December 15, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
How to Support Downtown Edmonton This Week Dec 14-20
Stream A Christmas Carol, enjoy a private outdoor Segway tour, learn how to make hot chocloate bombs and other ways to support Downtown Edmonton this week. As a reminder, in response to COVID-19 there are new provincial mandatory measures in effect. Please check with Downtown businesses for current offerings and any changes. Thank you for supporting local!
1. Watch a livestream of a holiday classic
For many Edmontonians, watching Citadel Theatre’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol is an annual tradition. This year, the tradition continues in the comfort of your own home. The team at Citadel Theatre has filmed a production of David van Belle’s brand-new screenplay of this classic Christmas tale that can be streamed across Canada between December 15-31. Tickets to access the recording are available through Citadel Theatre. Ticket packages that include a selection of local holiday snacks are available too; snack packages can be picked up at Citadel Theatre or delivered in Edmonton and area.
2. Book a private Segway tour of the Legislature grounds
Join River Valley Adventure Co. for a guided private one-hour tour of the beautiful Alberta Legislature grounds, all lit up with more than 100,000 Christmas lights for the holiday season. Learn about the history of Edmonton while taking in the magical sights of this special downtown spot—all while cruising around on a Segway. If you’ve never ridden a Segway before, 30-minute introductory lessons are also available immediately before each tour. The Legislature Lights Adventure tours are offered three times per day, every day in December, but advanced booking is required. Winter Segway Trek tours in the River Valley, for both beginner and intermediate Segway riders, are also available multiple times a day. To keep things safe, participants must wear masks during the tours.
3. Sharpen your cooking skills
Step up your baking and cooking game with a live, interactive online cooking class featuring the chefs of Edmonton’s own Get Cooking. Upcoming classes include edible gifts, cheese souffle, and stollen. This is a great activity to do with friends or family, as everyone can tune in at the same time from their own home with their own device. Give someone the gift of a memorable experience with a gift certificate redeemable for any virtual class(es). Sunday, December 20 learn how to make a class cheese souffle.
4. Decorate cookies the easy way
Craft some tasty treats with Milk Crate’s holiday cookie decorating kits, and try this season’s hottest culinary trend: hot chocolate bombs. Just pour hot milk or water over a sphere of chocolate, and watch it melt into a decadent winter treat complete with marshmallows. If you’re looking for a savoury take-and-bake holiday meal, order a one-pan turkey dinner or tourtière (meat and vegetarian options are available). Pre-order any of these festive foods (and other regular menu items) for pick-up by emailing email@example.com.
5. Shop for unique gifts by local artists
TIX on the Square is a great place to find locally-made items any time of year, and during the holiday season you can find everything from the perfect gift to stocking stuffers to illustrated cards. During themed pop-up events, they bring in even more items from Edmonton-based artists. From December 10-16 find a new selection of books and zines, and from December 17-23 find a new selection of gifts for kids and pets. The shop remains open for browsing (at regulation 15% capacity), but if you spot something on their Gift Guide or Instagram that you like, call 780-420-1757 for curbside pickup.
6. Take a self-guided tour of Downtown Holiday Light Up Installations
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. Print the map, tour the sites and tag your photos #YEGLightUp to 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). Huge thanks to sponsors EPCOR, Millar Western Forest Products and The Works.