6 year old Luke Pahl was thrilled to be able to tell Santa what a good boy he had been this year.
The Second Annual Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce Festival Of Trees was undoubtedly a huge success! Not just for the Chamber and all their business partners that worked so hard to put on such a fabulous event, but also for the multiple local charities that benefitted from the extravaganza as well.
With thousands of people flocking to the LRC over the weekend to take in the sights and sounds of Christmas, it was impossible not to get into the spirit of things. Or "spirits", as the case may be, for all the people lucky enough to have bought a ticket for the Spirits Of Christmas event. There were so many unique liqueurs, wines, and beers available for tastings it was difficult to decide what to try.
The Vendors Marketplace was awash in families looking for, and finding, all sorts of one-of-a-kind items to put under the tree for their loved ones. Everything from yummy sweets to lifelike delicate wooden rose bouquets, to hand made knitted crafts, to beautiful Christmas decorations of every kind, there was something there for everyone.
Santa certainly had his job cut out for him, with his lap overflowing with children all weekend long, since kids could climb into his sleigh and whisper their tinsel time wishes into his ear while mom and dad snapped away and caught the moment forever, completely free of charge.
The Boys and Girls Club of Leduc was in the thick of things with their "Elves In Training" efficiently running Santa's Workshop, which was always full of young people working on Christmas crafts and munching on their sugar cookies that they had just decorated at a nearby table with the Leduc Splash Park Moms.
The trees that had been decorated by various businesses and charities were interspersed around the whole field house and gave an amazingly festive air to the entire space. There were some truly beautiful and original trees on display that could almost qualify as works of art! More than triple the amount of trees were entered this year over the first year, and due to the generous nature of this area, many were also for sale through a live or silent auction process that brought in a lot of money for a lot of deserving charitable organizations.
The High Tea and Fashion Show was another highlight of this action packed weekend with particular attention paid to the gorgeous fashions strolling down the runway. Many ladies were very pleasantly surprised to see the high quality and selection of women's wear being offered by shops right here in Leduc.
However, the cap on the Festival was no doubt the Small Business, Big Christmas Party that closed the event down on Saturday night. Two hundred and thirty people walked into a magical space, beautifully decorated, and enjoyed an evening of stellar food, music and entertainment, only heading back out into the snowy streets toward home once