Lots of Christmas events happening

And there are plenty of family-friendly events to herald the season.

• The Heritage Train 2141 rolls out its annual Spirit of Christmas from Wednesday, Dec. 19 to Saturday, Dec. 22.

Trips are at 7 p.m. daily, with 4:30 p.m. runs on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.

Reservations are required and it’s advised riders be at the station at 510 Lorne St. at least 30 minutes before departure time.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (60 and older) and students (with student identification), $15 for youth ages 12 to 18, $12 for children ages three to 11, free for those younger and $16 per person for groups of 20 or more.

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• The 15th annual B.C. Wildlights brightens the night skies starting Friday, Dec. 14 and continuing to Sunday, Jan. 6, at the BC Wildlife Park.

The holiday event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., is closed on Christmas Day.

Wildlights features — in addition to the thousands and thousnads of lights in the shape of statues and tableaux — Uncle Chris the Clown, a nightly laser light show, wagon rides, Wildlife Express Miniature Train, a maze, the Home Hardware Family Farm and visits with Santa from Dec. 14 to Dec. 24.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children ages three to 15 and free for toddlers.

• The Laughing Stock Theatre Society brings Puss in Boots — The Panto to Sagebrush Theatre from Monday, Dec. 24 to Monday, Dec. 31.

Shows are Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Dec. 28 and Dec. 31 at 1 p.m and Dec.27 to Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

Admission is $15 or adults, $12 for students and seniors, $48 for a family of four and free for preschoolers accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are at the Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483,

• Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way, is holding a dinner theatre on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m.

This year’s theatrical production is Be Not Afraid, a drama with a Christmas feel, occasional humour and plenty of music.

It’s set at a church rehearsal for an upcoming Christmas production.

The musical director tries to keep chaos to a minimum as the rehearsal proceeds when a special messenger arrives with a word of encouragement for a woman going through a difficult time.

Tickets can be ordered through the church by calling 250-374-2888.

• For those looking for a unique Christmas present that also helps a local social agency, CFBX general manager Brant Zwicker — host of the At The Crossroads, a blues show — is selling his 2013 The Blues in Black and White calendars, a fundraiser for the Kamloops Brain Injury Association.

An avid blues fan, Zwicker travels to festivals throughout the country and photographs musicians.

All photos are in black and white in the calendar.

This year, the third he has produced the calendar, it goes to January, 2014 — and the month is graced with a photo of B.C.’s own Jim Byrnes.

Zwicker chose the local charity to benefit from his project in honour of his friend Amy Dougan, who was in a serious accident years ago and now lives with a brain injury.

Her father is blues musician Neil Harnett.

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