The Naramata Inn heralded the holiday season with a small gathering for a big light-up on Saturday, Nov. 21
As soon as the sun had set, 25,000 lights lit up the trees and Inn for the holidays.
The Inn and other Naramata businesses will brightening up the holidays in their own ways. Center Beach has also been decorated with thousands of lights to celebrate the community saving this local cherished park.
At the Naramata Inn’s restaurant, there are special three-course holiday menus for lunch and dinner from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, as well as gift packages of local wine and goods.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the sights and tastes that Naramata is famous for.
Wineries, including Little Engine Wines, Ruby Blues Winery, Daydreamer Winery, Legend Distilling, Elephant Island Winery and Tightrope Winery are still offering tastings. Due to COVID-19 those tasting will require reservations.
Other wineries not open for tastings still have their stores open for people looking to pick up some local flavour.
Naramata Inn Holiday Light Up (90 kB)
The 125 year old Inn’s light up also kicks off Naramata’s community Christmas Light competition.
Residents will decorate their homes and yards with their best holiday decor, then contact MyNaramata.com to get added to the map of participants. The map will also be posted on the NaramataSlow Facebook page and Discover Naramata.
From Dec. 3 to 17, participants are invited to have their lights on each evening for people to walk and drive around Naramata to check out the displays.
Voting for the competition is simple; take a non-perishable food item and drop it off at Naramata Elementary during school hours in the marked container at the top of the car park stairs with your name and phone number, and the address for your favourite light display.
The donations go to support the Naramata Xmas Hamper program, and all votes are entered into a draw for a prize. Votes and donations can also be dropped off at Legend Distilling from 12 to 4 p.m. on Thursday to Monday during the competition.
There are prizes for the best business lights, residential lights, and best-lit street.
More details about the Naramata Inn’s holiday menus can be found on their website. A full list of restaurants, wineries, galleries and other businesses that are open for the holidays can be found by going to Discover Naramata’s website at discovernaramata.com/blog/whatsopen.