Penticton Safety Village is being transformed into the North Pole this holiday but first they need help with donations of lights and decorations. (Submitted)

Penticton Safety Village is being transformed into the North Pole this holiday but first they need help with donations of lights and decorations. (Submitted)

Nightmare at the North Pole: A Special Ops Holiday Adventure at Penticton Safety Village

Kiwanis Club partnering with Penticton Secondary dry grad to put on special Christmas event

The Kiwanis Club of Penticton is partnering with the Penticton Secondary School Dry Grad Committee and Orbis Sports to present Nightmare at The North Pole; a Special Ops Holiday Adventure hosted by the Penticton Safety Village.

This Christmas dry grad fundraiser will see the Safety Village transformed into the North Pole from Dec. 21 to 28, closed on Dec. 25.

Penticton Secondary grads will be scattered throughout the village as elves and other Christmas characters. Attendees will enter the village and work their way through a maze of holiday obstacles to protect Santa’s workshop in the ultimate game of laser tag.

The idea for the event came from Katie Weitz, the organizer of the Penticton Trick or Treat Cycle-Path that just saw over 300 children come through the Safety Village for Halloween.

She is a member of the Kiwanis Club and co-chairing this year’s Pen Hi dry grad committee.

Don’t worry families with children, it’s not a scary nightmare, but rather the nightmare is that Christmas is in jeopardy after the North Pole was taken over by evil elves from the South Pole. The South Pole elves are fed up with their relatives from the North getting all the attention, so they have captured the North Pole compound and they need your help.

The game will be run over the course of seven days, in both daylight and night. Over 1,000 tickets are anticipated to be sold to the event, and over 100 volunteers will participate.

For each ticket sold, Penticton Secondary dry grad will receive $5 to put towards the entertainment portion of the dry grad evening in June 2023. Participants can also receive $5 off each ticket if they bring a food donation to the event, which will be collected for the Purple Pantry and Fill the Food Gap Penticton.

The Kiwanis Club of Penticton is now looking for support in transforming the Safety Village.

They will need hundreds of Christmas lights and decorations as well as materials to create a holiday maze of obstacles. Special thanks to Schoenne Homes for committing to finding a 12-foot Christmas tree as well as building barricades. Sponsorship support can be made in both a cash donation or in-kind sponsor. They will also be looking for assistance to build the barricades and some of the decorations. If you would like to get involved, please contact Katie Weitz at penhidrygrad@gmail.com.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through www.orbissports.com or from Eventbrite. Tickets can also be purchased at the Penticton Safety Village. $25 per person / $75 Team/Family of 4.

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