to make the perfect chocolate gift for your Valentine, also enjoy a free red velvet truffle with the purchase of a specialty drink.
The Kelowna Rockets Valentine’s game Vs. Everett Silvertips begins at 7PM. There will also be a buffet at the game to make the evening extra special.
The Running Club Fresh Air Concept – They meet at 5:30 at 555 Groves Ave (off Pandosy) (map)
The Running room has a special Valentines Run to prepare for the 10k in Vancouver in April
The Masquerade ball on Saturday night at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall starting at 8pm . Tickets are $25.00 and proceeds go to the Wish Come True Society.
Bo.teggas Valentines experience: Love is ….. includes a cocktail lounge, appies, dessert and entertainment and dancing. Semi formal and tickets are available online at bo.ttega.com
Thank you to those who entered our contest on www.pinterest.com/kelownabc the winner this year was Robyn Hoffman and Floral Designs by Lee supplied and delivered the most beautiful bouquet of Roses.