December is the month where the days are shorter, colder and winter is well on its way. It’s a month of celebrations, winter sports, roaring fires and festive lights. We take time this month to celebrate, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. A month of giving and embracing all the good things life has to offer.
Bartender Appreciation Day
Celebrate your local bartender, not only are they the maker and distributor of all those wonderful cocktails you might consume this holiday season, but they are someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on and a person to confide in. We can honour them by popping by one of Red Deer’s local establishments like Hybrid Ultra Lounge for one of their extraordinary cocktails or Bo’s Bar & Stage for a pint or two. It’s a great time of year to let them know you care and appreciate the excellent customer service they provide.
National Poinsettia Day
Let’s celebrate and pay tribute to this blossoming plant, the poinsettia. These festive flowers have become an essential part of the Christmas season and their plant is almost always found placed either inside or outside the home as a decoration. So be sure to check out Red Deer’s local nurseries like Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre or Blue Grass Sod, Nursery & Garden Centre to purchase one of these beautiful plants and celebrate this festive season.
Go Caroling Day
Warm up your vocals and celebrate Go Caroling Day. A wonderful rewarding memory filled day that friends, neighbours and family can participate in this Christmas season. Start by booking a ride with Heritage Ranch for one of their Winter Night Light Sleigh Tours. A night of horse drawn sleigh rides, sparkly Christmas lights, hot chocolate and of course if you’re up to it, a few Christmas carols. Maybe you might find yourself travelling east to Stettler and boarding The Polar Express Train Ride with Alberta Prairie Railway. So much fun for families and of course Christmas caroling is included. So take this opportunity share the spirit of the season and make this a day to remember.
National Egg Nog Day
What could be better this festive season then Eggnog, a creamy frothy cocktail made traditionally with milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices and sometimes alcohol. Here in Red Deer there are many places to go to enjoy this delicious treat like at Westlake Grill, not only will their eggnog warm your heart, the ambiance here will definitely send you into the festive spirit. If coffee is your thing then why not try an eggnog Latte, places like Chronicles Comics & Cafe downtown Red Deer, will definitely have it on their menu. Raise a glass, let’s celebrate and make eggnog part of the tradition!
November 23 – December 22
The magical story comes to life as the train departs Stettler, Alberta 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, will be presented with a souvenir golden Polar Express ticket, 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 and every guest on board. Reservations are strongly recommended.
November 15 – December 28
Experience a real winter wonderland at Heritage Ranch! Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through a 40,000+ holiday light display! Complete with hot chocolate and blankets for every Guest. Check out their website for details and book early to get the date and time you want.
December 1, 8, 12 – 13, 15, 19 – 21
Central Alberta Theatre presents, Whole-In-One at The Black Knight Inn’s Mainstage! A family comedy about marriage, golf, and lightning. Michael has an obsession – to get a hole-in-one and a secret as to why he wants to achieve one. Sharon, his wife, wants him to stop playing golf and focus more on her and their marriage. She presents him with a challenge: get a hole-in-one within a certain number of shots or give up golf forever. Tickets can be purchased online at the Black Knight Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 755-6626.
Come down to the Westerner in the Marquis Room at the Harvest Centre for the Ultimate Holiday Party. Step into a winter wonderland for your staff celebration dressed in your holiday best. The night will begin with cocktails at 6:00 pm, followed by a festive dinner buffet opening at 7:00 pm, and live entertainment beginning at 8:00pm. The entertainment will feature live performances by Aussie Rules Dueling Pianos. Limited space is available, so book your table soon.
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14
Join Bullskit at the Scott Block Theatre as (An Improvised) Christmas Carol brings Charles Dickens Christmas classic to the stage with a twist! You decide the story! What if Scrooge was a teacher? What if the ghost of Christmas past was a film noir detective? What afflicts poor Tiny Tim? You decide! This is not the boring version you have seen 100 times! This is your version! This is a great show for families, shoppers, small groups, and your company holiday party! Tickets are $60.00 and can be purchased online.
Join the Red Deer Symphony, the Rosedale Valley Strings and Conductor Naomi Delafield as they perform Stringing the Holidays Together at the Arts Centre Main Stage at 8:00 pm. A concert for strings only, featuring the Rosedale Valley Strings Youth Orchestra playing alongside the RDSO’s string sections. This concert will feature a variety of Christmas favourites and a surprise or two.
December 7 & 21
Join us at Stella Bean Sweets for our famous High Tea experience! Each ticket is good for two people. Enjoy a private table where you will be served unlimited gourmet tea in antique cups. Tickets also include three tiers of goodies (savouries, scones with homemade clotted cream, and a selection of our Christmas inspired desserts). Tickets can be purchased online.
Dates throughout December
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it makes its way across Canada and the US raising money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues across Canada and the US. This festive train, covered with spectacular holiday lights, will be featuring live entertainment by Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. Its first stop will be in Lacombe on December 6 at 6:50 pm and then a 8:05 pm stop in Lacombe. If you miss it then it will also stop in Innisfail December 7 at 1:15 pm. Check their website for details and have a great festive season.
Enjoy a musical afternoon at 2:00 pm and listen to the beautiful tunes of the Wildrose Harmonizers with guest performances by Hearts of Harmony, Quintessential and The Corry Boys. Davenport Church of Christ, 68 Donlevy Ave. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to the Red Deer Foster Parent Association. They will also be collecting donations for The Red Deer Food Bank.
Presented in partnership with Downtown Sounds @ Gaetz, this program resonates with what the Christmas season is all about. A unique blend of story and song, Nine Lessons & Carols is a world-wide yuletide tradition that the whole family will enjoy. Showcasing local talent and engaging storytellers, Nine Lessons & Carols admission is free thanks to Servus Credit Union.
Bundle up and visit mid-December to view world famous ice sculptures. Each year sculptors choose a new theme and create a winter wonderland right here in Red Deer at Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre. Make sure to visit the gift shop for an amazing array of Christmas treasures, giftware, poinsettias and more.
December 13 – 15
Come experience the holiday magic at Red Deer College Arts Centre Main Stage! Each December, dancers take Central Alberta families on a special holiday journey they will never forget, with the classic production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet. Even after a hundred years, Tchaikovsky’s perfect score and epic battle of mice and toy soldiers still draw holiday crowds.
For tickets, visit their website.
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