The holiday season is now in full swing in St. Albert.
The annual St. Albert Snowflake Festival is taking place this evening (Dec. 1) downtown.
None other than Santa Claus will be there as the city lights up Perron Street with Christmas lights.
The festivities, which start at 6:30 p.m., also include a petting zoo, craft stations, street hockey, hot chocolate, and a host of food trucks cooking up warm meals.
“This family fun event is a great way to support local charities, and discover the heart of downtown St. Albert,” the city's website reads.
The festival will wrap-up around 9:00 p.m.
The Edmonton-based Hello Pretty boutique market returns to St. Albert this Saturday at Red Willow Place on Tache Street.
Over 50 vendors will be on site selling wares, and the market will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
More information about the market and a full list of vendors is available on the Hello Pretty Market's Instagram account.
3. Indoor Christmas Market at the Enjoy Centre
The organizers of the St. Albert Farmers' Market are back with a few Christmas Markets at the Enjoy Centre this year, with another market taking place on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“With over 250 vendors per weekend, there’s a huge variety of products to choose from,” the event's website reads. “For Christmas gifts, you can find crafts, clothing, home décor, artwork, plants and a great selection of unique items to find for your loved ones.”
Those unable to make it to the market this weekend are in luck, as the market will return the next two Saturdays.
Admission is free.
4. Borealis Lights
The second annual Borealis Lights drive-thru Christmas display opened to the public last week in Riel Park, and is open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each weekend evening until early January.
The display is also open during weeknights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
“Borealis Lights Christmas drive-thru lighting display offers dazzling new light displays that are sure to bring smiles to family, friends and colleagues,” the event's website says. “Your experience is estimated to take 25 to 30 minutes to complete.”
Tickets for the display start at $32, and are charged on a per-vehicle basis with up to 9 passengers per car.
“A portion of every ticket will be going directly to charities supported by the St. Albert Kinsmen Club.”