From the comfort of your armchair you can shop local, order from your favourite restaurant, and even take a winter lights tour. With rising COVID-19 numbers and the increased concern as day to day rules and regulations continue to change, more businesses, markets and events are now going online. Here is a list of eight virtual events happening in our community as we navigate this concept of Christmas online.
The Christmas shopping season is now well underway. To stay safe while continuing to shop local, why not check out the Virtual Christmas Craft & Gift Market happening online from November 19 to December 19. Put on in partnership with Lacombe Regional Tourism and Bentley Farmer’s Market. They will be hosting vendors from all over Alberta with handcrafted items, baking and many vendors offering holiday favourites.
Lacombe’s Light Up the Night from November 26 – 29 will be hosting virtual events such as a Virtual Visit with Santa, online tutorials like creating Hot Chocolate Jars by Bumbles Bake Shoppe. You can also create a Christmas decoration with The Busy Nurse online or stay tuned for your favourite Christmas Stories. Check out the details by going to Lacombe’s Light up The Night Festival presented by Stantec.
Heritage Ranch plans to go live with their Winter Lights Sleigh Ride Tour Sunday, November 29 at 7:00 pm. There is an early bird discount to access this online event so book early and take in the beauty that the Ranch has to offer this Christmas season.
Tune in to Chattin’ 88’s at Eight at VINLDEN on Wednesdays, a Live online talk show with Canadian rock pianist Curtis Labelle and Hot Shoe Studio as they host and interview a special guest artist every week.
Stantec presents Red Deer Lights the Night a tradition that has been going on for years at City Hall Park. This year they ask you to stay at home and light up the night by turning on your home and business Christmas lights in unison at 5:00 pm Saturday, November 21. A video showcasing the lights of City Hall Park and the Christmas Holiday Tree will be shared on their Facebook page so you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your own home.
This year the CP Holiday Train is going virtual this December 12 at 6:00 pm. Serena Ryer and The Trews will headline CP’s 2020 “Holiday Train at Home” concert, which will stream on CP’s Facebook page along with performances by JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott. CP Holiday Train Fans will be able to view the concert by visiting facebook.com/canadian.pacific at the show’s start time. For those that miss it an archived version of the show will remain on the page for later viewing.
The Festival of Trees is going virtual this year, so you can view the beautifully decorated Christmas trees online through Facebook Live View and don’t forget to place your bids at the online silent auction. You can even buy a ticket for the Christmas Jingle Cash Lottery for a chance to win some Christmas cash.
The Laft Hus Museum’s online Lefsa Bakesale offers the opportunity to buy Lefsa a traditional Norwegian Flatbread. Their Buttik (Museum Store) has a list of items hand-crafted by the ladies of the Laft Hus and Christmas decorations for sale that can be preordered and picked up at a scheduled time.
Red Deer Justice Film Fest is excited to be partnering with the Marda Loop Justice Film Fest to bring you a virtual festival on November 16 – 22. They are thrilled to present seven incredible films to enjoy from the comfort of your home through the online streaming platform Xerb.tv. View more information about the films on their website: https://justicefilmfestival.ca/screenings
Although Santa will not becoming to Parkland Mall this year they would like to offer the kids Santa’s Online Countdown Calendar with daily activities for your entertainment, make sure you check it out.
It’s a Very Virtual Holiday with Bower Place Mall this year.Santa is parking his sleigh at the North Pole but is available for virtual visits from December 1-24. You can reserve your visit by going to Bower Place A Very Virtual Holiday.
Coming soon to your living room: The Nutcracker Ballet. Set on the backdrop of historical Red Deer, bring the warmth and spirit of the holidays into your home! Filmed on location in Red Deer and edited by students of the School of Creative Arts at RDC, get wrapped up in the magic of the holiday season with this narrated wintery production!
Available for online rental or purchase starting December 14! Please also visit RDC’s website for more information: https://rdc.ab.ca/…/programs-and-courses/nutcracker-ballet
Don’t forget to check out our events calendar for some things you can do in person or at least virtually, as we continue to Explore Red Deer’s Backyard. If you have any online virtual events happening share them with us or submit them online, we would love to hear from you!
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