Okanagan's Most Spectacular Light Displays.
Welcome to a winter wonderland at Goldilocks Estates! As we enter the second week of December, the holiday cheer is in full swing. We’ve compiled a list of the Okanagan’s top light displays to make this season truly magical. So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, play your favourite holiday music, and let's set off to explore!
The Iconic Tree of Hope in Kelowna
The Iconic Tree of Hope in Kelowna stands as a stunning, 120-foot symbol of the holiday season, adorned with 25,000 bulbs. While the holiday market event at the Tree finished in November, it remains a beautiful sight in the Landmark neighbourhood along Harvey Ave until January. It's perfect for a quick, festive drive-by or a walk with some hot cocoa.
The market, supporting the Central Okanagan Food Bank, ran for two days in late November. This year, it featured a significant contribution from the Stober Foundation to the Food Bank, providing essential nutrition to those in need. The Tree of Hope, with its grandeur and the community's spirit of giving, continues to be a beloved Kelowna tradition.
Stuart Park Ice Rink: A Canadian Holiday Tradition
Experience the holidays in true Canadian fashion at the Stuart Park Ice Rink. Whether you're skating with family, friends, or solo, the rink offers a picturesque and heartwarming setting. Cozy up near the crackling bonfire or pose for photos under the giant Christmas tree. No skates? No problem. Rentals are readily available. Plus, it’s in the heart of downtown, making it a convenient and lively spot to visit.
Mission Hill Winery: Christmas Trees for a Cause
Step into a whimsical forest of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees at Mission Hill Winery. Vote for your favourite tree and know that your choice will support the B.C. Children's Hospital, spreading joy to those in need. It’s a beautiful setting to enjoy the holiday spirit, and the fact that it supports a good cause makes visiting here feel extra special. From November 29th to December 23rd. Tickets are priced at $60.
Kettley Valley: A Magical Drive Through Kelowna
For a truly magical experience, plan a drive through Kettley Valley. Journey through this picturesque neighborhood and witness the breathtaking backdrop of the valley, lake, and city views, perfectly complemented by the vibrant, colourful Christmas light displays. Make your trip even more special by visiting the quaint café, Kettle Valley Coffee & Scoops. Be sure to stop by early to grab a cup of hot cocoa, as the café closes at 6pm!
Candy Cane Lane: Winter Wonderland in Rutland
Prepare to be dazzled as several blocks in Rutland transform into a whimsical wonderland throughout December. Candy Cane Lane is famous locally! Bundle up warmly and take a leisurely stroll through the neighbourhood, taking in the mesmerizing lights. It's a fun, casual stroll or drive, with lots of lights and a genuine sense of community effort. It's festive, friendly, and a great example of neighbourhood spirit.
Gellatly Nut Farm: Dazzling Lights in West Kelowna
Embrace the holiday spirit at Gellatly Nut Farm, where an archway of dazzling lights awaits. Delight in the melodic tunes of carolers and warm up by the bonfire, savouring hot chocolate. As you explore this festive event from December 10th to 19th, don't forget to pick up some roasted nuts, adding the perfect touch of seasonal flavor to your experience.
Downtown Armstrong and Spirit Square
Escape to the small city charm of Downtown Armstrong and Spirit Square, where the holiday spirit is in full swing. Starting from November 27th, the streets come alive with a symphony of lights, creating a picturesque setting for family time. Sip on hot chocolate, sway to the tunes of Christmas music, and let the twinkling lights ignite your holiday cheer.
Step into History at O'Keefe Ranch
Visit O'Keefe Ranch for a Victorian Christmas celebration, brimming with old-world charm and festive spirit. From December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17, 2023, the ranch transforms into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights and historic houses adorned for the season. You'll find an array of activities for all ages: meet Father Christmas for a memorable photo (pets included), engage in delightful kids' crafts, and explore our artisan gift shop for unique finds. Be part of our Gingerbread House Competition or simply marvel at the intricate displays. Warm up by the general store's bonfire with roasted chestnuts and savor hot chocolate and s'mores. For an extra touch of holiday fun, take home a cookie-train making kit. Open from 10 AM to 3 PM, your visit, supported by donations, promises a magical step back in time.
Sparkly Lights in Vernon: Spirit Square and Beyond
In Vernon, Spirit Square beckons you with a tunnel of beautiful, sparkly lights, enveloping you in a festive embrace. Take a moment to spot the Christmas Star at Swan Lake, marvel at the lit-up houses on 40th Ave., and venture through the beautifully decorated streets like Lakeridge Drive and Amber Drive.
Discover the Charm of the Okanagan This Christmas
As we wrap up our festive journey through the twinkling lights of the Okanagan, remember that the magic doesn't have to end here. If you're looking to start a new chapter in the new year, whether it's buying or selling a home in the Central Okanagan, I'm here to guide you every step of the way. With over 16 years of experience in this vibrant community, my expertise at Goldilocks Estates is your key to navigating the real estate market with ease and confidence. We offer a comprehensive home appraisal service to ensure your decisions are well-informed. So, as the holiday lights dim and a new year begins, let's work together to turn your Okanagan home dreams into reality. Here's to new beginnings and making every moment count – with you, in the heart of the Okanagan.
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