What’s Happening in Red Deer this December

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 remembering all the good things life has to offer.

Fun Days

Bartender Appreciation Day

December 7th
Finally there is a day to celebrate your local bartender, not only is he the maker and distributor of all those wonderful cocktails you might consume this holiday season, but he is 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 To The Lost for one of their extraordinary cocktails or The Hideout 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 Pastry Day

December 9th
Who doesn’t love pastry, both sweet and savoury it’s a tasty treat. The history of pastry dates back to the ancient times when the Greeks and Romans made these filo style pastries as meals and treats. So it only seems fitting that we celebrate our love by indulging in its deliciousness whether it be the flaky croissant, the tantalizing meat pie or a decadent butter tart. These are only a few choices that we have on hand at one of Red Deer’s local bakeries like The Tasty Bakery or if your gluten intolerant T’S Bakery and Café. If ever you needed an excuse this is the day and with Christmas right around the corner why not stock up.

National Poinsettia Day

December 12th
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 why not go down to one of nurseries in Red Deer like Parkland Nurseries or The Blue Grass Nursery and Garden Centre to purchase one of these beautiful plants and celebrate this festive season.

Go Caroling Day

December 20th
Let’s get out and celebrate Go Caroling Day, a wonderful rewarding memory filled day that friends, neighbors and family can participate in this Christmas season. One of ways is to come on down to Heritage Ranch for their Winter Nights Light 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 to Stettler and boarding the Polar Express 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.

Events

The Polar Express Train Ride

November 23rd – December 21st
Alberta Prairie Railway, Town of Stettler

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 and a visit from Santa! Reservations are recommended.

Winter Nights Light Tours

December 1st
Heritage Ranch

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.

Christmas High Tea

December 1st & 8th
Stella Beans Sweets

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 includes three tiers of goodies (savouries, scones with homemade clotted cream, and a selection of our Christmas inspired desserts). Tickets can be purchased online.

A Choral Christmas

December 8th
Red Deer College Arts Centre

A favourite festive activity for Red Deerians with all the seasonal favourites including Howard Blake’s ‘The Snowman’. This holiday program features Soliloquy, iHana and Music Director Lisa Ward. Single tickets must be purchased through the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

Wildrose Harmonizers: A Christmas Spectacular

December 9th
Davenport Church of Christ, 68 Donlevy Ave

Come down for a musical afternoon and listen to the beautiful tunes of the Wildrose Harmonizers with guest performances by Hearts of Harmony, Quintessential and His Light Vocal Ensemble. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to the Salvation Army.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Dates throughout December
Why not come on down and 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 featuring Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott. Its first stop will be in Blackfalds at December 9th at 12:45 pm and then a 2:00 pm stop in Lacombe. If you miss it the it will also stop in Innisfail December 11th at 1:15 pm. Check their website for details and have a great festive season.

Nine Lessons and Carols

December 10th
Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 50 St

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 by donation thanks to Servus Credit Union.

(An Improvised) Christmas Carol

December 13th, 15th & 16th
The Scott Block Theatre

(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! For details and pricing check out their website.

Exclusive Ladies Night Out by Silver Cove

December 14th
Silver Cove Headquarters, 4656 61 St

Come on down for a great ladies night out and a chance to come and see our new location which is now the biggest gem and mineral store in all of Canada. There will be exclusive deals only available that night, as well as holiday mocktails and festive treats. This is a free event however tickets are limited so you still need to preregister through Eventbrite, by calling our store 403-986-2683, or email events@silvercove.online.

Parkland Garden Centre Ice Sculpture Display

Mid-December
Parkland Garden Centre, 26554 Hwy 11

Come out and visit us mid-December to view our world famous ice sculptures. Each year our sculptor chooses a new theme and creates a winter wonderland right here at Parkland Garden Centre. And make sure to visit the gift shop for an amazing array of Christmas treasures, giftware, poinsettias and more.

Quality Inn & Conference Centre Red Deer

There’s no better feeling than kicking off your shoes after a busy day and where better to do it than the Quality Inn & Conference Centre Red Deer? With comfortable rooms, great amenities, and hospitable staff full of local knowledge, you’ll feel right at home. Contact Ted at ted@qualityinnreddeer.com to book your stay at your home away from home.