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

 

Community Ministries Director at the Salvation Army in Penticton, Alan Madsen, says that his building is in dire need of more volunteers as Christmas approaches. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘Desperately need more volunteers’: Salvation Army Penticton asks community for help

The non-for-profit organization says its workload amplifies during Christmas time

 

The Town of Oliver is celebrating its Light Up Dec. 3 where they will once again light up the Christmas tunnel at Lion's Park as seen here last year with this photo taken by Chelsea Gillis. (Facebook)

Get ready to welcome back Oliver’s Light Up on Friday, Dec. 3

The fun begins at Triangle Park Gardens at 6 p.m.

 

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)
The hall for the Keremeos branch of the Royal Canadian Legion #192. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos Legion gathering donations for Christmas hampers

Any non-perishable food goods are welcome

The hall for the Keremeos branch of the Royal Canadian Legion #192. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
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)
The last time the Santa Parade took place in Penticton was 2019. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton goes another year without the Santa Parade

Surrounding communities are going ahead with outdoor Christmas parades and events

The last time the Santa Parade took place in Penticton was 2019. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
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)
Santa Claus at the 2019 Keremeos Light Up Parade. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Light Up parade returns to Keremeos this December

Following the parade will by events at the rec centre including frozen turkey curling

Santa Claus at the 2019 Keremeos Light Up Parade. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
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)
Jason Smith shows some of the elaborate holiday lights display at his home on Beavis Place. Houses in Summerland have been decorated with lights and other displays for the festive season. On Friday, Nov. 27, a drive-by lights tour was organized by Paul Biro, directing people to numerous homes and streets in the community. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

YEAR IN REVIEW: Summerland celebrated lights despite festival cancellation

While the Festival of Lights was cancelled, two drive-by holiday lights events were organized

Jason Smith shows some of the elaborate holiday lights display at his home on Beavis Place. Houses in Summerland have been decorated with lights and other displays for the festive season. On Friday, Nov. 27, a drive-by lights tour was organized by Paul Biro, directing people to numerous homes and streets in the community. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
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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)
Lisa Mazurek

Christmas pet photos from around the Okanagan

Check out these furry friends celebrating the holidays

  • Dec 28, 2020
Lisa Mazurek
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CHRISTMAS COLUMN: No one can steal Christmas

The Grinch didn’t like Christmas and wanted to get rid of it

  • Dec 25, 2020
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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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