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12 things to do on a student budget over the holidays

candy cane inside a mug of hot chocolate

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.

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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip receives UBC honorary degree

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Indigenous leader Grand Chief Stewart Phillip received an honorary degree at the University of British Columbia’s fall convocation ceremony on November 28.

Grand Chief Phillip is the president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. He has taken an active role in the defence of Aboriginal Title and Rights by supporting First Nations communities in need and has been involved in numerous protests and lobbying movements at provincial and national levels.

In October 2006, the Okanagan Nation, led by the Elders of the Penticton Indian Band, acknowledged his lifetime commitment to the defence of Indigenous Peoples’ Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.

Grand Chief Phillip received the degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

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