Have fun this holiday season in Downtown Kamloops
The holiday season is on its way and Downtown Kamloops is celebrating. Throughout the month of December you can find downtown businesses showcasing beautiful window displays, holiday lights brightening up the sidewalks and you may even run into jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself browsing his way through the shops. Seasonal shoppers can enjoy tons of prize giveaways, visits from Santa, free Saturday on-street parking, and so much more!
Seasonal events that are sure to jingle your bells include the Santa Claus Parade and the first ever flannel and frost themed Welcome Winter Block Party!
The holiday festivities kick off Saturday, November 25th with the Annual Santa Claus Parade at 11am.
For the first time ever, the parade has a presenting sponsor. Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has stepped up to show their support for this amazing community celebration and is thrilled to be partnering with Downtown Kamloops in growing this popular, annual event. Head down early for Wake up Santa and pre-parade entertainment at 10:30am.
Downtown Kamloops invites you to bundle up in your favourite plaid jacket and join them in embracing winter with an oh-so-Canadian celebration – the first ever Flannel & Frost themed Welcome Winter Block Party will take place Saturday, December 9th from 12-6pm on Victoria Street between 3rd and 4th Ave.
Whether you are gathering a few friends for a fun Saturday or getting out to make some memories with the family – this event features fun for all ages! The 300 block of Victoria Street will be opened up to pedestrians only and event goers can expect to find hot food and drink options, ball hockey with Blazers and Storm alumni, a variety of craft beer/local wine, plenty of entertaining activities and outdoor seating – don’t worry there will be propane heaters to help keep those mittens warm!
Shops & restaurants throughout the downtown core will be adding to the festivities with their own parties – in-store! Stop in at your favourite participating shop to warm up and check out amazing Welcome Winter specials. Remember the Christmas Cash Card is back, so you can shop to win at participating Downtown Kamloops businesses from November 22nd to December 22nd!
SHOPPING, PRIZES & MORE!
Here’s how you can SHOP TO WIN in Downtown Kamloops (Nov 22- Dec 22):
- The Christmas Cash Card is back for 2017! Every $20 spent at a participating business gets you one stamp, and every $200 spent fills up a full card. Completed cards are entered for a chance to win one of four $100 weekly prizes and the grand prize – a complete Downtown Experience Package valued at $2000!
- There are even more ways to win on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, if you’ve got a good eye! Keep an eye out for our Hidden Elves shopping their way through the Downtown core. If you can spot one, post a photo to social media using #hiddenelves for a chance to win more great prizes!
This time of year can be busy, that’s why it’s important to have options! Many downtown merchants extend their hours for the holiday season (specifically on evenings and weekends) giving shoppers the opportunity to come visit at their convenience with time to enjoy the downtown experience. Take advantage of the weekend – Saturdays the city is offering free on-street parking throughout December (Of course this is in addition to Sundays – which are always free!) Keep an eye out for the holiday hours signs in your favourite shop windows or visit downtownkamloops.com for a list of who’s open late and who’s open for Snowy Sundays.
340 VICTORIA STREET
Bring the kids to visit Santa’s Workshop at 340 Victoria Street – every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas, Santa will be in from 12-2pm doing crafts and other fun activities! Throughout the month of December you’ll see a variety of artisan workshops available as the 340 Victoria Street space is being used for a Pop Up Artisan’s Shop Pilot Project to enhance the downtown experience.
DOWNTOWN GIFT CERTIFICATES
Did you know… there are Downtown Gift Certificates that are available to the public for purchase and are redeemable at downtown merchants and service providers? You can spend Downtown Gift Certificates almost anywhere in the Downtown core and you can purchase them at our office – #4-231 Victoria Street. Perfect for both corporate and personal gift giving!