Singers in one of the choirs that performed at the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in 2017 in downtown Penticton. This year the event is held on Nov. 22. (Western News file photo)

Penticton lights up the tree for Christmas on November 22

The third annual Light Up Festival starts at 5 p.m.

Christmas is coming, but first is the third annual Tree Light Up Festival on Nov. 22 in Penticton.

Starting at 5 p.m., Nanaimo Square celebrates the season with live music, choirs, free hot chocolate and cider, and ornament decorating. Kids can write letters to Santa, or enjoy the bouncy castle and inflatable obstacle course.

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At 7:15 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive for the tree lighting and to kick off the official start of the Christmas season in Penticton.

A number of businesses downtown will also be running extended hours and hosting their own in-store features for the festival.

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