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Downtown Kelowna Light Up

Winter has come! If you want to celebrate holiday season in Kelowna with your family, tree lighting is one of the must-see events. There is a giant tree light up event in Kelowna called “Winter street market” which is a free community event. As you can see from the name, this is more than tree lighting! There are tons of vendors, foods, live entertainment, and of course Santa! 2019 marks the 31st year of this festival. This year the festival will be held on December 7th. The heart of this event is located at Stuart Park (between the skating rink and the Kelowna Yacht Club), but there are lots of additional things happening in the surrounding area. 

Here are some fun things you could do at the event:

  • Indulge some festive sweets and treats
  • Munch on some delicious street food
  • Take a photo with Santa at Stuart Park
  • Make a craft at the Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Go for a skate on the rink at Stuart Park
  • Browse the Downtown shops
  • Take in the live music and performances 
  • Warm up with some hot chocolate and marshmallow around the fire
  • Last but not least, tree light up!

To access this event, drive, walk, run, bike or bus. If you choose to use a bus, check out the transit schedule here. If you choose to drive, you’ll be happy to know that City of Kelowna is offering free parking on all Saturdays in December! Check out more parking information here.

Join this event and spend some quality time with your family this winter!

kelowna light up

Looking for a vacation rental for next year? Please check out our homepage.  We have a great selection of cottages near Okanagan Lake, with some beautiful views!

(P.S. A stay at La Casa Cottages makes the perfect gift for your loved ones!)


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

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 Valentines Day Activities

Do you and your significant other celebrate Valentines day? Lots of people don’t feel the need to do anything special, but if you do, then here are our local suggestions!   All these events are taking place on February 14 itself – which will you choose?        

Valentines Dinner at The Vibrant Vine

Location: 3240 Pooley Rd     Time: 6:30-9pm.
Spend your evening having a fabulous dinner with your loved one. You will be seated in the lake view room, sipping wine expertly paired with a three course meal.

Valentines at Big White

Location:  Big White ski Resort – Lucy Moose kisses    Time: 1-4pm. 
Bring your loved one to Big White and spend the day in the snow, Or spend it with the whole family. Come to the resort and get some Hershey Kisses from the one and only Loose Moose.
This is a great event for the kids as you can take pictures with Lucy. If that isn’t your thing, take a trip through the snow covered forests on a horse drawn sleigh ride to a cabin in the woods for a special dinner. Departing at 6:30pm from the skating rink in Happy Valley.

Valentines Day Dance

Location: Okanagan Mission Hall- 4409 Lakeshore Rd   Time: 7:30pm.

Come dance to Kelowna’s classic rock dance band rocking from cover to cover. There will be a cash bar as well as food. This event sells out every year so don’t wait to get your tickets!They can be purchased at Green and Bear It and Milkcrate Records for $20.

Kelowna 4 Love Event

Location: Sandhill Wines Winery      Time: 10am-4pm. 

The first ever Kelowna 4 Love event for couples who wouldn’t normally be able to afford their dream wedding. 23 lucky couples will have a private wedding of their dreams just by donation, with live music,                   intimate  ceremonies, wedding photography, hair, makeup and cupcakes, with 100% of the donations going to Kelowna Pride! Book your spot before all the spots are taken!

Not celebrating Valentines but looking for that special gift for your partner? Why not book them a weekend getaway in one of our beautiful cottages by the lake?

Valentines Rose

Check out our Guest House and cottages – 30 minutes from West Kelowna, situated on a hillside with stunning lakeviews.  Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage.

Written by Megan Harder

Snow Fat Bike

Three Exciting Activities to do at Silver Star Resort that aren’t skiing

Snow season is here! Vernon is home to SilverStar Mountain Resort, a gorgeous place to get your snow fix! And mountains are not just for skiers and snowboarders – they’re for everyone – so here’s some ways to get on the snow without bringing your skis:

  • Horse Sleigh Rides

    Treat the whole family this holiday season with a special Hot Chocolate & Horse Sleigh Ride! Spend the afternoon journeying through the snowy mountain trails and stop at the cozy Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a warming cup of hot chocolate next to the fireplace.  If the kids are not fans of winter, then they will be after this!

  • Fat Biking

    Ever wanted to ride a bike on the snow? Well, now you can! Fat bikes have wider sized tires which allow them to ride on soft terrains.  SilverStar has over 15km of fat bike trails that range from beginner to advanced – perfect for riders of all skills.  If you’re keen to ride with others, then why not join a Pedal and Pint Fat Bike Ride?  These are guided group rides that are sure to be a bundle of laughs:  experienced riders get to embark on evening rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm, whilst Beginners can enjoy Sundays at 2pm. Get ready for a whole new adventure this season!

  • Snowmobile Tours

    If you want to experience the powder of SilverStar’s backcountry without skis, then book yourself a Snowmobile tour! Tours range from one hour to three hours, depending on how much time you want to spend on the snow, and are operated by Okanagan Recreation Rentals.  Learn to ride your own Snowmobile and have fun exploring the beautiful views and terrain of the Mountain – the ideal way to spend a winter’s day!


SilverStar Mountain Resort is located in Vernon, and is a 1 hr drive from La Casa Cottages.  Come and stay in our Guest House during the Winter with the whole family, and enjoy all the local winter activities!


Written by Hannah Poaros

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Kelowna’s Christmas Markets

Wondering if Kelowna is home to any Christmas Markets this year?  Well the answer is yes!  They may not compare to the traditional European markets, but these local events sure are fun.  Why not make a weekend of it and visit all three?

  • Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market

    – This market is a favourite due to its location next to the Stuart Park ice rink! The event takes place on December 1 and features a range of local vendors from Canoe Coffee Roasters to Karat Chocolate Kelowna and Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel. From gift shopping to tasty treats, you’ll love all that these vendors have to offer. The event also features photos with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony!

  • Touch of Christmas Crafters and Vendors Fair 2018

    – Another event taking place on December 1 is the Touch of Christmas Crafters and Vendors Fair which features over 80 crafters and vendors! There’s also a silent auction, 50/50 draw, live music and door prizes. Best part about this one?  It’s for charity and your $2 entry fee goes to the Central Okanagan Community Foodbank to help those who are hungry!

  • Annual Holiday Market at Grizzli Winery

    – Spanning across the whole first weekend of December (Friday Nov 30 – Dec 2), the Holiday Market at Grizzli Winery is a free event open to the public. Enjoy an indoor market with love music, wine tasting and food pairings! There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than by taking a trip to a winery!

Ice skating

We hope you leave each of these with a sparkle of Christmas magic! Interested in visiting Kelowna?  Check out our Guest House and cottages – 30 minutes from West Kelowna, situated on a hillside with stunning lakeviews.  Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage.

Written by Hannah Poaros

Winter Kelowna

4 Great Winter Events in Kelowna

Celebrating your holiday season with a stay in Kelowna?  Why not add one of these events to your vacation?

  • A Seussified Christmas Carol, Nov 22 – Dec 2, Rotary Centre for the Arts

    A mash up between Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the wacky stories of Dr. Seuss! Organized by the Theatre Kelowna Society, this show is sure to have you laughing and dancing with Christmas cheer! Tickets are only $25 for adults and $10 for children, or better yet – $60 for a family of four. Get your tickets today!

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec 6 – 16, Rotary Centre for the Arts

    Everyone knows Charlie Brown, right?  So you’ll just love this show – put together by New Vintage Theatre and the Rotary Centre for the Arts – based on Charles Schultz’ classic story. Enjoy this family friendly production, complete with the original music, for $25 per adult and $15 per child!

  • Sip into the Season – Wine & Craft Event, Dec 2, Westside Wine Trail

    You won’t want to miss this! On Dec 2 between 12pm and 5pm, the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail will be participating in a very special holiday event.  Suitable for self-guided tours as well as guided tours (available through Roots & Vines Tours or Uncorked Okanagan) the event sees several wineries host artisans and crafters in their tasting rooms! And not to mention, all the wine of course.  Wineries involved in the event include some of our favourites:  Indigenous World Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Mission Hill Family Estate and Quails’ Gate Winery!

  • Santa’s Workshop at Big White, Dec 20 – 24, Big White Ski Resort

    Take the little ones up to Big White Ski Resort between Dec 20 and Dec 24 and they’ll be in for a treat! Santa Claus has set up his workshop on top of the mountain and you will be able to get a free family photo with him PLUS make some Christmas decorations to take home.  Even if you don’t ski, it’s worth the visit for this little piece of festive fun! His workshop will be open from 11am- 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm, apart from Christmas Eve where the workshop closes at 2pm.


Not a fan of winter?  Well, get ready for the new year by reserving your summer La Casa Cottage today.  Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage.


Written by Hannah Poaros