Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up
The North Okanagan Optimist Club has participated in the "Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up" since 2014. This is an afternoon of holiday music and entertainment, along Vernons 30th Ave. culminating with the official Light Up ceremony. Last year (2015) Light Up was sponsored by MNP and featured a Best of Christmas Community Showcase with prizes for the following:
-Best gingerbread house
-Ugliest Christmas sweater
Best homemade holiday ornament
-Best decorated Christmas cookie
-Best homemade wreath
-Best paper snowflake
As they wandered down the street, families had a chance to sample different drinks in the Hot Chocolate Challenge. Children could sit for a photo with Santa; stop at the a reindeer food craft station; write a letter to Santa; decorate a cookie; and take in the gift bag scavenger hunt.
Santas Anonymous and Vernon Fire and Rescue Services put on a bonfire and marshmallow roast.