December 3, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
How to Support Downtown Edmonton This Week
Holiday meals, outdoor fun, unique gifts, and other ways to support Downtown Edmonton this week.
1. Enjoy festive food and drinks at Downtown’s Castle
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald always knows how to make things merry. The hotel’s Festive Lunch and Dinner menu features roasted beet salad, butter basted turkey roulade, beef short rib and lemon Chantilly cake. For a sweeter affair, book the Nutcracker Afternoon Tea and enjoy an assortment of sandwiches, desserts, and loose-leaf tea—to stay or to-go. For relaxing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, reserve a table for a multi-course dinner in the Harvest Room. No matter the size of your Christmas gathering this year, the classic Turkey To-Go and Prime Rib To-Go holiday feast is available in portions for two or more guests. For reservations or more information, call 780- 429-6495, email, firstname.lastname@example.org or view all Holidays at the Mac offerings.
2. Visit the Christmas Tree on Churchill Square
Through January 8, 2021
Gather your cohort for some festive fun and visit Edmonton’s largest Christmas tree which has found a home on Churchill Square for more than 20 years. New this year, Downtown Holiday Light Up has been expanded to include six outdoor light installations designed by local artists. The installations will be rolled out at different Downtown locations and lit every evening until January 8, 2021. Share your photos of the tree online and help raise money for the Edmonton Food Bank. For every #YEGLightUp tag used until Jan 8, the DBA will donate $5 to the Edmonton Food Bank (up to $5,000).
3. Plan some holiday shopping at Mercer Warehouse
It’s one-stop Christmas shopping and dining at Mercer Warehouse. Get your fancy kicks, boots and shoes cleaned and restored at Shoe Shine Shack. Then book an appointment at Black-owned Adewunmi for personalized skincare advice and locally-made skincare products. For the sneaker pimp on the list, HypeFetish offers unique clothing and sneakers, such as Supreme, Bape, Off White Yeezy and more. Consider your shopping for the bookworm on your list done when you order online from Glass Bookshop. The owners will pack up your books from their downtown space and deliver to your door for free. After your shopping is done, head upstairs to dine at the newly revamped Tres Carnales Rostizado. May we suggest the Papas Supremos (fries topped with braised beef short rib, nacho cheese, crema, tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeno)? You can also enjoy grab a bite at Mercer Tavern. Score big with the Kevin McCallister pizza – a double cheese pizza with cheese curds.
4. Walk (and skate) in a winter wonderland
While there won’t be lunchtime or evening performances this year, Celebrate the Season is still on at the Alberta Legislature with hundreds of colourful lights illuminating the Alberta Legislature grounds. Stoll through the grounds or skate on the public outdoor rink located on the south grounds. (Due to COVID-19 protocols, change rooms are not open and no more than 10 people are allowed on the ice at a time.)
5. Find unique art for a perfect gift (or for yourself)
Book an appointment to browse the Ledcor Community Gallery in the Art Gallery of Alberta during the Bring It Home event; you’ll have an opportunity to purchase unique visual art by local artists. Or reserve a ticket to the gallery (Thursday through Sunday) and make shopping at Shop AGA part of your visit. Can’t make it in person? Check out the online Shop AGA for a variety of items that make the perfect gift for Secret Santa or that person-that-has-everything. The Art Club for Kids monthly subscription series is a perfect at-home activity to gift children under 12.
6. View glowing art installations in The Quarters
Earlier this year, the Quarters Arts Society opened the doors of CO*LAB: a community-focused space with workshop studios, a gallery, and performance space. It’s a place for all to create and share art. In years past, beautiful handmade lanterns have filled The Quarters for the Quarters Art Society’s annual GLOW lantern parade. To keep things safe, this year you can view the light installations in CO*LAB’s gallery windows.