winter scene of kamloops forest

6 Festive Activities to Celebrate the Holidays in Kamloops

6 Festive Activities to Celebrate the Holidays in Kamloops

Known as the Tournament Capital of Canada, Kamloops is home to many festive activities during the holiday season and outdoor fun all winter long. From cheering along the Santa Claus parade route to strapping on skis or snowshoes to enjoying breathtaking activities of the region, this getaway will get you into the holiday spirit. Indulge in winter fun by hitting the slopes at Harper Mountain or explore Kamloops’ own winter playground, Stake Lake. Don’t forget about the downtown core which boasts a variety of unique shops and restaurants or visit Aberdeen Mall to complete your holiday shopping!

1. The 21st Annual Wildlights Festival at the BC Wildlife Park

BC Wildlife Park lit up for Christmas

Photo: Mary Putnam

Running December 14th through January 6th, this winter celebration allows your family to revel in the colours of Christmas. Gather round and enjoy the hundreds of thousands of LED-lit trees, paths, and displays. You can wander through the Giant Maze, ride the Wildlife Express Miniature Train, or jump on the wagon to the North Pole. There are nightly performances from Uncle Chris the Clown so you can share laughs with your loved ones each night!

the wildlife express at bc wildlife park

Photo: Mary Putnam

2. Santa Claus Parade

On November 24th your love for throwback music will be re-ignited. Enjoy a Retro Rockin’ Christmas with Santa and all his helpers during one of the most popular Christmas events in Kamloops. At 10:30 AM wake Santa up then head down the parade route to see all the rockin’ floats go by. After the parade enjoy games, refreshments and take a picture with Saint Nick in Santa’s Workshop.

mother and child dressed up for christmas

3. Kamloops Heritage Railway – Spirit of Christmas

All aboard the Kamloops Christmas train as the Heritage Railway channels the holiday spirit.

On this one-hour whimsical train ride during a chilly, holiday night, you can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies along the way while Christmas carols play in the background. Relax among the thousands of lights illuminating the train cars before having a meet and greet with Santa and other special guests on board. If you’re seeking fun, family-friendly things to do in Kamloops at night, this is a fun trip to take! Come on out December 8th and 9th or from the 14th to 19th, and make sure to check your train times!

4. Elf – The Musical

At Sagebrush Theatre, from November 29th to December 12th, your little ones can join Buddy the Elf on his quest to discover his identity and the true meaning of Christmas!

5. Christmas with the KSO

woman playing the violin

Photo: Mary Putnam

Listen to your favourite festive songs as the Kamloops Symphony plays heartwarming melodies that remind you of what Christmas is all about. Witness a Noran Masterworks Performance on December 15th at 7:30 PM and a Kelson Groups Performance on December 16th at 2 PM, and fill your heart and your ears with musical cheer.

6. Watch a Kamloops Blazers Hockey Game at Sandman Centre

hockey match in kamloops

Photo: Mary Putnam

Canada’s national winter sport takes centre stage here. The competitive spirit and fast-paced action will appeal to sports fans of all ages. Kamloops is a hockey town that embodies all this energy and passion. Head to the 6,400-capacity Sandman Theatre and support the Kamloops Blazers Junior Hockey League team.

Where to Stay in Kamloops

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre keeps guests coming back year after year with its top-notch facilities and location. Your comfort is the No. 1 priority, and the staff aim to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. For a delicious dining experience, check out Romeo’s Kitchen + Spirits located on-site. You can also enjoy top amenities including:

● Free Wi-Fi
● Complimentary parking
● Indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, children’s wading pool
● In-room microwave and mini fridge
● Aberdeen private liquor store
● Fitness centre

deluxe room at coast kamloops hotel

Book your stay at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre today!