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December filled with plenty of holiday themed events

There will be plenty of Christmas themed events for the town to enjoy.
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The Cochrane Christmas Farmers' Market is back for a ninth year. File Photo

The month of December is all about Christmas and the Town of Cochrane is certainly in the mood to celebrate the holiday season.

DEC. 1

Christmas with New West Symphony and Chorus is celebrating the season with an event on Dec. 1 at the Cochrane Alliance Church. The concert will feature a wide variety of Christmas music, including sacred, gospel and new takes on their favourite carols. New West is excited to be partnering with the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre as their local charity this year. At this concert, they will be collecting the following items: new baby items (clothing for newborns to 12 months, books, blankets, etc.), new or gently used winter coats for women and young children, and books for journaling.

A free will offering will also be taken during the concert if you prefer to give that way. All proceeds from the free will offering will go to support New West Symphony & Chorus in their dedication to helping the less fortunate. This annual Christmas concert has quickly become a favourite. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are only available online at Please bring printed or mobile tickets for entry.

DEC. 7

The Cochrane Parade of Lights will be taking place on Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa, lights, and the nostalgia of Historic Downtown Cochrane will all be a part of 2019’s Christmas celebrations. Not only will the event host a parade of twinkling lights, but street entertainment, a children’s area, and the perfect opportunity for the public to finish off their Christmas shopping.

DEC. 8

Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre invites you to their Annual Outdoor Christmas Pageant on December 8 beginning at 2:00 p.m.. There will be a bonfire, caroling, refreshments (free-will offering), sleigh ride (weather permitting) with the pageant beginning at 3:30 p.m. Non-perishable food or cash donation appreciated for the Cochrane Food Bank. Everyone is welcome.

DEC. 13

The Venue Bar and Grill will be hosting the second annual UCP Uggly Christmas sweater fundraiser. The evening will feature the Nova Scotiables as the live band, along with a prime rib buffet, vegetarian lasagna and salad. Guests will include MLA Peter Guthrie, MP Blake Richards, and Cochrane Mayor Jeff Genung. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with tickets going for $60.

DEC. 14

The ninth annual Cochrane Christmas Farmers' Market will host more than 100 vendors over two days on Dec. 14 and 15 at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Those in attendance will find all their favourite vendors from the summer markets plus many more. Take care of all of your holiday shopping with the ‘make, bake and grow’ vendors where you’ll find unique gifts for everyone on your list as well as fill your holiday pantry with a wide range of items from the food and beverage vendors. This is a great event for the whole family. Admission & parking are free of charge; a donation to the Activettes ‘Share your Christmas’ is welcomed.

The 2019 Music of Christmas concert, one of the main events for the Cochrane Music Society, which will also be held on Dec. 14 at the Bow Valley Baptist Church. The music varies from classical to contemporary, from sacred to folk, from gospel to jazz, and is, of course, highlighted with Christmas tunes. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. with tickets being $10. Children 12 years and under get in for free.