Lighting up Christmas Spirit


The holiday spirit will be coming to the city centre during the Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up.

The annual event takes place between 1-6 p.m. Nov. 28 along 30th Avenue.

There will be free parking and transit to and from downtown to help make the event accessible to all.

“We’ve changed the date of the Light Up to allow more businesses to participate and families to attend,” said Hailey Rilkoff, Downtown Vernon Association events and promotions co-ordinator, adding the event has traditionally been held on Friday evening.

Activities, holiday music and entertainment will be running all afternoon with the official Light Up ceremony starting at 5:15 p.m. at the MNP Main Stage.

“Kingfisher Heliskiing is providing this year’s downtown Christmas tree and with some new decor, our tree should look stunning,” said DVA executive director Lara Konkin.

The holiday entertainment kicks off on stage at 1:30 p.m. with acts that include magician Leif David, Kiki the Magical Christmas Elf and the C-Tones Choir. There will also be musicians and choirs along the entire avenue.

The Light Up is also hosting the first Best of Christmas Community Showcase. The public can submit in one of six categories at Light Up for: Best Decorated Christmas Cookie, Best Homemade Holiday Ornament, Best Ugly Christmas Sweater, Best Paper Snowflake, Best Gingerbread House and Best Homemade Wreath.

Free photos with Santa will be available once again thanks to CST Consultants.

“Kids can head out on a scavenger hunt to fill their gift bags after a visit with Santa,” said Rilkoff. “There will be other fun photo opportunities with some characters from Dream Party Productions as well.”

Many popular activities will be back again this year. Nature’s Fare Markets will be providing some cookie decorating, and a bonfire will have people roasting a marshmallow with Santa’s Anonymous and Vernon Fire and Rescue Services.

A ‘reindeer food’ craft station and Letter to Santa station will also be on the avenue.

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