Kick Off Winter with Seasonal Events

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Top lead photo Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas, Government House, Regina. Photo credit Mackenzie Love.

November means it’s time to start thinking about the winter months ahead, and with all sorts of fun events and activities in the city, there’s plenty of local happenings to help get you in the holiday mood. Think craft fairs, winter outdoor activities, family fun, entertainment and festive markets and events. It’s never too early to start celebrating the season or to start shopping for holiday gifts, so be sure to check out these local events in Saskatoon and Regina, which are a great way to kick off the winter season.

Saskatoon Shines in Winter

Glow Gardens: This event is a fun holiday indoor lights festival hosted in cities all across the country. It’s new to YXE this year, and is one of the world’s largest indoor Christmas festivals featuring light structures and displays, all twinkling as you stroll through the “glow gardens.” It’s great for families and serves as a beautiful holiday photo backdrop too! There’s also a vendor market with local artisans and food and drink on-site, which is perfect for some casual Christmas shopping.

Glow Saskatoon, photo credit Glow Gardens

A Christmas Carol: The Barn Playhouse is hosting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as their Christmas dinner theatre this year. With multiple dates in November and December, an evening at The Barn Playhouse features a delicious banquet followed by the show, and their craft barn is open for shopping, too.

Champagne Shopping Night: In the evening on November 26, the Midtown Plaza is hosting their second annual Champagne Shopping Night, a ticketed shopping experience featuring exclusive deals, entertainment, and of course, champagne! It’s a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping, all the while doing it in style.

Festival of Trees: A local favourite, this classic Christmas event is on at the Western Development Museum from November 22 to 30 this year. There is entertainment, activities for kids, and many displays to check out, including the beautifully decorated Christmas trees and creative gingerbread houses.

Photo courtesy Saskatoon Festival of Trees

Sask Snow Show: From November 1 to 3, check out the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Show, which is held at Prairieland Park and features everything snowmobile! There will be displays, information on the newest snowmobiles, vintage sleds to see, clothing, accessories and more. It’s a great opportunity to check out the latest gear for winter fun.

Curated Winter Market: The Curated Winter Market is being held this year at TCU Place on November 9 and features more than 70 local craft and artisan vendors. It’s a great place to stock up on stocking stuffers or to find that perfect, locally-made gift for someone on your list. For a private shopping experience, the market is also open on November 8 by ticket only — shop with a smaller crowd and get first dibs on all the best items that the market offers.

Photo courtesy Curated Winter Market

Regina Rocks the Winter Scene

Wintergreen Fine Craft Market: The Wintergreen Fine Craft Market is an annual Regina event, held at Conexus Arts Centre from November 8 to 10. Wintergreen features more than 70 local artists, meaning it’s a perfect holiday market to shop for gifts. Vendors will be selling clay works, photography, woodworkings, jewellery and more!

Signatures Our Best to You Handmade Market: Our Best to You is runs from November 14 to 16, and offers Canadian handmade goods from more than 200 artists, makers and designers from across the country. This market has been a staple in YQR since 1992, so it’s a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss. This year’s event is hosted at Evraz Place and will have amazing options for holiday shopping.

Our Best to You Craft Sale, photo credit Mad Love Jewelry & photographer Etienne Dale

Winter Dance Party: On November 23 at Casino Regina, check out the John Mueller Winter Dance Party, which is a live re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour. The show will feature hit songs of the 1950s, including La Bamba, Peggy Sue, and many others that will make you want to dance and sing along.

Nutcracker Ballet: On November 18, the Moscow Ballet is performing the Great Russian Nutcracker at Conexus Arts Centre. This event is great for a night out and will really get you in a holiday mood, with twinkling lights, gorgeous costumes, beautiful music, breath-taking ballet and a healthy dose of holiday magic.

Regina Christmas Expo: On December 1, check out the Regina Christmas Expo at the Conexus Arts Centre, which is your one-stop-shop for all your Christmas needs. There will be tons of vendors of all types, selling goods and products just in time for the holidays — and the event is kid-friendly too.

Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas: On November 22, visit the Government House for an evening of family fun and entertainment. There will be gingerbread cookie decorating, carolling, and a visit from Santa Claus. Plus, the museum is open during the event for browsing, making this a perfect event for a family outing.