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.
- Dec 1-23 Go on a Winter Wonderland Ice Wine Tour.
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.
Dec 4- 6 View a Living Nativity at Willow Park Church.
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.
Wishing You a Great Season,