Staying in the Okanagan for the holidays? Not going home to be with family and friends? Your true love not getting you that partridge in a pear tree?
Here is a list of 12 things to do on a student budget to keep the holiday blahs at bay and fill you with just the right amount of holiday cheer.
1 – Skating on the outdoor rink at Stuart Park
It’s free and sure to get you into the spirit of the season. No skates? Rent skates for $5.
2 – Candy Cane Lane
Visit the Rutland neighbourhood along Collison Road, Gramiak Road and Mary Court to vote on whose yuletide displays twinkle the brightest. Non-perishable food items for those in need are collected by participants.
3 – Bend your brain at a local trivia night
Tremendous Trivia Night Productions hold numerous weekly trivia nights across the region, including a special New Year’s Eve event at Tonics Pub.
4 – Dude, go bowling
The McCurdy Bowling Centre has all you can bowl specials every Sunday and Wednesday nights.
5 – Cheap movie nights
The Encore Theatre in West Kelowna has cheap movies every day and even cheaper movies Thursdays.
6 – Sledding!
Pick a hill: Hudson Road Elementary, Black Mountain Elementary or Predator Ridge. What’s your favourite sledding hill?
7 – Mini golf at Scandia Golf and Games
Putt 18 holes and then check out their classic arcade.
8 – Christmas carols not your thing?
Karaoke and Wing Wednesdays at Dakoda’s Sports Bar and Grill.
9 – Catch a good ol’ hockey game
Cheer on the Kelowna Rockets or the Westside Warriors. For world-class action, get your ticket to the 2019 IIHF World Junior, Championship Pre-Tournament Game. Russia faces off against Sweden at Prospera Place, December 18.
10 – Hit the slopes
There’s a bargain Big White Trip and Christmas Eve Dinner, December 24, organized by UBC Okanagan International Programs and Services.
11 – Mission Hill’s Festival of Trees
Sip the halls. Vote on your favourite themed Christmas tree and explore the winery.
12 – Give the gift of your time
Discover the true spirit of the season through volunteering. Get in touch with Kelowna Community Resources to find out how you can lend a hand.
About UBC’s Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world.
To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca.