Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were on hand to switch on the lights Saturday evening at Kerry Park during the 25th annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up. The event, which ran from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., included street hockey, skating, music and crafts.
"We're not going to miss a horse-drawn carriage ride just because it's freezing," said Pam Toth with a laugh.
So Toth, her daughter and her parents piled into the back of the carriage - under blankets, of course.
And off Andy the horse trotted along Cawston Avenue with Kenny Gimblett and Shane Kribernegg of Penticton Carriage Tours at the reins.
"The horse doesn't think it's cold," said Gimblett with a laugh.
"We think it's a little cold, but we're bundled up. This is the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon."
The horse and carriage rides that left from the Laurel Packinghouse were just one of 28 activities presented for the Light Up.
The Light Up has turned into an all-day event, culminating in the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at the foot of Bernard Avenue when it gets dark.
Most events were free or by donation to charity.
Donations made for horse and carriage rides went to the Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society.
Cash and toy donations made to get in to see the holiday movies Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at the Paramount Theatre went to the Kelowna Community Food Bank.
And the Children's Miracle Network benefited from donations made for tethered hot-air balloon rides offered by ReMax beside Kerry Park.
For those not willing to brave the outdoors for the actual lighting of the Christmas tree in the dark, skating at Stuart Park or the live entertainment, kids activities and street hockey at Kerry Park, there were plenty of seasonal activities indoors.
Cadence McCarthy, 2, and Declan Noble, 8, decorated shortbread cookies with icing, sprinkles and chocolate chips inside at the Laurel Packinghouse.
That's also where Santa was getting his photo taken with youngsters, clowns entertained and parents could sip wine for free at the Wine Museum.
Towne Centre Mall hosted the write a letter to Santa sessions and balloon art with Sugar the Clown.