Edmonton Weekend Guide :: December 7-9

Whip up a yummy festive treat: Chocolate Almond Meringues
Learn what candle scents will match the ambiance you want: Holiday Notes
Check out all of our gift guides! We have everyone on your list covered: the Cool Kids, the Jet-Setter, the Modern Man, the Foodie, the Local Lover, and some awesome Green Gifts for anyone!

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

What: 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: December 7 - December 9

Ms. Crafty Hangout 
Butterdome Craft Sale 
What: Over 240 exhibitors gather to sell their wares at this huge craft show.  
Why: Perfect gift alert! Edmonton’s finest local businesses and designers gather to sell their goods. 
Where: Butterdome, University of Alberta (87 Avenue & 114 Street).Tickets are $5-7. 
When: Thursday, Dec 6 – Sunday, Dec 9. 

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: Two Locations this year: Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall (10014 – 81 Avenue), and Paramount Theatre (10275 Jasper Avenue) 
When: Saturday December 8 from 10am to 5pm

Peace, Quiet, and Candle Light
What: Thousands of candles light the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden in a breathtaking display.
Why: Sip hot apple cider beside the bonfires, enjoy a capella singers, and escape from the hectic holiday season. Memory Lane is available for those who would like to light a candle in honour of a loved one.
Where: Devonian Botanic Garden, Hwy 60. Here's a map.
When: Saturday Dec 8 and Sunday Dec 9, 5-9pm. Tickets: $8-10.

Art Social
Print Affair
What: SNAP Gallery's annual fundraiser, silent auction, and sale - showcasing local print and print related media artists. 
Why: Drinks, food, music, and of course, high caliber contemporary print art. You're sure to find some unique gifts here - many prints are priced around $25. 
Where: SNAP Gallery 10123-121 Street 
When: December 8, 7pm. Tickets $15-20.

Meeting of the (Design) Minds
Old School/New School 
What: The Student Design Association has teamed up with working designers to show off two generations of the best of Edmonton furniture and household design.
Why: See the talent coming out of this city and get inspiration for your next furniture addition.
Where: Mercer Warehouse Basement, 10363-104 Street - go in the doors for Roast and head downstairs.
When: Ongoing until Dec 8, 12pm-5pm daily.

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