Six Festive Things to do This Weekend ~ December 18-20

The Christmas season is upon us and with it comes the hustle and bustle of last-minute shopping, meal preparation and decorating. Amidst all the chaos, it is important now more than ever to slow down, enjoy the outdoors or just relax indoors by a cozy fire with a good book. Until then, here are six suggestions to fill your weekend and yes shopping is included as we Explore Red Deer’s Backyard.

Head over to Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre to view their spectacular Ice Sculptures which are created every year as a “Christmas Card to the Community”. This year’s theme “Come to the Circus” is free to view, however, you must stay with your group, 6 feet socially distanced from others and masks are mandatory. The gates will be closed at 9:00 pm and donations to the food bank are always appreciated. If you have any last-minute shopping to do, then make sure you check out their gift store stocked with lots of local products, Christmas trees, decorations, poinsettias and so much more.

The NEW Edgar Highspeed Snow Tube Park at the top of Canyon Ski Resort will be opening this Saturday, December 19. They will be offering three – two-hour blocks to book your tubing experience online. For a unique gift-giving idea or future date night activity, check out their exclusive Tube & Dine offer HERE!

Bring the magic of the holidays into your home this weekend with The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by Red Deer College. Filmed on location right here in Red Deer, this wintery production is available for purchase or standard rental. So grab some popcorn, snuggle up to your sweetie and take in this local production from the comfort of your home.

The final Blue Grass Christmas Market is happening this Sunday from 1 – 4:00 pm at the Blue Grass Garden Centre. They have some amazing local vendors and artisans setting up shop that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to shop and enjoy their magical Blue Grass Christmas Store during your visit.

If you are a birdwatcher or lover of birds, then join other Central Alberta Birdwatchers this Sunday, December 20 for the Christmas Bird Count. This is one of the longest-running and most important bird census in the world. Please register where you will be counting from with Judy Boyd at 403-358-1098 so there will be no duplication of counts. Tally sheets and maps can be downloaded from the RDRN website.

Ice skating at Bower Ponds is a beloved winter activity here in Red Deer. Enjoy gliding amongst the frosty trees and festive lights, just remember to wear a mask if you are unable to maintain 2 meters between your household and others.

To find the latest updates regarding Alberta’s Enhanced Public Health Measures please CLICK HERE

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