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Christmas Edmonton

Where to Get the Best Holiday Drinks + Treats

Edmonton’s local dining destinations are showcasing the familiar flavours of Christmas in innovative new ways. Here are 12 mouth-watering holiday treats to help you have a delicious 12 Days of Christmas!

1. The Grand Basil Poinsettia Martini can be enjoyed in the luxurious Confederation Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (10064-100 St.). The mix of strawberries and basil give the the drink a tangy, lemonade-like flavour and, though the drink is made with an elaborate mix of vodka, Chambord, and Grand Marnier, it is an easy drink to sip and savour. WHERE Edmonton attended the Fairmont’s media holiday party where this festive drink was served and eagerly enjoyed by everyone at the event!

The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald has a festive holiday display in their lobby that includes an elaborate gingerbread replica of the hotel. Be sure to stop and check it out on your way to the Confederation Lounge for a Grand Basil Poinsettia Martini!

Hot Tip: You don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy a drink in the Confederation Lounge! Everyone is welcome!

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Luminaria: A Winter Wonderland Attraction

This whimsical event truly embodies the notion of “walking in a winter wonderland”! WHERE Edmonton Magazine named Luminaria as one of our Top 20 Things to Do Before 2013, so it’s a definite must-see attraction! (What other 19 things must you do in Edmonton before 2013? Find out in the digital edition of our November/December issue!)

Thousands of candles light up the night at Luminaria.
Photo courtesy of Devonian Botanic Gardens

On Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 5 pm – 9 pm nightly, the Devonian Botanic Gardens will transform with thousands of glowing candles lighting its outdoor pathways. Walk along and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the snow-covered gardens by candlelight, accompanied by the sounds of festive carollers. Be on the look out for some impressive ice sculpture carvings and, if your eyes are really sharp, you might just see some magical “snow sprites” frolicking about.

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Unique Holiday Shopping: Ten Thousand Villages

With trends towards “responsible consumerism”, and avoiding big-box stores in favour of local or socially-concious retailers, shopping at Ten Thousand Villages (10432-82 Ave) is an easy choice this holiday season. This not-for-profit, fair trade retailer promotes “giving back”, carrying only products that are handmade in developing communities all over the world. If you’ve made a commitment to shop responsibly this Christmas — or perhaps you’re looking for a unique gift for the person on your list who is impossible to buy for — the products at Ten Thousand Villages can help make your whole holiday socially-concious.

Unique gift ideas and holiday decor await at Ten Thousand Villages, where everything is handmade and fair trade.

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