It's that time of the year again. There is no point discussing how the long weekend has only just passed and that it seems every year the holiday hoopla arrives earlier and earlier. It actually doesn't - we're right on track. For all of us that declare that it's too early to launch the season we should be reminded of this thought when we're running around to complete last minute errands on December 24th proclaiming "If only we had more time" (Guilty? Yeah, us too). This weekend the city of Red Deer rings in the season with its Central Alberta version of the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting - the Red Festival of Trees - and the entire community is excited.
In addition to the 2013 arrival of this popular Red Deer holiday affair there are other fantastic events to take in during the remaining days in the month of November. In today's blog entry our Red Deer Realty team provides a few event recommendations that you, your family, and/or your friends will enjoy.
Red Deer Alberta's Holiday Events in November
1. Festival of Trees @ City Hall Park, Downtown Red Deer (Nov 16, 4 PM - 6:30 PM)
This November tradition in Red Deer brings out the masses from tiny tots to the grandpas whose shoulders they perch on to watch the Santa Claus parade portion of the affair. Candy canes and peppermint hot chocolate accent the wintery scene as the growing city takes on a small town feel while the trees of City Hall Park light the early night for the first time of the season. Shops and cafes open late to satiate the urges of early shoppers and to warm residents that have just braved the nippy temperatures outside. For more information on the Festival of Trees please visit their website here.
2. 23rd Annual Christmas ANTIQUE Show & Sale @ Westerner Exposition Grounds (Nov 16-17, 10 PM - 5 PM)
If you find yourself longing for a day that is depicted in a Norman Rockwell rendering then the annual Christmas Antique Show & Sale is for you. Whether you're treating yourself to an early holiday gift, picking up a present for a loved one, or simply want to come and browse the vintage seasonal collections within, the Annual Christmas Antique Show is an absolute treat. For more information you can visit the event page here.
3. Brunch w/Santa @ Bowers Place (Nov 17, 9 AM - 11 AM)
Bower Place is known as a major Central Alberta fashion destination and as an eclectic art gallery but this coming November 17th it may as well be the North Pole, as Santa Claus stops in for brunch after a hard night's shift at the namesake parade the night before. Proceeds from the brunch go to supporting the local Food Back so not only is the $5 a bargain for brunch it can serve as your great start to a season of good deeds. Visit www.bowerplace.com for details.
4. Alice Through the Looking Glass @ RDC (Nov 21 to 30)
The wonder of the Alice in Wonderland story is a great match for the holiday season, and this year Red Deer College is hosting Alice Through the Looking Glass - a theatrical affair that provides for the perfect crisp November night out in Red Deer. Before taking in Nutcracker stage performances in the weeks ahead be sure to support our local performing arts scene with a trip down the rabbit hole. Click here for more information.
5. Christmas Bazaar @ Westerner Park (Nov 30, 10 AM - 5 PM)
Local artisans and bakers are out in full force to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping and snacking at the 28th Annual Christmas Bazaar in the Prairie Pavilion at Westerner Park. There will be over 150 exhibitors and small business retailers at the bazaar so this is no small affair. You can take home one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations, art, pottery, baked goods, and even something special for your pets - the shopping possibilities are endless. Admission to the Christmas Bazaar comes in the form of a non-perishable food or cash donation, all of which go to supporting the Red Deer Food Bank or Christmas Bureau. For more information visit the Red Deer Christmas Bureau website.
There's no better time of the year to join our Red Deer community than now. Practically the entire city will be in attendance when adding-up the above cumulative events and thus new residents are encouraged to get out there and mingle. If you are in the market for a home in Red Deer please contact Benedict Devlin today - we'd be proud to serve as your welcome wagon, or sleigh as it is, this coming holiday season.