It's just shy of five weeks until Christmas - which means the craft markets are out in full force this weekend. But if you're already shopped out for the season (uh oh), here are five other ideas for things to do to fill your weekend.
Christmas market round up
What: Tis the season for craft fairs and you’ve got plenty of options this weekend:
- Every dollar you spend at Just Christmas goes towards the building of healthy communities around the world.
- Make It! The Handmade Revolution features the crafty outputs of more than 200 urban artisans, including clothing, jewellery and home decor.
- If you're looking for locally-produced goods, the Carrot Christmas Arts Bazaar is for you.
- The Mercer Collective is also holding one of its special craft shows in the basement of the Mercer Tavern.
- In Spruce Grove, St. Thomas Aquinas school is hosting its annual Christmas Market on Saturday.
- In Sherwood Park, head to the One Stop Holiday Shop takes place on Saturday.
- In Mill Woods, the United Church Christmas Craft Fair also takes place Saturday.
What: If you’re more into choral music than Christmas markets, head on over to Robertson-Wesley United Church Friday night for an intimate choral and choir performance of songs celebrating St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. The roster includes two French choral pieces, as well as a contemporary Canadian piece to be performed by some of Edmonton’s finest string and wind players, along with a trio of Edmonton’s most sought-after vocal soloists. Tickets cost $15.
When? Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
That’s a wrap
What: Prolific #YEG tweeter and woman behind the 5,000 People Project is hosting Edmonton's sixth annual Wrapping Tweetup – an event that will bring together Twitter-users from the across the city to help get 25,000 toys to children in need. The event is open to anyone over the age of 16.
When? Friday, November 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Miracle on 124th Street
What: Light up the night and celebrate winter (and take advantage of slightly warmer forecasted temperatures) this weekend on 124th Street as part of the All is Bright festival. The evening will include ice sculptures, free horse-drawn carriage rides, snacks, an outdoor market, hot chocolate and other more grown-up drinks. A full schedule of planned events is available here.
When? Saturday, November 23 from noon to 10 p.m.
Print Affair: Bright Lights
What: The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP) is thanking the volunteers, artists and patrons who help keep the gallery alive by throwing a swanky party complete with music, snacks, booze and compelling contemporary print art. The event, which will be held at the gallery and printshop on Jasper Avenue and 121st Street, will also raise money for the gallery’s future exhibitions and ongoing educational programming. Tickets cost $20 for non-members.
When? Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m.
Potterverse comes to Edmonton
What: If you've been living under a rock, or maybe just aren't a Harry Potter super-fan, you may not have heard the news that a new interactive exhibit is opening this weekend at the Telus World of Science.The travelling collection includes hundreds of props and costumes used in the massively popular movies, and is sure to please the die-hard Potterverse nerd in your life. If you need more convincing, check out our sneak preview of the exhibit and watch Mark Connolly’s candid interview with James and Oliver Phelps, AKA Fred and George Weasley.
When? Open daily from November 23 through to March 9