Christmas

The three Salmon Arm Rotary clubs, First United Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church have teamed up, along with the food banks and social service agencies, to provide 600 Christmas dinners-to-go on Dec. 25 to members of the community. (File photo)

Rotary clubs in Salmon Arm step up again to provide Christmas dinners for all

Anyone who would like a Christmas dinner but won’t have one is asked to pick up free ticket

 

Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)

B.C. man with fractured spine warns of dangers in hanging holiday lights

‘Tis the season for decorations, ladders and the inevitable falls that go with them

 

Bicycles that Bryan Miles repaired for two kids in Penticton this holiday season. (Photo- Lori TC/Facebook)

Osoyoos man turns garage into Santa’s workshop, gifting kids with bicycles this Christmas

Bryan Miles expects to put a smile on more than 70 children’s faces this holiday season

 

For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual journey through Canada and the U.S. to bring live music and raise holiday spirits across the regions. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Canadian Pacific/Neil Zeller **MANDATORY CREDIT**

CP Holiday Train returns to the rails for the first time in three years

Popular cross-country run will wrap up in Port Coquitlam on Dec. 18

For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual journey through Canada and the U.S. to bring live music and raise holiday spirits across the regions. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Canadian Pacific/Neil Zeller **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Volunteers work in the kitchen at the Sicamous Senior Centre, Dec. 26 2018. (Sicamous and District Seniors Centre Society/ Facebook)

Holiday feast: Sicamous seniors centre bringing back traditional Christmas gathering

Seniors and their families are invited to spend time and dine together

Volunteers work in the kitchen at the Sicamous Senior Centre, Dec. 26 2018. (Sicamous and District Seniors Centre Society/ Facebook)
The CP Holiday Train in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

CP Holiday Train returns to spread cheer across country

The festive locomotive will arrive in B.C. on Dec. 14

The CP Holiday Train in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)
Vendors and marketgoers mingle on Hudson Avenue as snow falls during the inaugural Downtown Salmon Arm Holiday Craft and Farm Market held Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (File photo)

Popular Downtown Holiday Farmer’s Market returns to Salmon Arm

Tuba Christmas, Photos with Santa, Chili Cook-off and vendors galore to visit Hudson Avenue

Vendors and marketgoers mingle on Hudson Avenue as snow falls during the inaugural Downtown Salmon Arm Holiday Craft and Farm Market held Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (File photo)
The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Nativity scene banned from B.C. town’s city hall after decades-long run

Volunteer group hoping to get Terrace to change its mind after annual tradition rejected

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Singer Andréa Roberts will join Sandy Cameron and his fellow jazz performers on stage for this year’s Merry Kriz concert on the Nexus stage at Salmon Arm’s First United Church on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. (File photo)

Salmon Arm’s Sandy Cameron jazzed for return of Merry Krizz

‘It’s like a little big band. A lot more harmony’

Singer Andréa Roberts will join Sandy Cameron and his fellow jazz performers on stage for this year’s Merry Kriz concert on the Nexus stage at Salmon Arm’s First United Church on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. (File photo)
Holiday display at Nico’s Nurseryland, Nov. 12. (Rebecca Willson- Salmon Arm Observer)

Winter wonderland at Salmon Arm plant nursery

Nico’s Nurseryland hosts Jingle & Mingle holiday sale, local market

Holiday display at Nico’s Nurseryland, Nov. 12. (Rebecca Willson- Salmon Arm Observer)
James Dyck (sixth from left), with daughter Cadence Trottier, was the surprised and grateful recipient of a refurbished Jeep gifted to him with a year’s insurance by Braby Motors, Fix Auto, Kal Tire and SASCU in the 4th annual Shuswap Christmas Car Giveaway, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm businesses gearing up for Shuswap Christmas Car giveaway

‘It’s a little bit of a boost that somebody might need, and it can improve their entire lifestyle’

James Dyck (sixth from left), with daughter Cadence Trottier, was the surprised and grateful recipient of a refurbished Jeep gifted to him with a year’s insurance by Braby Motors, Fix Auto, Kal Tire and SASCU in the 4th annual Shuswap Christmas Car Giveaway, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
A recent survey finds that Canadians will spend an average of $675 this holiday season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Survey shows Christmas bells will be ringing on Canada’s cash registers

One in five Canadians have not paid off last year’s holiday purchases

A recent survey finds that Canadians will spend an average of $675 this holiday season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Michael Bublé sleighs the Canadian music charts as ‘Christmas’ makes history at No. 1

Christmas only album to reach No. 1 in 5 different calendar years on the Billboard Canadian chart

Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Samantha Knight Weston Family Science program manager for Nature Conservancy Canada, says leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard over the winter can provide many benefits for backyard wildlife. (Submitted photo)

Looking to dispose of your Christmas tree? Try tossing it in the backyard

Backyard decomposition makes for great Christmas tree disposal and biodiversity

Samantha Knight Weston Family Science program manager for Nature Conservancy Canada, says leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard over the winter can provide many benefits for backyard wildlife. (Submitted photo)
Guides delivering supplies L to R: Avery Wilkins, Bruno Pelletier, Jodi Brown, Molly Johnsen, and Caitlin Thomson, and not pictured were Sam Grenier and Dave McBride from Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures. (Suzy Coulter photo)

Christmas Day delivery pulled off by Chilliwack River Rafting guides

‘We were touched and humbled by how willing people were to jump in and help us,’ says CRV resident

Guides delivering supplies L to R: Avery Wilkins, Bruno Pelletier, Jodi Brown, Molly Johnsen, and Caitlin Thomson, and not pictured were Sam Grenier and Dave McBride from Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures. (Suzy Coulter photo)
Rotarians and other community members in Salmon Arm gather for a photo on Dec. 25 as they distribute Christmas dinners-to-go. (Photo contributed)

Extreme cold lowers numbers for Salmon Arm’s Christmas dinner-to-go

No food wasted as extra food goes to Second Harvest food bank and Food with Friends lunch program

Rotarians and other community members in Salmon Arm gather for a photo on Dec. 25 as they distribute Christmas dinners-to-go. (Photo contributed)
A competitor at the Yeti Rugby Abominable Tournament barrels past members of the opposing team on Feb. 1, 2020. (File photo)

Salmon Arm rugby club picking up Christmas trees for fundraiser

The trees will be picked up on Jan. 9 beginning at 10 a.m.

A competitor at the Yeti Rugby Abominable Tournament barrels past members of the opposing team on Feb. 1, 2020. (File photo)
Jenae and Dr. Alex van Duyvendyk delivering gifts at Kelowna General Hospital’s pediatric unit (KGH Foundation)

Kelowna student spreads joy with a wagon full of gifts

Jenae and Dr. Alex van Duyvendyk delivered presents to Kelowna’s pediatric unit on Dec. 24

Jenae and Dr. Alex van Duyvendyk delivering gifts at Kelowna General Hospital’s pediatric unit (KGH Foundation)
People cross-country ski at Locarno Beach after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Dreams of white Christmas come true in Vancouver, while cold grips Prairies

Unusual weather was due to very cold air in the province’s Interior that’s being drawn out to the coast

People cross-country ski at Locarno Beach after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Christmas cared from Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer and his wife Marjorie shows their home at the Summerland Research Station. Dick Palmer was the superintendent at the station from 1932 to 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

COLUMN: A too-perfect scene during the festive season

The description of a picture-perfect family setting might have been flawed

A Christmas cared from Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer and his wife Marjorie shows their home at the Summerland Research Station. Dick Palmer was the superintendent at the station from 1932 to 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)