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Keremeos lights up for the holidays on Dec. 8 and 9

The parade returns to the Main Street on Sunday evening
The annual Light Up parade in Keremeos in 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos’ Light Up celebrations return on Dec. 9 and 10, with the popular parade back on the Main Street this year.

The parade, themed around turning Keremeos into Santa’s workshop, will start at Buy-Low Foods at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, and head down Highway 3 to Victory Hall.

BCW Traffic Management is contributing volunteers to flag for the parade this year, allowing it to return to the main roadway.

The parade isn’t the only holiday highlight for the weekend, which is packed with events and activities put on by the Similkameen Country Development Association and the Similkameen Rec Centre.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a craft market at Victory Hall, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9.

After the parade on Dec. 9, head over to the Similkameen Rec Centre for a range of activities. There will be free skating sponsored by Pharmasave, as well as climbing, bowling, turkey curling and a photo booth.

The Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple have provided free hot chocolate, and there will be a food truck at the Rec Centre as well.

Live music from the Organic Humans will also be a highlight to look forward to.

Speaking of photos, a backdrop will be set up at the Craft Market on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will be there for families and kids to get their holiday photos.

On Sunday, from 8 to 11 a.m., there’s still more seasonal joy to go around with a breakfast by donation with Santa at Steele’s Bistro. A donation from the Keremeos Rodeo Association is going towards making sure all can be fed.

Kids are also invited to write their letters to Santa, with their addresses on them, and then drop them off at the craft market so that they can get a letter back before Christmas.

Businesses are invited to participate in the festivities and decorate their storefronts to join in the competition for the FortisBC Christmas Window Award.

Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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