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Christmas events coming thick and fast throughout the region

Looking for fun events in the run-up to Christmas? Here’s a handy guide to what’s happening


Ashcroft Early Years Provider is holding a “Wish List Workshop” at the Ashcroft HUB from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. Kids aged 0 to 6 years — with a little help from their parent/caregiver — can write a letter to Santa! There is no charge, and snacks will be provided.

Santa Claus is coming to town as part of the annual Ashcroft Santa Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. It’s not too late to enter a float; contact the Ashcroft HUB at (250) 453-9177, or email, for details.

The Ashcroft and District Curling Club is holding a Turkey Fun Spiel on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Ashcroft curling rink. All are welcome to attend; the cost is $20 per person, and in addition to a fun day of curling you can win your Christmas turkey! To sign up, contact Hilda Jones at (250) 457-7375 or Janet Quesnel at (250) 457-7026.

Lovett Dance is holding their “Dance the Halls” Christmas show on Friday, Dec. 15 at the Ashcroft HUB. The show starts at 6:15 p.m., and admission is by donation (or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item). Food and cash collected will go to the Ashcroft food bank.

The CPKC Holiday Train is back, and will be in Ashcroft on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the CPKC station building on Railway Avenue. The train is scheduled to pull in at 8:35 p.m., and the show starts at 8:45 p.m.

Kids are invited to the Snowflake Kids’ Dance on Friday, Dec. 22 at the Ashcroft HUB. Dress up in your finest holiday outfit and come out for a fun evening of music, dancing, and more. Admission is $2 per person; $10 gets you admission and 10 concession tickets. Children under age 8 need to bring an adult.


The Ashcroft HUB and the Ashcroft and District Lions Club are holding a Turkey Bingo on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and bingo runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the bingo action there will be a concession, door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and more.


The Clinton Communities in Bloom Beautification Society is once again holding its “Light Up Clinton” contest. Residents and business owners are encouraged to decorate their properties/buildings, and there will be prizes awarded for the best residential and commercial displays. Judging will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17, so make sure your lights/displays are on that day. Show your holiday spirit and help banish the dark!

Don’t miss the “Big Tree Light-up” Christmas event, sponsored by the Village of Clinton and the Clinton Community Forest, taking place on Sunday, Dec. 3. Head over to the Clinton Memorial Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. for refreshments, cookies, and door prizes, and enjoy live holiday music from the Kamloops Old-Time Fiddlers. Then, at 3:30 p.m., don’t miss the tree light-up outdoor party across from the village office, which will feature carols, door prizes, holiday treats, and of course the countdown to the tree light-up.

From Nov. 27 to Dec. 10 you can support Clinton businesses by shopping local, and collect stamps on the Big Tree Light-up card. Drop your card at the village office by Dec. 15 to be entered into a prize draw.


The CPKC Holiday Train is back, and will be in Lytton on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the CPKC TMS building on Station Road. The train is scheduled to pull in at 11:15 a.m., and the show starts at 11:30 a.m.


Head on over to the Savona Community Hall on Sunday, Dec. 10 for Breakfast with Santa, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Black Iron Club and Grill at Tobiano is hosting a local Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend the market, and you can do some last-minute holiday shopping while supporting local artisans. The restaurant will also be serving up brunch and mimosas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The CPKC Holiday Train is back, and will be in Savona on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Savona Access Road and Park Lane. The train is scheduled to pull in at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:05 p.m.


There are a number of Christmas events coming up in Spences Bridge, starting with the Christmas Tree lighting at the Lookout at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Join your friends and neighbours as the tree is lit up for the season, and enjoy a wiener roast, hot chocolate, and carol singing.

You can also remember and honour a loved one who is gone too soon by placing a tag on the Ashcroft and District Hospice Program’s “Celebrate a Life” tree, which will be at the Spences Bridge tree lighting. Donations to the Hospice Society will be gratefully accepted.

On Friday, Dec. 1 the Spences Bridge Community Club is holding a Ham and Turkey Bingo at Clemes Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, and the event will include a concession for dinner as well as door prizes.

And get ready for the Community Christmas Party at the Chief Whitsemnista Centre on Sunday, Dec. 3, hosted by the Spences Bridge Community Club and the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band. The doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served starting at noon, with ham and turkey provided; however, vegetables, side dishes, and desserts are pot luck, so bring along your favourite Christmas dish. Santa will be there, so make sure to bring your camera as well, and don’t miss the gingerbread house judging contest.