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Charlottetown gets festive!

With the first light snowfall blanketing Charlottetown this week, blowing away the last of the golden leaves; city workers up on ladders decorating the eaves of businesses all over town with strings of Christmas lights, and the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony happening this evening at Province House, we think it’s safe to say that the festive season on Charlottetown has officially begun!

This year’s festivities begin tonight with the official launch of Charlottetown’s annual Wintertide Holiday Festival from November 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The Festival opens with a public lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m. at Province House. Participants will receive a candle for the Candlelight Walk to the Confederation Centre Upper Plaza for the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be livened up by a special visit from Santa and live music performed by the Confederation Centre Youth Choir.

There are many exciting events to look forward to in Charlottetown over the next few weeks. If you are hunting for some fun Christmas gifts, stop by Colonel Gray this weekend for their Christmas Craft Fair. The Charlottetown Farmer’s Market and our many shops selling locally made food and crafts are also terrific places to find some unique presents that you won’t find anywhere else.

On November 30th, the Confederation Court Mall is hosting Pre-Parade Family Fun, complete with cookies and hot chocolate. It’s a great way to get revved up for the annual Charlottetown Christmas Parade that will wind down the streets of Charlottetown.

Charlottetown is home to some exciting music performances happening this season. On Sunday, December 1st the Confederation Singers and guest soloists will be performing Handel’s Messiah at the Confederation Centre of the Arts at 2.30pm.

On December 7th at 9am, Santa’s elves invite you to join them for their annual Wake Up Santa party. Once you have managed to rouse him from his deep slumber, the elves are pretty sure that the jolly man in red will join you to join him for a home-cooked pancake breakfast!  For ticket information click here.

Wake up Santa at the Confederation Court Mall

Wake up Santa at the Confederation Court Mall

If you aren’t awake for the morning celebrations with Santa, you’ll be excited to know that the Barra MacNeils are performing an East Coast Christmas performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on December 7th at 7.30pm. These wildly talented siblings are often called one of the greatest live acts in the Celtic world, and the show is a rockin’ good way to get the whole family into the holiday spirit.

The Barra MacNeils will be performing at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on December 7th, 2013

The Barra MacNeils will be performing at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on December 7th, 2013

History buffs will not want to miss the opportunity to step back in time at one of Hedgerow’s Christmas performances at Beaconsfield Historic House between December 8th and 15th. Storyteller Alan Buchanan, singer-songwriter Allan Rankin and musicians Brad Fremlin and Perry Williams have created a performance that weaves together a rich tapestry of Christmas stories and songs that they will be performing against the rustic charm of Beaconsfield’s Carriage House.

Charles Dicken’s fans are going to love Mavor Moore’s 1988 adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol that will be playing at the Confederation Centre of the Arts from December 13th-21st. On December 15th come join the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus as they perform classical and contemporary Christmas carols with guest artist Joey Kitson at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

There’s something for everyone in Charlottetown this holiday season! For a complete list of upcoming events visit our website at www.discovercharlottetown.com.

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Craft fairs, parades & cookies with santa: Charlottetown begins the countdown to Christmas!

This week was officially the end of another vibrantly coloured fall, and the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. This month’s pre-Christmas lineup includes The PEI Crafts Council’s 49th Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Confederation Centre of the Arts this weekend (November 8-10), the Glen Stewart Primary & Stratford Elementary Annual Craft Fair (November 15-16), the Colonel Gray Christmas Craft Fair (November 22-23), Pre Parade Family Fun at the Confederation Court Mall and the Charlottetown Christmas Parade (both November 30). The weekend fairs are perfect for purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your Christmas list in one place, enjoying the company of many of our Island artists and supporting PEI’s thriving arts and crafts community. First on the list is the PEI Crafts Council’s Christmas Craft Fair, which is this weekend! It will feature unique gifts made by over 50 local artists, specialty food items and books, as well as door prizes and demonstrations.

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If you’re interested in rubbing shoulders with some of our local talent be sure to get there early on Friday for cocktails with the crafters (7-9pm). Some of the artists whose work will be for sale at this weekend’s fair are:

Niki Heddle, owner of Naturally Inspired Art. Niki combines stone, wood and other natural elements to create works of art like the one below. Her work makes the perfect present for pretty much any occasion, and is a good way of sharing miniature stories of place, presence and community–a poem in a frame of sorts!

Artwork by Niki Heddle

Artwork by Niki Heddle

Hutchinson Pottery and Weaverly Yours is the mother-daughter team of Jessica Hutchinson and Lyette Sansoucy. Jessica is an expert potter and her mother is a textile artist. Jessica’s work uses rustic earth tones and gentle lines, and Lyette’s textiles are beautifully woven and exquisitely textured–her wearable pieces are also incredibly cozy. If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift pick up a couple of mugs and a tea pot and then head home, put the kettle on and curl up by the fire for a relaxing winter evening at home! If you are planning on attending lots of Christmas parties and events, and are looking for the perfect show-stopper item to accessorize your outfit, Lyette’s hand-woven scarves are hard to beat.

Pottery by Jessica Hutchinson. Textiles by Lyette Sansoucy.

Pottery by Jessica Hutchinson. Textiles by Lyette Sansoucy.

Pembroke Farm will be returning to the craft fair this year with their hand-felted wool sculptures and collectables, Pembroke Wool hats and accessories, and craft kits for children. All of these beautifully handcrafted items are made by Lorna & Brian McMaster.

Pembroke Wool Hats and accessories made by Lorna & Brian McMaster

Pembroke Wool Hats and accessories made by Lorna & Brian McMaster

Ayelet Stewart is the artist behind AY Designs. She is a long-time jeweller whose studio and gallery space is in Stratford. Born in Oxford, England and raised in Israel, Ayelet’s work is inspired by the landscapes that she has lived in and called home: Israel, Japan and Prince Edward Island. Most of Ayelet’s work features textured silver, which she creates by hammering, enamelling, etching, using stamps, etc. She regularly integrates precious gemstones and beads to add color and variety to her work.

Earrings by Ayelet from AY Designs

Earrings by Ayelet from AY Designs

Susana Ruthorford is the stained glass artist behind Firehorse Studios, located in Charlottetown, PEI. Susana brings over 25 years experience in architectural stained glass to the PEI stained glass art scene. Susana creates private, public and ecclesiastical commissions for clients on and off the Island. She also offers complete restoration services. If you are looking for a unique addition to your home be sure to stop by Susana’s stand at the craft fair this weekend!

Stained glass art by Susana Rutherford of Firehorse Studios

Stained glass art by Susana Rutherford of Firehorse Studios

Keith Wornell from LexEcon Fine Woodworking will selling his beautiful, handcrafted woodwork. If you do not find exactly what you are looking for this weekend be sure to talk to Keith about his commission work!

Work by Keith Wornell

Work by Keith Wornell

There are many other artists whose work will be exhibited at the PEI Crafts Council Christmas Fair at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. For more information about this weekend’s fair click here.

Arriving on Prince Edward Island later this month? There are plenty of other craft fairs and fun events to hit up! Glen Stewart Primary and Stratford Elementary will be hosting their Craft Fair on November 15th and 16th with over 70 exhibitors selling jewelry, bath and beauty products, toys, knitted products, Christmas decorations and packaged foods. An important annual fundraiser, proceeds from this event will go towards improvements at the schools.The Colonel Gray Christmas Craft Fair the following weekend will feature close to 100 venders selling fabulous handcrafted treasures, beautiful decorations and gifts for everyone on your list!

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After three solid weeks of craft fairs your presents should be wrapped and tucked beneath the tree by the last weekend of November, which makes it the perfect time for some family fun! Get the kids bundled up and come down to the Confederation Court Mall for hot chocolate, cookies and face painting before the heading outside into the streets to enjoy the 15th Annual Charlottetown Christmas Parade. The Parade begins at UPEI and runs all the way down University Avenue. It is Charlottetown at her seasonal best, and is a great way to enjoy the strong sense of family and community, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and cozy, warm glow that Charlottetown exudes when she gets all dressed up for the holidays! Stick around after the parade—Santa is coming to town! There is a rumour that he will be making a special appearance at the Confederation Court Mall immediately after the parade. Don’t tell him we told you!

Santa is coming to town! Come see for yourself at the Confederation Court Mall!

Santa is coming to town! Come see for yourself at the Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown, PEI, November 30th!

If you are planning a Charlottetown vacation in December and are wondering what will be happening around town, stay tuned—we are working on an exciting new blog post about all the upcoming Christmas concerts and parties, as well as some fun ideas for ringing in the New Year in style!

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