WILDLIGHTS back for its 21st year
From December 14 until January 6, bring the whole family out to enjoy over 650,000 lights, interactive displays and light sculptures at the 21st annual Wildlights presented by the BC Wildlife Park along with Cascades Casino Kamloops.
New this year is the Canadian Tire Kamloops Holiday Gazebo, bright lights train tunnel, and more lights than ever!
Other highlights include a cookie baking contest (December 15 & 16 only), Scrooge's Scavenger Hunt, the Nutcracker Maze; and family favorites including performances by Uncle Chris the Clown, the Holiday Express miniature train, Home Hardware Family Farm, and of course Santa Claus will make a special stop!
Admission to Wildlights is $12.45 per adult, $10.45 per senior, $8.45 per child (3-17), and 2 and under are free. Wildlights will run nightly from 5:00-9:00pm, excluding Christmas day.
Guest Conductor: Yaniv Attar
Hear festive, seasonal favourites in our annual celebration of the holiday season. This concert features heartwarming melodies that will delight the whole family.
CUSTER: A Winter Wonderland
BACH: Jesu Joy of Man's desiring
HERBERT: March of the Toys
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Christmas Eve Suite
Sandman Centre, Lorne Street, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Team USA could feature projected 2019 #1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes and 2018 first round pick of the Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes
These two teams have combined for 13 medals in the past 9 years
The first 500 youths can buy a $5 Ticket with the purchase of an Adult ticket
Special ticket pricing for Kamloops Blazers Season Ticket Holders until December 6th
KAMLOOPS – Bullriders Canda 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Bullriding and Dance returns to the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere on Monday, December 31.
“It’s a great venue with exciting entertainment. What’s better than watching live bull riding followed by an old time country dance for New Year’s?” said Steven Puhallo, the event producer, “This is a great annual event with people from Chilliwack to Prince George coming to 'buck in' the New Year.”
“We’re into our 8th year for this event. People love the show we put on and we always get big, fun crowds! We have over 1,000 people at this event!”
The New Year’s Eve professional bullriding features bucking bulls from local stock contractors S&E Bucking Bulls, Coyote Creek and Pozzobon Bucking Bulls. S&E stock boss Ed Lebourdais is proud of the calibre of bucking bulls that will be matched against some of the world’s best bull riders, “We’ve got some of the best bulls in Canada that are ready to go. It’s going to be champion versus champion!”
The event is professionally sanctioned by Bullriders Canada. “Being professionally sanctioned allows us to attract a high calibre of bull rider. We have some of the best bull riders in the world coming.” said Puhallo.
Tickets are now on sale at The Horse Barn in Kamloops, and at the North Thompson Star/Journal in Barriere and online at facebook/farmkidsfund.
What the Bullriders are saying about this event….
Jackson Scott (Kamloops)
"...I only rode there the last two years, but I've been there the last probably five years before I even started riding bulls. Been watching it the whole time, and ...every single year it gets better and better!
The crowd gets more and more excited every year, the atmosphere, and the bulls, and everything just gets so much better. The money is better, the bull riders are better, the bulls are better. Everything about it is just absolutely amazing. …..I'll never forget this even when I'm older, I'm gonna tell my kids that you know, New Year's Eve, Bull Riders Canada that's a bull riding a guy wants to go to and he wants to win.”
See the full interviews with last year’s Bullriders at:
BACKGROUND & INFORMATION
This event started out as a fundraiser done in the memory of Mike Puhallo. The Farm
Kids Fund now generates an annual bursary for a deserving ‘farm kid’ from the North
It continues as an annual event at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, British
Bullriders Canada New Year’s Eve Bullriding and Dance
Monday, December 31, 2018
Doors open at: 6:00PM
Bullarama at 7:00PM
Dance: 9:00PM – 1:00AM
Beer Garden and food vendors on site.
A shuttle service from Kamloops to Barriere and back is available. Round trip shuttle
tickets include a Bullriding and Dance ticket.
Tickets available at The Horse Barn in Kamloops and at Country Feeds in Barriere.
Bullriding and Dance (19+): $50.00
Bullriding Only: $30.00
Dance Only (19+) $20.00
Shuttle Bus $80.00
*Kids 10 and under free
Guest Artist: Yolanda Bruno, Violin
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are a perennial favourite of the repertoire with their evocative characterizations and virtuoso violin solos. Philip Glass wrote his American Four Seasons as a companion work, intended to both contrast and complement the music of the earlier Venetian master.
VIVALDI: Four Seasons
GLASS: American Four Seasons
Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC, Canada
The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts will shake, rattle, and roll you back to the time of bubble gum, Root Beer deserts, and jukeboxes, as the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre is transformed into a Fabulous Fifties Fundraiser on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Guests will enjoy a gourmet meal created by Chef Romeo from Romeo’s Kitchen and Spirits surrounded by beautiful 1950s décor. The gala is also known for its captivating live entertainment, and this year will feature rockin’ 50s music and dance. New for this year, guests are invited to keep the party going and put on their dancing shoes for a post-gala dance, with live music by Richard Graham’s Backbeats.
The night isn’t all about a retro gourmet dinner with live entertainment and dancing though. A silent auction with items including travel packages, event tickets, and restaurant experiences will delight guests, as well as a raffle for an exciting grand prize. Richard Graham’s Backbeats will also perform as a live jukebox during the event, with a pay-to-play donation driving the songs.
Tickets are $125, and available from Kamloops Live! Box Office, 250-374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca. The Mayor's Gala for the Arts is a collaborative partnership that brings together the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony, and Western Canada Theatre, to celebrate the arts and culture sector of Kamloops. The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts will be presented at the 12th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on January 19, 2019. The event is presented by the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony, and Western Canada Theatre.
You thought you knew your family… A comic clash of wits, will, and personality. Two very different sisters, one a Kamloopsian, meet at their childhood home to pack their cantankerous mother off to a retirement community. An old flame comes to visit bearing wine, charm… and a big surprise. A quirky new comedy about sibling rivalry and how to live life to the fullest.
This exciting world premiere, playing for the very first time here in Kamloops, is by Bonnie Green, Associate Producer of the Stratford Festival.
Guest Artist: Kerson Leong, Violin
Guest Conductor: Jean-Michael Lavoie
Revel in music written by one of the most famous and influential composers of all time, and come to appreciate the genius of Beethoven. We also present a new work by Maggie Ayotte in a special collaboration with the Université de Montréal.
AYOTTE: New Work (premiere)
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
The Man… The Music… The Legend...
The rocking, rolling story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame as the world’s top recording artist, from the moment in 1957 when That’ll Be the Day hit the airwaves, until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, including Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Everyday, Not Fade Away, and Raining In My Heart, plus Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba and The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace. Buddy is the jukebox musical that started it all - if you loved Million Dollar Quartet and Ring of Fire, then Buddy is guaranteed to make you cheer and dance in the aisles!