Visiting in December with children? Get ready to meet Santa, eat delicious locally-baked treats, and go for a glide on a lakeside ice rink!


Santa Meet and Greets

Capture the magic of the holiday season with Santa Claus in Kelowna and area! Bring joy to your little ones as they meet the jolly man himself at these cheerful and kid-friendly events.


Peachland Community Centre: Pancakes with Santa

Have pancakes with Santa at the Peachland Community Centre on Saturday, December 2 from 9am to 11:30am. There will be crafts and live entertainment. Bring your own camera to take photos with the jolly old elf. Visitors have to pre-register by calling 250-767-2133. Admission includes breakfast: Babies under 1 are free, age 1 to 3 are $6, age 4 to 9 are $12, and age 10 and up are $14. Food bank donations will be collected.

 


Kettle Valley's 4th Annual Parade With A Purpose

Santa will also be in a parade on Main Street in Kelowna’s Kettle Valley neighbourhood on Saturday, December 2 from 6pm to 8pm. Featuring floats and emergency vehicles, organizers are asking those attending the parade to consider donating to the Okanagan Youth Recovery House campaign on their website.

 


JoeAnna's House: Winter Wonderland

You can also visit Santa at the inaugural JoeAnna’s House Winter Wonderland at 321 Royal Avenue, Kelowna. The event runs from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday, December 17. Families are invited (including pets!) to come for photos with Santa from 2pm to 5pm. All of the proceeds from this event will support JoeAnna’s House, a home away from home for loved ones of those receiving specialized care at Kelowna General Hospital. This event will also feature winter crafts and cookie decorating, food trucks and a make your own s’mores station! There will also be a beer garden on site. Bring a hockey stick - a kid’s street hockey game will also be organized throughout the day. Entry is by donation and tickets for the various onsite activities will be between $2 to $10.

 

Christmas Markets

Locally made gifts and goodies are a big draw at Christmas Markets, and Kelowna will hosting many holiday markets throughout the month of December. Kids can sip on hot chocolate while seeing all of the Christmas decor, while parents can cross off some of the items on their holiday shopping list!


East Kelowna Market: Christmas in the Country

The 6th Annual Christmas in the Country will take place December 10 from 10am to 3pm. This quaint and cozy market at the East Kelowna Hall will feature 70 creative and local artisans, crafters, makers and bakers. 

 


Prospera Place: Craft Culture Holiday Market

The largest holiday market in town will be at Prospera Place on December 1 from 1pm to 7pm, as well as on December 2 and 3 from 10am to 5pm. Over 200 local crafters and artisans will be at this year’s Craft Culture Holiday Market with handcrafted goods to one-of-a-kind creations. General Admission is $7, a weekend Pass is $10 and children under 15 are free. Tickets are available online and at the door.

 


Rustic Reel Brewing Company: Reel Christmas Market

If you’re looking for a market that will be held mid-month, check out the Reel Christmas Market at Rustic Reel Brewing Company, 760 Vaughan Ave in Downtown Kelowna. This outdoor market will be on Friday, December 15 from 3pm to 8pm and on Saturday December 16th from 11am to 7pm. It will feature an array of locally crafted gifts, decorations, and treats from over 30 local vendors. Cozy up at the fire pit and roast a marshmallow with the kids. Toasty drinks for parents will include hot apple cider and warm mulled wine. Santa will also be there for photo opportunities on Saturday from 12 to 4pm.

 

Lakeside Skate


After shopping and savouring all of the holiday treats, check out the Stuart Park Skating Rink, a free, outdoor waterfront skating rink in Downtown Kelowna. Set to open on Friday, December 1, 2023, this is a must-do for families looking get into the holiday and winter spirit. The kids will love the beautifully decorated Christmas rink-side tree, and there is often a food truck on site with warm drinks and goodies. Skate rentals and skate-aids for kids are available for a fee. Weather and the maintenance schedule can affect operations, and you can always check out the City of Kelowna’s webcam to see its current status.

 

Cover Photo: Darren Hull Studios