Vicki Proulx, outgoing executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display in Spirit Square for the society's Carnival of Lights event on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival event tickets on sale Friday

More than 28 new events for 2023 plus a lot of returning favourites; Carnival runs Feb. 3-12

They are the perfect Christmas gift, stocking stuffer or both.

Event tickets for the 63rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival go on sale Friday, Dec. 2.

The Carnival, presented by ValleyFirst, runs Feb. 3-12, 2023 and brings not only a variety of new events, but the return of many beloved and popular events that haven’t been able to happen since 2020.

“The response from our third-party event holders has been overwhelming,” said Carnival chairperson Laurell Cornell. “This is the most new events we’ve had in quite a few years, so it’s wonderful to see the community showing their Carnival spirit.”

The festival will host more than 130 events throughout the 10 days of Carnival. More than 35 of those events are hosted by the Vernon Winter Carnival Society directly and the remainder are third-party events, hosted by a variety of local businesses and organizations.

There are 28 new events this year:

Reconnecting in the North Okanagan; Magic School Bus Gallery Shows; Live Music at Lake City Casino; Winter Carnival 1 Mile; Pop Culture Show and Sale; Queer Field Trip; Pokemon Habitats; From the Small Screen to the REALLY Big Screen; Free Family Skate with MP Mel Arnold; The Reverie; Bubble Tea Making Class; Lots of Tots Playgroup; Storytelling with the Okanagan Indian Band; Queen Family Game Night; Biathlon Demo Night; Mini Mandalorians; Happy Days Sock Hop (Senior Event); Rookie Blue – Behind the Scenes; TV Western Square Dance; TV Trivia and Costume Night; CSI – Adult Crime Scene Investigation; Carnival Kickball Tournament; Polar Bear Market; Yabba Dabba Do! Saturday Morning Cartoon Party; Sweetheart Pairings with Lake Country Scenic Sip Wine Trail; Outdoor Oval on Swan Lake; Coffee House at Halina; NYPD Blues Band; The Halina Presents: A RRREEEAAALLLY Big Variety Show.

SOME RETURNING FAVOURITES

Sip and Savour (formerly Suds and Cider); Parka Party at Predator Ridge; Beer Can Beiner; Feather Fanciers Show; 50th annual Coca-Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament; Jopo Swim; Total Fun Bed Races; St. James Family Fling; Restaurant Olympics.

“The theme for 2023 is CarnivalTV,” said Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx. “It’s been awesome to see so many events get on board with the theme. There’s so much that can be done with TV.”

Other returning events include the 62nd Annual Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, BC Snow Sculpture Competition at Silver Star and the Balloon Glow in Polson Park.

“You can really feel the excitement returning this year,” said Cornell. “Vernon Winter Carnival is a continuing tradition here in Vernon. It brings our community together and keeps us connected through shared and memorable experiences.”

Those wishing to purchase tickets are encouraged to do so right away as many popular events sell out the morning tickets go on sale, which is this Friday at 9 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at vernonwintercarnival.com/events, by phone at 250-545-2236 or in person from the Vernon Winter Carnival Office – 3401 35 Ave.

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