Updated December 8, 2022.
Spend time with your family and friends this holiday season, exploring Penticton’s festive events.
From Christmas plays and Christmas dinners to photos with Santa and other holiday activities, there are plenty of events happening in Penticton and surrounding areas this festive season. Browse this holiday events to find the perfect activity for your whole family to enjoy.
Ornamented III in the PDCAC Member’s Space at Leir House
November 5 – January 7, 2022 | Free Admission
The annual Ornamented exhibition features one of a kind ornaments created by local artists plus paintings, prints, pottery and more! Wednesday to Friday, 10:30AM to 4:30PM.
Santa At The Square
November 21 – December 5, 2022 | From $100
Book your appointment for a professional photo shoot with your family to say ‘cheese’ next to old St. Nick, or grab your girlfriends and book a shoot with Sexy Santa or The Grinch. You’ll experience a line-up free Santa photo experience and be entered to win a prizes. Various dates & times available.
Christmas Workshops at the Penticton Art Gallery
November 23, 24, & 26, 2022 and December 1, 2022 | $40 Members, $45 Non-Members
Just in time for the upcoming holidays, the Penticton Art Gallery is offering workshops to get you into the festive spirit and create Christmas crafts! Workshops include: Christmas Gnomies, Card Making, Holiday Macrame, and Christmas Paper Quilling. Various dates and times.
Summerland Festival of Lights
November 25, 2022 | FREE
Attend one of the premier winter events in the Okanagan! This event will have live musical acts at two stages, food vendors, fireworks at 8:30 PM, and the “light up” of downtown businesses. There will also be a Kids Zone at the corner of Main St. and Victoria Rd with activities, a bouncy castle, arts & crafts and a family entertainment stage. Friday, 5PM to 9PM.
Holiday Open House at Three Sisters Winery
November 25, 2022 and December 2, 2022 | FREE
Three Sisters Winery would like to say thank you for supporting them by hosting an Open House featuring art and crafted products by Art of Marina, a selection of local snacks, pus tastings and by the glass service. Free tastings with food bank donation. Fridays, 4PM to 8PM.
Ceramic Holiday House Workshop at the Cannery Trade Centre
November 26, 2022 | $70
Create your very own holiday house out of clay slabs, add testure, and cut windows & doors for candlelight. Hosted at Speckled Row in the Cannery Trade Centre. Saturday, 6PM to 8PM.
Santa Rec Run with Hoodoo Adventures
November 26, 2022 | $15/child $20/adult or $50/family
Get into the holiday spirit with the annual Santa Rec Run! In support of the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, Hoodoo Adventures has hosted this fun, family friendly event for over a decade – funds raised subsidizes outdoor adventure programs in the South Okanagan. Saturday, 5PM.
Snowman Felting Workshop at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre
November 26, 2022 | $75
Learn to needle-felt an adorable snowman using a variety of wool and techniques. Hosted at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre. Suitable for ages 10+. Saturday, 10:30AM to 1:30PM
Light Up the Vines with Bottleneck Drive
November, 26, 2022 and December 2 & 3, 2022 | Free
Summerland Bottleneck Drive members will be lighting up their tasting rooms and opening their doors for holiday tasting, shopping and other festivities! Select Fridays & Saturday, 3PM to 7PM
Holiday Dreams | A Spectacular Holiday Cirque the SOEC
November 26, 2022 | From $49
See award-winning acrobats paired with holographic technologies, projection mapping and interactive lasers at Holiday Dreams, a Cirque show produced by Q Productions Las Vegas. Saturday, 7PM to 10PM.
Annual Open House at the Wine Info Centre
November 26, 2022 | From $49
Featuring the work of local artisans, with guest wineries pouring, small bites and the chance to win gift baskets, you won’t want to miss this annual open house event. Saturday, 12PM to 5PM.
Santa Claus Parade
December 3, 2022 | Free
The Santa Claus Parade is coming to Penticton on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Get in the festive spirit and spread holiday cheer as dozens of floats cruise their way down Main Street. Saturday, 4:30PM.
Winter Wreath Workshop & Wine Experience at Terravista Vineyards
December 3, 2022 | $75
You’ll enjoy the snowy lakeview, a wine cellar, and a fire at this festive wreath making workshop at Terravista Vineyards with the talented florist Bailley Rose . Saturday, 1PM-3PM.
Holi-Drag Extravaganza Drag & Burlesque Brunch at Slackwater Brewing
December 3, 2022 | $20
Join Freida Whales and her pod at Slackwater Brewing for a holiday feast of drag and burlesque, featuring the most diverse performers in the valley! Saturday, 10:30AM.
The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) Annual Cookie Walk at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre
December 4, 2022 | By Donation
ALERT’s annual Cookie Walk fundraiser is retuning to the Penticton Lakeside Resort featuring over 50 bakers holiday creations. You can mix and match as many as you wish for $10/pound. Sunday,12PM.
Santa Photos at Cannery Brewing
December 4 & 11 , 2022 | By Donation
Cannery Brewing has two dates available for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Bring your family, your camera, and your donation for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity on either Sunday, December 4 or December 11, 2022 from 12PM to 2PM.
Photos with Santa for Mamas with Babies at Slackwater Brewing
December 5, 2022 | By Donation
Come by Slackwater Brewing with your camera ready and a donation of diapers, wipes, formula, hygiene products, or baby and toddler snacks for Mamas for Mamas South Okanagan, and you can get your photo taken with Santa Gary. Monday, 12PM to 3PM.
Photos with Santa at the Barley Mill Brew Pub & Sports Bistro
December 6, 2022 | By Donation
For one day only, Santa will be at the Barley Mill Brew Pub & Sports Bistro to take photos with you in his decorated sleigh. You’ll grab a number upon arrival and wait outside, or in the pub’s family section for warm drinks & food. Bring your camera! Donations support Penticton Hospital. Tuesday, 3PM to 7PM.
The Real HouseElves of the North Pole (Penticton)
December 8, 2022 | From $20
The Real HouseElves of the North Pole is a drag show hosted at Brit bar in Penticton. They’re sultry, they’re sassy, they’re way too sexual, and their show promises to be more exciting than waking up on Christmas morning. Thursday, 7PM.
Christmas Comedy at Highway 97 Brewing
December 10, 2022 | $20 in advance, $25 at the door
This comedy show, hosted at Highway 97 Brewing Company, is stacked with talented comics! Come to the brewery and enjoy a night of drinks, food and laughs with their comedy show! Saturday, 7PM.
Holi-Yay Open House at Red Rooster Winery
December 10, 2022 | FREE
Red Rooster Winery is your one stop shop to finish your holiday shopping and save up to 30% OFF wine and 25% OFF select merchandise while you enjoy a wine cocktail, cookies, or wine pairing flight. Saturday, 12PM to 5PM.
A Christmas Carol at the Cleland Community Theatre
December 11, 2022 | From $16.29
The audience is the star of the show in DuffleBag Theatre’s hilarious twist on Dickens’ classic Yuletide tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge. Entertainment for the family! Sunday, 2PM.
Visit with Santa at Highway 97 Brewing
December 13, 2022 | By Donation
Bring your camera and your pups for a little Santa time at Highway 97 Brewing. It’s the perfect time to have a beer and get your photo taken. Tuesday, 5PM to 7PM.
Ladies Christmas Shopping Night at Okanoggin Barbers
December 16, 2022 | $20/ticket (redeemable on purchase at event)
Shop Okanoggin Barbers‘ selection of items and apparel during this holiday sale event. Your $20 ticket will be redeemable on your retail purchase on the night of the event where you can enjoy beverages and snacks provided, and a special guest appearance by The Grinch! Friday, 6PM to 9PM.
Lunch With Santa at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre
December 16, 2022 | $26/adult, $13/child ages 4-12, FREE/children 3 and under
Dine on a festive lunch buffet and sing along to live renditions of your favourite holiday tunes while you enjoy a visit from Santa at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre. Friday, 12PM to 2PM.
Andrew Allen All Hearts Come Home with Special Guest Ari Neufeld
December 16, 2022 | $25
Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas show at the Cleland Theatre! Andrew Allen will perform originals, holiday classics, and his own top 10 hits as part of the Route97 Culture Road Trip Series. Friday, 7PM.
Pet Pics with The Grinch at Lucky’s Pet Supply
December 16, 2022 | By Donation
Bring your pets of all kinds to Lucky’s for a photo with the Grinch and receive a printed photo to take home. Book through their Facebook page or call the store. Friday, 9:30AM to 5PM.
Pet Pics with Santa at Lucky’s Pet Supply
December 17, 2022 | By Donation
Bring your pets of all kinds to Lucky’s for a photo with Santa and receive a printed photo to take home. Book through their Facebook page or call the store. Saturday, 9:30AM to 5PM.
The Nutcracker at Cleland Community Theatre
December 18, 2022 | Tickets $10-$42
Mission Dance Company presents a performance of The Nutcracker featuring accomplished dancers, a magical, larger-than-life Christmas tree paired with narration to enhance the classic story. Sunday, 3PM.
2022 Holiday Party with the Goats at GottaGoat Farm
December 18, 2022 | Free; Donations Accepted
Head to GottaGoat Farm for some goat cuddles, hot chocolate, and other goodies. Dress warmly and carpool if you can; parking is limited. Sunday, 12PM to 3PM.
Christmas at the S.S Sicamous
December 19 – 23, 2022 | $7/adult $5/youths (6-17) OR $20 for a family of 4
Hop aboard the SS Sicamous this December and enjoy the holiday decorations, photos with santa and refreshments for the duration of the event and baked goods for each day Santa’s on board. 10AM to 3PM.
Santa at Wayne and Freda
December 20, 2022 | FREE
Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be making a special visit to Wayne and Freda on December 20th to take some pictures with you! Bring your family, your own camera, and consider staying for a bite and a hot beverage. Tuesday, 12PM to 4PM.
Nightmare at the North Pole at the Safety Village
December 21, 22, 23, 24 & 26, 2022 | $25/person OR $75/family of 4
Nightmare at the North Pole, a Special Ops Holiday Adventure is the ultimate laser tag game. Battle evil South Pole elves and save Christmas. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Penticton, benefiting the Penticton Secondary School Class of 2023’s Dry Grad Celebrations. Afternoons, 2PM to 8PM.
Holiday Events in Penticton
From photos with Santa to festive events and plays, and Christmas celebrations, there is something for everyone to participate in this holiday season.
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