Christmas

With the arrival of December, Environment Canada officially observes the start of winter. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

This winter in the Okanagan is the hardest ever to predict, meteorologist says

To kick off the month of December, cities in the Okanagan set national heat records

 

A project of Chabad Okanagan, Rabbi Shmuly Hecht,

Kelowna lights up for the holiday season

Both the Rutland Winter Light up and the First Light of the Menorah with Chabad Okanagan were held on Sunday

 

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is donating three hot meals for every full-sized bottle or advent calendar sold starting Nov. 25, 2021. (OK Spirits photo)

Okanagan distillery turning liquor sales into hot meals over the holidays

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is donating three hot meals for every bottle or advent calendar sold

 

The Scoop: Top headlines in Revelstoke. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

VIDEO: The Scoop: Revelstoke’s headlines for the week of Nov. 21-27

Josh Piercey recaps the top news items in Revelstoke this week

The Scoop: Top headlines in Revelstoke. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Dozens of families attended Kelowna’s 24th annual Tree of Hope event near the pedestrian bridge in the Landmark District on Nov. 25. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Kelowna’s 24th annual Tree of Hope light-up event kicks off holiday season

Santa hats and warm drinks were also distributed to boost the festive mood

Dozens of families attended Kelowna’s 24th annual Tree of Hope event near the pedestrian bridge in the Landmark District on Nov. 25. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors tree is back up at the London Drugs in Cherry Lane Mall in Penticton. (Jenn Waid)

London Drugs’ Wish Tree for Seniors is back across the Okanagan

Pick a gift tag from the tree with a local senior’s name on it this holiday season

The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors tree is back up at the London Drugs in Cherry Lane Mall in Penticton. (Jenn Waid)
James and Jamesy will be performing their holiday comedy show O Christmas Tea in Vernon and Kelowna from Dec. 3-5, 2021. (Submitted photo)

British comedy duo returns to Okanagan stages

James and Jamesy’s O Christmas Tea is ideal for fans of Monty Python

James and Jamesy will be performing their holiday comedy show O Christmas Tea in Vernon and Kelowna from Dec. 3-5, 2021. (Submitted photo)
The 2019 West Kelowna Light Up. (File photo)

West Kelowna Christmas events returning for the holidays

The Light Up and Twinkle Tour events will kick off the festive season

The 2019 West Kelowna Light Up. (File photo)
Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

45 per cent prepared to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings: poll

Only 35 per cent said they would invite someone who is not fully vaccinated into their home

Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Darcy Martin is the grandmother of Traci Genereaux, a Vernon teen whose remains were found on a farm on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek in October 2017. In honour of her memory, Martin and the family are sponsoring families in need with presents and food hampers this Christmas season, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Fundraiser honours woman found dead on Sagmoen farm in Shuswap 4 years ago

Family of Traci Genereaux sponsors those in need over Christmas season

Darcy Martin is the grandmother of Traci Genereaux, a Vernon teen whose remains were found on a farm on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek in October 2017. In honour of her memory, Martin and the family are sponsoring families in need with presents and food hampers this Christmas season, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Hillview Elementary students Emma Li and Mina Nadeau were awarded by the Premier’s office for winning the annual holiday card contest. (Karen Rogers photo)

North Okanagan students’ art featured on Premier’s cards

Hillview youth chosen for annual holiday card contest

Hillview Elementary students Emma Li and Mina Nadeau were awarded by the Premier’s office for winning the annual holiday card contest. (Karen Rogers photo)
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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Members of the three Salmon Arm Rotary clubs, First United Church, Broadview Evangelical Free church and Second Harvest teamed up, following pandemic protocols, to provide more than 600 individual meals to those in need on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2020. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Over 600 Christmas dinners-to-go provided to Shuswap residents in need

Volunteers from three Salmon Arm Rotary Clubs, churches create a pandemic protocol-friendly meal

Members of the three Salmon Arm Rotary clubs, First United Church, Broadview Evangelical Free church and Second Harvest teamed up, following pandemic protocols, to provide more than 600 individual meals to those in need on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2020. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
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Christmas pet photos from around the Okanagan

Check out these furry friends celebrating the holidays

  • Dec 28, 2020
Luna - Jillian Zielinski
DunnEnzies Pizza downtown Kelowna

Kelowna restaurant gives away free Christmas dinners

DunnEnzies Pizza downtown Kelowna will give away free dinner from 2 to 6 p.m.

DunnEnzies Pizza downtown Kelowna
Santa is pictured visiting a family in Kelowna on Christmas Eve, 2019. Due to COVID-19, virtual visits have replaced in-person chats. (Contributed)

Santa keeping Christmas spirit alive in Okanagan through virtual visits

Thanks to modern technology, Santa has managed to keep in touch with families in the Kelowna area

Santa is pictured visiting a family in Kelowna on Christmas Eve, 2019. Due to COVID-19, virtual visits have replaced in-person chats. (Contributed)
The Peach is looking ready for its COVID Christmas. (Monique Tamminga/Black Press)

T’was the night before Christmas in the Okanagan

It’s true that this year has had sadness aplenty, we’ll never forget the year 2020

The Peach is looking ready for its COVID Christmas. (Monique Tamminga/Black Press)
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An Armstrong-to-Enderby Christmas tractor parade took place Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (Facebook/Sandy Bosko Mills)

WATCH: COVID-19 can’t stop North Okanagan Christmas tractor parade

Vehicles covered with lights took to the highway between Armstrong and Enderby Wednesday night

An Armstrong-to-Enderby Christmas tractor parade took place Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (Facebook/Sandy Bosko Mills)
The Okanagan could have a white Christmas Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Pixabay)

It could be a white Christmas in the Okanagan

Environment Canada is predicting a chance of snow on Christmas Day

The Okanagan could have a white Christmas Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Pixabay)