Welcome to December!  Here is our weekly update of events going on in and around Vernon BC, thanks to our friends at Tourism Vernon. 

Date
Event
December 2 2017, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Public Skate @ Centennial Outdoor Rink
The Centennial Outdoor Rink can sometimes be closed due to weather conditions and holiday schedules. For up to date schedules please call the schedule line or visit the website provided.
All outdoor skates are free!
 

Helmets are mandatory for all youth 10 & under and are recommended for all other skaters.



December 2 2017, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Artsolutely @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre
Artsolutely is the Arts Council of the North Okanagan’s annual fundraiser, which takes place here at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. Artsolutely is an annual shopping extravaganza and Vernon’s one-stop shop for fun and unique hand-made Christmas gifts. Featuring the Okanagan’s best artists selling their finest wares in different mediums such as paintings, drawings, glass, fibre, jewellery, ornaments, pottery, woodcarvings, natural products, and more!
Join us for Artsolutely! The most vibrant art and artisan sale in the North Okanagan. Running from Dec 1-24, find all your Christmas gifts in one spot. 25 of the Okanagan's best artists will be selling their finest paintings, drawings, fibre arts, jewellery, glass, pottery, photography, woodcarvings, soaps, and more!
This impressive annual juried show and sale is the Arts Council of the North Okanagan's 12th annual fundraiser. Art in the Heart of Polson Park!
Hours:
Mondays-Fridays 9:00 am-7:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am-5:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm-4:00pm

December 24th open 9:00AM-1:00PM



December 2 2017, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Shop Local Day @ the Downtown Vernon Association
Shopping Local brings big benefits to your community and our businesses want to thank you for supporting local businesses. Come downtown on Shop Local Days to take advantage of a downtown wide customer appreciation celebration! 2017 Shop Local Days: Saturday March 4th - Saturday May 6th - Saturday October 7th - Saturday December 2nd



December 2 2017, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Lumby Indoor Artisan Market @ The Lumby United Church
Free samples, games, kids circle at 11 am, live music at 1 pm

Arts and Crafts Market, Artisan Market, Vintage Items, Second-hand Clothing
Concession: Coffee, tea, hot dogs, soup, cookies, butter tarts
11 am each Saturday- Kids Activity (story time, puppet show, etc.)
Free cup of coffee and a bowl of soup for Vendors each Saturday. Vendors Fee $10 for drop-in, contact us to be approved as a Vendor.
$7.40 a market for 2017/2018 season ($192 for 26 Saturdays) please note no market on Nov. 11 and Dec.30, 2017.

Grand Opening October 21, 2017, 10 am-3 pm.



December 2 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Gold Mountain Dream Travelling Exhibit @ Greater Vernon Museum & Archives
Royal BC Museum’s travelling exhibit Gold Mountain Dream! is on now through to February 24, 2018 at the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives. Gold Mountain Dream! – created by the Royal BC Museum in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History – tells the personal stories and sacrifices of Chinese migrants in the 1850s as they landed on British Columbia shores in search of gold. It is a fascinating account of adventure, heartbreak and social upheaval.
Visit the museum and see how the gold rush not only changed the landscapes and lives in BC, but how this monumental event changed China, as people flocked to a rugged land in search of fortune. Admission is by donation.



December 2 2017, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Shoparama Holiday Gift Sale @ the Vernon Rec Centre
This event will be held in the Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium and Gymnasium.
Artisans, entrepreneurs, home based business and gifts galore!
Free admission, donation for Food Bank encouraged. Entertainment, Prizes and concession.
Help make this a Special Spring Food Bank Fundraiser!



December 2 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Hot Chocolate Challenge @ The Downtown Vernon Association Booth
The coveted Hot Chocolate Challenge is back again for 2017! This time, the challenge will be taking place on December 2nd - Downtown Vernon's Shop Local Day.

Grab your official Hot Chocolate Challenge passport at the Downtown Vernon Association booth (location TBD) and hit the chocolate trail! Event will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 300 passports available the morning of.

Watch this page for updates including participating locations.



December 2 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Visits with Santa in #DowntownVernon @ The Vernon Teach and Learn Ltd.
Santa will be visiting #DowntownVernon this holiday season. Every Saturday between 10 am and 1 pm, children from Greater Vernon and beyond are invited to our downtown businesses who will be hosting him. Rumour has it that Mrs. Claus might even make an appearance.

No tickets required! Just show up.



December 2 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sveva Caetani Exhibit @ The Greater Vernon Museum & Archives
Due to the great response and interest, the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is extending the Showcase Exhibition on Sveva Caetani and her life. The exhibition, located in the Allan Brooks gallery at the museum will remain until December 23rd, 2017 to allow everyone the opportunity to take it in. Admission to the exhibit is by donation
We will also show the 1983 film of Sveva discussing her Recapitulation series on Wednesdays only from 12:00pm -1:30pm.
The museum is open 10am-4:30pm Tuesday to Saturday. For more information please call the phone number provided.



December 2 2017, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Holiday Market @ Arrowleaf Cellars
On December 2nd AND 3rd, we're inviting our favourite local crafters to set up shop in our winery. This is your chance to discover one-of-a-kind gift ideas and pick up tried and true favourites that are hand-made right here in our neighbourhood. Stop by between 10:30am and 4:30pm to meet our local vendors and pick up that perfect special something.

Admission to this event is FREE but we will be collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations for the local food bank. Please give generously. We'll be making a huge batch of complimentary mulled wine and wine tastings at our bar will be available as usual. The Kitchen at Arrowleaf will re-open this weekend to offer fresh-baked desserts, coffee and tea!




December 2 2017, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Scenic Sip's Flights & Frostbites @ The Scenic Sip Estate Wineries
Visit Lake Country's SCENIC SIP estate wineries for a holiday wine event. Your $5 entry grants you a unique experience at each winery and in the spirit of giving, 100% of the entry fees will be donated to the Lake Country Food Bank.
Each of the 8 wineries will feature festive delights:
Ancient Hill - Mulled Wine and Local Crafters
Arrowleaf - Holiday Market
Blind Tiger - Sleigh Rides, Hot Chocolate, Cookies
The Chase Wines - Sips and Soups, Vintage Earth Creations
Ex Nihilo - S'more Station, Holiday Craft, Photos with Santa
50th Parallel - Santa's Workshop
Gray Monk - Port and Chocolate Pairing
Intrigue - Gift Wrapping Station, Caramel Apple Bar
This is a self guided tour event but we strongly encourage safe and responsible driving so please arrange a designated driver or hire a local wine tour company to ensure a safe and fun experience throughout Lake Country's finest.



December 2 2017, 11:00 AM
Free Ornament Decorating @ The Colour Time Ceramics
Get crafty and head to Colour Time Ceramic Studio December 2, 9, 16 or 23 for FREE Ornament Decorating. This is a great way to create a gift from the heart, or to take a break and relax amidst all of the shopping and events. Open to all ages.

This activity it ticketed. Spaces limited.



December 2 2017, 1:00 PM
The Downtown Vernon Association presents: Free Holiday Movies @ Vernon Towne Cinema
Get cozy and relax at the Vernon Towne Cinema December 2, 9, 16 or 23 with FREE holiday movies. There are 50 tickets up for grabs for each Saturday on the Downtown Vernon Association website. Save or print your ticket and show it to the ticket booth upon arrival. Thanks to City of Vernon - Activate Life parking is free downtown-wide on these days.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOVEMBER STARTING NOVEMBER 28.

Schedule as follows:

December 2 - The Grinch
December 9 - Home Alone
December 16 - The Christmas Story
December 23 - The Polar Express



December 2 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Telescope Workshop @ The Okanagan Science Centre
Are you thinking about buying a telescope for Christmas?  Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) to learn how a telescope works and what makes a good purchase!
FREE for members; regular admission for non-member



December 2 2017, 2:00 PM
Rotary Carol Festival @ The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
By Donation, Donations accepted at the door.

A long standing and popular pre-Christmas tradition in Vernon since 1952, the annual Rotary Christmas Carol Festival returns to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre December 2nd and Dec. 3rd.

Entertainment will be provided by more than 20 groups including a cross-section of local children's, church and community choirs, as well musicians and vocal ensembles.

The Carol Festival enables the Rotary Club of Vernon to provide a venue for the many talented singers in the North Okanagan and to provide financial support for the annual Spring Breakout for Seniors, a free dinner and dance with entertainment and live music organized for more than 500 local seniors.



December 2 2017, 2:45 PM to 5:00 PM
Midget Tier 3 Hockey: West Kelowna vs. Vernon @ Priest Valley Arena
Come cheer on your young local hockey players!



December 2 2017, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Planetarium Show @ Okanagan Science Centre
Join us for stories about the night sky.
FREE for members; regular admission for non-members



December 2 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Toonie Swim @ The Vernon Recreation Centre
A public swim at a bargain price! $2. All pools will be open and on a rotational basis, the climbing wall, diving board, rapids channel, bubble pit, raindrop, rope swing & slide will be available. Sauna, steam room & hot tub always open. The lap pool will have 3 lanes open.



December 2 2017, 6:00 PM
BCHL Vernon Vipers vs Victoria Grizzlies @ Kal Tire Place
Cheer on your very own Vernon Vipers at home!



December 2 2017, 8:00 PM
Pyramid @ The Vernon Jazz Club

This Okangan Valley band explores jazz versions of the music of Burt Bacharach. If you like how Diana Krall jazzes up Bacharch’s The Look of Love, you’re going to love what Pyramid has arranged for your listening pleasure.
Doors open at 7:15 PM. CASH ONLY BAR ON SITE. Tickets $20 online atwww.vernonjazz.com and at our sponsor, Expressions of Time (2901-30 Ave), with a $5 rebate at the gig for VJS members. Members receive 10% off their food purchase anytime at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (Prestige Inn).



December 3 2017, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday Brunch with Santa @ Predator Ridge
Brunch Reservations are now being taken between 9:00am - 2:00pm. Please BOOK ONLINE or call (250) 542-3436

Get your photo taken with Santa and join us for our annual Christmas themed SundayBrunch this December.
Please note that Santa will arrive at 9:30am and will be leaving each brunch at 1:30pmsharp (no exceptions).


Pricing:
$36.95 adults*
$33.95 seniors*
$18.95 children (6-12)*
FREE! children (5 and under)

Book your reservation online or call (250) 542-3436 or toll-free at (888) 578-6688.

Enjoy our Christmas themed array of amazing brunch items including chef attended food stations, fresh ocean wise seafood, gourmet desserts and a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items.

* Plus applicable taxes & gratuities.




December 3 2017, 4:00 PM
Christmas Light Up @ The Lumby & District Chamber of Commerce
Join us for Holiday Light Up Parade, Visit with Santa, Wagon Rides, Warm Hot Chocolate and a Hot Dog, Free Skating @ the Pat Duke Memorial Arena



December 3 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Parent and Youth Shinny (12 & Under) @ The Centennial Outdoor Rink
All skating on the Centennial Outdoor Rink is FREE! Helmets, sticks and gloves are mandatory. For more information please click the link or call the number provided!



December 4 2017, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Indoor Pickleball Lessons @ Priest Valley Gym
VERNON PICKLEBALL is offering indoor lessons every Monday at the Priest Valley Gym at the Vernon Recreation Centre on Mondays from 12 to 2pm starting October 16, 2017. Come and have fun!
Equipment is provided, registration is necessary by calling 250-503-6631 or by email [email protected]



December 4 2017, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre
This is a great class for both beginners and those who have played with fused glass before. In this 2 hour, informative and fun course you will learn some of the basic skills needed to start creating fused glass projects on your own, including glass cutting, grinding, material control, layering, kiln knowledge, and more.  You will make 3 Christmas ornaments from a variety of designs offered. All glass and working supplies are provided. Projects will be fired and ready for pick up a few days after class.



December 4 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Christmas Cards @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre

AGES 7-9

Create your very own greeting cards just in time for the holidays! Using a combination of painting and printmaking you will make 2 unique Christmas cards to give to someone special.



December 4 2017, 5:15 PM
Good Time @ The Vernon Towne Cinema
Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi, and Benny Safdie
Following the mind-bending Heaven Knows What, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with Good Time, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine "Connie" Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Connie finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.



December 4 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre
This is a great class for both beginners and those who have played with fused glass before. In this 2 hour, informative and fun course you will learn some of the basic skills needed to start creating fused glass projects on your own, including glass cutting, grinding, material control, layering, kiln knowledge, and more.  You will make 3 Christmas ornaments from a variety of designs offered. All glass and working supplies are provided. Projects will be fired and ready for pick up a few days after class.



December 4 2017, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Queen Silver Star Speech Competition @ The Vernon Winter Carnival
2018 Queen Silver Star Excellence Program Candidates compete their 10 classes instructed by Doug Lee and Heather Freeman of the 1929 Toastmaster Club of Vernon. Each Candidate will be presenting their individual speech. $5.00 - Tickets available from the candidates, the Winter Carnival office and at the door.



December 5 2017, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Gyro Chair Rides @ Okanagan Science Centre
Train to be an astronaut and take a spin on our gyro chair.
FREE for members; regular admission for non-members



December 5 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Clay Christmas Ornaments @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre
In this fun 1 hour class students will work on hand building skills while creating and decorating up to 5 clay Christmas ornaments. All pieces will be fired and ready for pick up before the holidays.

AGES 7-9




December 5 2017, 6:30 PM
The Pirates of Penzance @ 27th Street Theatre
The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his "twenty-first birthday", meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.
Tickets are moving pretty quickly! Grab a friend, pick a date, and CALL or Visit Seaton School. TODAY!
Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7:30.



December 5 2017, 7:00 PM
One December Evening | Christmas on Air @ Vernon Alliance Church
ODE is a theme based theatre, music and dessert experience that is in its 15th year at Vernon Alliance this year.  Every year we have an original script written by Jason Armstrong which is always full of great humour, and thoughtful insight towards everyday life and faith.  Scenes are interspersed with modern music selections, and this year we will be visiting the radio station of CMTY!

ODE is inclusive &  accessible to a wide demographic of ages and stages.  Make it a family event, or invite friends and colleagues for a night out of entertainment and dessert.  Whether you find yourself in a church regularly or not, you'll be comfortable at VAC



December 6 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Discuss and Create @ The Vernon Public Art Gallery
Meet new like-minded people at the gallery and enjoy a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions followed by a related art activity. Explore new ideas, and engage creatively with arts and culture. Enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies. Admission is by donation, adults all of ages are welcome to attend. For more information please contact the Education Coordinator Kelsie, at the contact information provided.
Discuss and Create now takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Check out the Fall-Winter Discuss and Create Schedule here for more details on each session.



December 6 2017, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Critters - Flight or Fight @ The Okanagan Science Centre
Learn about animal instincts and how they compare to our own!
FREE for members; regular admission for non-members



December 6 2017, 7:00 PM
BCHL Vernon Vipers vs Coquitlam Express @ Kal Tire Place
Cheer on your very own Vernon Vipers at home!



December 7 2017, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Planetarium Show @ Okanagan Science Centre
Join us for stories about the night sky.
FREE for members; regular admission for non-members



December 7 2017, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Clay Christmas Ornaments @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre
In this fun 1 hour class students will work on hand building skills while creating and decorating up to 5 clay Christmas ornaments. All pieces will be fired and ready for pick up before the holidays.

AGES 10-12




December 7 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Flying Angel @ The Vernon Community Arts Centre
This class is a great way to introduce yourself to the art of stained glass. Using precut glass pieces and a selection of brass filigree accents students will make a small hanging angel that will be a perfect Christmas gift for someone special. No previous glass experience necessary.



December 7 2017, 7:30 PM
Two 1-Act Plays @ The Powerhouse Theatre
 
Him & Her: Him & Her follows the highs and lows of a relationship as they navigate through familiar arguments and the difficult nature of truth. This short, two-person one-act play is written and directed by Keyanna Burgher.

The Whole Shebang: "What if the entire universe was just some nerd's science project?" In a classroom in a dimension far beyond ours, a student is striving for a "Master of the Universe" degree gives an oral presentation on an unusual thesis -- the creation of the heavens and the earth.
 
$18 All Seats
» Buy Tickets Online Now! «
or call 250-549-SHOW (7469)
Two 1-Act Plays



December 7 2017, 9:00 PM
Scott Lang Comedy Hypnotist Live @ The Status Nightclub
Status Nightclub presents

The Okanagan's very own Scott lang comedy hypnotist.

Taking fun..... Seriously

Every Thursday night starting November 16th for 5 weeks.

Finale show will take place on Thursday December 14th.

This event will be a blast don't miss out!!

Tickets will be available for purchase next week only $7 each.

Pre sale tickets will be available for purchase at the vendor locations listed below.

Status Nightclub Vernon
Downtown Internet Lounge




December 8 2017, 10:00 AM
Festive Fridays @ The Vernon Public Art Gallery
Entry is by donation Stop by the gallery for a cup of hot cocoa, our treat to you every Friday in December! Take a moment to relax and warm up while wandering the gallery shop and browsing the current exhibitions.  Or come by at noon for an engaging and interactive exhibition tour with our Education Coordinator, Kelsie Balehowsky.  Enjoy your hot cocoa at the gallery or take it with you in a festive to-go cup!



December 8 2017, 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Christmas Tea and Tour @ The O'Keefe Ranch
Enjoy a sampling of teas by Vernon’s Teassential and freshly made Christmas cookies, fudge and scones served in the breakfast room of the O’Keefe Mansion. Our hostesses Lorna and Sharon will treat you to a lovely Victorian style visit and tour of the Mansion. $20 per person, space is limited to 20 people per serving. Please call ahead to reserve. 250-542-7868



December 8 2017, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Vernon Indoor Farmers Market @ The Kal Tire Place
Come visit all your favorite regular vendors all winter long! Stock up with fresh produce, gourmet cheeses, delicious baking, specialty food products and 1000's of handcrafted gift items...such as jewelry, clothing, toys, hats, woodwork, body products and lots more!



December 8 2017, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Optical Illusions @ The Okanagan Science Centre
You won’t believe your eyes, and maybe you shouldn’t!
FREE for members; regular admission for non-members



December 8 2017, 4:00 PM
Shriners of BC & Yukon present the Shriners Variety Show @ Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
$20 General Admission

The Shriners Variety Show will feature Murray Hatfield, awarded "Canada's Magician of The Year" twice in recent years who will perform amazing illusions and magic together with comedic jugglers and ventriloquist with his friends.

The Shriners Of B.C. & Yukon are raising funds to transport local children to Shrine Hospitals for free care.



December 8 2017, 5:00 PM
Christmas Light Up & The 60th Anniversary Celebration @ Silver Star Mountain Resort
We are going to start the 2017-18 holiday season and our 60th anniversary celebrations off with a BANG at our annual SilverStar Christmas Light up! Join us for a night of festivities, local crafts and talents, and fun activities for all, right in the heart of our mountain village.
Where: SilverStar Mountain Village
When: Friday the 8th of December from 5:00pm
For full details & schedules please CLICK HERE



December 8 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bethlehem Star @ Emmanuel Baptist Church
As you journey through Bethlehem, you'll begin by signing the census, just as those long ago, had to register each family in Bethlehem. Then you'll discover a marketplace, where local traders display their wares and let you sample their products. Use some authentic shekels to purchase items in the marketplace, and pay taxes with whatever you have left!
You'll be transported through time as you enter the town of Bethlehem and see how people would have played, learned the Hebrew language and experience the sights and sounds of one of the most famous places on earth. You'll even have the opportunity to dress up and have your photo taken at our special photo booth, share your memories with friends and family who may not have had the opportunity to visit for themselves.
Finally, there'll be an opportunity to round off the evening with our drama produced exclusively for Bethlehem Star.