Summerland-Fesitval-of-LightsNovem­ber 29 will mark the 26th anniversary of the Summerland Festival of Lights, an event that has become syn­ony­mous as the offi­cial start to the hol­i­day sea­son around the Okana­gan Valley.

26 years ago, some cre­ative and thought­ful indi­vid­u­als cre­ated the Fes­ti­val of Lights as great event for Sum­mer­land. The goal was to let peo­ple know Sum­mer­land was a great place to live and visit and give res­i­dents and vis­i­tors a fan­tas­tic expe­ri­ence antic­i­pat­ing Christmas.

For 2013, the light up theme is Car­ni­val. Join the 6,000 friends on Novem­ber 29 in Sum­mer­land where the streets will be glow­ing through­out the evening. Jazz, R&B, Reg­gae, drums, masks, fire per­for­mances, car­ni­val games and buskers are all in the line-up. The Festival of Lights will turn street dance party as Summerland cel­e­brates Light Up into the night with the 2013 Glow Party.

The fireworks are sponsored by Summerland Credit Union.

Sched­ule of Events
2-3 pm: Cham­pagne Repub­lic plays an exclu­sive per­for­mance at Sum­mer­land Sec­ondary School (SSS)
5 pm  Santa process­sion by horse drawn carriage. Starts at SSS and goes down Main Street.
5:15 pm  Main Stage

  • Hip Hop Dancers from Sum­mer­land School of Dance
  • Choirs from Trout Creek and Montes­sori Ele­men­tary Schools
  • Singer Tiana Ferlizza
  • Singers from Sum­mer­land Sec­ondary School, per­form­ing songs from their new pro­duc­tion of Bon­nie and Clyde
  • Jo and The Soul — Jazz

7:05 pm  Okana­gan Com­mu­nity Choir
7:15 pm   Light up
7.15 pm  Champagne Republic
8:30pm  Fireworks on Kelly Street
9 pm  Kin­shira Per­for­mance Troupe and Main Street Glow Party

Events and Enter­tain­ment
Santa’s Work­shop crafts at Sum­mer­land Credit Union
Post your let­ters to Santa at the Sum­mer­land Post office
Ice Carv­ing in three loca­tions – on Main Street and Vic­to­ria Street
Bouncy Cas­tles and Pho­tos with Santa spon­sored by IGA
Pony rides in the park
ATV Train in the park
Fajita cook­out by Nester’s Market
Wine tast­ing pop-up on Main Street
Sea­sonal photo boards out­side Sum­mer­land Art Gallery on Main Street
Sum­mer­land Art Gallery annual “Sea­sons Sparkles” event
Kabob BBQ with IGA Sum­mer­land, with pro­ceeds to the Sum­mer­land Food Bank
Twit­ter Wall at Main Stage: #slandlightup
Offi­cial Gin­ger­bread man at True Grain Bread
Kids crafts and chilli night at IOOF Hall on Main Street
Bake sale and Mac N’ Cheese sup­per at the United Church on Henry Ave.