November 30, 2013 - 1:22 PM
KAMLOOPS – This weekend will be filled with holiday spirit and a whole lot of sports as the Santa Claus Parade takes to the streets of downtown and Sports Day in Canada combines with a weekend schedule full of hockey and basketball games, and a weather forecast that may just cooperate.
Friday evening the Kamloops Seniors Village will host an art gala from 7-9 p.m. with music, exhibits and door prizes. Les Miserables is now playing at Sagebrush Theatre through Dec. 11 and at the Stage House Theatre the Kamloops Players Theatre will show An Inspector Calls Friday and Saturday.
Friday also features your choice of basketball or several hockey games. The Thompson Rivers University women's and men's basketball teams will be hosting Mount Royal University for games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre and then the men's hockey team will host the University of Victoria at Memorial Arena at 8:30 p.m.
The Kamloops Storm will also hit the ice at McArthur Island for a 7 p.m. game against Revelstoke and the Blazers will take on Kelowna at Interior Savings Centre at 7 p.m. as well. Before the Blazers game a tailgate party for the Tim Hortons Brier will be held just outside the arena with free hot chocolate, giveaways and games. You can also get your picture taken with the Brier Tankard.
On Saturday kick-off the day by waking up Santa at 10:30 a.m. downtown before watching the Santa Claus Parade at 11 a.m. and then head to the east end of Riverside Park for Sports Day in Canada activities from noon to 4 p.m. There will be street hockey and RailJam in the lot and the Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre as well as the Long Blades club will be offering free classes as part of the day. Free public skating at Brock arena from 2-4 p.m. and at Interior Savings Centre from 2:30-4:30 p.m. will also be offered as part of the event.
Saturday also means more craft sales as Ridgepointe Retirement Residence (1:30-4:30 p.m.), Heffley Creek Community Hall and the Heritage House (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) all offer holiday gifts and goodies. Christmas at the Courthouse also goes Saturday and Sunday this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre. Woodwards Christmas Trees opens Saturday for those looking to find the perfect tree.
A synchronized swimming competition takes place at the Canada Games Pool Saturday as a training meet for provincial level synchronized swimmers and the Wolfpack hits the court again with both women's and men's basketball starting at 5 p.m.
If you are interested in the potential of a car share program in Kamloops head down to the Independent Centre Lecture Hall at the university to listen to Christian Brandt of OGO, the Okanagan car share program, as he talks about what it takes to start a car share program. The talk runs from 1-4 p.m. and registration is required.
The temperatures are expected to stay just above seasonal normals (2 Celsius) though precipitation, both snow and rain, could fall throughout the weekend as an Arctic cold front moves in late Sunday and cold temperatures settle in for next week.
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