One of winter’s magic tricks is to seemingly slow the world down. However, serotonin seekers must look no further than Victoria Street to abscond with a bit of holiday cheer. So, leave the car parked, grab your peppermint bark mocha from The Vic Downtown and take a stroll.
JD Home ❘ 245 Victoria Street
Opened in April 2022, the sibling boutique next door to Kamloops’ beloved Jardine’s Domaine has a cosmopolitan vibe and wares that will undoubtedly put you in the holiday mood. JD Home’s manager, Ginger, reports that their barware, which includes a stunning selection of crystal, is a huge draw. A bath and body line from Montréal is another client favourite and their Selv. Ritual bath immersive kit makes an enchanting gift. If you prefer to cast your gaze locally, the JD Home custom-poured candle from Kelowna hits the mark.
Crooked Crown ❘ 404 Victoria Street
In September 2022, Brianna Shelton became Queen of the Crooked Crown. Her friendly and sunny boutique offers Blain, an in-house bath and body line, whose name is an anagram of Brianna, her son and her Grandpa’s middle names. Another Crooked Crown exclusive is the CDN brand KAM cap in Blazers’ colours, no less. The brand hails from Kelowna, but you can’t find this cap anywhere else. Also beloved is the eLiasz and eLLa line of jewelry from Edmonton because affordable and beautiful always pair well. Are you looking to gift the perfect winter accessory? Crooked Crown is one step ahead with its Malvados slippers.
Brynn’s Bakery ❘ 424 Victoria Street
Warm up at this small café style bakery with bountiful vegan options, including squares, scones, and sticky buns. Need a gift for the office or someone who has everything? Pick up one of their Winter Goody Boxes. This mix of assorted Christmas baking, including brownies, gingerbread, and candied cranberries (they have not finalized what will be in this year’s box yet, but will know well before the publication date) will be available for pre-order until December 17, in regular or vegan options.
Jack Frost may be calling the shots, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and enjoy yourself downtown this December.
Canada Pacific Holiday Train: Friday, December 16 ❘ 300 Lorne Street
The Canada Pacific Holiday Train is making its triumphant comeback after two years of virtual concerts. Support the Kamloops Food Bank with your donation and enjoy this free Kamloops tradition. Canadian country singer and songwriter MacKenzie Porter and the Juno nominated singer-songwriter-producer from Toronto, Virginia to Vegas will perform. For more information, visit Tourism Kamloops.
Christmas with the KSO, A Kelson Group Pops Performance: Sunday, December 18 ❘ Sagebrush Theatre
The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra will nourish your holiday spirit with the sounds of the season featuring the KSO Chorus and harp soloist Naomi Cloutier bringing classics, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Handel’s The Messiah, to life. Reserve your seat today.
Kamloops Blazers vs Kelowna Rockets: Wednesday, December 28 ❘ Sandman Centre
Kamloops and Kelowna’s legendary rivalry will again manifest on the ice this December. The game is guaranteed to heat up the holidays, so buy your tickets now!