Celebrate all December-long in Sun Peaks and Kamloops!
The winter holiday season in Kamloops and Sun Peaks presents festive family and community events throughout the whole month of December—both right in the city, and a short drive into the mountains.
Here you’ll find some of the snazziest events of the holiday season, so you can get cozy regardless of where your home-base is for Christmas and New Year’s. This year’s festive event lineup promises something for everyone to dive into the holiday spirit—with local artisan markets, photo ops and ski runs with Santa, holiday meals out on the town, parties ringing in the new year, and so much more!
Celebrate With Your Community
Join in the festive spirit and bond with your community over tacky Christmas sweaters, lights galore, decorated trains, caroling, and more!
📷 Christmas caroling with Nancy Greene Raine
🌆 December 2: Find your tackiest Christmas sweater for the photobooth at The Stir’s Decemberfest celebration
🌆 December 15 to January 7: Experience new displays, and photo ops galore with over 1 million lights at the BC Wildlife Park’s annual Wildlights display
🌆 December 16: Enjoy free music and decorated trains in support of the Kamloops Food Bank at the Canada Pacific Holiday Train
🏔️ December 23–24: Join the annual tradition of singing Christmas carols in the Sun Peaks village with Nancy Greene Raine
Meet Santa & Entertain the Kids
There must be a direct flight from the North Pole to Kamloops this season, because Santa is making appearances here, there, and everywhere! From sharing a hot chocolate, to skiing and tobogganing with him—there are plenty of chances to meet the big guy in red!
📷 Finding the perfect Christmas tree at Privato
🌆 November 28 to December 23, and December 27–31: Experience a magical winter wonderland where a winter slide, hayrides, Christmas trees, fire pits for cooking the perfect s’more, and Santa Claus himself await, at Privato Vineyard and Winery
🌆 December 2: Share a song and a hot chocolate with Santa, the Grinch, and Digger at the North Shore Christmas Community Celebration
🏔️ December 9: Find free family activities and entertainment all day long at the Sun Peaks Holiday Kick-Off
🏔️ December 17: Take professional photos with Santa and your furry friends at the Sun Peaks Grand
🏔️ December 21: Pack your favourite toboggan, crazy carpet, or GT snow racer for sledding with Santa in Sun Peaks
🏔️ December 22: Hit the slopes for a couple runs on 5 Mile skiing with Santa in Sun Peaks
🏔️ December 24: Take your last chance to see jolly ol’ Saint Nick before Christmas while Santa visits Sun Peaks and Whitecroft village
Shop for Gifts at Local Artisan Markets
Discover unique gifts that support local artists and creators by exploring these upcoming holiday artisan markets. Add a special touch to your Christmas shopping by skiing and shopping in Sun Peaks, or sipping and shopping at Monte Creek.
📷 Sun Peaks Artisan Market holiday shopping
🌆 December 4 & 11: Grab dinner and a drink, with new vendors every week, at Yew Street Market's indoor Monday Holiday Markets
🏔️ December 9–10: Get crafty with regional vendors at the Sun Peaks Artisan Market
🌆 December 9–10: Enjoy mulled wine and tastings while shopping the Monte Creek Artisan Market
Dine-Out during Christmas
Skip the cooking and the dishes. Gather your friends and family together, and let someone else bring your festive traditions to life with holiday dinner celebrations in the city and on the mountain.
📷 Monte Creek Winery dining, by Royce Sihlis
🌆 November 18 to February 15: Gather your friends for a magical evening out, in your very own heated igloo at ROMEOs Kitchen and Spirits
🏔️ December 17: Settle in for a delicious pancake breakfast with Santa in Sun Peaks
🌆 December 23: Bring the kids along for breakfast with Santa at ROMEOs in the Kamloops Coast Hotel
Plan Your New Year's Eve Celebrations
Go big and loud, or quiet and still this New Year’s eve—and finish off 2023 with a bang with a crowd or deep in the forest.
📷 New Year's Eve fireworks at Sun Peaks
🏔️ December 31: Reflect on the year in the quiet winter forest with a Sun Peaks Moonlight Snowshoe & S’mores Tour
🏔️ December 31: Ring in the New Year with fireworks, glowstick and torchlight parades, a terrain park demonstration & DJ at the FREE New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Sun Peaks
🏔️ December 31: Find the perfect vibe to celebrate your New Year's Eve with a variety of special dinners and parties in Sun Peaks
🌆 December 31: Ring in the New Year in style and enjoy a buffet dinner, dancing, and live entertainment at the Coast Hotel’s New Years Eve Gala
As the final chapter of the year arrives, it’s an invitation to live it up, to make memories that will warm your heart long after the winter chill has faded. Wherever December takes you, enjoy every moment with your family and friends in Sun Peaks and Kamloops!