Christmas Spirit

Full disclosure: The photos in this post were taken on December 7/19, as we wandered through downtown Edmonton, trying to find our Christmas spirit early on.


  • the Edmonton Christmas Market. Likely not a fair assessment, as this was its first year and we did not pay the $10 admission fee ($5 on Thursday/Friday) to enter. We have seen other Christmas markets and we hope this one sticks around and becomes better in future years. *We did a revisit to the Christmas Market on December 19/19 and left with a much better impression. Watch for the post.*
  • the City of Edmonton Christmas Tree. It looked a bit sparse and was leaning a bit. In fairness, we saw it in late afternoon. Perhaps it looked better in the dark.
  • the noisy security guards at the Alberta Legislature that at times overpowered an otherwise great performance by the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra.


  • The Christmas tree and large gingerbread house at the Hotel MacDonald. Big Christmas in a small space.
  • The interior decorations at Edmonton City Hall. Very well done in a rustic way.
  • The brightly illuminated buildings in downtown Edmonton. Not something we usually get to see as we live in the burbs.
  • The Legislature grounds, Christmas tree and building. At least, Kenney did not cut this…..yet!
  • The Edmonton Philharmonic’s performance of Christmas classics. We are going to make this an annual event…but seriously, somebody needs to tell the security guards to quiet down.
  • The Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas carol audience participation portion. We had fun and you could tell that the conductor and orchestra were having fun. This got our Christmas spirit going.
  • Photo with Santa. Don’t know who he was or if he was a volunteer or just a local citizen trying to impart Christmas cheer, but it worked. Or, maybe, just maybe, the real Santa decided to pop by for a bit of fun.

How did you find your Christmas Spirit this year?

Edmonton Christmas Market

Hotel MacDonald

Edmonton City Hall

Illuminated buildings

Alberta Legislature Grounds

from Capitol Plaza
from Capitol Plaza overlook
from Legislature Building front steps

Inside Legislature Building and Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra performance.

Santa Photo

Ho Ho Ho

18 thoughts on “Christmas Spirit

  1. Great photos Allan. Love the one with Pat and Santa. Shows you are never too old to sit on Santa’s lap – or in this case – stand beside him. Hope you and Pat have a lovely Christmas – hugs

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    1. For sure. He was just walking around the grounds posing for photos with everyone. Definitely a pre Christmas highlight. Giving to others is a great way to get in the spirit. I wrote this post before my post on Santas Anonymous. I would say that put us in the spirit for sure. Thanks for reading and commenting Bernie. Allan


    1. Merry Christmas Angie. There seems to be no shortage of Christmas Spirit in our neck of the woods. Even our kids from Edmonton were impressed with how many houses in Beaumont had lights up. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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