Winter Events

Bring on the snow! And the wine and the ale and the music and the food! The temperatures may be cooler, but the events are as hot as ever on Route 97. Celebrate on a mountaintop or down in the valley. Enjoy mouth dropping fireworks displays outdoors and mouthwatering food and wine pairing indoors. Winter Carnivals, light ups, opening days and more are yours to enjoy all along Route 97.

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Light Up the Vines

In late November, Visitors will enjoy tastings, festive decorations, seasonal refreshments and music as well as special offers on some of the region’s best wines, ciders and beer, just in time for holiday entertaining and gift-giving.

Summerland Festival of Lights

Considered the premier Christmas event in the Okanagan, the Summerland Festival of Lights promises fireworks, incred­i­ble enter­tain­ment, great shop­ping, deli­cious food, and an unfor­get­table atmosphere!


Winter in Wine Country

Late November to early December at various wineries throughout the Oliver and Osoyoos areas in the South Okanagan. Includes winery open houses, winery tours, Festival of Trees, Light Ups and more.

Big Reds at Big White

In December, Come and sample cellar-worthy wines, while interacting with the winemakers, in a relaxed and informal setting. You’ll have the opportunity to sample new releases from each of the participating Okanagan wineries.


Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

Wine crawls, Spirited Apres, wine and dine, pinot and paper lanterns and a blind tasting are just a few of the dozens of events during this winter wine fest on the mountain. Restaurants throughout the alpine village feature uniquely designed menus paired with British Columbia wines.


Wildlights Festival in Kamloops

Fun family fun with story time, a scavenger hunt, colouring contests, movies under the Wildlights in the Amphitheatre, light displays, a holiday maze, shopping, delicious food and the Wildlife Express Miniature Train!

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Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival and Village of Lights

For the first three weeks of December, the entire town transforms with sleigh and dogsled rides, handbell choirs, traditional Christmas treats and visits from Mr and Mrs Claus. Lighting ceremonies each Saturday and Sunday that illuminates the village with over a half a million lights!

Christmas on the Mountain at Mission Ridge

Meet up in Base Area A for a free family event. Face painting, gingerbread decorating, and a reading of how the Grinch Stole Christmas. There’s even a special visit from Santa. Stick around until nightfall to see the stunning Torch Light Parade!


Lake Chelan Winterfest

Two weekends of incredible ice sculptures, live music, wine tasting, ale tasting, activities for kids of all ages, a polar bear splash, massive beach bonfire, spectacular fireworks show and more!