Christmas

A flood in the kitchen cooler at the Upper Room Mission contaminated all the perishables at the facility which feeds those most at need in Vernon. (URM photo)

Flood at Vernon Mission doesn’t spoil Christmas dinner

Cooler sprinkler malfunction contaminated all the perishables at the facility which feeds homeless

A flood in the kitchen cooler at the Upper Room Mission contaminated all the perishables at the facility which feeds those most at need in Vernon. (URM photo)
A Grinch stole an important part of a Vernon man’s Christmas light display sometime Dec. 22. (Contributed)

Grinch steals Christmas spirit in Vernon

Theft dims lights on resident’s seasonal display

A Grinch stole an important part of a Vernon man’s Christmas light display sometime Dec. 22. (Contributed)
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Can Can dancers trot out Christmas flash mobs

City residents with amazing Christmas displays were treated to the surprise dances

(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

From long-lasting traditions to fads, there’s a lot of history to play and recreation.

Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)
The North Okanagan Neurological Association will have Santa and his helpers on location Saturday, Dec. 18 from 4-6 p.m. (Contributed)

Vernon homes light up for Christmas

Christmas spirit is shining brightly around town. More and more residents are…

The North Okanagan Neurological Association will have Santa and his helpers on location Saturday, Dec. 18 from 4-6 p.m. (Contributed)
Revelstoke house decorated for Christmas. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

VIDEO: Revelstoke’s Christmas light tour

Check out the festive lights around Revelstoke

Revelstoke house decorated for Christmas. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Vernon’s Village Green Shopping Centre has partnered with Kelowna-based Media Button to produce The Christmas Ornament, a short film featuring a 100 per cent local cast and crew. (Village Green photo)
Vernon’s Village Green Shopping Centre has partnered with Kelowna-based Media Button to produce The Christmas Ornament, a short film featuring a 100 per cent local cast and crew. (Village Green photo)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Bah! Humbug! Italian bishop apologizes for telling kids Santa doesn’t exist

A Roman Catholic diocese in Sicily publicly apologized to outraged parents after…

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
The Roster is serving up support for two local charities by donating $5 from every entree for the month of December. (Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill photo)

Restaurant dishes up kindness for two Vernon causes

CMHA and Salvation Army served up support by local sports bar

The Roster is serving up support for two local charities by donating $5 from every entree for the month of December. (Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill photo)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Vienna Demontigny (second from left) donates items for her annual Purse Project to Armstrong Food Bank representatives Jennifer Ciccone (from left), MaryAnn Setterstrom and Karen Harrison. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Armstrong Purse Project receives ‘overwhelming’ bag donation

Project receives 50 reusable handmade bags for annual Christmas donation program

Vienna Demontigny (second from left) donates items for her annual Purse Project to Armstrong Food Bank representatives Jennifer Ciccone (from left), MaryAnn Setterstrom and Karen Harrison. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Giant Santas come to Grand Forks neighbourhood

The Santas are massive and somewhat costly, but neighbours say they’re worth it

(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Vernon residents Joell (rear left) and Nicole (front right) Friesen drove six hours with their daughters Nailah (front left) and Isabel (rear right) to help inspect Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes at the Calgary headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse. (Contributed)

Vernon family goes the extra mile to support kids at Christmas

Friesen’s drove to Calgary to take part in Operation Christmas Child shoebox inspections

Vernon residents Joell (rear left) and Nicole (front right) Friesen drove six hours with their daughters Nailah (front left) and Isabel (rear right) to help inspect Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes at the Calgary headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse. (Contributed)
Kelly MacIntosh (standing) guides horses through a Spallumcheen field during Horse Drawn Okanagan’s Christmas Sleigh Ride event from 2019. The popular rides return in 2021 from Dec. 21-24, and 26-29. (Coralie Nairn photo)

Spallumcheen horses help harness holidays

Harness the Holidays sleigh rides offered by Horse Drawn Okanagan after year off due to COVID

Kelly MacIntosh (standing) guides horses through a Spallumcheen field during Horse Drawn Okanagan’s Christmas Sleigh Ride event from 2019. The popular rides return in 2021 from Dec. 21-24, and 26-29. (Coralie Nairn photo)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation communications officer Bree Cawley (second from left) accepts a cheque for $5,310 from Desert Cove Homeowners Association members Marilyn Richardson (from left), Jim Horsford – the Recycling Elf – and Robert Huth. (Contributed)

New tree signals start of VJH Light a Bulb campaign

When you look atop Vernon Jubilee Hospital this holiday season you’ll notice…

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation communications officer Bree Cawley (second from left) accepts a cheque for $5,310 from Desert Cove Homeowners Association members Marilyn Richardson (from left), Jim Horsford – the Recycling Elf – and Robert Huth. (Contributed)
The John Christmas Light Tour is back for its third year in Vernon in 2021. Local realtor John Christmas has created a map of 21 festive properties to take in over the holidays. (DARRAN CHAISSON PHOTO )

Vernon realtor brings back Christmas light tour

The John Christmas Light Tour is on for a good cause in its third year

The John Christmas Light Tour is back for its third year in Vernon in 2021. Local realtor John Christmas has created a map of 21 festive properties to take in over the holidays. (DARRAN CHAISSON PHOTO )
The first Lumby Mistletoe and Holly Christmas Market – which will include Santa Claus in attendance along with the annual Lumby Fire Department’s Toy Drive – will be held Dec. 11 and 12 at the Whitevalley Community Hall. (Black Press file photo)

Lumby set for holly jolly Christmas market

First Mistletoe and Holly Christmas Market goes Dec. 11 and Dec. 12; Santa included

The first Lumby Mistletoe and Holly Christmas Market – which will include Santa Claus in attendance along with the annual Lumby Fire Department’s Toy Drive – will be held Dec. 11 and 12 at the Whitevalley Community Hall. (Black Press file photo)
She’s making a list, she’s checking it twice. O’Keefe Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks and her cousin, Cindy Palazzo, are collecting items for the Upper Room Mission’s Blessing Backpack program, and more items are needed to help fill the backpacks. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)

O’Keefe Ranch rounds up blessings for Vernon’s less fortunate

Spallumcheen ranch is a drop-off for items for the Upper Room Mission’s Blessing Backpack program

She’s making a list, she’s checking it twice. O’Keefe Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks and her cousin, Cindy Palazzo, are collecting items for the Upper Room Mission’s Blessing Backpack program, and more items are needed to help fill the backpacks. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)
With the arrival of December, Environment Canada officially observes the start of winter. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

This winter in the Okanagan is the hardest ever to predict, meteorologist says

To kick off the month of December, cities in the Okanagan set national heat records

With the arrival of December, Environment Canada officially observes the start of winter. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
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