A wonderland of things to do over the break

The lights, music and traditional festivities are the most anticipated part of the month of December. The City of Kamloops has a jammed-packed schedule for this season, most of which will definitely make it onto your holiday bucket list, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and a sweater and get ready for the best Christmas yet.

The Woodward Family Christmas Tree Farm invites everyone to pick up their Christmas tree and join in on some fun too, every day until Dec. 20. A day of fun is to be had with rides, singalongs and a bonfire to cozy up with. You may want to get out your jingle bells for this one. The farm also has a tasting room this Christmas season at Privato Vineyard and Winery, for the adults. Go taste some delicious wine, and find your new favourite for the season. The farm is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day this season.

The B.C. Wildlife Park will be showcasing its Wildlights Festival, where you can be sure to expect a spectacular show. Go solo or bring your family and friends along; the show will be on from Dec. 11 to Jan. 3 every day from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The park has lots of other awesome things going on that you won’t want to miss! They will be holding their second annual gingerbread house contest. The first place prize winner will receive a private animal encounter and four day passes for the park. The second place winner will receive a $35 gift card to the Naturally Yours gift shop. They have lots of other activities going on such as a mini train, a holiday maze and “Elf on the Shelf” story time.

Santa’s alpine visit to Sun Peaks Resort on Dec. 12 may be something to write home about. If free pictures with Santa doesn’t get your holiday spirits up, perhaps the festive music and meeting his elves will. Check some things off your shopping list by visiting some of the onsite vendors. Get the true Canadian experience right here in Kamloops and eat some deliciously authentic maple taffy made on the snow. Save some money on postage, and don’t miss your chance to put in any last wish lists with the big bearded guy in the red coat.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train turns on its engine again this season and is making a stop in Kamloops on Dec. 17. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods and make monetary donations to the local food bank. Although the train is visiting over 150 communities, all donations made in Kamloops will be used locally. The train will arrive promptly at 5:05 p.m. at the north side of the Interior Savings Centre on Lorne Street, so be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior. Each ride on the train will include a boxcar stage and a lineup of awesome musical talent.

There are lots of other holiday-themed events planned throughout the city. Be sure to check out www.tourismkamloops.com for more events such as the Senior’s Christmas Light Tour at the Sandman Centre on Dec. 10, holiday shopping at Harper’s Trail on Dec. 12, and many more.