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Three free things you can do in Kelowna to celebrate the new year

Outdoor skating is just part of the New York New Years celebration in Kelowna
December 27, 2018 - 11:29 AM

KELOWNA - If you still haven't made plans for celebrating the new year, you're in luck: Here's three things you can do without needing a ticket or a reservation. 

The Seventh Annual New York New Years kicks off Monday evening in downtown Kelowna. It features free events, food trucks, a Kid’s “Snow Zone” and live music.

Sponsored by Valley First Credit Union it’s centred around the skating rink in Jim Stuart Park and Kelowna Community Theatre. Live bands start playing at 6 p.m. with The Oot n’Oots (Kindie Rock). The Hillside Outlaws (Country) take the stage at 7 p.m, followed at 8 p.m. by Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (Jump Blues).

Fireworks at 9 p.m. wrap up this family friendly event. For more information, click here to go to Festival Kelowna New Year’s Eve.

There are two Polar Bear dips on New Year's Day (Tuesday) for those willing to plunge into the frigid waters of Okanagan Lake. Both are at Tugboat Bay. At 1 p.m., polar bears can jump in at Tugboat Bay on Beach Avenue in Peachland. The Kelowna version goes at 2 p.m. at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park.

For those wanting to be a bit warmer as they kick off the New Year, there is a Polar Bear Walk or Run at the foot of 6th Street in Peachland at 10:30 a.m. It features a 2.2 km walk or 5 km run along the waterfront. Fees are charged and the rate is lower if booked by the end of the year.

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