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Kelowna brings New Year's celebrations to families

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December 28, 2012 - 11:07 AM

For those looking for a family-friendly New Year's experience, Kelowna and area has a lot to offer.

The New York New Year's festival will rock the city starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at Stuart Park. The event is free to attend and activities are based around the skating rink. Attendees can enjoy live musical performances; "Snow Zone" drop-in activity stations with snowball toss, tube ride races and crafts; special lighting effects and the New Year's countdown starting at 9 p.m. to launch the fireworks show.

Starting at 4 p.m. Big White's Happy Valley will be the place for families to celebrate with apres ski and live music. Then, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. hot chocolate, skating and a festive bonfire. At 6 p.m. Sk8ters, located in the Happy Valley Day Lodge is putting on kids events including music, dancing, treats and inflatable rides. For the older kids, a Youth Disco starts at 8 p.m. with the boogy-woogy continuing until 10 p.m. Fireworks displays take place at 8 p.m. and again at midnight.

Silver Star will also hold a New Year's eve celebration beginning with a torchlight parade at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks.

Apex Mountain resort's New Year's fireworks run 6 p.m. to midnight.

But the fun doesn't end New Year's eve. Events are planned for New Year's day as well.

Dinner is served at the First United Church, 721 Bernard Ave. beginning with hot apple cider at 5 p.m. and a meal of turkey, ham, beef and all the trimmings at 5:30. There will be games, door prizes and carol singing. To contact organizers dial 250-762-3311.

For those who might need a pick-me-up, the New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim at Peachland and Swim Bay, 4450 6th Street, promises a nice brisk experience to awaken the senses. Participants put on their summer swim gear and run into Okanagan Lake.

Environment Canada predicts overcast skies and a high of -2C.

This one probably isn't for the faint of heart and anyone with a medical condition should consider consulting a doctor before registering. Pre-registration isn't required but will allow for a special participation certificate to be made. Check-in is 12:30 p.m. at the Community Centre. For more information call 250-767-2133.

An event designed to promote fitness is the New Year's Day Polar Bear Run and Walk at 4450 6th Street, Peachland. Online pre-registration is required and there is a fee. Start time is 10 a.m. For more information call 250-767-2133.

Folks considering starting a brand-new year in a brand-new way can head down to the Kelowna Art Gallery at 1315 Water Street for family Sunday Dec. 30 to create resolution magnets for their fridge. The event cost $4 per person and everyone is welcome. Gallery admission is included in the fee. Contact 250-762-2226 for details.

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