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Weekend robots and New Year's Eve parties

Ring in the New Year at Silver Star Mountain where you can watch fireworks and a torch light parade.
Image Credit: Silver Star Mountain
December 27, 2013 - 12:27 PM

VERNON - For many, the weekend after Christmas is reserved for rest and relaxation. Some will be disposing of their Christmas trees, others catching up on sleep. If you’re feeling like getting out and about, here’s a rundown of weekend events and listing of New Year’s Eve parties.

Environment Canada is calling for mild temperatures hovering around zero this weekend, and flurries early next week.

Silver Star Mountain has kicked off its night skiing season, offered Friday and Saturday evenings from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you can wait until January 10, the price drops from $25 to $10.

While you’re there, check out a holiday concert featuring Raquel Cole Friday night. She's also in the running for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada song contest. 

Or, take in the first ever Silver Star Rail Jam Saturday night, where local skiers and boarders will be performing stunts. 

The Okanagan Science Centre will be invaded by robots Saturday afternoon. Vernon’s own Robo Bros will give a presentation on their creations and also have their 3D printer on hand. Visitors will be able to bring home printed sculptures.

If you managed to score tickets to the sold-out Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, you’re in for a treat Sunday evening. If not, there are always New Year’s Eve parties to look forward to.

Silver Star is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, a snowshoe adventure to the Wild Horseman’s Cabin including hot chocolate, old-fashioned games, a dessert fondue and return trip by sleigh. The night costs $88 for adults and $69 for children 12 and under.

There’s also free entertainment on the mountain. Skiers will weave down the mountain in the torch light parade, followed by a firework display. For $5 you can join the parade.

The Vernon Recreation Centre is hosting a Good ‘n’ Wild New Year’s Eve, complete with live music by two local bands. The 19 + event costs $35 in advance and $45 at the door, if it’s not sold out.

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To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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