December 13, 2013 - 2:12 PM
LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LEFT
KAMLOOPS – With less than two weeks left until Christmas lots of events have already taken place to kick off the holiday season but there are still many organizations, fundraisers and events that will go straight through the big day.
Don't have a tree yet? Start a tradition by picking your own tree at Woodward Christmas Trees. The weekends offer hay rides along with concessions and a bonfire.
Dec. 13 Wildlights starts at the B.C. Wildlife Park. For just over three weeks you can visit the zoo in the evening to see the hundreds of thousands of lights set up around the grounds, to ride the train or wagon (to the North Pole) and laugh with Uncle Chris the Clown.
On Saturday Sun Peaks Resort is hosting Santa's Alpine Visit from 3-5 p.m. in the village. There will be live music from B3 Kings, winter activities, treats, gingerbread men decorating, storytelling with the elves and of course Santa will be onsite for pictures. A holiday poem will also be read 'from up high' by a Christmas angel at 5 p.m. Guests are also encouraged to bring a uique ornament to hang on the village tree.
If you want to stay in Kamloops Saturday but still want some Christmas fun Skate with Santa at the Brock Arena will take place from 2-4 p.m. and the Big Little Science Centre will explore the possibilities of Santa's Christmas Magic at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. The CP Holiday Train also rolls into the city later that evening. The annual tradition sees the train pull up at 5:30 p.m. at the north side of Interior Savings Centre, covered in lights and complete with a boxcar stage. Melanie Doan and Matt Dusk will perform and food will be collected for the food bank.
Christmas with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra also takes place Dec. 14-15 at Sagebrush Theatre and on Dec. 17 the theatre will host Choral Rhapsody, a free community concert with choirs, carols and sing-a-longs. School District 73 presents Candlelight Carols Sunday evening at 6:30 pm., featuring the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir and Kamloops Thompson Children's Choir along with Bells of Note.
Less than a week before Christmas the B3 Kinds will perform at St. Andrews on the Square. Dec. 20 the mix of 'funky' holiday classics will be performed at what is expected be a sold out show again this year.
Dec. 22 Santa will be on hand for a skate at Sun Peaks rink from 6-8 p.m., the next day he will be skiing the 5-Mile run from the Sunburst lift between 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and on Christmas Eve there will be two pancake breakfasts with Santa (8 a.m. and 9 a.m.) will be held at Masa's Bar and Grill.
Also watch for school Christmas concerts taking place in your neighbourhood, many students are already busy practicing their lines and songs. Fundraisers like the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign and assorted toy and food drives for Christmas Amalgamated are also underway around the city.
For those looking to take a jaunt around Kamloops in search of pretty lights and displays, a self-guided version of the Senior Christmas Lights bus route is available.
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As more events come in we will continue to update this story. Last updated 9:39 a.m., Dec. 13, 2013.
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