Record crowd for DVA Christmas Light Up

More than 7,000 attend annual event in streets of downtown Vernon

This year's Downtown Vernon Association Christmas Light Up drew a record crowd of more than 7

This year's Downtown Vernon Association Christmas Light Up drew a record crowd of more than 7

Downtown Vernon Association’s annual Christmas Light Up was one for the record books.

The popular event, sponsored by MNP, Telus, and Sun-FM, took place on Nov. 26, drawing a record of more than 7,000 people.

“There was something for everyone, young and old, including visits with Santa, ornament decorating, and dancing in the street,” said Hailey Rilkoff, DVA events coordinator.

“The Light Up is a community event and we were so excited to see such an amazing turnout. The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful night.

“When Santa threw the switch to light up the tree, it was spectacular to hear all the kids cheering. It is a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

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The Hot Chocolate Challenge has become a highly-anticipated part of the event and this year did not disappoint with seven different kinds of hot chocolate to taste test.

Participating businesses were up for the challenge and gave their best shot giving out more than 350 samples for public judging.

Once all the ballots were tallied, Domenic’s Café & Bistro came out the winner with his ‘Nutella Hot Chocolate.’

Downtown Christmas window displays were also up for judging that night by Queen Silver Star and the job was not an easy one.

The final award went to Olive Us Oils for their unique and colourful Christmas window display.

“People’s Choice voting just started on Dec. 1 and will be open until Dec. 16,” said Rilkoff.

“People can cast their vote by visiting the Downtown Vernon Facebook page. Simply ‘Like’ their favourite and a comment on the photo will get their name entered to win $50 Downtown Dollars to use this season.”

The Christmas Light Up signalled the start of late-night shopping downtown where merchants are open until 8 p.m.

For a list of participating businesses and holiday events visit

Also, a reminder that there is free parking on Saturdays at all downtown meters and in city parking lots.

You can visit or the Downtown Vernon Facebook page for events and merchant information.