Lindork’s Lists #198 – Christmas Giveaways! 🎁 plus skating, late night eats & more!

Lindrk’s Lists #198 – Christmas Giveaways! 🎁 plus skating, late night eats & more!

Newsletter for Dec. 13-19, 2023

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Things to Do This Week

Things to do this week: skating, meteor shower viewing, snow tubing & more!
  • Go for a snow tube at the Edmonton Ski Club (9316 96 Ave.)

    • Snow tubing is back at the Edmonton Ski Club! I mean there’s not much else to say about that lol. Try it if you haven’t—it’s fun and no experience required (and I guess no snow required lol).

  • Participate in the annual Edmonton Christmas Bird Count (various locations)

  • Go skating in downtown Edmonton (Churchill Square)

    • Head down to Churchill Square and the City Hall Plaza this Saturday, Dec. 16 from 4-8 p.m. for the Bright Light Skate Night—a FREE, family-friendly event with a DJ, fire pits, cultural performances, skating, light + art installations and more!

  • Watch Mean Girls (the Leduc Composite High School Musical)

    • Leduc Composite High School presents Mean Girls the High School Version this weekend Dec. 14-16. The Christmas classic (lol yeah we’re calling it that!) tells the tale of Cady Heron as she takes on The Plastics.

  • Head out to Metis Crossing Geminid Meteor Shower Gazing (Smoky Lake)

    • The Geminid Meteor Shower is this week and Metis Crossing out in Smoky Lake is holding viewing events on Dec. 13 (tonight!) and Dec. 14. This ia guided meteor shower viewing experience with telescopes, binoculars, Indigenous storytelling, crafts, hot chocolate and marshmallows by a fire and more.

  • Shop the Tomo Arts Market (8426 Gateway Blvd.)

    • The Tomo Arts Market returns on Dec. 16 & 17. Free entry + alternative art styles, cute merchandise, anime prints, comics and more from 40+ makers.

  • P.S. parents—Nest Integrative Wellness is holding a FREE Book & Toy Swap on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 1-4 p.m.! Offload gently used items and pick up some new (to you/your kid) gifts for the holidays.

  • Here’s some other festive activities through December! (various locations)

Got an Edmonton area event, virtual event, or something coming up you think my readers would be interested in knowing about? Let me know!

Food to Try This Week

Eats this week: spicy food, sweets at a neighbourhood cafe, ravioli and more!
  • Check out Firefly Restaurant (4208 Calgary Trail)

    • I tried the new-ish Firefly Restaurant in south Edmonton last week and really enjoyed my meal! The Prawn Tostadas on a Crispy Corn Tortilla was great, the Barolo Braised Beef Ravioli with asparagus and mushrooms, excellent! The Yellowfin Tuna Poke Bowl—also great! The decor/interior is also lovely and they have some nice spots set up for bigger groups/parties too.

  • Go for late night snacks and drinks at Little Wolf (8424 109 St.)

    • I also tried Little Wolf last week and really enjoyed my meal + the vibe! This is a walk-in only, full-service, cocktail bar restaurant with some delicious weekly specials and nightly specials. You’ve got to try the black cod belly!!!

  • Try the spicy Chinese food from South Silk Road Restaurant (5552 Calgary Trail)

    • I’m such a big fan of the intensely flavourful dishes from South Silk Road Chinese Restaurant in south Edmonton!! Try the Yunnan Style Cold Noodles or Cold Noodle Salad, Garlicky Gai Lan with Wood Ear Mushrooms, Yunnan Style Ground Pork with Green Pepper and Salted Turnip, and more! All delicious! The menu indicates whether dishes are spicy on a scale of 0-3. lol

  • Pop into Boxcar Coffee Shop (11926 129 Ave.)

    • Boxcar Coffee Shop in the north Edmonton neighbourhood of Calder is a beautiful little spot! They do a selection of drinks (I got a holiday gingerbread latte when we stopped by), desserts (try The Trainwreck their twist on a tres leches, breakfast sandwiches (comes with a side of chips!) and enjoy the decor. It’s real cute in there.

  • Try a new downtown market + cafe (10508 106 Ave.)

    • Central City Market is a new market and halal cafe selling coffee, smoothies, gelato, pizzas and pita pies. Thanks to Crystal for the heads up!

  • Here’s a few more food events coming up you may be interested in…

Ate something amazing recently? Want to show some love to a struggling restaurant? Have a take-out suggestion? Let me know to include in this newsletter.

A Very Lindork Christmas Giveaways

My annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (#AVeryLindorkChristmas) is back! I’m giving away some awesome prizes over on my blog + social media and newsletter subscribers also got a chance to enter to win prizes in this week’s email! 

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Be sure to subscribe before Dec. 20’s email for a chance to win even more newsletter-exclusive prizes! My 200th email newsletter will also contain even more giveaways!! 

New Blog Post

As the holidays creep up (and / or really whatever time of year it is when you may be giving gifts to new parents lol / baby shower ideas, etc.), I thought I’d share a New Parent Gift Guide with suggestions for gifts based on what we got / bought / used and loved for our baby Benjimin. Hope you find this useful (as well as my other related parenting / new parent blog posts section!)



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