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Seasonal Classics

Scrooge, Ghosts & Tiny Tim
A Christmas Carol
A brilliant adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.
Why: An unforgettable holiday tradition.
Where: Citadel Theatre.
When: Nov 30 – Dec 23. Show starts at 7:30pm. Weekend matinees at 1:30pm.

Legislative Light Up
Winter Wonderland
What: The Legislative Grounds are transformed 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. You can also take in the choir sounds from noon to 1pm.
Where: Alberta Legislative Grounds (10820 - 98 Avenue)
When: Christmas Light Up takes place on Thursday, Dec 6 at 4pm. You can enjoy the festivities from Dec 6-23.

Holidays of Decades Past
Christmas Reflections 
What: Celebrate the holidays of decades past with charming Christmas displays, twinkling lights, horse-drawn wagon rides and cups of hot cider.
Why: Time travel makes Christmas magical.
Fort Edmonton Park - $16 per person. Purchase tickets online.
When: Tickets available on dates between Dec 4 to Dec. 23

A Whyte Christmas
Santa Saturday

Hop onboard Santa’s wagon and take a ride while admiring the eight animated window displays along the avenue.
 Take a ride, stop for hot chocolate and do some local holiday shopping along Whyte Avenue.
Whyte Avenue. Catch rides from the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market and from the parking lot across from the Keg on 105 Street and 81 Avenue. {Route}
Saturday, December 1, 8, and 15. 10am – 3pm


Sugar Plums fairies danced in their heads...

The Nutcracker

What: A ballet classic (over a hundred years old) that transports the audience to a magical world filled with dancing mice, a nutcracker that comes to life and of course, a beautiful sugarplum fairy. (All set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky.)

Why: You'll be dazzled by the costumes and setting, not to mention the dancing!

Where: The Jubilee Auditorium

When: December 14-16 (matinees and evenings)


This Weekend: November 30 - December 2

Deck the Halls
Festival of Trees
What: Beautifully decorate trees, a North Pole Post Office, cooking decorating, and a special Secret Shop for kids only where volunteers will help them complete their holiday shopping (nothing is over $5).
Why: Be inspired with magical sights, hundreds of tress and festival decoration.
Where: Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue). Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for youth and seniors.
When: Thursday, Nov 29 to Sunday, Dec 2. Daily from 9am-9pm, Sunday from 9am-5pm.

Glitter & Snowflakes
Snowflake Festival

What: Light up the holidays with the city of St. Albert .
Why: The whole downtown core comes alive with cookie decorating, ice sculptures, horse and wagon rides, live reindeers, and snowflakes everywhere!
St. Albert Place, Perron Street and Community Hall.
Friday, November 30 from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Holiday Season Spirits
Christmas Open House Extravaganza
What: A Christmas extravaganza of wines, appetizers and musical entertainment.
Why: Finish your shopping with gift baskets brimming with fine wines, scotch, beer and specialty spirits.
Where: Crestwood Fine Wines & Spirits (9658 142 Street)
When: Saturday, December 1 from 2pm-5:30pm

Whisky Warm Up
Annual Fall Scotch Tasting
What: Enjoy a wide variety of single malts from around the world.
Why: Steer the cold away and warm the cockles of your heart.
Where: DeVines Wines & Spirits (10111 - 104 Street). Tickets $50.
When: Saturday, December 1 at 7pm

The Artsy Type
Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair
What: Over 70 of Edmonton’s most gifted artists, crafters and creative talent sell their wares.
Why: A locals-only focus and a careful vendor selection that gravitates towards what hasn’t been given a shot elsewhere.
Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd. $2 entrance fee.
Saturday, Dec 1 from 10am-5pm to Sunday, Dec 2 12pm-5pm.

Jazzy Holiday Tunes
The Duke's Nutcracker Suite
What: Jazzy reincarnations of Duke Ellington's portrayal of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite including "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Toot Toot Tootie Toot".
Why: The entire suite is filled with holiday joy.
Where: The Yardbird Suite (11 Tommy Banks Way). Tickets.
When: Friday, Nov 30 and Saturday, Dec 1 at 9pm

Santa on Parade
Annual Jingle On Parade
A warm and colourful parade featuring festive floats, marching bands, mascots dancers and, of course, Santa in his sleigh.
Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially one inside on a chilly snowy weekend! 
Edmonton’s downtown pedways starting at Commerce Place, to Manulife Place and through City Centre Mall from The Bay (West side) to SportChek (east side). All on the second/ pedway level.
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012. 10am - 12pm

Holiday Shop
4th Street Promenade Customer Appreciation Day

What: Festive joy with special offers and holiday activities to say Thank You!
Why: Smashing sales on food, couture clothing, baking, spirits, coffee and gift certificates.
Where: 4th Street Promenade (104 Street between 100 Avenue & 104 Avenue)
When: Tuesday, December 4 – All Day

More fun filled events to come...