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Downtown Vernon lights up with Festival of Christmas Traditions Friday

To celebrate Festival of Christmas Traditions, broomball is making an appearance.

The Funtastic Sports Society, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and the Downtown Vernon Association are inviting players of all ages and levels to participate during the holiday light-up Friday.

“If you don’t know what broomball is, it simply is hockey, but replacing your skates with sneakers or winter boots and the hockey stick with a broom,” said Jim McEwan, with Funtastic.

Akbal Mund, of the 2012 Winter Carnival Broomball champion team, Wendy’s Frosties, will be on hand to offer tips and techniques.

“Bring your friends, family, co-workers, or youth group. Broomball is perfect for all ages,” said McEwan.

In addition to broomball, enjoy visits with Santa (3100 block of 30th Ave. near the UPS store), cookie decorating at Nature’s Fare Markets, crafts, pony rides, a hockey shoot out, carriage rides, entertainment stage, bonfire, marshmallow roast and a colouring contest.

Festival of Christmas Traditions takes place Friday on 30th Avenue from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The official lighting of the community Christmas Tree will take place at 5:15 p.m. in front of CIBC on the corner of 30th Avenue and 32nd Street.

Along with broomball, you can compete in a PlasmaCar race at Vernon Teach & Learn, enjoy a Nativity Scene by Emmanuel Baptist Church and get your face painted by Kiki the Magical Christmas Elf to name just a few activities.

In order to prepare for the event, 30th Avenue (from 30th to 35th street) will be closed starting at 1 p.m. Friday.