Santa set to visit annual Tree Light Up festival in Downtown Penticton
Free family fun and extended evening shopping highlights of seasonal festival.
It’s a magical evening that brings our community together. Pentictonites both young and old are invited to gather at Nanaimo Square the evening of Friday, Nov. 22 to celebrate lighting up Penticton’s favourite Christmas tree, right in the heart of downtown.
“Turning on the City’s giant Christmas tree in Nanaimo Square is one of my favourite moments each year,” said Lynn Allin, executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association. “Seeing the glowing, eager faces of children when Santa arrives, and we begin the countdown to lighting up the tree it always fills me with pride that the DPA hosts this annual event.”
This year’s festival will feature plenty of free all-age activities. There will be crafts, ornament decorating, games for kids, two photo booths, a bouncy castle and inflatable obstacle course, plus a traditional favourite: the booth for kids to write letters to Santa. And don’t forget to enjoy free hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies while being entertained with live music and seasonal carols.
“There will also be some great evening shopping available,” said DPA event coordinator Amber Belcourt. “Many downtown businesses will have extended shopping hours and in-store specials as part of the Downtown open house, so it’s the perfect time to conveniently scratch some items off your holiday shopping list.”
Also new this year will be Candy Cane Lane a collection of vendors in Main Street’s 200 block. “I am still able to welcome a few more mobile businesses and vendors, especially those with hand-made goods, unique seasonal treats, and stocking stuffer items priced at $30 or less,“ said Belcourt. Vendor applications are available on the DPA website.
The event’s activities are set to run from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at Nanaimo Square shortly before the official tree light up ceremony, which is expected to start at approximately 7:15 p.m. Complete details can be found on the DPA’s website at www.downtownpenticton.org
The festival is expected to draw a large crowd with lots of children so for everyone’s safety Main Street’s 200 and 300 blocks, including the Nanaimo Avenue intersection, will be closed to motorized traffic from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.