Kelowna slides into Christmas

Jordin Tourney braves Saturday
Jordin Tourney braves Saturday's chilly temperature while riding the big red slide at Fairfield Inn and Suites. The Slide with Santa event raised funds for Habitat for Humanity.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

The temptation to race down a slide into an outdoor pool of water typically doesn't arise in December.

But that didn't stop Fairfield Inn and Suites from hosting, arguably, this year's most unique Christmas event: Slide with Santa.

Kids braved the chilly weather to ride the big red water slide into the hotel's heated outdoor pool on Saturday.

Sarah Ballantyne, a guest service agent with Fairfield Inn and Suites, said that the event also featured a variety of other activities.

"We (had) photos with Santa throughout the day, a bunch of different children's activities and at the end of the day, Santa (rode) the big red slide."

The event ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Ballantyne, the outdoor pool was actually a very comfortable temperature of 84 degrees F.

"The water is heated in the pool and the patio all around is heated through the floor. We also have propane heaters outside."

Money that was raised on Saturday went to Habitat for Humanity. This is the first time that the hotel has hosted this event and Ballantyne is optimistic that it will become an annual fundraiser.

Corrina Scott said her sons, Jordin and Darian, had been waiting a long time to get on the famous big red slide.

"Ever since the Fairfield was opened, every time we drove by, especially when the boys were little, they said, 'I want to go down the big red slide,'" said Scott.

"It was a little rainy and windy, but it was worth it."

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