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Lighting up the Christmas spirit

The Downtown Kelowna Association with present the 24th annual  light up on Saturday, with events scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The light up will officially kick-off the holiday season with various events happening in multiple venues throughout the downtown core.

Highlights of the day will include the Rotary Centre of the Arts hosting arts and crafts for kids and the Wentworth Music musical petting zoo, the Re/Max hot air balloon will provide rides and Santa Claus will make a stop at the Laurel Packinghouse for pictures and cookie decorating. For a complete schedule of events visit www.downtownkelowna/lightup.

There will also be a number of live performances at the Stuart Park ice rink as well as free skating. In fact, most of the activities will be free.

FortisBC will also be on hand with its holiday light exchange.  Representatives will be set up in the Laurel Packinghouse, encouraging people to bring their old strands of incandescent lights and exchange them for a complimentary strands of LED lights. Visitors can bring up to five strands to be exchanged while supplies last.

The evening will culminate with Santa Claus lighting up the trees in Kerry Park at 6 p.m.

“It’s a wonderful event,” said Downtown Kelowna Association executive director Peggy Athans.

Saturday Dec. 1, also kicks-off free on-street parking downtown every Saturdays during December, a tradition for 18 years.

On Sunday, the Uptown Rutland Business Association Christmas Light-Up festivities kick off at Roxby Park, starting at 4 p.m.

There will be free hot chocolate provided by My Neighbourhood Restaurant, cookies from Specialty Bakery and entertainment provided by Cowboy Bob. Santa will make an appearance at 4:30 p.m.

Roxby Park is located at the corner of Roxby Road and Highway 33, across from Plaza 33. Bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Salvation Army.

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