The Season is upon us!  Whether you are getting ready to string lights, put up the tree, or bust out the rolling pin for some holiday baking, the holidays are right around the corner.  Some may loathe them, and some may love them, but regardless of where you fall on the spectrum it is hard to deny the beauty that this time of year brings.

From lights and decorations, to songs and children’s squeals of delight, it’s hard to be a Grinch.  I mean who can pass up a festive cocktail and canape or two…or seven.  And, the season begins long before the floor is littered with wrapping paper and everyone is fighting for a spot on the couch in a turkey coma.  Some of the best things about the holiday season are the events and traditions leading up the various celebrations.  The annual visit with Santa for the little ones, local holiday markets, food and beverage events, skating, tobogganing….the list goes on.  Here at The Crossing we love tradition, and we love being located in an active community that recognizes and fosters holiday cheer!  And so, we have put together a small list of local activities to help deck the halls and make your season merry and bright!

Enjoy the wonder of the season!

Banff Beer Fest – November 27/28th journey through Banff to find your favourite craft beer! www.albertabeerfestivals.com

Lights – Calgary Zoo ZOOLIGHTS from November 27th to January 2nd with full details at http://www.calgaryzoo.com/zoolightsyyc

Art – Youth Art Show starting December 5th to January 23rd featuring local artists from Grades 7-12 at the Leighton Art Centre http://leightoncentre.org/exhibitions/exhibit/generation-genesis-youth-art-show-206

Public Skating – Saturdays and Sundays from 1-2:15pm through December at Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre http://www.slssportscentre.com/

Visit with Santa – December 5th to 20th at Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre http://www.slssportscentre.com/

Christmas Market – December 12th marks the Cochrane Farmers’ Market Last Minute Christmas Market at Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre http://www.cochrane-environment.org/farmers-market

Santa Claus Parade – December 12th is also host to the second annual Cochrane Santa Claus Parade starts at 5:00pm.  Check www.cochranesantaclaus.ca for full details.

Music – Sounds of the season can be heard from the Cochrane Music Society on December 15th starting at 7:30 pm, Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive.  Admission is free.  A donation to the food bank is welcome, more details at www.cochranemusic.ca .  Additionally, The Cochrane Young Singers Christmas Concert, also on Dec. 15th at 7:00 pm, Location TBD.  Please bring a food bank donation.  (www.cochraneyoungsingers.com)