Weekend Guide: December 8-11

You may not be dashing through December in a one-horse open sleigh, but this weekend, you’ll be laughing all the way.

Shop: Butterdome Craft Sale
Listen: A Wright Christmas
Party: Jingle Bell Rock

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Fort Edmonton Park Christmas Reflections

Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker
A Christmas Carol
The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree
Christmas with the Edmonton Symphony

Glowing Homes
Candy Cane Lane
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air.
Why: Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.

Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue.
Opening night is Friday, December 9 at 7pm. 

Sugar Plums
Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker
What: Lavish sets, sparkling costumes and talented ballet dancers deliver a magical tale of the classic, The Nutcracker.
Why: New this season is the Sugar Plum Parties. Go a little earlier to enjoy Christmas crafts, dress-up and treats for the kiddies.
Where: Northern Jubilee Auditorium
When: Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11. Matinees at 1:30pm.  Evening shows at 7pm.

Shop 'Til You Drop
Local Designer Sale
What: Local designer sell their wares. Designers include Bridget Smatlan of Fridget Apparel, Gabriela Cruz of Cruz, designer Jessica Halabi, Corinna Chow of Parasol, Designer Laura Molina, Cheryl Currie of Cloud+Lolly and Rachel Bingham of BangBang Bijoux
Why: Holiday shopping has never felt (or looked) this good.
Where: Red Pony Consignment (10139 82 Avenue)
When: Saturday, December 10 from 10am-6pm & Sunday, December 11 from 12pm-5pm

Photo Op
Help Portrait
What: Photographers around the world donate their time and equipment to show love by giving individuals and family portraits for FREE! You’ll leave with a professionally printed photo and have your photos on a cd or emailed to you so you can share them with your family.
Why: Hairstylists, makeup artists and clothing to make your photo super memorable!
Love Note: This initiative makes our heart flutter – imagine giving a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together.
Where: Three (3) Edmonton locations: Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall (10014 – 81 Avenue), Paramount Theatre (10275 Jasper Avenue) and Alberta Avenue Community Centre (9210 – 118 Avenue).
When: Saturday, December 10 from 11am to 5pm

Legislative Light Up
Winter Wonderland
What: The Legislative Grounds transform into a winter wonderland with trees sparkling with lights and free skating on the skating rink.
Why: Free hot chocolate is served in the evenings while the choir performs from 6-9pm. See complete choir performance schedule.
Where: Alberta Legislative Grounds (10820 - 98 Avenue)
When: Festivities continue until Friday, December 23.