November 27, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
How to Support Downtown Edmonton This Weekend
A virtual art gallery tour, a giant Christmas tree, dinner inside an igloo and other ways to support Downtown Edmonton this weekend November 27-29.
1 Watch a Citadel Theatre show from home
November 28 – December 20
Enjoy the Citadel Theatre’s Horizon Live series from the comfort of your own. You can now stream A Brimful of Asha, Mary’s Wedding and A Christmas Carol. This weekend you can save 20% on a Mary’s Wedding streaming pass. Mary’s Wedding is the story of a romance that transcends the Alberta prairies to the battlegrounds of World War I. Purchase your pass now.
2 Take a virtual tour of a new art gallery
If you didn’t get a chance to see Ociciwan’s inaugural show amiskwacîwâskahikan, you can take a virtual tour of the works. There you’ll find a video of the space and artists writings by artists Emily Riddle, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ, Anna Marie Sewell and Jessie Loyer. Friday evening join Mj Belcourt Moses, Tanya Harnett, George Littlechild and Conor McNally for an online discussion of their works.
3 Visit the Downtown 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).
4 Dine inside an igloo
Enjoy breakfast or dinner in a private igloo-shaped dome on the patio of Courtyard Marriott’s Riverside Bistro. The menu includes a la carte options and a three-course set menu, but we recommend the festive four-course Christmas Feast. The Feast includes bean bisque, peach and corn salad, your choice of maple glazed roasted turkey or braised beef short ribs, and pumpkin cheesecake. End the evening with a cozy hot cocktail. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 780-423-9999, extension 4747.
5 Put on your ugly holiday sweater and sip holiday cocktails
Through December 31
This holiday season Craft Beer Market is transforming into Miracle Edmonton: a Christmas-themed pop-up bar with thousands of lights, kitschy holiday decorations, and a special festive cocktail menu. The list of holiday libations includes Jolly Koala (gin, vermouth and pine-cardamom-sage cordial; the On Dasher (bourbon, mezcal, sweet vermouth, spiced hibiscus, burlesque bitters, and lemon); and the Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican over-proof rum, Amaretto, and fruitcake-cherry bitters. The Christmas drink menu will be available daily after 4 pm. Reservations are recommended.
6 Plan some holiday shopping at Mercer Warehouse
It’s one-stop Christmas shopping in the basement of Mercer Warehouse. Get your fancy kicks, boots and shoes cleaned and restored at Shoe Shine Shack. Book an appointment at Black-owned Adewunmi for personalized skincare advice and shop for locally-made skincare products. For the bookworm on your list, order online from Glass Bookshop and the owners will pack up your books from their downtown space and deliver to your door for free. Then head upstairs to dine at the newly revamped Tres Carnales Rostizado. You can also enjoy food and drinks at Mercer Tavern, where there’s an impressive list of craft brews on tap. For food picks, we suggest trying the Kevin McCallister pizza – a double cheese pizza with cheese curds.