Christmas

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Tree of Hope campaign’s strong roots sees $1M raised for Okanagan youth groups

The Stober Foundation closed out the campaign with a gift of $500,000.

 

More than 140 people turned out to a celebration of Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas at the Vernon Elks Lodge Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (Submitted photo)

First holiday away from home made special for Ukrainians in Vernon

More than 140 people gathered to celebrate Orthodox Christmas

 

An RCMP officer came to the rescue of two children stranded at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) on Christmas Eve. (Black Press file photo)

Constable Claus saves Christmas for kids stranded at Kelowna Airport

The 12 and 13-year-olds were trying to make it home to Victoria for Christmas from Alberta

 

A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)

Frustrated travellers turned to Twitter when winter storm slammed Abbotsford airport

Missing luggage, no staff and cancelled flights made travel less than merry this Christmas

A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)
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Christmas tree recycling is a good alternative to landfills

Taking down the Christmas tree is only one task after the holiday…

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Ashley Smethurst and children busy making Christmas dinners for those in need in Penticton. In total, the local family handed out 286 turkey dinners Christmas Eve. (Facebook)

Penticton family cook and deliver 286 Christmas dinners

The Smethursts have been making Christmas meals for a couple years now

Ashley Smethurst and children busy making Christmas dinners for those in need in Penticton. In total, the local family handed out 286 turkey dinners Christmas Eve. (Facebook)
Santa Claus can be seen in many places at this time of year. (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How much do you know about Christmas traditions?

There are plenty of celebrations and customs on Dec. 25.

Santa Claus can be seen in many places at this time of year. (Pixabay.com)
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NORAD Tracks Santa live: Follow St. Nick as he delivers presents around the world this Christmas Eve

Rest assured, kids of all ages: Santa’s coming this Christmas Eve. That’s…

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Johanna deJong of Abbotsford has been collecting Christmas village items for more than 40 years. (Submitted image)

Abbotsford woman continues to raise funds for Alzheimer Society with Christmas village

‘Sparkyville’ includes countless figurines and has been in the works for more than 40 years

Johanna deJong of Abbotsford has been collecting Christmas village items for more than 40 years. (Submitted image)
Grade 1 and 2 students at Sunnyside Elementary school in South Surrey penned letters to Santa and shared them with the Peace Arch News. The young students asked the Jolly Old Elf a wide range of questions, including his preferences in cookies and whether they would find themselves on the naughty list this year. (Brenda Anderson photo)

Dear Santa – Grade 1 and 2 students in B.C. have a long list of questions for the Jolly Old Elf

Sunnyside Elementary students in South Surrey share their letters to Santa

  • Dec 24, 2022
Grade 1 and 2 students at Sunnyside Elementary school in South Surrey penned letters to Santa and shared them with the Peace Arch News. The young students asked the Jolly Old Elf a wide range of questions, including his preferences in cookies and whether they would find themselves on the naughty list this year. (Brenda Anderson photo)
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EDITORIAL: Holiday doesn’t need to be perfect

Festive season can come with some high expectations

  • Dec 23, 2022
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B.C’s Coquihalla closed between Hope and Merritt

Crash has major route shut down overnight

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Christmas Street Lunch serves up hot meals at Vernon church

On top of a full belly, guests also left with a bag of warm clothing and treats

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Julie and her mother leaving the church with bags of gifts and necessities for her family (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

More than 100 happy children on Christmas thanks to Kelowna charity for Ukrainian refugees

Kelowna Stands with Ukraine organized presents for more than 49 families and 109 children

Julie and her mother leaving the church with bags of gifts and necessities for her family (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News and a big fan of Father Christmas.

COLUMN: The magic of Christmas isn’t so unbelievable, is it?

A deep adoration of Santa Claus and everything he represents has led to a life of loving Christmas

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News and a big fan of Father Christmas.
A senior wants to offer a heartfelt thanks for a ‘totally unexpected’ London Drugs tree of wishes gift she received. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Letters: Penticton senior feels blessed from ‘totally unexpected’ London Drugs Tree gift

Penticton residents express their thanks for good people in letters to the editor

  • Dec 14, 2022
A senior wants to offer a heartfelt thanks for a ‘totally unexpected’ London Drugs tree of wishes gift she received. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
These are just some of the trees and woodland creatures adorned with lights at the Salmon Arm home of Kayla, Brandi and Rod Butts, mother and grandparents to four-year-old Jaxon, who died in July 2022. (Photo contributed)

Lights shine brightly at Salmon Arm home to share love generated by young boy who died

Family invites public to visit yard with sparkling woodland creatures, butterfly tree

These are just some of the trees and woodland creatures adorned with lights at the Salmon Arm home of Kayla, Brandi and Rod Butts, mother and grandparents to four-year-old Jaxon, who died in July 2022. (Photo contributed)
Cod Gone Wild are making the rounds intimate Christmas shows around the Okanagan. (Wayne Emde photography

Cod goes wild in Okanagan rounds

Newfie-inspired band spreading Christmas cheer

Cod Gone Wild are making the rounds intimate Christmas shows around the Okanagan. (Wayne Emde photography
The Jones’ Wonderland on Huth Ave. will be a must stop on the BC Transit Lights Tour taking place Dec. 14 in Penticton. (Debbie Jones photo Facebook)

Hop on board the free BC Transit Christmas Lights Tour in Penticton

Board the bus and enjoy the light tour throughout the city Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Jones’ Wonderland on Huth Ave. will be a must stop on the BC Transit Lights Tour taking place Dec. 14 in Penticton. (Debbie Jones photo Facebook)
The donation bin at 575 Gramiak Road is empty this year. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna’s Candy Cane Lane seeing only 10% of donations compared to years past: Organizer

The collection bin at the centre of the light display is sparse

The donation bin at 575 Gramiak Road is empty this year. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)