Events & Festivals

Family-Friendly Winter Events in Kelowna

A family of three ice skating together outdoors under string lights amidst falling snowflakes.

Embracing the Winter Wonderland

As the winter season envelops Kelowna in its cozy and festive embrace, the city transforms into a magical landscape brimming with family-friendly events. From glistening ice rinks to heartwarming holiday parades, Kelowna offers many activities that promise to delight families and create lasting memories.

Pancakes with Santa at Peachland Community Centre

Kickstart your December with a delightful morning at the Peachland Community Centre on December 2. Indulge in delicious pancakes served alongside the cheer of Santa Claus himself from 9am to 11:30am. This event isn't just about the breakfast; it's a crafty affair with live entertainment that captivates both young hearts and old. Capture these moments with your camera, as Santa awaits to share a smile in your family photos. Remember to pre-register for this heartwarming event where admission fees go towards a noble cause and food bank donations are collected, adding to the spirit of giving.

Parade With A Purpose in Kettle Valley

Later that same day, witness the splendour of the 4th Annual Parade With A Purpose in Kelowna’s Kettle Valley neighbourhood from 6pm to 8pm. Floats and emergency vehicles, adorned with festive lights, create a spectacle, while Santa makes a special appearance. This event is more than just a parade; it's an opportunity to contribute to the Okanagan Youth Recovery House campaign, blending joy with the spirit of community support.

JoeAnna's House: Winter Wonderland

Mark your calendar for a unique experience at JoeAnna’s House Winter Wonderland on December 17. From 1pm to 6pm, families are invited to an event filled with winter crafts, cookie decorating, and a variety of food trucks. A highlight is the chance to take photos with Santa, even including your furry family members. The event also features a make-your-own s’mores station and a beer garden for the adults. Engage in a friendly street hockey game and enjoy various activities with tickets priced between $2 to $10. Your participation supports JoeAnna’s House, creating a home away from home for families in need.

Festive Markets Galore

Throughout December, Kelowna blossoms with Christmas markets. These markets are not just shopping destinations but a visual feast of holiday decor and locally made gifts and goodies. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate while exploring:

  • The 6th Annual Christmas in the Country at East Kelowna Hall on December 10, featuring over 70 local artisans.
  • The expansive Craft Culture Holiday Market at Prospera Place from December 1-3, showcasing over 200 crafters and artisans.
  • The cozy Reel Christmas Market at Rustic Reel Brewing Company on December 15-16, offering a festive outdoor ambiance with a variety of local vendors, a fire pit, and even Santa photo ops.

Stuart Park Skating Rink

A visit to the Stuart Park Skating Rink is a must for families. This free, outdoor waterfront rink opens on December 1, providing a perfect backdrop for family skating. The rink, adorned with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, often features a food truck serving warm drinks and treats. Skate rentals and aids are available to assist the little ones, ensuring a fun and safe skating experience for all.

A List of Additional Events

  • DKA Christmas Tree Light Up at Stuart Park on December 2, offers a dazzling start to the festive season.
  • Snowman and Snowflakes with Playdoh at Staples Kelowna on December 6, inspires creativity in crafting winter-themed Playdoh sculptures.
  • The Nutcracker presented by The Canadian School of Ballet at the Kelowna Community Theatre on December 8-9, showcases a timeless holiday classic.
  • Family Dance Night on December 10, promises an evening of dancing and fun for the entire family.
  • Making Spirits Bright concert at Central Okanagan United Church on December 13, features choral performances by local choirs.
  • Stars On Ice Holiday Tour at Prospera Place on December 14, brings a sparkling ice skating show led by Elvis Stojko.

A Season to Remember

Kelowna’s winter event calendar is rich with activities that cater to all ages, making it the perfect destination for families seeking a blend of adventure, culture, and holiday spirit. Each event, unique in its charm, invites families to step into a world of festive joy and community warmth, crafting unforgettable winter memories in Kelowna.