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Weekend events include a sack full of holiday activities

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December 09, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - As Christmas draws closer, wintery events are taking over the city.

The annual Wildlights Festival is set up at the B.C. Wildlife Park, starting today, Friday, Dec. 9. With Santa, story time and colouring contests for kids and movies, a maze and, of course, the huge light display for everyone, the after hours event is a big draw for the park every year. It’ll run until Jan. 2. Entrance is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children. Anyone under the age of two is free. Family passes are available. The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly except Christmas Day.

Indie rock band Van Damsel play their last show tonight, the long time Kamloops based quartet are calling it after years playing together. Some tickets are sold out online, but some will be made available at the door for $15 starting at 8 p.m. Doors are at 8 p.m., music is at 8:30 p.m. at Cactus Jacks.

The Kamloops Heritage Railway is starting the annual Spirit of Christmas tours with trips around Kamloops in the evening. Six trips are planned so far over the next two weekends: Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., Dec 10 at 7 p.m., Dec 11 at 4 p.m., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors, $17 for children an $5 for toddlers.

Out in Barnhartvale one of the last Christmas markets of the year is being held at Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 artisans will fill the centre’s barn with goods like pottery, chocolate and crafts. The centre is located at 7373 Barhartvale Rd.

The following day the equestrian centre is also holding it’s sixth rendition of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, with horses. The event is free, but the organizers are encouraging donations be brought to go to the Kamloops Food Bank. The show starts at 2 p.m. and runs for an hour.

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