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Santa Claus Parade replaced by

STORYBOOK VILLAGE IN DOWNTOWN

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ike girls and boys who have had to make changes this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa is opting this season to sprinkle magic downtown over several weeks, rather than parade through the streets on one frosty day. Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (Downtown Kamloops) executive director Carl DeSantis said the annual Santa Claus Parade has traditionally drawn crowds in the thousands downtown. However, with restrictions on mass gatherings to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, the event cannot proceed this year. As a result, Santa has been working with the KCBIA on ways to bring the holiday spirit safely to the streets of Kamloops. After all, Santa doesn’t want to make Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s naughty list. DeSantis said effort that typically goes into creating parade floats will instead go into decorating downtown storefronts and blocks, with the intention of creating a Storybook Village. The area will be decked out more lavishly than years past and each block will have a different theme. For example, the 100-block of Victoria Street will be centred around Buddy the Elf. Expect to see lights, ornaments, characters, music and window paint. “Businesses in that area are going to support with window decorations,” DeSantis said. “Various aspects of that story, including Santa’s Workshop, will be there.” More than 30 businesses/organizations — and counting — have committed so far, including the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lansdowne Village. Decorations will be visible along Victoria Street from First Avenue to at least Sixth Avenue and DeSantis

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said the initiative will carry on throughout the core to the extent businesses show interest. DeSantis said Thompson Rivers University and the BC Wildlife Park are supporting the initiative. Residents will be able take a walk downtown or a drive through the blocks at night, when the area will be lit up. As for kids hoping to catch a glimpse of the man in the red suit, DeSantis said the KCBIA continues to work on details for a virtual visit with Santa Claus at Santa’s Workshop. Kids can rest assured Santa is still coming to town. “Boy, there’s a lot of Santa conversations,” DeSantis said. “He was just in our office yesterday. It’s a whole new world, this virtual relationship we’ve got. We’re looking at Santa’s Workshop or village, which will be set up in Tri City in the 100-block. We don’t have all the details, but there will be an opportunity for kids to communicate with Santa Claus there.” The KCBIA will post a map of participating businesses on its website at downtownkamloops.com and will and publish through the media what stories they can find and expect at which businesses. DeSantis said decorations will be visible during the day, but lights will be more impactful at dusk or dark. DeSantis said downtown businesses interested in getting involved in the storybook village can contact Samantha Desouza or Christine Beaton at the KCBIA office, which can be reached by calling 250-372-3242. The KCBIA is also seeking to borrow decorations from those who had floats in past parades. The Storybook Village is set to open in the third week of November and remain open until after Christmas. “We’re hoping, instead of a one-day event, to continue this for three or four weeks,” DeSantis said.


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WILDLIGHTS FESTIVAL WILL PROCEED with pandemic protocols in place

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he BC Wildlife Park’s annual Wildlights event will go ahead this year with a few changes and tickets available only in advance due to the pandemic. “It will look substantially different,” said Glenn Grant, executive director of the BC Wildlife Park. Grant said the event will be limited to 500 people per night, with some areas of the park blocked off and new wayfinding methods to keep people from gathering. Most notably, perhaps, is that Jolly Old Saint Nick won’t be in attendance. “Santa wants to protect himself from COVID, so he’ll be staying at the North Pole and won’t be at the event,” Grant said, regrettably. Another staple entertainer at the event will be in attendance, however. Uncle Chris the Clown will provide on-the-spot entertainment on most nights Wildlights is held, but won’t be performing his typical scheduled shows in order to keep people from congregating. Another potential change this year is the Wildlife Express train, which normally carries passengers around the park, adorned with lights during the winter event. Grant said he’s not yet sure if the train will run this year. That decision has been left up to the volunteer society that operates the train. “If they can get enough volunteers for it, it may go ahead. But at this point, the train is not operating,” he said. The limitations brought in this year to keep people safe will hurt the park, according to Grant. “We’re going to be limiting our total attendance to about 11,500 people and last year we had just under

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23,000 come through, so we’re looking at half the attendance this year,” Grant said. In the summer, the park calculated the number of people allowed in the park based on its available outdoor space, with attendance capped at 1,000. A similar calculation was done for Wildlights; however, some areas of the park are closed off, leading to a limit of 500 people through the gate in total each night. A change has also been made that will allow the park to correct some issues encountered during the summer. “We saw a few glitches in the summer, where larger groups of six or more were trying to pass each other on the road, and that creates a roadblock,” Grant said. As a result, visitors will be moved through the park on one-way paths counter-clockwise, which Grant said should help avoid any close encounter issues. But some of the changes made this year will also improve the experience of parkgoers. The park’s popular light tunnel is now twice as long, Grant said, and many older displays have been updated with brighter LED lights. The event is also making its way into town, somewhat. Grant said he’s met with the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and will help out with festive displays downtown. Tickets for Wildlights will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 13, and will be available on the BC Wildlife Park website at bcwildlife.org. Wildlights will run from Dec. 11, 2020, to Jan. 3, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night, excluding Christmas Day.


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GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST Benefits Kamloops Food Bank This gingerbread house from Mr. Denby’s Grade 5/6 class at Arthur Hatton elementary was one of several entries in the 2019 competition held by Uptown Chefs at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre. The 2020 contest is a go, with proceeds going to the Kamloops Food Bank.Photo credit: Sean Brady/KTW file

Photo: Allen Douglas/KTW File

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egistration is now open for the annual Uptown Chefs Gingerbread House Competition in support of the Kamloops Food Bank. The contest has five categories: toddlers (ages five and under), elementary school, high school, individual and professional.Prizes will be announced on the event’s Facebook page on Dec. 28.All entries will be displayed in the lobby of the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, at 1250 Rogers Way in Aberdeen, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24.Gingerbread designers are being urged by organizers to be as creative as possible and to not be afraid to stray from typical gingerbread house ideas.For every gingerbread house entered in the

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competition, Uptown Chefs will donate $10 to the food bank in the form of Christmas gifts. Each person who visits the hotel to view and vote on the gingerbread houses — with COVID-19 protocols in place — will receive a complimentary hot chocolate and housebaked cookie at Romeos Kitchen + Spirits, which is inside the hotel.To take part in the contest, go online to romeoskitchen.ca and fill out the form or call To register to take part in the contest, call 250-372-5312 or email n. stgodard@coasthotels.com. Registration deadline is Sunday, Nov. 22. Organizers are also seeking businesses in Kamloops to donate to the contest’s prize packages. Those interested can find more information online at tinyurl.com/y4emmpcl.


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Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

BUT FOOD BANK FOCUS REMAINS Photo: Allen Douglas/KTW File

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he pandemic has taken the annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train off the tracks, but the railroad company will still be working to collect donations for the Kamloops Food Bank and food banks across the country. CP launched the Holiday Train in 1999 and every year since it has travelled across Canada and the northern U.S., raising money, collecting food and drawing attention to the work of local food banks. In its first 21 years, the train raised $17.8 million and collected 4.8-million pounds of food for local food banks in communities along CP’s network. Last year’s stop in Kamloops — drawing thousands of people to the rear of Sandman Centre — raised about $50,000 and collected roughly 6,000 pounds of food for the Kamloops Food Bank. In lieu of driving the train across the continent this December, CP will donate to food banks in communities

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along its network and host a virtual concert. The modified program will draw attention to food security issues, while ensuring donations go to all food banks that would ordinarily receive them. “COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves,” CP president and CEO Keith Creel said. “The spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year through our virtual concert. We will have the Holiday Train rolling again spreading Christmas cheer as soon as it’s safe to do so.” Live music has always been part of the CP Holiday Train tradition, with country singers Terri Clark and Dallas Smith playing to the Kamloops crowd last year. To maintain that tradition, CP will produce a benefit concert, with details to be announced later online at cpr.ca.


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BACKSHOP TOURS ARE OFFERED Due to the pandemic, the Spirit of Christmas steam train will not run, but the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society is offering backshop tours by appointment during the Christmas season. Guides will walk train enthusiasts through all of the historic rolling stock, around some of the decommissioned cars and right up to the glorious Spirit of Kamloops 2141steam locomotive. Through stories, displays and experiences, visitors will be transported back to a time when a railway helped build a country. Cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family. Because the backshop area neat Pioneer Park downtown is an active industrial site and due to the pandemic, the following guidelines are mandatory and non-negotiable. • Closed-toed shoes must be worn. • No smoking /alcohol. • Masks required for everyone within the enclosed space of a railcar. • Gloves are required and will be provided. For more information, call 250-374-2141 or email info@kamrail.com.

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t. Andrews on the Square will be hosting at least two Christmas-themed events in the coming days and weeks. First up is Christmas at the Square, which will take place on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature local home-based businesses selling everything from spices to soaps to Tupperware and much more. Pandemic-related health and safety protocols will be in place, with masks required and hand sanitizer available. For more information, call 250-377-4232. • On Dec. 5, Countdown to Christmas comes to St. Andrews on the Square, which happens to be the oldest public building in Kamloops. Countdown to Christmas will taker place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature crafts for sale to a maximum price of $20. Organizers say the event offers a perfect time to find last-minute gifts for hard-to-buy-for folks on Christmas lists. Once again, pandemic-related health and safety protocols will be in place, with masks required and hand sanitizer available. For more information, call 250-377-4232.

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Christmas Recipes

DESSERTS Carrot Cake Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter

1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 cup grated carrots 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup raisins

350º F

12-14 m

Grease cookie sheets. Combine flower, cinnamon, baking soda, salt in a bowl. Beat brown surgar and butter, till creamy then add egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture. Stir in carrots, walnuts and raisins. Drop tablespoon, size dough onto cookie pan. Bake 12 -14 minutes or until lightly brown.

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5 ml baking soda 5 ml vanilla 2 cups flour 1 heaping cup of chocolate chips

375º F

10-11 m

Mix margarine, white sugar, brown sugar and eggs. Then add salt, baking soda and vanilla and stir. Finally, add the flour and chocolate chips until all is moist. Batch makes 15 cookies. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Do not overcook! From our family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Merry Christmas from all of us at Emsland Insurance.

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Christmas Recipes

DESSERTS Holiday Rainbow Cake 1 package (2 layer size) white cake mix 2 packages (3 ounce size) Jello 1 Raspberry and 1 Lime 2 envelopes of Dream Whip

350º F

25-30m

Prepare cake mix as directed on package. Put in 2 greased and floured 9 inch layer cake pans, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Poke each cake with a fork at 1/2 inch intervals. (do not remove from pans). Dissolve each package of jello powder separately in 1 cup boiling water. Pour raspberry jelly over one layer, and lime jello over the other. Chill 4 hours. Prepare Dream Whip as directed. Unmould one layer onto a serving plate, and top with 1 cup of the dessert topping. Unmould second layer onto the first. Frost top and sides with the remaining dessert topping. Chill

Recipe submitted by Ann Stoughton

Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges 1/3 cup Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar 2 tablespoons Butter Infused Olive Oil 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt

400º F

45 m

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a half sheet jelly-roll pan.

Thoroughly shake or whisk together the Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic and Butter Infused Olive Oil. In a large bowl toss to liberally coat the sweet potato wedges with the emulsified balsamic-olive oil mixture. Arrange the potato wedges on the parchment paper lined pan in a single layer, without over-crowding. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast for 45 minutes until tender and the balsamic glaze has caramelized.

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Christmas Recipes

DESSERTS Traditional Cranberry Apple Pie 35 to 40 m

400º F

2 Pie Crust Shells 8-10 Medium-sized Apples 1 bag uncooked cranberries 1 cup Chopped Pecans 2 tsp Apple pie spice 2 tsp Orange Zest 2 tsp Cinnamon

Prepare cranberries as directed on the package and set aside. Peel and core the apples, enough to fill your pie shell in a thick layer. Add apple pie spice, orange zest, cinnamon and ½ cup of the cranberry mix to the apples. Stir on luke-warm stove until well mixed. Add 1 cup chopped pecans to the apple mix. Pour the cranberry/apple pie mix into pie shell so it is heaping in the center. Then take second pie shell and place on top. Press the edges together to secure, and take a fork to poke three spots in top of crust. Bake at 400 F for 35-40 min. or until crust is golden. Serve warm with whip cream or ice cream.

Recipe submitted by Kathy Roberts

Magic Santa Cookie Bar

1 can EagleBrand milk 2 cups graham wafer crumbs 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup flaked coconut 1 cup jet-puffed mini – marshmallows ½ cup chopped pecans ¾ cup melted butter ¾ cup while or semi-sweet chocolate chips

350º F

25 to 30 m

Makes 24 bars. Combine graham crumbs with butter. Press evenly onto parchment paper-lined 13” x 9” baking pan. Pour 2/3 can of Eaglebrand over crumbs. Sprinkle with pecans, chocolate chips, cranberries, coconut, and marshmallows. Press down firmly. Pour remaining Eaglebrand overtop. Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 min or until lightly browned. (325 F for glass dish). Cool thoroughtly and cut into bars.

Recipe submitted by Ann Stoughton

Chipits Cherry Jewel Bars

1 egg 1 ½ cup salted mixed nuts 1 ½ cup halved candied cherries 1 ¼ cup flour 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ¾ cup softened margarine 2/3 cup b  rown sugar ½ tsp salt

350º F

Combine flour with 1/3 cup brown sugar. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly and firmly into bottom on an ungreased 9” x 13” pan. Bake at 350 F for 15 min. Meanwhile, beat egg slightly in a large bowl. Stir in remaining 1/3 cup of brown sugar and salt. Add nuts, cherries, and chocolate chips. Toss mixture lightly to coat. Spoon fruit mixture evenly over the baked layer. Press firmly to adhere layers. Bake for an additional 20 min. Cool, then cut into 1 1/2” x 2” squares.

Recipe submitted by Ann Stoughton

Chipits Noel Crisps

1 egg 1 cup flour 1 cup chocolate chips ½ cup shortening ¾ cup chopped marachino cherries (well-drained) or chopped glace cherries

35 m

¾ cup white sugar ½ tsp almond extract ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ¾ cup coconut

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350º F

12 to 15 m

Makes 3 dozen cookies. Cream shortening with sugar. Beat in egg and almond extract. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Mix in chocolate chips, coconut, and cherries. Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 12 to 15 min.

Recipe submitted by Ann Stoughton


Christmas Recipes

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Raspberry Champagne 1 Tbsp Raspberry Syrup

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3 dashes Angostura Bitters 5 oz chilled Brut Rosé lemon for garnish

Combine raspberry syrup and Angostura bitters in a champagne flute. Top with Brut Rosé and garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe submitted by Tania Vidovic

Crown of Roses

1 measure Crown Royal whiskey ½ measure Amaretto Top with cranberry juice and ice

Recipe submitted by Jane Feely

White Christmas

Mix all in a shaker and 1 oz. vanilla vodka serve over ice. Garnish 1 oz. Kahlua with a cherry (maraschino) ½ oz. Crème de Menthe 3 oz. half-and-half cream Recipe submitted by Jane Feely

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