Christmas and Holiday Activities: 2014 Edition

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer

It’s the Christmas season—a season to celebrate! If you find yourself stuck at home browsing Netflix for the nth time, Macsource has some holiday activity advice…

Eat Christmas goodies, go on a sleigh ride, warm yourself by bonfires, and participate in traditional Christmas activities at Fort Edmonton. They are open in the winter for Christmas Reflections on evenings and weekends all through December. They also run Christmas Pantomimes at Capitol Theatre and will run a live costumed radio show based on It’s a Wonderful Life.

The Festival of Trees returns at the Shaw Conference Centre. While it is often remembered by MAC students as an opportunity to finish volunteer hours, the Festival of Trees is filled with lots of cool sights and Christmas activities for people of all ages. Take a walk down Candy Cane Lane. This street has a great display of lights and decorated houses in Edmonton. You can walk, drive, or schedule a sleigh ride. While there isn’t a cost, it is appreciated if you bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank. If you want to attend a Christmas-themed performance to get into the holiday mood try A Christmas Carol at the Citadel, or watch the beautiful Nutcracker ballet.

The Legislature Light-Up is also a fun holiday event with gorgeous lights and choral performances continuing until December 23; another bright event is the Festival of Light at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Also, remember to hit West Edmonton Mall for some quality holiday shopping! You could even check out the Santa installation.

If you happen to be broke or want to stay closer to home, we also have some suggestions for that! Hold a holiday bake exchange with some friends—get together and make lots of cookies. You can pool your resources and work together, or make your own and trade. You could even try hosting a Holiday Bake-Off (stay tuned for baking recipes from Macsource!). Go Christmas caroling with a bunch of friends—just remember to bundle up! You could also rent a bunch of movies from the library and hold a Christmas movie marathon. What’s a season without watching Elf or A Charlie Brown Christmas for the fiftieth time? If you want to brave the weather, go sledding or skating.

We hope you have fun!

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