Nov 21 to Dec 7

Immerse yourself in the many events across the region during the 2019 Winter Kickoff Carnival and Events.

See all the events at the bottom of this page. For more info view our video and story.

Presented by Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism

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Magical Carnival – one night only!

Walk through an illuminated archway into a Kootenay-style winter wonderland – Winter Kickoff Carnival!

November 29th, 4pm – 9pm

The Station at Railtown in Nelson will come alive with the scent of seasonal mouthwatering food, local beer, sounds of joyous cheers amongst music performances and runway extravaganzas. It’s a family affair, with Santa photo ops and present wishes available 4:30-6:30.

Events across the region that will get you ready for winter…

  • Sip and sample at the regions hopping breweries and cafes
  • Indulge in mouthwatering culinary meals 
  • Ignite your curiosity at museums, galleries and mural tours
  • Shop-til’-you-drop at Customer Appreciation Day (Nov 30)
  • Stay and play for an entire weekend of markets, music, live theatre and so much more

Get ready for winter Nov 21 to Dec 7!

Winter Kickoff Events

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Plan Your Winter Kickoff Festival Visit


From historic downtown hotels, motels and inns to charming vacation rentals and secluded resorts, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget.


Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty to keep you active. Charming yoga studios and spas await, while early season snow beckons snowshoers and backcountry skiers.


Our distinctive culture is a culmination of our natural surroundings, arts, and heritage. Delve into our true character by visiting our galleries, museums and historic sites.

Getting Here

Nestled in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, our rural location is surprisingly accessible. Enjoy the scenic drive and set your clock to Kootenay Time.

Shop & Dine

With more restaurants per capita than San Francisco or New York, and a diverse collection of boutique stores, our region is a food and shopping lover’s dream.

Indigenous Culture

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territories of the Sinixt, the Syilx, and the Ktunaxa peoples, and is home to many diverse indigenous persons including the Metis.