Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor

Lights shine on downtown

The holiday season truly comes alive this Friday in downtown Vernon with the Festival of Christmas Traditions...

The holiday season truly comes alive this Friday in downtown Vernon with the Festival of Christmas Traditions, Vernon’s official light-up event.

“The planning for this event started in January, but the planning really kicks in the day after Sunshine Festival,” said Holly Schmidt, the Downtown Vernon Association’s events and marketing manager.

You’ll be able to play road hockey with Special Olympics, compete in a PlasmaCar race at Vernon Teach and Learn, enjoy a nativity scene by Emmanuel Baptist Church and check out medieval activities with the Chatelaine of Krakenfjord.

When you’re downtown on Friday, you’ll also be able to check out these community groups: B.C. Winter Games, Halina Seniors Group, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Upper Room Mission, Salvation Army, B.C. Hydro Power Smart, NOCCS, Vernon  Community Music School, Camp Hurlburt, Taoist Tai Chi Society, Kinder Arts and Camp Arrowflight.

Many downtown businesses are coming out on the street to provide the community with something.

Free visits with Santa are always the highlight of the evening, and will be available once again this year – but at Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio.

The always popular activities will be back again this year. Nature’s Fare Markets will host cookie decorating, there’s storytelling at Bookland and you can write a letter to Santa with the UPS Store.

When you get a little chilly, you can check out the bonfire and roast a marshmallow with Santa’s Anonymous and Vernon Fire and Rescue Services. The holiday entertainment stage kicks off at 5 p.m. with the official light-up ceremony.

Entertainers include Kiki the Magical Christmas Elf, The Argyll Celtic Choir, Vernon Community Singers, Some Other Time Quartet and Sorella.