Marlowe Wiebe, left, and Adleigh Kunka, both six years old, were among the thousands of people who attended the 30th annual Festival of Lights in downtown Summerland in 2017.

Marlowe Wiebe, left, and Adleigh Kunka, both six years old, were among the thousands of people who attended the 30th annual Festival of Lights in downtown Summerland in 2017.

Time to get ready for Summerland’s winter party

There’s no better way to kick of the festive season in Summerland than by partying at the annual Festival of Lights.

The light-up, which draws people from around the region, lands on Nov. 30 this year, and organizers are promising an evening of festive fun in downtown Summerland with a bit of a country twist.

Presented by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and the District of Summerland, the Festival of Lights the holiday event regularly attracts over 8000 guests.

The festival also brings in some of the best in emerging South Okanagan talent, this year with main stage performers Cod Gone Wild, presented by RE/MAX Orchard Country. Homegrown B.C. groups Nicole Sumerlyn and Hillside Outlaws are also performing.

The festival wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa, where you can get a selfie with Santa and Mrs. Claus, along interactive ice sculptures created live during the evening and the popular rodeo bull located in vendor row. There is also a new family fun zone at Memorial Park where, the community will light up the holiday tree and the downtown streets of Summerland at 7 p..m. The evening wraps up with a bang with the fireworks display presented by Summerland Credit Union.

Other key sponsors include Nester’s Market, RBC Royal Bank, True Grain Bread, Shoppers Drug Mart, the Summerland Motel, Grasslands Nursery and Garden Supplies, Tim Hortons, Fortis BC and Unisus International School.

Besides the Festival of Lights, this is also the weekend for Light up the Vines, with Bottleneck Drive wineries decorating their vineyards, orchards and tasting rooms for the holidays. Visit www.bottleneckdrive.com/events for more information about this Summerland winery event. Also, be sure to stop by the Summerland Arts Centre for their annual Seasons Sparkles event. Visit summerlandarts.com for more details.

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