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New Year’s

Canmore’s Christmas Shopping Festival


Photo: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis

Photo: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis

By Where Staff

This holiday season, downtown Canmore is the place to shop for the perfect gifts. Unique boutique finds abound, and participating stores are offering secret Christmas specials to festival passport holders (passports are available at locations throughout downtown—your purchases earn stamps, and stamps get you the chance to win a $1,200 grand prize!).

Insider Track

Sign up for the Christmas in Canmore Advent Calendar and receive a daily deal in your inbox from a Canmore shop or restaurant. On ‘Red Nose Fridays’, December 5, 12 and 19, several stores will be open late. You can also take a guided shopping tour (including a desperate husbands tour on December 20), or take advantage of husband and child sitting at one of five locations.


20 Ways to Ring in 2013

With 2012 drawing to a close, it’s time to start planning how you want to ring in the New Year! Whether you’re wanting the emphasis of the night to be on good food, unique drinks, or entertainment, we’ve scoped out 20 venues hosting fun New Year’s Eve events! Reservations are required for all ticketed events; please call to inquire about further details or to book tickets.

1. Churchill Square (780-442-5311)
When: 7 pm
Admission: Free
About:The biggest all-ages party in Edmonton takes place in front of city hall, featuring kids’ crafts and activities, magicians, balloon artists, face painters, horse and wagon rides, ice skating, food concessions, fireworks, and more. Live music entertainment will begin at 10 pm, including an energetic performance from Canadian country music group Hey Romeo! from 11:05 – 11:35 pm.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Churchill Square!
Photo courtesy of City of Edmonton

2. Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (10065-100 St., 780-429-6495)
When: 5:30 pm, 8:30 pm
Admission: $79 per person (First Seating), $139 per person (Second Seating)
About: Enjoy a gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner in the elegant setting of The Harvest Room. Two sittings are available; the first sitting will be a 3-course meal, the second sitting is a 6-course meal. Reservations are required.