December 24, 2013 - 10:28 AM
KELOWNA – Christmas is certainly not cheap, but there is at least one activity that is free for everyone and sure to inspire. This year the abundance of Christmas light displays around the city is more impressive than ever.
Thanks to West Kelowna resident Jerry Budnick, Kerry Park is lit up with enough lights to thrill Santa himself. It almost didn’t happen, however, as much of the display didn’t meet public standards. It was initially thought that it would cost upwards of $70,000 to bring it up to code, but a second examination revealed the total cost would be much less. The City of Kelowna received a $15,000 donation towards the project and many local businesses chipped in to supply electrical work, storage space and security. I suppose you could call it a Christmas miracle, but it’s more likely an illustration of community coming together.
A neighbourhood in Rutland has also been transformed, thanks to residents of Gramiak Rd., Mary Rd. and Collison Rd. This typical Kelowna neighbourhood is now a breathtaking winter wonderland. Dubbed ‘Candy Cane Lane’, it’s hard to find a house that isn’t covered in lights and festive decorations. It is well worth a visit.
Another display of note is the Landmark buildings “Tree of Hope”. For 16 years, the Tree of Hope has been a symbol of inspiration and hope for the community. At over 120’ tall and with approximately 25,000 bulbs, this twinkling cone of Christmas cheer can be seen from all over the city.
This map includes locations and photos of some of the most impressive displays around the city.
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