Your Goldilocks Guide to the Best Christmas Experiences in the Valley

Greetings from Goldilocks Estates! The holiday season has arrived in Kelowna, the heart of the Okanagan, and we're here to guide you through the most enchanting events happening this December. Whether you're a local looking for festive fun or visiting our beautiful city, we've curated a list of the best Christmas festivities in Kelowna that are sure to fill your heart with holiday cheer. So, bundle up in your winter coat, gather your loved ones, and let's dive into the magic of Kelowna's holiday season together!

Reel Christmas Market at Rustic Reel Brewing

760 Vaughan Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7E4

On December 15th and 16th, head over to Rustic Reel Brewing for a traditional Christmas market experience. With over 30 local vendors, hot drinks, and a cozy atmosphere, you'll find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Don't forget to capture memories with Santa photos and soak in the rustic charm of the Beer Hall.

Pretty Not Bad's Christmas Wonderland

1-740 Clement Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7C9

Throughout December, immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Pretty Not Bad.  As a local favourite, the restaurant transforms into a festive hub offering an exciting array of themed cocktails and dishes. From the rich cocoa of the S'mores Old Fashioned to the refreshing zest of the Miracle on Clement Street, each drink is a unique celebration. Be sure to try the Fireplace Cuddles for a cozy treat, or choose between the playful Naughty and Nice shots. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Chef James Holmes elevates the experience with a specialty dinner menu, making each visit to Pretty Not Bad a memorable part of your holiday festivities

Sandhill's Holiday Open House

1125 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K6

Get ready for a weekend to remember at Sandhill on December 16th and 17th! Dive into the heart of holiday cheer with complimentary wine tastings, set to the tune of live music that's sure to keep your spirits high. But wait, there's even more in store! Test your luck with thrilling door prizes throughout the event – who knows what surprises you might win? And for the savvy shoppers, we've got a fantastic deal: snag 20% off on accessories and select vintages all weekend. The best part? It's absolutely free to join in, no reservations needed. This is your perfect chance to unwind, sip on fine wine, and maybe even pick up that perfect holiday gift for someone special. 

Brewery Farmers Market

7-2030 Matrix Cres, Kelowna, BC V1V 0G5

On December 19th, make your way to Three Lakes Brewing in the Brewery District for a last-minute Christmas shopping extravaganza. This event is a treasure trove of local crafts and unique finds. As you browse, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and bask in the warm, inviting atmosphere. It's the perfect setting to discover one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting local artisans. And the best part? There's no entry fee! Mark your calendar for 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and don't miss out on this festive opportunity at Three Lakes Brewing. For more information, give them a call at (250) 808-5430 or check out their website

Kentucky Eileen's Kentucky Yuletide Tour at Creekside Theatre

10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, BC V4V 1Y7 / $39.00 Adult Admission

Take a short trip to Lake Country on December 15th and immerse yourself in an enchanting evening of folk music and storytelling at Creekside Theatre. Experience the magic of Kelowna’s favourite folk quartet, Kentucky Eileen, as they return to the Okanagan with their Kentucky Yuletide tour. Celebrated for their Nashville-style folk tunes and heartwarming storytelling, the band brings their much-loved hometown holiday show, having already captivated audiences across BC. This special night will also feature Oyama's own BC singer/songwriter Bex Troock as support, adding an extra layer of local charm. With a repertoire including music from their newly released 3-song Holiday EP, prepare for a night filled with laughter, tenderness, and the perfect tone-setting for your holiday season.

JoeAnna’s House Winter Wonderland

321 Royal Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 0G4

Join in the festive fun at JoeAnna's House on December 17th for their inaugural Winter Wonderland event. This family-friendly celebration offers a plethora of activities from 1 – 6 p.m.  Get your family (and pets!) snapped in a photo with Santa between 2-5 p.m., indulge in treats from food trucks, or create your own s’mores. Kids will love the street hockey (don't forget your equipment), balloon animals, and cookie decorating, while adults can enjoy a beer garden and mulled wine. Entry is by donation, and activity tickets range from $2 – $10, with all proceeds supporting JoeAnna’s House. Convenient parking is available near the site, making it easy to join in the magic of unity and community while supporting a great cause. 

Christmas Eve Festival in Big White Village 

1-5315 Big White Rd, Big White, BC V0H 1A0

Celebrate the magic of Christmas Eve at Big White Village. Starting at 4:40PM on December 24th, the Village comes alive with festive activities and delights for all ages. Wrap up warm and explore the Christmas booths, each offering a unique slice of holiday joy. Don't miss the opportunity for a special Polaroid photo with Santa – a perfect keepsake! The festival fun doesn’t stop there; enjoy cozy bonfires, children’s games, crafts, and a selection of tasty treats at the concession stands.

As the night sky darkens, prepare to be dazzled by Big White's famous Christmas Eve Fireworks display at 7:00 PM sharp. For the best view in the Village, we recommend securing a spot between The Woods and Stonebridge. For those who need a break from the chill, enjoy indoor booths and live music at the Village Centre Mall. With no entry fee and activities priced between $2 – $10, this festive gathering is the perfect way to usher in Christmas.

Winter Night Market at Lake Country Art Gallery & Art House

Lake Country Public Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC

Looking for a festive family outing? Head to Lake Country and explore the Winter Night Market hosted by Lake Country Art Gallery and Art House. Families can roast marshmallows by the fire, discover local artisan crafts, and soak in the holiday spirit in a charming setting. Kids will love the outdoor play area, and there's even a photo booth for capturing memories. Don't miss the chance to win door prizes or indulge in delicious treats from a food truck. Entry is by donation, and for those looking for a cozy break, the Lake Country Radio Cafe next door will be open during the event. It's the perfect way for families to embrace the holiday spirit together!

With this curated guide, you'll have no shortage of magical experiences to enjoy in Kelowna this December. From traditional markets to unique dining experiences and family-friendly events, there's something for everyone. So, embrace the holiday spirit, explore the best of Kelowna's Christmas festivities, and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Happy holidays from Goldilocks Estates!

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