Downtown Kelowna plans to light up this Saturday

Full line-up of entertainment planned for Saturday, and free parking on Saturday's planned for this weekend

There's plenty to do to get into the Christmas spirit this weekend in downtown Kelowna.

Santa Claus is coming to Kelowna this weekend for the 28th Annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up.

Downtown Kelowna will officially kick-off the holiday season with various events happening in multiple venues downtown this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Some of the highlights include Santa Claus making a stop at the Kelowna Community Theatre for pictures courtesy along with a workshop for kids to write letters to Santa. Over at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Olaf and Spiderman will make a visit (noon to 4 p.m.) plus the musical instrument zoo from Wentworth music.

Then kids can bounce across the street to the Holiday Fun in Stuart Park for ice skating (weather permitting), the bouncy castle, Elf games and fun with Park & Play.

At Waterfront Park watch the Santa Shuffle Race will take place while you can check out the story time and Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt at the Okanagan Regional Library.

Full schedule of events.

The Light Up is free to attend.

The musical entertainment schedule begins at 3 p.m. at the Stuart Park stage with live performances right up until the 5 p.m. light up.  The band Timbre Wolves will open the park at 3 p.m., following by The Malarkeys who will headline Stuart Park beginning at 4 p.m.

The evening will culminate with Santa Claus lighting up the 28 foot tree in Stuart Park.

“Without the Downtown Kelowna property owners and businesses, we wouldn’t have a light pp,” said Downtown Kelowna Association executive director Peggy Athans.  “It is because of them the DKA is able to kick off the holiday season with this fabulous event downtown and we thank them so much. There are events taking place all day throughout the downtown. Take in some of the free activities and entertainment, have a bite to eat, do some shopping and take in the holiday spirit.  Plan on spending the day downtown and celebrate with us.”

Saturday Dec. 3, 2016 will also kick-off free on street parking in downtown Kelowna on Saturdays for the month of December, a tradition that dates back  21 years.