Home (and by that we mean Sun Peaks) for the Holidays

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Skiing with Santa is one of many Holiday events at Sun Peaks. - File Photo
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Skiing with Santa is one of many Holiday events at Sun Peaks. – File Photo

With the Holidays fast approaching, here’s a list of events happening around
the village:
Gingerbread decorating station at Vertical Cafe, Dec. 12: Love gingerbread cookies? Love decorating gingerbread cookies? Then stop by Vertical Café in the Coast Sundance Lodge between 3 and 5 p.m. The $2 cost includes one gingerbread man and your choice of decorations. All ages are welcome however, priority will be given to children 12 and under.
Santa’s Alpine Visit, Dec. 12: Between 3 and 5 p.m., pick up some last minute gifts through one of the on-site vendors and grab a few pictures with Santa during his first seasonal visit to Sun Peaks. Enjoy the music of the Anita Eccleston Quartet, free maple taffy samples, and story time with Santa’s elves. Events will be held throughout the village.
Skating with Santa, Dec. 22: Join Santa as he makes a special guest appearance at the weekly Family Fun Night at the Skating Rink at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and children 12 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). Games, music, a bonfire and hot chocolate will be available to keep everyone warm or for those who are intimidated by strapping on a pair of skates.
Skiing with Santa, Dec. 23: He may be good at steering a sleigh, but Santa’s skiing skills are a little bit rusty. Join him as he attempts to ski the 5 Mile run between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and the cost is free with a valid lift pass. Meeting point is at the Sunburst chairlift.
Caroling with Nancy Greene, Dec. 23 and 24: Warm up your singing pipes and join Olympic ski champion Nancy Greene Raine in a holiday tradition, caroling throughout the village. Song sheets will be provided and the cost is free.
Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 24: What’s better than a hearty pancake breakfast before heading out on the slopes for the day? Maybe a hearty pancake breakfast with the jolly old man himself? Head on over to Masa’s Bar + Grill at 8 a.m. for the first seating, or if you’re a late riser, 9 a.m. for the second seating. Cost is $6 per person and everyone is welcome! Tickets can be purchased at Guest Services or call 250-578-5474.
New Year’s Eve Marshmallow Roast, Dec. 31: Head out on a magical one-kilometre guided tour through the woods and under the stars to the snowshoe camp. Once at the camp, warm up with a hot apple cider around a fire while roasting a campfire favourite — marshmallows! On the way back to the village, enjoy the scenic views of the torchlight descent. For ages eight and older and registration must be done in advance at the Adventure Centre or call 250-578-5542. Pricing is $45 for adults (19+), $40 for youth and seniors (13-18/65+), and $24 for children (8-12). Departure is at 6:45 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Dec. 31: Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., watch skiers and snowboarders test their limits and show off their skills at the First Flight Big Air Invitational. Those interested in participating in the competition are to contact Brooke Madley at events@sunpeaksresort.com. Then, it’s off to watch the kids five and older ride down the Sunbeam run for the Kids Glow Stick Parade at 7:45 p.m. At 8 p.m., watch the Sundance run light up in a sea of red in the annual Torchlight Parade. Participants must register at Guest Services between 5 and 7 p.m. and must be 14 years of age or older. Must have a valid lift ticket for Dec. 31. Afterwards, watch as the night sky lights up with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
A Grand New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31: The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an expansive buffet dinner followed by dancing to the music of Xtreme Radio. And the evening wouldn’t be complete the countdown to midnight and a champagne toast! Tickets are $70 and include dinner and dancing and $30 for the dance only. Kids 12 and under are $35 with ages three and under free. Call 250-578-6020 to
purchase tickets.
Check www.sunpeaksnews.com/events for more details on restaurant and entertainment specials throughout the
Holiday season.