The big man in red will be back in Nelson on Sunday as part of the second annual Winter Kickoff Festival. Photo: Louis Bockner

The big man in red will be back in Nelson on Sunday as part of the second annual Winter Kickoff Festival. Photo: Louis Bockner

Santa Claus to visit Hall St. Plaza on Sunday

The event is part of the second annual Winter Kickoff Festival

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Winter Kickoff Festival is back and better than ever.

With 40-plus events happening over 10 days in six communities, locals are invited to celebrate the pre-winter season in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region in true Kootenay-style.

Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism (NKLT) with sponsorship from Whitewater Ski Resort and Nelson and District Arts Council, is thrilled to hold the second annual Winter Kickoff Festival, which began Nov. 22 and runs until Dec. 2.

Santa Claus will also visit Hall Street Plaza at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, as part of Santa’s Jolly Jamboree Mural Tour beginning at 4 p.m.

“We want to provide visitors and locals with lots of compelling reasons to experience the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region before winter truly arrives. Locals here are great ambassadors for the region, and are key to a successful event. We hope to see you there!” said NKLT executive director Dianna Ducs.

Winter Kickoff Festival offers local businesses and organizations a chance to show off what makes our region truly special, especially at a time of year where locals and visitors are looking for entertainment and getting ready, before the snow arrives.

Experience film screenings, food tours, craft fairs, culinary attractions, brewery crawls, craft beer nights, retail events and specials, arts and culture, live music, mural tour, Santa, and so much more.

Winter Kickoff is a unique opportunity for people of all ages to really get excited for winter by taking part in events like these that inspire creativity, expand the imagination and bring the people of the Kootenays, as well as visitors, together.

See the full event calendar, check out amazing travel deals, buy tickets to the Feed Your Senses Food Tours (Nelson and Kaslo), and check out who’s participating in the second annual Hottest Chocolate Contest, at winterkickoff.com.

 

A tour Sunday of the new art around downtown created for the Nelson International Mural Festival is one of the many events scheduled for the annual Winter Kickoff Festival. Photo: Emilee Zaitsoff

A tour Sunday of the new art around downtown created for the Nelson International Mural Festival is one of the many events scheduled for the annual Winter Kickoff Festival. Photo: Emilee Zaitsoff