Lindork’s Lists #197 – Snowboard Big Air World Cup, Candy Cane Lane, Tapas Pop-up and more!
Newsletter for Dec. 6-12, 2023
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Things to Do This Week
Experience the Style Experience FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup
Edmonton becomes Shredmonton this Saturday, Dec. 9 as the Style Experience FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup returns for the second year to Commonwealth Stadium celebrating all things snowboard culture and style—with sports demos, usical performances, fun activations and some of the world’s best snowboarders taking on a massive scaffolding jump judged on creativity and style over rotations. Get tickets!
Check out a Sneaker Based Art Show (10544 82 Ave.)
Local artists Rast and AJA Louden present SOLE PROVIDERS, a Sneaker Based Art Show taking place this Saturda,y Dec. 9 at FOOSH. It’s a pop up show based on the artists love of sneakers and shoe culture. There will also be a few other local artists and they are gathering new shoes, boots and footwear to donate to local charitable organizations.
Watch Harvey at the Walterdale Theatre (10322 83 Ave.)
“Harvey” is on at the Walterdale Theatre from Dec 6-16, a story in where Elwood P. Dowd finds true friendship and unconditional loyalty in Harvey, a 6-foot tall white rabbit.
Here’s some festive activities through December! (various locations)
The Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker runs this week Dec. 6-10 at The Jubilee.
Candy Cane Lane returns Dec 8-Jan 1 with Open Street Nights on Dec 9, 16, and 23! Be sure ot book a sleigh ride before they’re sold out too.
Brighten up Beaumont celebrates the magic of winter with lots of FREE festive activities on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5-9 p.m.
The Brown Butter Cafe is hosting a Custom Calligraphy Ornament Pop-up on Dec. 9 with local calligraphy artist Minh-Thu.
Chartier is hosting A Very Merry Thriftmas on Dec. 9 featuring “racks upon racks of intage clothing and timeless pieces.” Free entry but a donation to the Leduc Food Bank is welcome.
Get tickets to A Christmas Rock Story – A Holiday Circus Spectacular at The Arden Theatre this Saturday, Dec. 9.
Catch “Die Harsh: A Christmas Musical” — 40 Stories of Sheer Laughs running Dec 14-23 at the Varscona Theatre (presented by the Grindstone Theatre Society).
Canada’s Ukrainian Nutcracker presented by Shumka runs in Edmonton Dec. 15 & 16.
There will be a Christmas in Chinatown event on Dec. 16 at the historic Hull Block.
The Common is hosting A Holiday Street Car Christmas Cask Beer night on Dec. 16.
A Very Indigenous Holiday Market takes place on Dec. 16 and 17.
The Edmonton Christmas Market runs until Dec. 17 at Fort Edmonton Park. This is a ticketed event which gives you access to 100+ market vendors, live performances, Chirstmas lighting, holiday photos, street. car rides, carousel rides, and more.
West Edmonton Mall is hosting Winter Wonder Weekends every Fri-Sun until Dec. 22, featuring live entertainment, roving performances and holiday character appearances.
Alberta Prairie Railway presents The Polar Express Train Ride on select dates this holiday season until Dec. 22 (many dates already sold out!) Santa will board the train at the North Pole and walk through each train car giving out gifts to children 12 and under.
With Bells On! the Musical presented by the Theatre Network runs at The Roxy Theatre until Dec. 23.
The Christmas Carol runs at The Citadel Theatre until Dec. 23.
The Polar Express in IMAX is back at the TELUS World of Science weekends until Dec. 24.
Cirque du Soleil’s festive and theatrical show CORTEO will play in Edmonton for the first time Dec. 27-31 at Rogers Place. “Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Combining acrobatic feats, comedy and acting, the show plunges spectators into a theatrical world of fun and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.”
PLUS: A few Christmas light locations:
Check out my old blog post for Christmas light locations including the legislature, LeMarchand Mansion, Candy Cane Lane, Musical Lights in Parkland County, Elliot Place in St. Albert and Festival Place in Sherwood Park. (should still be applicable this year except the Churchill Square one!)
3rd Annual Carducci Christmas Light Show running Dec 1-25 (Thurs-Sun 6-9 p.m.) next to Crystalina Nera Park (bring food bank donations!)
Food to Try This Week
Try the new menu items from Cô Chín Saigon (10632 100 St.)
Vietnamese restaurant Cô Chín Saigon in Chinatown has launched their new menu and it’s looking great! They’ve broken out the Vietnamese specialty dishes (some hard to find elsewhere in the city) by different days of week so I guess you’ll need to go every single day to try it all! The Pho Suon Bo, Bun Rieu Cua Oc, Bo La and Bo Ne are on my to-eat list.
Celebrate Slow Pour’s one-year anniversary (10416 122 St.)
Slow Pour Beer Bar is celebrating their one-year anniversary! “Thanks to everyone who exclaimed, “wow” when they walked in to our space for the first time. We hear those wows and it powers us. :)” They’re announcing something fun on Thursday but if you haven’t been by, plan to check out their “fresh suds, fine fare, fat out wines and everything in between!”
Enjoy breakfast at Red Goose Restaurant (9625 66 Ave.)
I had just an absolutely delightful breakfast at Red Goose Restaurant, an apparently beloved little diner in Hazeldean (south Edmonton) with the most delightful owner/server Phillip (he’ll fist bump you and wish you a happy day!) The pork cutlet with eggs was awesome. The bulgogi (you can ask for varying spice levels) was ridiculousy good (apparently you can add egg on that too). The service—again, I’ll choose to use the word delightful. It’s been around since 1955 (the new owners took over about seven years ago). What a gem!
Try brunch or happy hour at the new Happy & Olive (9640 142 St.)
I also really enjoyed my brunch at the new Happy & Olive (from the folks who brought you Canteen, the Red Ox Inn and The Wired Cup!) The Shake Fries (with bacon, chroizo, grunion and melty cheese) are insanely good. I also loved the lemony hollandaise sauce on my Montreal Smoked Meat Latke (their take on an eggs benny). I also got my Pineapple Screwdriver non-alcohlic. Yum!
Check out Urban Diner’s Spanish tapas pop-up dinners (12427 102 Ave.)
Here’s a few more food events coming up you may be interested in…
Attend Ernest’s Portugal Wine Dinner (a three-course meal + wine pairings prepared by NAIT Culinary students who travelled to Portugal in the summer) happening Dec. 9.
Don’t miss Otto’s Very First Winter Market on Dec. 9 & 10 “inspired by European Christmas Markets.”
Spotlight Cabaret’s Ruby’s Slay Belles Holiday Brunch runs from Dec. 10-17.
Otto is also celebrating their 7th anniverary with $7 specials on Dec. 12.
Mock-Ups Mocktails and Spilt Bar are hosting a Mocktail Class coming up on Dec. 14!
Meuwly’s is hosting a Rob & Pete’s first Christmas Kitchen Party on Dec. 14.
Book a Holiday High Tea on Dec. 16 or 17 at LAST, a new modern event venue.
Learn how to make three types of traditional Ukrainian Christmas sweets for a class at St. Elia Church Kitchen on Dec. 16.
The Butternut Tree is also offering Holiday High Tea on Dec. 17.
Small Business Spotlight
I’m a new ambassador for Meuwlys Artisan Food Market (who specialize in delicious house-made charcuterie and sausages—meat!!) so over the next few months I’ll share all about their tasty offerings—including personalized gift boxes perfect for the holidays! If you need a local gift idea for family, friends, clients or teammates, this box is for you. The locally-sourced, chef-inspired gift boxes are fully customizable for 1 up to 1,000 people! For individual / small gifting there’s five sizes (from $50-$200).
Each box includes local foods made by small, local makers and YOU get to select what goes in the box. Choose from a list of categories including charcuterie, cheese, condiments, spices, sweets and more. Meuwly’s team curates, packages according to your preferences and delivers! It’s very easy to order—click to learn more!!
Holiday Fundraiser Shout Out
The Fourth and Edmonton Playgrounds are fundraising for 20,000 diapers to support the Edmonton Food Bank! They are collecting diapers until Jan. 31 at The Fourth (maternity / new mom boutique) located in Southgate Centre. They are taking open box (unused) diapers as well, and are doing weekly giveaways for people who donate! You can also donate $$$ online directly to food bank (select ‘Diaper Drive’).
While not a holiday fundraiser specifically, I also wanted to mention that the YWCA Edmonton’s Rose Campaign is on right now, supporting th organization’s work to end violence against women, girls and gender minorities. Dec. 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women and Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day (and the last day to support the campaign). You can donate directly or get Rose Raffle Tickets (lots of great prizes you could win, while supporting a great cause).
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