Creative Christmas Ideas for Friends and Families


Christmas is just over two weeks away, and if we can’t be with our friends and family, then here are a few ways we can let them know we care.

Gift Certificates to their favourite local shop like Parkland Gardens, which can be used at any time.

Buy an experience like Snow Tubing at Canyon Ski Hill or perhaps a family pass to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Go online with your grandkids and participate in the Santa Countdown Calendar presented by Parkland Mall. Enjoy a new activity each day, and the kids will delight in doing them with their grandparents, even if it’s only by Facetime or Zoom.

You can purchase snowshoe rentals at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and treat them to snowshoeing at the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary, a beautiful wildlife refuge.

Christmas Quarantunes are a great way to let a loved one know you care by ordering a Virtual Musical Telegram by December 11. For $10, you can choose a tune performed by the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Music Program; check out their website for details.

Call one of your favourite local restaurants like Las Palmeras or Dragon City Café and order takeout for someone you care about and have it delivered to their door.

City Hall Park Christmas LightsHead downtown to Red Deer’s City Hall Park and take in the Beautiful Christmas Light display, film it with a season greeting and share it online with those you love.

For many local shops like Made With Love, you can order online and do curbside pickup. This way, you help our local businesses and complete all your Christmas Shopping at the same time. These gifts will be so appreciated Christmas morning even if you can’t be there.

Purchase a digital copy of Red Deer College’s Nutcracker Ballet and share it with someone you love this holiday season; they go on sale on December 14.

Treat a special someone to lunch at the Cronquist House; they are open Wednesday to Saturday till December 19 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Have you tried the Cookie Boxes from Heritage Ranch? Oh, so good, and the perfect gift to drop off at grandma’s doorstep. Remember, they also have Sleigh Rides through the Winter Lights; Grandma would love that along with her cookies.

Bower Place Mall presents A Very Virtual Holiday, a chance to meet up with Santa virtually. Reserve a family visit with Santa this year via Zoom and have photos of your experience sent to your family.

These are just a few things you can do while dealing with this new social distancing reality, even from our loved ones. Don’t forget to check out our events calendar for more ideas of things to do as we Explore Red Deer’s Back Yard.

To find the latest regarding Alberta’s Enhanced Public Health Measures, please see this link.

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