JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL WINTER STREET MARKET & LIGHT UP

Celebrate the magic of the Holiday Season at the Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market & Light Up on Saturday, December 3 from 11am-6pm at Stuart Park.

This free, festive outdoor celebration features over 50 artisan and market vendors, family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and Photos with Santa!

Enjoy hot chocolate by donation (proceeds to the Central Okanagan Food Bank), or sip on an “adult beverage” while strolling the market.

Book your appointment for Photos with Santa in advance to avoid the line-up.

Come Downtown for the Market and shopping at Downtown businesses; stay Downtown for dinner or holiday cheer with friends!

The annual tree Light Up is at 4:45pm. See you there!

activities

The annual Downtown Kelowna Christmas Tree Light Up is a beloved tradition. Kelowna Mayor, Tom Dyas, will do the honors of lighting up the massive tree that sits in Stuart Park to official kick-off the Holiday Season. The Light Up begins at 4:45PM.

ace up those blades and hit the ice at Stuart Park. No skates? No worries! Skate
rentals are available on-site. Free public skating is available all day long; the Stuart Park Outdoor Rink opens December 1, weather permitting.

Santa Claus is coming to town — Downtown Kelowna, that is! Have your photo taken with Santa FOR FREE on Saturday, December 3 between 11am-4:40pm while visiting the Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market & Light Up. 

Skip the line outside Santa’s HQ by reserving your spot in advance. Walk-ups are welcome, but reservations* will be given priority.

RESERVE HERE

You’ll receive:

  • Specific time for photo*
  • One printed 5″x7″ photo
  • Digital copy of the photo(s) of your choice

*NOTE: Santa’s a busy guy and is on a tight schedule. Please arrive 10 minutes before your booking to ensure the schedule is maintained. Due to limited availability, late arrivals cannot be accommodated and will be moved to the next available time or will revert to the walk-up line. Thank you for your understanding. 

While Santa’s HQ will be stationed inside a large tent, this is still an outdoor event. Dress accordingly! 

Sacks of letters are arriving at the North Pole, and the Canada Post elves are busy helping Santa with his mail. This is an excellent activity for the little ones to practice their spelling and share what is on their hearts this holiday season. Make sure to put the correct address on there, as every letter sent out will hear back from Santa himself!

Head over to the Kelowna Art Gallery and create your own lantern and bring it to Light Up at 4:45pm! Register in advance; link to come.

Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and support the Central Okanagan Food Bank. Get your hot chocolate with a min. donation of $5; for $10 you’ll also receive a Winter Street Market branded mug (while supplies last).

Science is cool any time of year, especially at the Winter Street Market. Try your hand at science experiments.

Come and enjoy some awesome nature experiments provided by the Okanagan Science Centre.

entertainment

The Zamboni Bros. are a four piece classic rock band from Kelowna. The band has a well deserved reputation for outstanding vocal harmonies and outstanding fun in the bargain.

 

Kinshira Entertainment is a performing arts group specializing in event entertainment and performance art with stilt walkers, fire dancers, roving atmosphere entertainment, themed costumes, aerial performers, circus entertainment, and more!

Mitch Zorn is a singer/songwriter based in Kelowna BC. After spending 5 years in the Nashville/Texas music scene he has returned home where he continues to write, record, play shows and hone his craft.

Dane is a singer/songwriter out of Penticton British Columbia. He first started playing guitar at the age of 10, getting lessons from his friend and fellow country artist, Mitch Zorn. Growing up in the small mountain village of Nakusp B.C. Later moving to the beach city of Penticton in his high school years. Dane mixes his influence in music and environment to create his take on a modern day 90’s country sound. 

 

Composed entirely of students from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, the UBCO Beats are the premier a cappella group of Kelowna. The Beats are so honoured to be invited to this year’s DKA Winter Street Market, and will be performing the biggest hits from the early 1980’s to now! With a mix of artists from today’s top charts, as well as some holiday music in the spirit of the season, we hope our sound will allow you to reimagine the last 40 years of music with only the human voice. Come see us perform from 2:00 – 2:50 on the green!

We are honored to hold the Winter Street Market & Light Up on the ancestral and unceded tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ (land) of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

Shayla Allison opens the entertainment line-up with a drum & vocal performance of the “Okanagan Song,” along with telling traditional stories of the Okanagan Nation.

VENDORS

Grab a snack at the Market from the following food vendors.

Crepe Bistro: Authentic French savoury and sweet crepes. Hot and cold drinks.

Little Spoon: German Christmas baking, pretzels, fresh baked waffles, butter tarts, cookies, fruit pie, hot apple cider.

Cin City Donuts: Cin City Donuts specializes in freshly made mini donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot apple cider, and other beverages.

Still hungry? You’ll find a huge selection of eateries, cafes, bakeries, quick eats, and fine dining option in Downtown Kelowna!

Sip on an “adult beverage” while you stroll the Market! Drink tickets are just $6 and available from the Downtown Kelowna booth (shipping container) mid-Market. Cash, debit, and credit card accepted. Proof of identification is required.

Mulled Wine: Provided by Sandhill Wines


Beer: Provided by BNA and Kelowna Beer Institute.

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Hot Chocolate: By donation and available at the Central Okanagan Food Bank
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Artisan and market vendors will line either side of Water Street. Click here (PDF TO LIST) for a complete selection of vendors at this year’s Winter Street Market.

SHOP LOCAL HOLIDAY CONTEST!

This Holiday Season, we’re rewarding you for shopping local in Downtown Kelowna. Visit any participating Downtown Kelowna business from December 1-23, 2022 and enter our Shop Local Holiday Giveaway contest for a chance to win a $250 VISA Gift Card and prizes from Downtown Kelowna businesses!

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