Your Ultimate Red Deer Holiday Guide

Winter in Red Deer

Red Deer is ramping up for the holidays! To help you get your spirits merry and bright, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the holidays in Red Deer featuring local events, experience gift ideas and places to shop.

Red Deer Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Let the wondrous activities begin! With an array of heartwarming, family friendly and memory-making events and activities across the season – you’ll want to get your calendar ready.

The City of Red Deer Lights Display

If you missed the Red Deer Lights the Night event on November 18th you can still celebrate the holiday season and take in the beautiful display of twinkling lights at City Hall Park all season long. Plus, the Christmas Holiday Tree downtown is bound to warm your heart.

Red Deer Lights the Night was proudly presented by Stantec and hosted by The City of Red Deer, Downtown Business Association, and Red Deer Public Library.

Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre

As published in the Red Deer Advocate’s Perfect Christmas

For over 25 years, the great people at Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre have been helping Red Deer and Central Alberta residents celebrate the Christmas season in style, with their phenomenal display of life-sized ice sculptures created by world-renowned ice sculptor Lee Ross of Calgary.

“We like to think of the ice sculptures as our Christmas card to the community,” says Gloria Beck of Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre. “We develop a new theme every year with Lee, and we think this year’s design will be one of our best ever. We’re also delighted to be seeing parents who came to the displays as youngsters bringing their children to see them now”, she adds.

The best time for viewing the sculptures is at night when they are lit up with an array of different coloured lights. The sculptures will be free to visit and Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre will be accepting donations to the food bank.

While the ice statues are a major highlight of Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre’s Christmas season, they are not the only feature planned. Parkland’s well known Christmas Craft Sales begin in the greenhouse at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 11th and continue every Saturday until December 16th. The sales will feature 40 to 50 local vendors and will be a great opportunity to pick up a special present for that special person. While you’re there be sure to check out the excellent selection at Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre’s gift shop too.

Parkland Garden Centre will also be offering a series of Christmas craft workshops that will feature everything from wreath and table arrangement design to creating a Christmas Fairy Garden. These workshops will run from late November until the week before Christmas.

If it’s a Christmas tree you’re looking for, the Garden Centre has a great selection of prime Balsam and Fraser fir, with some up to 12 feet tall. Check out the Garden Centre too for a great selection of wreaths and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle. Located 3 minutes east of 30 Avenue on Hwy.11, Parkland Garden Centre is your source for Christmas.

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

The magical story comes to life when the train departs Stettler for a one-hour long round-trip journey to the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Once onboard, passengers are served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs and everyone receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug. During the first leg of the journey to the North Pole passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Santa will board the train at the North Pole, and during the return trip will walk through each car giving out the “first gift of Christmas” – a silver sleigh bell – to each child 12 years and under. Everyone joins in and sings Christmas carols as the train makes its way back to the Stettler station.

International Christmas Tea

December 6, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cronquist House hosts the annual International Christmas Tea event held at the three-story 106 year old farmhouse overlooking Bower Ponds, the Cronquist House.

The event features an array of internationally diverse foods, desserts, and drinks.

Seating is limited to 42 persons per sitting! Call 403-346-0055 to purchase your tickets!

Victorian Christmas Dinner December 1st & 8th

The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will be hosting the Victorian Christmas Dinner once again this year at the 106 year old Cronquist House. Dinner will consist of a traditional Victorian-style meal.

Seating is limited to 42 persons.
Time 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Tickets are $50 per person.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the Society at 403-346-0055.

Sunnybrook Farm

In the heart of the city, Sunnybrook Farm Museum gives its visitors a chance to celebrate the early days of mixed farming and find their rural roots as they explore Red Deer’s oldest farm. To support the museum, Ladies of Sunnybrook Farm offer Home-made pies for only $12.00, and Tarts are $6.00 for a box of 8.

Ladies of Sunnybrook Farm Pie & Tart Sale is happening:
Tuesday, November 28: 9:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday, November 29: 9:00am-1:00pm

Holmehus Antiques

If you are looking for fine antiques and farm fresh food, it is worth a trip to the country just west of Red Deer on the way to Sylvan Lake. Susan Manyluk was born in Denmark and regularly travels to Scandinavia to find hidden treasures that you will fall in love with. With a huge 1600 sq ft showroom you can spend the time you need to find what catches your eye.

There are also plenty of antiques from North America and other countries with sections for both the men and women in the crowd. There is plenty of small affordable items mixed in so any budget can go home with something special. Dishes, vases, paintings, decorations, textiles, clothing, tools, and even Viking themes will keep you coming back again and again. Find hidden treasures that you will fall in love with.

Frontier Bus Lines Ltd.

Frontier Bus Lines offers the luxury, convenience and ecologically smart way to travel this Christmas season.

West Edmonton Mall Christmas Shopping
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Enjoy a full day at the mall to complete your Christmas shopping list, checking off who’s been naughty or nice! West Edmonton Mall offers over 800 stores and over 100 dining venues and entertainment for all ages.

Banff Springs Hotel
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Enjoy dinner at the historic Banff Springs hotel. Your afternoon is filled with the sights and shops of downtown Banff. Airdrie festival of lights on the way home.

Candy Cane Christmas, Winspear Centre, Edmonton
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Jingle all the way to the holidays with a menagerie of dancers, singers, and some surprise guests.

5:00 pm is the perfect way to celebrate the season with kids from 1 to 92!

Alberta Ballet ” The Nutcracker”, Jubilee Auditorium Calgary
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Enter a Kingdom of Sweets, fall in love with a Sugar Plum Fairy and bravely face an army of mischievous mice. Edmund Stripe’s enchanting production of The Nutcracker is a glittering holiday event to be treasured by the entire family for years to come.

Historic Markerville

The popular Christmas In Markerville is coming up quick! The event features local vendors with handmade crafts, treats, and gifts. Choose from thousands of homemade cookies at the 17th annual Cookie Walk.

Christmas In Markerville takes place November 3-5, noon – 5:00pm

Red Deer Travel Gift Ideas

Travel Gift Ideas in Red Deer

Giving an ‘experience gift’ is easy in Central Alberta. With so many amazing things to see and do around the city and the surrounding area – there’s no shortage of ideas to give a unique and special travel gift this holiday season.

Skydiving School

Skydiving Calgary operates a skydiving school out of the Innisfail Airport. First timers can try tandem skydiving and those who want to become certified can start school. Tandem dives cost $299 and the company operates April through October. Discounts are available for groups.

Golf Play and Stay

Buy a gift certificate for a Central Alberta Golf Vacation. You could golf three rounds each day for a week in and never see the same hole twice. Choose from six Central Alberta golf courses and four hotels and they will customize an itinerary – including booking all your tee times. There are plenty of reasons to make Central Alberta your next great golf adventure.

Cirque du Soleil Crystal

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Central Alberta! May 9th to 13th, Red Deer is proud to host Cirque du Soleil Crystal at Westerner Park’s Enmax Centrium.

Crystal is the first-ever experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice.

This 42nd production fuses together circus arts with gliding and skating disciplines, exploring the linkages between these art forms through a journey of initiation and self-discovery.

Pre-sale starts Wednesday, November 29th at 10am and Public on Sale starts Friday, December 1st at 10am.

Boulevard Restaurant – Taste the World Experiences

Let Boulevard Restaurant‘s Chef Emmanuel David be your guide, as you partake in an international culinary adventure. Enjoy six monthly dinners that will take your palate on a journey with menus inspired from around the globe.

Enjoy an evening in Scotland, guided by the poetics of Robbie Burns. Delight your senses with a Mediterranean feast in the south of France. Climb to the highest peaks to get a taste of Lima. Pamper yourself with a romantic dinner paired with wines in Piedmont. Get a fusion of spices and flavour with Texas-meets-Mexico cuisine in Mexico. Explore a delicious blend of traditional spice in the glamour of Bollywood.

With Executive Chef Emmanuel David and his team as your guide, this is one culinary journey you don’t want to miss!

6 Culinary Adventures to take you around the globe: Advanced reservation required.
Each event takes place on the last Sunday of every month from January to June 2018.

• Scotland: An Evening with Robby Burns, January 28, 2018
• France: A Mediterranian Dish in Provence, February 25, 2018
• Peru: Taste of Lima, March 25, 2018
• Italy: Dinner and Wine in Piedmont, April 29, 2018
• Mexico: A Fusion of TexMex, May 27, 2018
• India: Spice of Bollywood, June 24, 2018

Red Deer Christmas Shopping Ideas

Christmas Shopping Traditions

From one-of-a-kind downtown boutiques to a huge fashion hub, Red Deer has shopping for every taste. There will be lots of opportunities to stop for a coffee or delicious lunch along the way. You’ll need energy to power-shop your way through our city.

Bower Place

With over 115 stores and services, Bower Place is Central Alberta’s shopping destination and the best source for national retailers including Hudson’s Bay, Toys ‘R Us, Sephora, Pandora, and Bench. Join the Bower Place E-Club or the brand new Wild West Club for Kids for exclusive giveaways and deals! Simplify your gift giving with a Bower Place Gift Card.

Downtown Red Deer

Visit downtown to wander through the charming shops and meet the welcoming store owners as you go. Here you’ll find gifts, clothing, and art that you won’t find anywhere else. There are also lots of great restaurants and delightful coffee shops along the way to rest your feet.

Parkland Mall

Parkland Mall was this city’s first regional shopping centre and has grown to over 100 stores and services including Wal-Mart, Staples, GoodLife Fitness and Fit4Less. Parkland Mall is a family-focused shopping centre with great programs for the whole family, a wide variety of stores to choose from, and fun events. Experience the Style at Parkland Mall!

Mark your calendar – upcoming events at Parkland Mall

Nov. 25 – Santa’s Arrival. Kid’s crafts from 9:30am-10:30am at Entrance 5 beside GoodLife. Santa Parade at 10:30 am!
Dec. 5 Children’s Christmas Celebration. 9:30-11:00am. Hosted by Family Services, bring your little ones for a fun craft, and visit from Santa!
Dec. 7 Senior’s VIP Day. Seniors receive a free lunch from 11:30-3:00, in the Parkland Mall food court!

Red Deer Getaway Gift Ideas

Home Away From Home – Getaway Gift Ideas

Perhaps the getaway gift is more your style. From relaxing stays to family adventures – Central Alberta has a plethora of options to consider.

Gleniffer Lake Resort & Country Club

The residential lots located in Gleniffer Lake Resort & Country Club’s final phase of development are the finest waterfront, golf course and view lots available in Alberta. This is your chance to own in a year-round lake side, gated community that has everything: location, setting, services, facilities and amenities.

Whispering Pines (Pine Lake)

Whispering Pines is a leisure resort that’s both a superb recreational lake resort and an 18-hole golfer’s paradise. It’s the perfect recreational RV retreat 30 minutes from Red Deer where you can have a ton of family fun or just relax and unwind any time of the year.

The Nursery Golf Course

The Nursery Golf Course will be adding a new seasonal RV Park in the Spring of 2018. With the approval process underway they are hoping to begin construction of the new park in the early fall of 2017.
The new park will be located on the present site of our driving range and have approx 33 fully serviced sites (power 30 amp, sewer and water) and a full-service washroom facility with showers and laundry.

Summerland RV Leisure Park (Gull Lake)

Located near Gull Lake, this RV and leisure park has large back in sites with power, water and sewer. Sites are well spaced with a gravel pad, large grass area and each contains a firepit and picnic table. The season runs from mid-April – mid-October. Daily, weekly and monthly rates (May, June and September only) are available. Reservations are recommended.

Cedarpark Cottage (Sylvan Lake)

This year-round oasis in Sylvan Lake 2-bedroom fully equipped cottage with cozy wood burning stove and the fire pit in the beautiful backyard is sure to please, whether you are here for a vacation or a business trip. The cottage is within walking distance to the beach, playgrounds, restaurants and many ice cream parlors.

Dutchess Manor Retreat (Red Deer)

Enjoy a spa day at Duchess Manor. To learn more about manicures or spa packages or book an appointment, give the spa a call today.

Westerner Campground (Red Deer)

The 98 large gravel sites offer 15, 30 or 50 Amp electrical services, sewer hookup and water depending on season and site location. There are 41 pull through sites to help accommodate even the largest recreational vehicles. There are a total of 38 all year round full hook up sites available for short or long term rental. Start planning an epic family summer adventure with Westerner Campground.

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