Winter Lights Activities

Yearly, downtown businesses and organizations host interactive family-friendly activities for festival-goers. Activities at each location take 15 – 20 minutes, to allow people to experience as many as possible through the day. These activities are completely FREE, and will be open from 1pm – 4pm on Saturday, December 2. See the list and map below for activies and their locations!

Location: Activity:
1. Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Recycled Book Ornament
2. Lo’s Florist Ornament Making
3. Cash Co. Financial  
4. Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin Button and Card Making
5. NEXT GENeral Mercantile & Refillery Make a Yule Wand
6. Poppy Home Hot Chocolate
7. Kit and Kaboodle Christmas Craft
8. Cariboo Community Church Warm Drinks, Music, and Crafts
9. Cariboo Art Beat Face Painting and Watercolour Cards

Additional Holiday Activies December 2:
A. Selfies with Santa at The Realm of Toys and The Nerd Room – by donation to the Potato House Project
B. Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society’s Earth Friendly Holiday Event – taking place in the Central Cariboo Arts Centre

Winter Lights Parade

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Winter Lights Parade! Our parade takes place in the evening, ending at Spirit Square just in time for our light up festivities. A map of the parade route is available at the link below. If your organisation or business would like to take part in our parade, please contact us at

Winter Lights Warm Up Event

NEW for 2023 – we are taking our Winter Lights Festival indoors! Join us at The Limelight Theatre following the parade for free, family-friendly festivities. Enjoy caroling, cookie decorating, warm drinks, festive treats, ornament making, and more. The Limelight Theatre is located at 190A Oliver Street.

Winter Lights Festival 

A Cariboo Christmas – Saturday, December 2rd, 2023

Here in Downtown Williams Lake we get excited about the holiday season. Our Winter Lights Festival is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit with the entire community. Join us for our next Winter Lights Festival – December 2, 2023!!

Window Decorating Contest

Each year we facilitate a themed window decorating contest for businesses within Downtown Williams Lake! Participants can win prizes in a variety of categories, as well as an overall grand prize. This year’s participants are listed below, as well as a map indicating each location.

  1. All Nations Healing House
  2. Exploring the Puddle Early Learning Centre
  3. Lo’s Florist
  4. W.L. & District Credit Union
  5. Sta-Well Health Foods
  6. Cash Co. Financial
  7. Thriftbucket
  8. Mint & Lime Catering Co.
  9. BGC Williams Lake Club
  10. The Mantel
  11. NEXT GENeral Mercantile & Refillery
  12. Mulberry Lane
  13. Kit and Kaboodle
  14. D&D Passports
  15. Lavender Lingerie
  16. Sandtronic Business Systems Ltd.
  17. Poppy Home
  18. Brink & Associates – Harbourfront Wealth Management
  19. Williams Lake Tribune

Find the Foxes – Winter Lights Edition

Search our decorated Downtown Williams Lake business fronts for our three resident foxes – Oli, Mac, and Barney! Send us a selfie of you in front of the windows occupied by our foxes for an entry to win a Downtown Williams Lake Holiday prize pack! Each day, from November 27 to December 1, three locations will be featured, complete with clues delivered on our Facebook and Instagram pages. All entries must be emailed to, or sent to us via direct message on Facebook or Instagram to be included in the draw. A maximum of three entries per day will be allowed, one per location.