The Michael Buble holiday album is on repeat. You dug your ugly Christmas sweater out of storage. You’ve started making lists and checking them twice: all the presents to buy, cookies to bake, Christmas markets to visit and movies to watch. It can be a hectic time, but we’re here to make things easier with our round-up of East Village holiday happenings that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season.
1. Northern Reflections Window Exhibition
November 13 - December 31
Looking for an outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy? Go on a scavenger hunt to discover the magical window scenes in East Village! The Northern Reflections Winter Window Exhibition by Buds of Buds transforms city streets into an interactive urban gallery through an Augmented Reality (AR) app, Augle, that brings the painted windows to life.
2. Treats from Sidewalk Citizen’s holiday menu
One of our top highlights this time of year? Sidewalk Citizen’s holiday menu! Fan favourites like their classic butters, spreads, bacon jam, parmesan crackers, and croissant and brioche stuffing are back in addition to three new cakes.
Click here to see the menu, click here to pre-order your goodies.
3. Light Up the Square
December 1 at 5th St. Square, 3:00-6:00PM
Meet up with your neighbours on December 1st to celebrate the annual community tree lighting at 5th Street Square! Chat or sing carols with your EV friends as you take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon through the streets and pathways of East Village.
December 1 - 31
Want to share a smooch with somebody special this holiday season? Take a walk through East Village – you'll find mistletoe popping up in surprise spots all around the neighbourhood! Post a photo of yourself and a loved one (dog, BFF, mom, S/O) under the mistletoe with the hashtag #evKissmas, and we’ll share our favourites on social media!
5. Shop for gifts at Liz & Lottie
You’re bound to cross most of your holiday shopping off your list with a visit to Liz & Lottie. The boutique carries something for everyone: Local Laundry apparel, holiday-scented candles, Canadian jewelry, home décor, warm winter accessories and much more.
6. Curling at St. Patrick’s Island
December 1 - March 31
Try your hand at one of Canada's most beloved winter sports! Our synthetic curling sheet is back at St. Patrick's Island to help get you out of the house this winter. Curling on the Island will be open daily from 9:00AM-7:00PM. Play solo or in teams - you can even make your own rules!
7. Sundays with Santa
December 2, 9 & 16 from noon-1:00PM
Grab your Christmas wish list and head over to the East Village Experience Centre to put in a good word with the big guy! On three Sundays in December, Santa will be visiting and ready to pose with little ones, big ones or even canine family members. While you’re there, check out the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition outside.
8. Holiday Fest ‘n’ Film
December 9, noon-4:00PM
Cozy up with friends and family to embrace the holiday season on St. Patrick's Island! Winter fun and festivities will keep you toasty from noon-2:00PM. Stick around afterward for an exclusive showing of Smallfoot on our special daytime movie screen from 2:00-4:00PM.
Click here for more info
9. Get ready for your holiday parties with a manicure at Merle Norman
‘Tis the season to get glammed up! With all those holiday parties in your calendar you’ll surely want to put your best foot (or hand) forward. Indulge yourself in a bit of polish and shine at Merle Norman. You’ll get incredible service without breaking the bank – a regular manicure goes for $30 and pedicures start at $45. Call to make an appointment: 403-455-2839
10. She[EMPOWERS] Christmas Market
December 14-16 at the St. Louis Hotel
Shop from and support local female entrepreneurs at the She[Empowers] Christmas Market featuring female-made artisan goods and entertainment by up-and-coming female performers. There will also be free workshops running with topics ranging from sustainable fashion to self-care to jewelry-making.
Admission is free, but donations to The Mustard Seed are appreciated. Register in advance to get exclusive discounts and coupons for the event and surrounding businesses.
Click here to register