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VIDEO: The final rush before Kelowna's Candy Cane Lane opening Thursday

Snowy and cold conditions haven't helped, but the top elf in charge at Kelowna's Candy Cane Lane promises a good showing for tomorrow night's opening.

"It's been chilly to say the least and it's put pretty much everybody around here behind", said John Sharhon.

But he's not worried.

"It's already starting to look really good at night and people are starting to get anxious to turn those switches on."

<who>Photo credit: NowMedia </who> John Sharhon

Sharhon's house and yard are absolutely jammed with Christmas decor, but with the deadline approaching, some neighbourhood residents were still playing catch-up Wednesday.

"Early snowfall and super-cold weeks," said Rene Jardine as she and her mother anchored an inflatable Christmas train onto her front lawn.

"Now we're trying to hurry up and get it all done."

<who>Photo credit: NowMedia </who>

Jim and Tracy Wyatt were still decorating with one day to go, but that's not unusual for them.

"Oh yeah," said Jim, with a shrug. "Tomorrow's the day."

With Sharhon's home as an anchor point at the corner of Gramiak and Collision, Candy Cane Lane fans out for blocks in all directions in an effort that's been going on for 12 years.

<who>Photo credit: NowMedia </who>

It's not just a joy to visit, it's also a big fundraiser.

"We collect anywhere between 15, 000 and 20,000 pounds of food," said Sharhon.

Organizations that benefit include the women's shelter, Freedom's Door, Mamas for Mamas and the Salvation Army.

Lots of work goes into it, but the retired firefighter said it's all worth it.

"It's worth it for us," he said. "because we get to see the smiles."

<who>Photo credit: NowMedia </who> File photo

<who>Photo credit: NowMedia </who> File photo




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