Okay, I’ve been bursting to say it, knowing that it seems to start earlier and earlier every year and that one day, we’ll see wreaths and Canadian Tire Christmas ads before Easter, but I think it’s official—it’s the holiday season and I can finally shout it with abandon!
I hope you made it to the Santa Claus parade on Saturday, because a good time was had by all. The weather even cooperated for the most part, and I know I could barely make it down Portage Avenue, there were so many people.
Now that it’s over, it’s time to look forward to another major Christmas event happening downtown this year. The Festival of Trees and Lights has been around forever, and for the last few decades, was housed at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory. This year, however, they’re coming downtown and I couldn’t be more excited.
Starting November 27, Manitoba Hydro is going to be lit up with spectacular Christmas trees and there is an entire roster of events happening as well. See the beautiful tree I helped decorate? You can win that. (But don’t bother, because I’m going to win it. You can win one of the other ones. They’re all going to be stunning.)
You can click on the link above for all the details, but here is a quick run down of the special events happening.
December 2: Divas Downtown
Channel your inner Martha Stewart and Anna Wintour with fashion, food, libations and demos to impress everyone this holiday season. Tickets are just $25 and can be purchased here or at the service desk in Portage Place.
December 3: A Christmas Carol with John Huston
Everyone’s favourite holiday tale is brought to life with John Huston. Enjoy this magical Christmas moment with the whole family. Tickets are just $25 and can be purchased here or at the service desk in Portage Place.
December 5: Carriage Rides (1pm-5pm)
Enjoy the clip clop of hooves aboard a horse-drawn wagon that will take you through downtown.
December 4&5: Fruitcake Weekend
Pick up a traditional cake from the Lions Club of Riverside and enjoy magical, family-friendly entertainment. There will also be vignettes where you can take that Holiday photo of the whole family. (PS-Eaton’s Santa’s Village that I mentioned on Friday, will be up during the whole festival as well.)
December 11: Family Day
Little ones will get to meet local celebrities in the world of sports and entertainment, plus enjoy clowns, activities, cookies and hot chocolate.