Christmas Activities Lining Up at Pigeon Lake


Pigeon Lake is an environment made for Christmas.  Surrounded with snow-dusted gentle giant spruce  and fields of unbroken snow, the pristine landscape is enriched only by the communities' Yuletide  decorations, joining together in preparation of holiday festivities and boundless community Christmas spirit.
The storybook charm of the Village at Pigeon Lake (VPL)is at its best at Christmas time with its traditional, country-style community celebrations and activities.  Nothing feels more Christmasy than a good old-fashioned horse drawn hayride, which the Village hosts every year.  Mark your calendar for November 26th, December 2nd and December 3rd for a free hayride tour around the village between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m.
From November 12th to December 3rd, a spectacular display of trees, wreaths and table centrepieces can be seen at the Festival of Trees Room (formerly Mia Casa Furnishings).  Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, tickets are on sale to win a fully-decorated Christmas item and all proceeds from ticket sales go to support the Pigeon Lake Santa's Elves.
VPL's Customer Appreciation Party will be held Friday, December 2nd, at 5:30 p.m. with Santa due to arrive at 6:00 p.m.  Anyone who has attended the Village's Appreciation Christmas party in previous years knows of the many attractions and fun-filled events that make up the party.  In addition to horse drawn hayrides, there is a bonfire and wiener roast, store draws, fireworks, and pictures with Santa.  
The party continues on Saturday, December 3rd, kicking off with a fabulous pancake breakfast hosted by the Village Creek Country Inn and catered by Daisy McBeans between 8 and 11:30 a.m. (Tickets $8.00 at Alberta Treasury Bank or at the door), followed by a day filled with live entertainment by Cooper Studios and all kinds of fun including:
Home Decor Demonstrations – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Tickets $5.00 at Country Sampler)
Fashion Show – 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. (Tickets $5.00 at The Clothing Store)
Wine Tasting & Appetizers – 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Tickets $12.00 at Western Spirits & Eco Cafe)
Door Prizes (5 each - $50.00 Village Gift Certificates)
Shopping Specials
Festival of Trees Draw – 6:00 p.m.
All-day Event tickets available for $30.00
Event tickets go on sale in participating stores Friday, November 18th.
The 2nd Annual Village Kids Gingerbread House Decorating Party is an afternoon of magic and sugar plums that kids won't want to miss!  The party starts at 1:00 p.m. on November 26th where every child gets a Gingerbread House to decorate and take home.  Hot chocolate, candy houses and a special visit from Santa add to the afternoon delight.  The party is free, but participants are encouraged to bring along a toy for donation to help Santa's Elves.  To register your child, go to website and fill out the form as limited spots are available.
Those who wish may enter their houses in the Village Community Gingerbread House Contest for a chance to win Village cash.  The Community Gingerbread House Competition & Silent Auction will be held at VPL on Friday, December 2nd.   Houses will be on display in the Festival of Trees room where the judging will take place during the Customer Appreciation Party.
Silent auction will allow guests to bid on the custom-decorated houses and the highest bids in each category will determine the winners:
Kids 2 – 7 Winner receives $25.00 Village Gift Certificate
Kids 8 – 16 Winner receives $25.00 Village Gift Certificate
Family – Winner gets $50.00 Village Gift Certificate 
Just a short way from the Village, the Lakedell Ag Society is preparing for their Christmas Craft Sale on Saturday, December 23 from 11:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m.  Admittance is $2.00 or a gift donation for Santa's Elves, while kids age 12 and under are free.  Sleigh rides, cookie decorating, a visit from Santa and a crafts and Christmas Tree contest will fill the afternoon, with a Christmas Nativity skit entertainment at 4:00 p.m.  A supper of homestyle Chili will follow at 5:30.  For more information, call 780-586-2505.
Looking for that unique gift for someone special this Christmas?  The magical fun of the Season continues as the picturesque retreat of Rundles Mission opens its doors for its 'Christmas at the Mission' one-of-a-kind arts and crafts sale on Saturday, November 19th, between 11:00 a.m. And 3:00 p.m.  In addition to the sale, Rundle's Mission will be hosting lunch in the Tea Room and door prizes will be presented throughout the day.  For more information, call 780-389-2422. 
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