2017 Light up returns to the Valley. Photo submitted

Snowball drop to kick off tree lighting ceremony

First ever snowball drop to promote shopping local over the holiday season

Prepare to be amazed with a snowball of savings as balls of white drop from the sky to potential shoppers to kick off Light Up, the annual tree lighting ceremony at Cenotaph Park. The snowball drop is a fun-filled event geared to all ages. Hundreds of ping pong balls will fall from the sky eager to find mittened homes.

Each snowball represents a gift, prize, or discount from a host of participating local businesses.

“I am extremely excited to be coordinating a Snowball Drop this year, the first ever Snowball Drop in Invermere. I am hoping this will draw a large crowd as it will be sure to make everyone very happy with the prizes and savings they will receive from their snowballs. I encourage the community to shop local during the holidays and I know this will be a great start,” said Cortney Pitts, District of Invermere events coordinator.

Snowballs can be redeemed for prizes and discounts with corresponding numbers and businesses throughout the Valley. Participants are allowed a maximum of three ping pong balls per person.

Adults will be asked to keep an eye on small children as the event could get a little rowdy with attendees scrambling to catch falling snowballs. The best part? Admission is free.

The Snowball Drop is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th in Cenotaph Park, followed by a host of Christmas favourites happening in downtown Invermere throughout the day, culminating in the annual tree lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season.

The 2017 Light Up theme this year is “Memories of a Childhood Christmas” with a variety of window displays and parade floats designed in its honour.

To keep guests warm, fire pits will be strategically placed along 7th Avenue, as holiday enthusiasts enjoy photos with Santa at the Best Western (2:30 p.m.-4p.m.), cookie decorating at the Invermere Bakery (3 p.m.-4 p.m.), live performances by Dos Equis (3 p.m.-4 p.m.) and Valley Forged (4 p.m.-5 p.m. in Cenotaph Park, and the time-honoured Santa Claus Parade at 5 p.m.

Trophies will be distributed to parade float winners (corporate, non-profit and small business) and to the winner of the window decorating contest after the parade, in Cenotaph Park, which will be announced by MC Dave McGrath. Carols by Candlelight will wrap up the evening, led by the Valley Voices Choir.

Breakfast with Santa is slated to round out the festive weekend on Sunday, November 19th, with two sittings at the Invermere Legion, scheduled at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Breakfast would be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Reserve seats by calling the Best Western Invermere at 250-342-9246.

Parade floats and volunteers are being requested by the district at this time and all interested parties are invited to contact Cortney Pitts at events@invermere.net to sign up. Participants interested in entering the parade are asked to register by Thursday, November 16th. Non-perishable food items will be accepted at the event. For more information on 2017 Light Up visit www.invermereevents.com.

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