Christmas

Linda Creaser (left) and Perry Wainwright hold a cheque for 2,200 towards the Santas Anonymous Society —North Okanagan. The two have been doing an annual fundraiser for the society since 2003. (Contributed)

Strong year for toy donations at Santas Anonymous North Okanagan

The society is also mourning the passing of founding member, Judy Mallett

Linda Creaser (left) and Perry Wainwright hold a cheque for 2,200 towards the Santas Anonymous Society —North Okanagan. The two have been doing an annual fundraiser for the society since 2003. (Contributed)
Christmas displays are getting more and more impressive in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Check out Vernon’s Christmas lights display from home

Photos of approximately 20 homes turned into a video for all to enjoy

Christmas displays are getting more and more impressive in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season

B.C. woman creates unique baked bean holiday ornament

Buy local this holiday season - with a baked bean ornament

New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season
After the Village Green Shopping Centre’s plans for contactless Santa visits were nixed by updated COVID-19 restrictions, the Vernon mall partnered with Saint Nick to provide personalized videos from Santa to local children. (Contributed)

WATCH: Santa delivers video message to more than 1,000 Okanagan children

Village Green Shopping Centre pivots from contactless visits to personalized videos due to COVID-19

After the Village Green Shopping Centre’s plans for contactless Santa visits were nixed by updated COVID-19 restrictions, the Vernon mall partnered with Saint Nick to provide personalized videos from Santa to local children. (Contributed)
Lily Seyes, two, speaks with Santa Claus during Breakfast with Santa at Bradbury’s Restaurant. (File Photo)

Santa Claus will miss photos at Salmon Arm mall

Kris Kringle offers tips to stay on the nice list, keep up Christmas spirit in abnormal year 2020.

Lily Seyes, two, speaks with Santa Claus during Breakfast with Santa at Bradbury’s Restaurant. (File Photo)
Residents at Vernon’s Canterbury Court enjoyed a new outdoor, holiday-themed space where they could safely socialize within their residential bubble amid the pandemic Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Seniors at Vernon’s Canterbury Court enjoy safe outdoor socialization

Residence invested $20K to create holiday-themed outdoor setup while maintaining its COVID bubble

Residents at Vernon’s Canterbury Court enjoyed a new outdoor, holiday-themed space where they could safely socialize within their residential bubble amid the pandemic Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Daisy the duck (Nadine Langford) poses with a customer while her dad Rick Parker gets change at one of the Krispy Kreme doughnut sales in November, raising funds to help feed the homeless in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Couple opens hearts to Vernon’s homeless

Special Christmas dinner planned to boost weekly meals provided to those most in need

Daisy the duck (Nadine Langford) poses with a customer while her dad Rick Parker gets change at one of the Krispy Kreme doughnut sales in November, raising funds to help feed the homeless in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Actress Dominika Juillet is looking to hire an artist or small group of artists to sing for her father in Vernon on his 70th birthday Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Contributed)

Vernon-raised Hollywood actress looks for local musicians to give father birthday serenade

Dominika Juillet is hoping to hire local artists for a special performance Dec. 15

Actress Dominika Juillet is looking to hire an artist or small group of artists to sing for her father in Vernon on his 70th birthday Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Contributed)
Parkview Elementary music teacher Kris Koenig directs Mrs. Peel’s Grade 3/4 class through their part of a school-wide Christmas concert that will be compiled into a video and streamed to parents. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Shuswap elementary school’s Christmas concert goes digital

Students’ songs are being recorded against a green screen and assembled into a complete play

Parkview Elementary music teacher Kris Koenig directs Mrs. Peel’s Grade 3/4 class through their part of a school-wide Christmas concert that will be compiled into a video and streamed to parents. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
One of the staff at Blue Heron Villa has set up part of her collection - including moving parts and lights - at the assisted living residence in Lake Country. (Contributed)

Christmas display lights up Lake Country seniors’ spirits

Assisted living staff member shares some joy with residents facing isolation

One of the staff at Blue Heron Villa has set up part of her collection - including moving parts and lights - at the assisted living residence in Lake Country. (Contributed)
Police seized and returned stolen decorations displayed at a Salmon Arm home. They highlighted the Grinch inflatable which had apparently fallen flat in an expression of guilt. (RCMP Image)

Shuswap social media sleuth directs RCMP to decorations swiped in “Grinch-like” crime

Decorations stolen from five homes in Sicamous and Salmon Arm returned to rightful owners

Police seized and returned stolen decorations displayed at a Salmon Arm home. They highlighted the Grinch inflatable which had apparently fallen flat in an expression of guilt. (RCMP Image)
The Little Mermaid-themed tree is now on display at Mission Hill Estate Winery. (Wes Rota)

Kelowna family decorates tree for daughter who died after battle with cancer

Ruby Rota’s Disney-themed tree will also raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital

The Little Mermaid-themed tree is now on display at Mission Hill Estate Winery. (Wes Rota)
(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

‘Pawsitively’ adorable; Okanagan pets meet Santa for photo-op

GALLERY: Big and small, a flurry of animals paid a visit to Santa in West Kelowna on Dec. 5.

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Vernon’s Sarah Elliman has published a new children’s book, How Nick Discovered Christmas Kindness, available on Amazon as of Nov. 30, 2020. (LMNOPhotography)

Vernon woman’s new children’s book teaches the gift of Christmas kindness

Sarah Elliman’s recently published How Nick Discovered Christmas Kindness is available now

Vernon’s Sarah Elliman has published a new children’s book, How Nick Discovered Christmas Kindness, available on Amazon as of Nov. 30, 2020. (LMNOPhotography)
The Grinch was stolen Wednesday and returned sometime in the night on Friday. (Hughes photo - Facebook)

The Grinch has been returned to Penticton home

“I guess someone’s heart grew three times that night” says April Hughes

The Grinch was stolen Wednesday and returned sometime in the night on Friday. (Hughes photo - Facebook)
Santa, Gary Haupt out of costume, is putting together personalized videos for kids. (Submitted)
Santa, Gary Haupt out of costume, is putting together personalized videos for kids. (Submitted)
Vernon Teach and Learn has earned numerous awards throughout its family-owned and operated history. (Photo submitted)

Vernon’s guide for Christmas toy shopping locally rather than online

Local businesses need support during the pandemic, and they’ve also got the goods this holiday season

Vernon Teach and Learn has earned numerous awards throughout its family-owned and operated history. (Photo submitted)
The Hughes’ Grinch was stolen from their front yard Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Santa suit the Grinch is wearing is 50 years old and has sentimental value. It was once worn by April Hughes’ dad. (Hughes photo)

Grinch stolen from Penticton home is ‘irreplaceable’

The Hughes have had a Christmas display for 25 years on Grandy Avenue in Penticton

The Hughes’ Grinch was stolen from their front yard Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Santa suit the Grinch is wearing is 50 years old and has sentimental value. It was once worn by April Hughes’ dad. (Hughes photo)
Melissa Jacobs, owner of Inspire Kindness Productions, right, is looking for nominations to help a family over Christmas with an Inspire Kindness bag filled with gift cards and small items. (File photo)

Vernon video production has Christmas spirit

Inspire Kindness Productions looking to help a family or resident with bag full of gift cards, items

Melissa Jacobs, owner of Inspire Kindness Productions, right, is looking for nominations to help a family over Christmas with an Inspire Kindness bag filled with gift cards and small items. (File photo)
Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
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