Thousands expected for Festival of Lights

This Friday the Summerland Chamber of Commerce will host Christmas Rocks! at the 27th annual Festival of Lights.

This Friday the Summerland Chamber of Commerce will host Christmas Rocks! at the 27th annual Festival of Lights.

Light Up is recognized as the Okanagan’s premier Christmas event and this year we are expecting more than 6,000 guests for the evening.

Here at the Chamber we have a few goals for the evening.

Naturally, we want it to be a really great party.

We also want to showcase our downtown and our local businesses, provide a wonderful fundraising opportunity for local non-profit organizations, and, last but not least, let our visitors know that Summerland is a great place to live.

The evening kicks off with a Santa procession at 5 p.m.

There will be dramatic ice sculptures sponsored by Nesters Market, the wonderful Santa’s workshop hosted by the Summerland Credit Union, and some new and extravagant bouncy toys as well as photos with Santa sponsored by IGA.

There’s also an amazing amount that goes on behind the scenes in order to organize a festival of this size so this year we want to thank Progressive Waste Services for coming on board as our Festival Services Sponsor to make all the guest comfort and safety items possible.

Our Summerland royalty will be our resident elves on Friday so look for them when you bring your letters to Santa to drop off at the post office.

The Main stage will be rocking with local bands as well as Vancouver band Damn Fools and you won’t want to miss the spectacular fireworks finale sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union.

You’ll also be able to try the most delicious food you’ve ever seen in one place.

A post fireworks finale will be located in front of the main stage and headlined by the Kinshira Performance Troupe.

Wear whatever you have that lights up.

Light Up head gear and Santa wands will also be available for purchase at the Chamber’s information booth on Main Street.

See you on Nov. 28.

Check out all the activities at our website, summerlandlightup.com.

We always appreciate your feedback. Please contact me at manager@summerlandchamber.com or our chamber president, Arlene Fenrich, at  president@summerlandchamber.com.

Christine Petkau is the manager of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce.