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Columbia Valley Holiday Lights Tour

Get into the festive spirit by exploring our dazzling communities. Bundle up and grab a hot chocolate—the Columbia Valley is glowing! Read on for places and events where you can see holiday lights and embrace the spirit of the season.


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Residents light up the town with a friendly community competition of festive yard displays and bright lights.

Park by Frank’s Rink, take a walking tour of the town, then lace up your skates. The rink is beautiful at night.

Radium Hot Springs

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No matter which direction you enter Radium from, you’ll be awed by the illumination—the roundabout art, Bighorns, looks spectacular in the dark and Christmas lights wind around the Main Street lampposts giving off extra radiance. Many local businesses, hotels and motels in particular, are aglow with seasonal lights and décor.

A focal point of village activities, the rink in Legend’s Field has floodlights after dark. Three new fire pits around the field offer a place to warm up.

If you are looking for a unique tradition, experience the magic of a sleigh ride around the village, available from Dec. 26-28 or visit the Winter Wonderland Market located at the Community Centre and Public Library. Visit the events page for a list of winter activities around Radium Hot Springs https://www.radiumhotsprings.com/events/ .

Radium Hot Spring’s annual birthday party and New Year’s Eve celebration is back! Enjoy food and fun at Brent’s Shack (beside the community centre) from 4-5:30pm followed by an impressive fireworks show on the Springs Driving Range at 6pm.

Dry Gulch

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You have probably been dazzled by the light display from a few homes in Dry Gulch if you’ve taken a drive between Invermere and Radium after sunset. If you haven’t, don’t miss it this year!


Wilmer Lights

Wilmer is a family favourite for its legendary lights. Catch the Christmas Eve tradition of a spectacular fireworks display, by the community hall at 8pm.


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The Santa Claus Parade kicked off Invermere’s Christmas fun! Now check out the Holly Jolly market and walk down Main Street to peek in the storefront windows to view the seasonal displays. Every year the local businesses choose a theme and go all out in a window decorating challenge. View the CV Chamber of Commerce events page to keep up with all of the local events around Invermere https://www.cvchamber.ca/community-events/ .

Fairmont Hot Springs

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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a dazzling display of lights, activities, and dining experiences. After a day of skiing at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, grab a bite to eat and tour around Fairmont to take in the holiday spirit.

Learn about all of the happening around the resort here: https://www.fairmonthotsprings.com/things-to-do/ .

From lights and fireworks to cherished holiday events, there are many wonderful ways to enjoy the holiday season with friends, family, and loved ones in the Columbia Valley.

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