By Shari Fenn, Content Contributor
Beginning December 1st, the city of Airdrie invites you to celebrate the Christmas season with them.
While you may not think of Airdrie for a day trip or an evening out, it’s cited as one of the best cities in Canada for Christmas celebrations.
Friendly residents heartily embrace the holiday season. They donate thousands of hours to create one of the best Christmas experiences in our nation.
Break out of your Christmas routine and add Airdrie to your holiday activity bucket list.
Here are four reasons why:
1. One of Canada’s top 10 Christmas interactive lights display
Looking for a new Christmas tradition to bring friends and family together?
Then the Airdrie Festival of Lights is what you’re looking for!
The Festival is “One of Canada’s top 10 holiday light shows” by the travel experts at where.ca.
If you haven’t been before, then mark your calendars because it’s a memorable experience.
An absolute must for putting you in the Christmas spirit.
From December 1 to 31, Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park is a spectacular collection of magical light displays…more than a half-million dollars worth brings the magic of Christmas to life.
The event is so popular that it boasts more than 50,000 annual visitors.
The miniature train rides are a fun way for the whole family to see the light show.
You can also enjoy a self-guided walking tour through the lights, outdoor skating by the light show and a festival tent with amazing talent.
Directions: Visit here for directions to Nose Creek Park.
Cost: The Festival provides Calgary Region residents with a family and budget-friendly experience. To keep costs affordable, admission is by cash donation.
The miniature train is $2 per person. The price is the same for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Remember to bring cash. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
Parking: Free parking. Watch for entrance and exit signs in parking areas.
Hours: December 1 to 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. daily.
Further details can be found on the Festival website.
2. Enjoy world-class performing artists – Bert Church Theatre
Bert Church Live Theatre is one of the hidden treasures in the Calgary Region.
It’s a fully equipped, live performing arts facility with an outstanding lineup of professional acts throughout the year.
The 377-seat facility provides audiences with a unique opportunity to experience world-renowned performers up close and personal.
This December, take in the Celtic Tenors Christmas. Here are the details of the event:
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.
The Celtic Tenors established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland.
Their live show is an experience overflowing with vitality and variety from start to finish.
They leave you thoroughly uplifted.
Note: the Thursday, December 8 show is sold out.
3. CP Holiday Train – December 9, 2016
Airdrie will receive a visit from the highly anticipated Canadian Pacific Holiday Train on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
When you see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train chugging down the line, there’s no mistaking good times and good tunes are on its way.
Just the sound and the lights on the train take adults back to their childhood. Children are fascinated to see and experience a real train close up. It’s a great photo opportunity and warm memories for years to come.
The heavily decorated train also has a boxcar that converts into a stage.It goes to 150 communities in Canada and the United States.
The train is completely decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, trees and wreaths.
The CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser since 1999.
The event in Airdrie supports the local food banks.
You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to drop in donation bins at the train stop.
The train is a way to bring the community together for not just the fellowship of music and fun, but as a way to raise awareness of the Food Bank.
4. New Year’s Eve fireworks display
Each year, a breathtaking display of fireworks light up Airdrie’s night sky on New Year’s Eve.
And what better way to bring in the New Year than fireworks?
Airdrie goes all out for their fireworks on Saturday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park behind Genesis Place.
Learn more by visiting Airdrie Parades and Fireworks.
See here for 2016 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Map
On a final note
The warmth and kindness of the people of Airdrie is evidenced by how they so freely welcome and embrace people from other parts of the Calgary Region.
The City of Airdrie and the many community-minded residents are huge supporters of the local foodbank.
A real testimony to the kindness and generosity of the people of Airdrie.
It’s amazing to see how the residents come together to bring the magic of Christmas to life.
They enrich the lives of people throughout the region in the festive holiday season and we are all so appreciative of their hard work and contagious enthusiasm.
What are some of your favourite community Christmas and holiday events? We’d love to know!
Shari Fenn is a Canadian storyteller, inbound content writer and owner of Cross Communications Inc.