Looking for a fun way to kick off the holiday season?
November 9, 2012
Take a scenic drive in the country and check out this year’s Christmas in the Heartland. This annual festival, November 24 and 25, showcases rural holiday customs across eight community halls and churches all located in the north part of Strathcona County.
Enjoy sleigh rides, ice carvings, community markets, Nativity displays, and more. Highlights on Saturday include the light-up of a 60-foot Christmas tree and fireworks at Heartland Hall. Three venues will also be open on Sunday, where arts, heritage, and Aboriginal programs will be showcased at Bremner House.
“This is a wonderful way for families and friends to share some time together, truly what the holiday season is all about,” says Mayor Linda Osinchuk. “Come create some memories at Christmas in the Heartland.”
The events are being hosted by a number of community-minded individuals from local community groups and churches. Admission to all Christmas in the Heartland events is free. Holiday arts, crafts, baking and refreshments can be purchased at various locations. Participants are encouraged to support the Strathcona Food Bank by bringing donations of food items.
“Christmas in the Heartland provides an authentic rural experience,” says Gerry Gabinet, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “It continues to attract new visitors from across the capital region, especially from urban areas.”
Bussing to the venues will be available from Sherwood Park for $5/person or $20/family (advance purchase only).
Call 780-464-8095 for information and bus tickets.
Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a young, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on social, environmental and economic sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.
Contact: Mayor Linda Osinchuk, 780-464-8000
Last updated: Friday, November 09, 2012
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