Let the season begin

Downtown Salmon Arm celebrates Christmas in a wide variety of ways.

Laughing Gas Improv actors Monica Kriese and Randy Brogden in a skit from How The Grins Stole Christmas. The family friendly version runs Saturday

Add the flavour of good food, music and laughter for the whole family to this year’s Christmas shopping experience.

Following on the highly-successful Roots and Blues crawl this summer, the Christmas crawl is an invitation to put your parcels down, slow the pace and enjoy the music of talented local performers.

The musical crawl that began yesterday evening, continues for the next two Tuesdays.

On Dec. 11, catch the holiday spirit with Blu and Kelly Hopkins at the Shuswap Pie Company from 5 to 5:45.

From 6:15 to 7 p.m. it’s Duncan MacGregor at Java Jive and Sandy Cameron at the Pink Cherry from 7:30 to 8:15.

Complete the evening’s musical crawl by listening to Jordan Dick at the Barley Station from 8:45 to 9:30.

The third and final week of the crawl rolls out Tuesday, Dec. 18 with Kyle Fitzpatrick at the Blue Canoe from 5 to 5:45 p.m.

Stroll, shop and maybe dine until 6:15, when Runaway Lane performs at Superb Donair.

After another half-hour pause, the music resumes at 7:30 with Willy Gaw and Jacob Verburg performing at Culinary Inspirations.

The evening and the musical crawl come to a close with a performance by Peter Clarke at Andiamo from 8:45 to 9:30.

There’s lots more to holiday spirit in downtown Salmon Arm this season.

SAGA Public Art Gallery will be open until 8 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 4 as part of the Tuesdays on the Town, when the music crawl is underway.

Beautiful Christmas piano music will be provided by Joyce Lank, and hot drinks will be available. Admission to the gallery is by donation.

Enjoy a great dinner special and receive a free movie pass for a film at the Salmar theatres Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Participating eateries who will be serving up this deal from 5 to 9 p.m. include Andiamo Ristorante Italiano, Barley Station Brew Pub, Cantina Vallarta, Hedi’s Wine Bistro, Pink Cherry, Superb Donair and the Shuswap Pie Company.

For families with children ages two to 12 interested in creating their own Christmas art, the SAGA Public Art Gallery presents a free Elves Workshop from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Take an unwrapped toy or gift for kids up to age 16 to the Salmar Grand Theatre at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 and watch one of four classic Christmas movies. Donations will be distributed to Shuswap kids via the Shuswap Family Resource Centre.

That afternoon at 1:30, Shuswap Theatre on Hudson Avenue presents the family friendly How the Grins Stole Christmas.


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