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Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Annual Santa Parade Recap

It’s time for this years’ annual Santa Claus Parade recap!

Despite some initial skepticism, Kamloops’ first nighttime parade was a smashing success this year with a bigger turnout than previous years with people crowding the streets for this year’s Santa Parade. Crowds of citizens came together to watch the parade. This aptly symbolized the theme of the parade for this year – “Power of Community”.

People of all ages gathered together along Victoria Street in the downtown core to watch as more than fifty floats and participants marched along the streets of Kamloops to introduce Santa.

We encouraged all of the participants in the parade to decorate with lights bright enough to be seen from outer space. Although the suggestion may have been a reach, we were thrilled to see the brilliant results. We’re also excited to announce that we’ve already begun planning for next year.

A big and warm thank you to Thompson Rivers University for sponsoring this amazing event!

We can’t wait to see what next year will bring! If you have any suggestions for next years’ themes, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’re looking forward to see you all again then!

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Are you coming to the Fulton Welcome Winter Block Party?

When is it?

This Saturday, December 7th, from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Where is it?

On Victoria Street between 3rd and 4th Ave!

What is it?

This event is the 3rd annual Winter Block Party hosted by Fulton, Downtown Kamloops, and the Kamloops Sports Council.

This is an event with fun activities for all ages. There will be food and drinks, an assortment of games, a live DJ, and an outdoor market! Santa will be visiting from 1:00 –3:00 PM in case you missed him at the parade. And we will have a special performance from Dave Coalmine at 4:00 PM.

The Vic Downtown will be serving Coffee to keep you warm and a variety of craft brews from Red Collar Brewing, The Noble Pig Brewhouse, Bright Eye Brewing, and more!

This is a great day to shop local and head over to get your gifts wrapped by the Kamloops This Week Christmas Cheer Fund Wrappers.

Just a note for the drivers out there – the 300 block of Victoria street will ONLY be open for pedestrians from 9 AM – 8 PM on Saturday, December 7th.

For more information: Send an email to events@downtownkamloops.com or call (250) 372 3242.

Welcome Winter Block Party & Winter Campaigns

Welcome Winter Block Party and Winter Campaigns

With our “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” wrapped up and our Stuff Your Stockings contest still going strong, now is the perfect time for a few winter reminders and thank-yous before the New Years extravaganza.

First off, we at Downtown Kamloops would like to thank everyone who showed us support at the “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” this past Saturday. This includes all the hard work put in by Brewloops, Kamloops Kia Motors, the volunteers, and our title sponsor, Fulton & Company LLP (who signed up as the title sponsors for three years!). Everyone from these organizations has been a major help and we look forward to collaborating with our friends in the future!

With the holiday season and end of the year around the corner, we want to extend our thanks to everyone who has been a part of our events, programs, and overall downtown experience. We would like to thank our CAP Team Sponsors, and Downtown Kamloops sponsors for their dedication to downtown.

The holiday isn’t quite over yet in Downtown Kamloops! The Stuff your Stockings Campaign is going strong until December 21st when we will draw a winner for $1000 in Downtown Kamloops gift certificates! You can enter a ballot at participating businesses and find a full list here.

Lastly don’t forget, that the City of Kamloops is offering you the gift of free parking this holiday season. Come downtown on Saturdays (and Sundays) and enjoy free ON STREET parking! When you find yourself downtown after the holiday season and are looking for somewhere free to park on the weekends, remember that the Lansdowne and Seymour Street Parkades are free on weekends!

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Santa Claus Parade – Call for entries!

Santa Claus Parade – Call for Entries

The annual Santa Claus Parade, sponsored by Thompson Rivers University, returns Saturday November 24th and Downtown Kamloops would like to invite you to join the biggest outdoor celebration of the winter season!

 

Wake up Santa will take place at 10:30 a.m.

Parade starting at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Santa Claus Parade theme is “Retro Rockin’ Christmas” and amazing parade entries are being accepted now!

Want to join the fun?

Wow the crowds with a decade themed float (are you a fan or the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s?), pick your favourite rockin celebrity to impersonate or dig through the pop-culture archives and showcase a blast from the past! Parade entry applications will be juried this year so make sure you’ve got an incredibly festive décor plan to make your entry shine above the rest.

Did you know the parade has Rules & Regulations? For example, all entries must be fully decorated and people in costume, festive attire or uniforms!

There are 20 FREE non-profit spots available (first come first serve to those who submit a completed application) courtesy of Kamloops Square Management. Commercial businesses will be charged a $100 parade entry fee and $50 for non-profit entries.   

Thank you to all of you who continuously support the parade and those who have already taken the time to sign up. Enthusiasm is what makes this amazing community event an unforgettable one!

Complete the parade entry application form here: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/2018-santa-claus-parade-sign/

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the KCBIA office at 250-372-3242.

Additionally, if you’re looking for more information on what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

Artisans’ Alive

Artisans’ Alive

The Artisans’ Alive music program has officially begun again for the 2018 summer season and this year marks 18 years of live music put on by Downtown Kamloops. Artisans Alive started out with the name Live at Lunch and this year the program has been expanded to include evening performances! The live music program was created for two specific reasons; to lift spirits and downtown ambiance and to promote and encourage young artists on their musical journey!

Q. What is Artisans Alive?
A. Artisans’ Alive is a music program (sponsored by the City of Kamloops, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, 98.3 CIFM, and Lansdowne Village), which showcases local musicians throughout the summer. You are welcome to come to listen to these spectacular performers every Thursday through Saturday.

Q. When is there music?
A. The musicians perform Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, which makes for a perfect time to add some excitement to your lunch break. Additionally, this year, we will have duos and trios perform Friday evenings from 6 pm-8 pm.

Q. Where do they perform?
A. Thursday performances take place at Lansdowne Village. The Friday lunch shows will be on the 400 block of Victoria Street with the evening shows being on the 200 block. Saturday performances will be on the 300 block of Victoria Street outside of Castles and Cottages. Essentially, Artisans’ Alive lives in the core of downtown.

Q. Who is performing?
A. With Kamloops being a hub for local talent, we have accumulated several various musicians to perform throughout the summer. Some returning, familiar artists such as Gary Mockford, Sean Luciw, and Bill Gibson are set to perform as well as a few new Downtown Kamloops musicians like Jordy Major and Sam Dyck. These are only a few of the dozens of artists performing this summer! There is a full schedule with the names of every performer available on our website: DowntownKamloops.com

Q. Will there be Music in the Park this year?
A. Of course! This program runs throughout the summer and so does Music in the Park. Music in the Park can be found at Riverside Park every night in July and August.

Q. Is this event free?
A. Absolutely! Feel free to bring your whole family, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Written by Keegan Lawrence, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

BrewLoops Block Party & The Royal Cup

BrewLoops and Royal Cup

This month will see a collaboration of hockey and local brew in our neighbourhood. On Saturday, May 26th, 2018, the BrewLoops Cultural Development Society will kick off the summer season with the Royal Cup and Downtown Block Party! Expanding on the 2017 successes of the Welcome Winter Block Party and the Back-Alley Block Party, this event will take place from day to night in Downtown Kamloops.

From 12:00-5:00 pm, the Royal Cup Hockey Tournament will take over the 300 block of Victoria Street. The Royal Cup is an invitational hockey tournament that was founded on Royal Avenue in Kamloops. Every year, a few NHL and Kamloops Blazers alumni make an appearance to support an awesome cause. In 2018, the Royal Cup aims to raise $10,000 for Kidsport to help ensure all local kids get access to the sport they love.

From 5:00 pm -10:00 pm, the BrewLoops block party will celebrate B.C beer and local talent on the 400 block of Victoria Street, as well as the Plaza Hotel parking lot. Over a dozen breweries and a handful of cideries will be popping up tents and serving up craft brew alongside live music, artisans, and more. Tickets for the BrewLoops Downtown Block Party are available online for $20.

Of course, the CAP Team will also be there from start to finish to answer any questions you may have or to point you in the right direction. This community event is the perfect opportunity to contribute to a great cause while enjoying fun activities and great BC brewed beverages.

Please note that the 300 and 400 blocks of Victoria Street will be closed for the day; however, the Seymour & Lansdowne parkades are free on weekends. There are also dozens of bike parking stations and specific bike routes throughout the downtown core for you to get here.

See you downtown for the party on May 26th!

This article was written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.