Holiday Ideas in YYC

December is less than a week away in the longest short year ever, so why not go out with a bang with some exciting things that are happening around the city? I think this year more than ever we need to support local and so I thought I'd do a roundup of some fun things for those looking to do just that. Below is some great lead up to Christmas ideas and fun events that you could check out to get into the spirit of the holidays!

Buttermilk Gift Boxes

If you’ve been craving Buttermilk’s famous waffles at home, not only can you get their delicious DIY mix, but a bunch of goodies along with it! They have created fantastic Christmas gift boxes ($78+) that combines all the best thing for your inner breakfast lover. Not only would this be a great Christmas gift, but all the foodies out there it would be a fun surprise to get the holidays kick started! You can find a selection of all their items on the Buttermilk Website

Market Wines Wine Advent Calendar and Wine Packs

When one thinks of advent calendars, we typically default to the chocolate ones we use to open as kids. Market Wines now has created an advent calendar of our adult dreams. A 12-day wine advent calendar which includes 1 bubbly, 1 rose, 3 whites and 7 reds (~$240). A full bottle for each day leading up to Christmas so you can merrily celebrate along the way. I can’t wait to order one for myself. They also offer 6 and 12 wine packs which would make amazing gifts for the wine lovers on your list. Visit their website for the latest selection.

Photo courtesy of Pie Junkie

Pie Junkie Dessert Gift Boxes

Perfect for those that are looking for something to share with the loved ones (or for themselves, I won’t judge), Pie Junkie has put together special gift boxes that allow you share dessert with those you care about. As they’ve indicated the combinations are endless so be sure to call the store to see and let your creativity flow. Prices vary based on the selection of pies. You can pick up the order or have it delivered for an extra $10 (24 hour notice required). They have multiple locations so check their website for more details.

Photo courtesy of Ricardo's Hideaway and Miracle on First Street

Sippin’ Santa at Ricardo’s Hideaway

The tiki themed Sippin’ Santa will be running from November 12th till December 31st at Ricardo’s Hideaway. They will be making the holidays festive with a Polynesian twist with drinks like North Pole Punch, Runaway Sleigh and Rum Rum Rudolph. Since most of us will be unable to travel, this can be our in town getaway to some place beachy serving up some great drinks.

Photo courtesy of Miracle on First Street

Miracle on First Street at Proof

Starting November 24th and running all the way until December 24th. Proof will once again be transformed into Miracle on First Street. With drinks like Christmas Carol Barrel and SanTaRex, you can be sure that they’ll be serving up some drinks to get you in the spirit of the holidays. They will also be offering To-Go Cocktail Boxes ($150) who are looking to celebrate at home. Last year, the pop-up had $3,000 in glassware stolen, so this year Miracle on First Street will donate the difference of the amount stolen last year and the amount stolen this year to CUPS – a charity that builds resilient lives for Calgarians facing the challenges of poverty and trauma. The venue also encourages all guests who may have taken a holiday cup last year to donate to the non-profit this year.

If you know of any other great local venues offering Christmas themed items or events, please let me know and I’d gladly add them to this list! Hope everyone is able to find something unique and local to help them enjoy the holiday season!