Cool and cloudy is the forecast for this evening as the Osoyoos community welcomes the holiday season with its annual Christmas Lite-Up.

The Osoyoos Festival Society has put oohs and aahs on local faces for 30 years now — and there’s plenty more to see and do both today and through the weekend.

“Hopefully the rain stays away and even if we got a little of the white stuff it would be better than the rain,” said event organizer Shirley Baker.

This afternoon, take in the Downtown Merchants Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. and stop to enjoy Christmas Carols courtesy of the Okanagan International Chorus in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware and feast on a Rotary Club hot dog across the street.

You can also get a cup of hot chocolate.

Visitors “can enjoy hourly specials, refreshments and goodwill,” Shirley said.

The big moment, of course, is the Santa parade down Main Street, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start. Expect to see a few more floats than in past years — including yet another spirited addition from the Nk’Mip snowbirds.

Get started with Smitty’s Toys for Tots to Teens breakfast.

The fun continues Saturday morning with Breakfast with Santa at Campo Marina.

Members of the Osoyoos Coyotes will be on hand to serve the $5 breakfast and children can have their photos taken with Santa.

After breakfast, you’ll want to stop by the Legion Hall for the Kiwanis Christmas Craft Fair. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation to the Osoyoos Food Bank.

Organizer Donna Kelso says upwards of two dozen vendors will be hand.

Meanwhile, Winter in Wine Country continues as area wineries host special events throughout the South Okanagan. To learn more, visit


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