Make this a Family Tradition!
Have you ever been to The Festival of Trees?
Well our family wouldn’t miss it. It brings the spirit of Christmas up really close. The children’s eye when we go to the Santa’s Breakfast are all that I need to know that the “belief in Santa” needs to exist. FOR EVERYONE…
The 2011 Festival of Trees will be held from December 1st to 4th at the Shaw Conference Centre.
The Festival is open from 9am to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sunday.
This year’s Festival events:
Nov 30 – Gala Evening – SOLD OUT!
Dec 1 – Seniors Appreciation Day and Family Night
Dec 2 – Champagne Reception, Luncheon and Fashion Show
Dec 4 – Santa’s Breakfast SOLD OUT!
Adults – $7
Seniors (age 65 and over) – $3
Youth (age 13-17) – $3
Children (age 2-12) – $2
Infants (age 0-2) – free
My experience in the Secret Shop:
Be sure to let the kids go into the Secret Shop where the kids get to pick a gift for either mom, dad, brothers or sisters, grandparents or anyone they think of. Every year this is the most fun our kids have and while we where awaiting their shopping spree last year, a Elf from inside came out with a little boy and was asking for the little boy’s parents to come forward.
No sure of what was going on the little boy’s father quietly walked forward, and the Elf ever so kindly said “your son has picked a few more gifts out and he doesn’t have enough money for them.”
The son said, “Dad, I have picked a gift out for Grandma, Grandpa, Nana and Poppa, and you and mom and some friends at school… and on and on.. Well the dad quietly reached into his pocket and gave the boy “Extra Money”so he could get his shopping done. The little boy’s eye where so filled with excitement, he was so proud that he had completed his shopping all in one stop.
HOW COULD THE DAD SAY NO?
It was the funniest thing and really I can only imagine how proud the little boy would have been to put them under the tree. As I know at our house we have Special Gift Boxes that are pre wrapped for the kids to put their Secret Gifts into each Year. And yes, I do play with my Soccer ball often and use our pineapple coasters when guests come over. ;0
2011 Children’s World Activities
|Hospital Room||Free||Come, see and do…incubator, blood pressure and aspirometer|
|North Pole Post Office||Free||Write and send your letters to Santa|
|Santa’s Den||Free||Visit with Santa(Photos available for 8 coupons or $4)|
|Super Bubble||2 Coupons||Stand in the middle of a giant bubble|
|Fish Pond||2 – 4 Coupons||Fish for prizes from the Festival Fishing Hole|
|Ice ‘N Eat||2 Coupons||Ice and decorate a gingerbread cookie|
|Creative Christmas Bags||4 Coupons||Decorate a bag in which to carry your Christmas treasures.|
|Santa’s Treasure||6 Coupons||Decorate a special Christmas treasure|
|Christmas Wears||8 Coupons||Have your name or a design written on a Santa hat, a stocking or antlers|
|Trim A Tree||8 Coupons||Decorate a miniature Christmas tree with a star and tiny ornaments|
|Secret Shop||Various prices – cash only||Buy Christmas presents for your family and friends in a “children only” shop- no item is over $5|
To participate in any of the World Activities you will need to purchase Coupons which are 50 cents each, but well worth the fun for the kids and again all proceeds go to the Festival of Trees.
Proceeds from the 2011 Festival of Trees will help to advance the Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Program at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Funds raised will support the purchase of a state-of-the-art, intra-operative “O-arm” CT scanner system. Having this technology in the operating room will allow surgeons to plan and perform complex facial surgeries with microscopic detail – restoring function and quality of life for patients with this devastating disease.