GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
Uptown Chefs is hosting a gingerbread house competition until Dec. 24 to benefit the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter. Voting on the competition can be done throughout the month of December. Entries are located in the lobby of the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. Viewers are encouraged to bring a Christmas gift to be donated to the families at the shelter.
Categories include toddlers (five and under), elementary school, high school, individual and professional. Uptown Chefs will donate $10 for every gingerbread house entered.
Voters will receive a complimentary hot chocolate and house-baked cookie at ROMEO’s Kitchen and Spirits.
For more information, go online to the contest’s Facebook page. Search for Gingerbread House Competition 2018.
SANTA’S SCIENCE TRICKS
Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Big Little Science Centre, 655 Holt St.
The Big Little Science Centre will explore how Santa does his work with demonstrations and explanations of Santa’s tricks, like how he fits down a chimney or how his sleigh moves. Go online to blscs.org for more information.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St.
Celebrate Christmas with the KSO. Hear your holiday favourites in this show featuring guest conductor Yaniv Attar, who will lead the orchestra through classics like Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Rimsky Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Suite and Herbert’s March of the Toys. Tickets are $42 for adults, $39 for seniors and $10 for youth ages 19 and younger, available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 or online at kamloopslive.ca. An open dress rehearsal will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Friday, 7 p.m., Cactus Jack’s Nightclub, 130 Fifth Ave.
Pop country duo Leaving Thomas will play an acoustic set at CJ’s on Friday. Calgary-born singer-songwriters Annika Cheyne and Bryton Udy have twice been nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award and cracked the Top 40 with their single Waiting Kind of Girl. Tickets are $10 and available online at kamtix.ca.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Stage House Theatre, 422 Tranquille Rd.
A Christmas-themed improv show by the Freudian Slips, A Very Slippery Christmas will feature short-form improv games including the classics and some that are new. There’s also a cash-only bar open from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and during intermission. Tickets are available in advance online at chimeratheatre.com/tickets for $15. Tickets at the door are $20, cash only.
JAM AT THE CENTRAL
Thursday, 8:30 p.m., Central Station Pub, 126 Fourth Ave.
The Central’s weekly Midtown Jam event is on every Thursday. The pub calls it a “weekly creative playground” put together to “spread culture, blend musicians, bands, improvisers and audiences.”
SANTA STORY TIME
Friday, 11 a.m. to noon, Sahali Mall, 945 West Columbia St.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library will host Santa Claus himself at Sahali Mall for a special story time event with Old Saint Nick. Stories, crafts, hot chocolate and snacks are all in store for visitors.
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sun Peaks Resort, 1280 Alpine Rd.
The Anita Eccleston Jazz Quartet will help kick off the holidays at Sun Peaks with a show at the Upper Plaza Stage. Other Saturday Sun Peaks events include the Sun Peaks Grand Gingerbread House Unveiling at 2 p.m. in the hotel’s upper lobby, live music from Ari Neufeld on the Upper Stage Plaza from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the Moonlight Snowshoe and S’mores Tour at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St.
Ten choirs will join together for an evening of carolling at Sagebrush Theatre. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Kamloops Food Bank. Tickets are free. Visit the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, or online at kamloopslive.ca, to get reserved seats.
SANTA AT SCOTT’S
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Scott’s Inn and Restaurant, 551 11th Ave.
Santa Claus will be in the lobby of Scott’s Inn on Saturday for photos with kids. Receive 10 per cent off a meal with a donation for the Kamloops Food Bank, or 20 per cent off with a donation of a winter jacket for Coats for Kids.
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Ramada Kamloops, 555 West Columbia St.
Headliner Garrett Clark will be joined by fellow comedians Susan Thompson, Sam Elliott and Arron Butowski for a show at the Ramada. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two, available online at kamtix.ca.
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St.
Vernon-based band Cod Gone Wild will perform alongside the Kamloops Celtic Choir as part of the band’s album release tour for The Neighbourhood Rounds. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, or online at kamloopslive.ca.