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Christmas in the Foothills: An Unforgettable, Nostalgic Experience

Get ready for a safe shopping experience in a region that embodies the nostalgic spirit of the holidays.

It’s no wonder that Christmas cards and imagery features the “good old days.” There is something magical about walking a snow covered main street, the big Christmas tree in the town square, the small shops with local items, and pausing with friends to savour a cup of delicious hot chocolate! The good news is, you can experience all this – and more – when you enjoy Christmas in the Foothills. Get ready for a safe shopping experience in a region that embodies the nostalgic spirit of the holidays.

Shopping Tours

Forget the crowds and stress of large malls. A Foothills shopping tour is a much safer option, not to mention a great way to find the most unique gifts for everyone on your list. The Foothills trip planner lets you create your own itinerary, or provides pre-planned themed tours such as wine, art and shopping; cool little towns; and antiques, uniquities, and  gifts.

Christmas Markets

Special Christmas markets will take place in November and December.

Nanton Share the Spirit Christmas Market runs from November 27 to November 29, from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free downtown and the market features local vendors, a huge prize giveaway, and COVID-safe protocols.

Christmas in the Country Art Sale features in-person and online shopping and runs on Wednesdays and Sundays from November 5 to December 23, 10 am to 4 pm. Discover over 100 talented artists and find truly unique gifts for your loved ones or for yourself. Fine art is beautifully displayed in the historic Leighton home gallery. Parking and admission are free (donations gladly accepted). On-site COVID protocols and the option to shop online make this a safe and fun experience for all.

For just $10 admission, you can experience the Granary Road Christmas Market, which runs every Saturday and Sunday from November 27 to December 20, 9 am to 5 pm. Housed in a nostalgic building with 40 foot, exposed beam vaulted ceilings, you’ll relive days-gone-by as you shop with Christmas music in the background and festive décor at every turn. This market is perfect for foodies, families, and getting into the Christmas spirit.

The Saskatoon Farm Christmas Market starts on November 27. Until December 13, 9 am to 8 pm, you can shop for fresh daily baked goods; enjoy dinner at the Mexican Fusion restaurant; get your fill of kettle corn, cinnamon buns, mini donuts, and more. Special guests, including Santa, will be stopping by to make your visit complete.


Take the time to get into the spirit of the holidays with these fun and interactive events.

From now until January 3rd, 2021, book online today so you can taste, tour, and shop the Spirit Hills Flower Winery Christmas. Tastings and shoppers are accommodated in store with social distancing and maximum occupancy. Outside fire pits make for a cozy atmosphere.

Eau Claire Distillery’s Christmas in the Foothills, December 5th and 6th, features two days of country magic with socially distanced festive fun, seasonal cocktails, and more. Register now to secure your time slot. Social distancing will be in effect.

Light up Longview is where to be on November 29 for the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, a bonfire, hot dogs, and hot chocolate.

Did you love the move The Polar Express? Then get ready to board the Polar Express Train! From November 27 to Christmas Eve, this one-hour train ride evokes the magic of the movie, including each child receiving their own sleigh bell. Pajamas are encouraged and a collectable mug is included. COVID protocols are in place.

Outdoor fun

The region has endless options for winter fun outside. Try something new by strapping on snowshoes, going for a sleigh or wagon ride, or even fat biking on the many trails.

Foothills has the magic of Christmas

This Christmas things are a little different when it comes to gatherings, but the magic of the season never changes. Thanks to the Foothill region’s many safe holiday experience options, you can enjoy a Christmas to remember and start building new traditions and memories. Check out the options listed today.

View our Winter digital guide here.