December 27, 2013 - 9:48 AM
KAMLOOPS – It's the final weekend of the year and warm weather will greet those venturing outdoors and while there is not a lot planned this weekend there are still some options if looking for more structured events.
For those wanting to relax in the great outdoors the weather looks ready to cooperate. Temperatures should reach about one degree Celsius in the valley this weekend with a mix of sun and cloud. Those warmer temperatures will continue through New Year's Day with a steady layer of cloud expected to insulate the city for much of the next week.
Wildlights continues to run at the B.C. Wildlife Park every evening from 5 to 9 p.m. until Jan. 5. On top of the thousands of lights that make up the many displays at the zoo and the train rides, Uncle Chris the Clown, a laser light show, maze and campfires add the winter fun.
At Sagebrush Theatre you can still catch the Laughing Stock presentation of Aladdin-The Panto! through Dec. 31. The interactive theatre style will engage both children and adults Matinees will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Tuesday while evening showings (7 p.m.) will take place Friday, Saturday and Monday.
On Saturday Harper Mountain live acoustic music will take over the lodge while Sun Peaks will host the weekly snowshoe campfire cookout featuring an easy one kilometre tour through the forest to the winter camp where a campfire and s'mores await.
On Sunday the Blazers are finally back at home as they host Vancouver for a 6 p.m. game. It is the final home game of the year and the last one for another two weeks. From Jan. 11-28 the team will host seven home games against seven different teams. They will also host Kelowna for a New Year's Eve game starting at 7 p.m.
On Monday, Dec. 30 Sun Peaks will host the first of four starlight nordic ski tours of the season. The ski to McGillvray Lake starts at 5:30 and upon arrival at the log cabin hot mulled cider will be served along with a hot chili, chocolate fondue and live music by Leo Pouliot.
If you're looking ahead to New Year's Eve events there are many taking place in and around the city – from the numerous celebrations at local bars and restaurants to family friendly events at Rainbow's Roost, the North Thompson Agriplex and the ski hills.
Harper will offer night skiing and tubing and fireworks will be set off just after 9 p.m., great for the kids who can't stay up until midnight. At Sun Peaks the First Flight Big Air Invitational will take place at the terrain park at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a kids glow stick parade in the village platter area. The torchlight parade, which will light up the Sundance ski run will be followed by the grand finale-a spectacular fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Those wanting a different view of the events can take part in the snowshoe marshmallow roast, which starts at 6:45 p.m.
For something really different get tickets to the New Year's Eve Bullarama and Dance at the North Thompson Agriplex. With indoor professional bull riding and a country cabaret dance, as well as separate family and beer garden areas the event is one of a kind in the Kamloops area.
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