The holiday spirit is ready to shine in Enderby.
The community’s Traditional Christmas Celebrations takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a number of activities are planned.
“It’s going to be better than ever,” said Tundra Baird, one of the organizers.
“It’s the kick-off for the holiday season in Enderby and area.”
On Friday, the fun gets underway with shopping sprees and draws at local businesses from 1 to 8 p.m.
That is then followed by a kids’ craft at the Okanagan Regional Library branch from 4 to 6 p.m. and a bake sale at the Enderby Museum from 5 to 8 p.m.
And then back by popular demand, the annual Christmas parade hits the streets of Enderby at 6 p.m.
“The parade has got better every year and the crowds that turn out are great,” said Baird.
Along with a variety of floats, Santa Claus will put his toy making on hold to appear in the parade.
“He always finds time to visit us in Enderby,” said Baird.
The parade starts at the arena and finishes at the chamber of commerce office.
At 7 p.m., the celebration will continue downtown with soup and a bun, hot chocolate and a bonfire.
On Saturday, there are shopping sprees and draws from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with pictures with Santa at the Royal Canadian Legion from 10 a.m. to noon and a chili cook-off at the legion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the Splatsin Community Centre, the Christmas market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s a great opportunity to do your Christmas shopping,” said Baird.
And for anyone wanting to get into the festive season, they can catch a wagon ride from BMO in downtown Enderby to the Splatsin centre.
On Sunday, Joy to the World: A Victorian Christmas will take place at Enderby Chapel at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Festivities will also include a contest for best decorated house and business, and judging takes place Dec. 10.
“We want everyone to get their lights up,” said Baird.