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7 Charlottetown Experiences You Can Gift This Holiday Season

What to give the person who seems to have everything or says 'surprise me'? The answer is simple: an unforgettable experience that’s tailored to their passions. We’ve rounded up 7 exceptional Charlottetown experiences that are sure to wow that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list - you’re welcome!

1. For the Kids -  Jack Frost WinterFest Passes

Winter’s here so why not make the most of this special season filled with snow by ordering up tickets to Atlantic Canada’s biggest winter celebration?! Jack Frost WinterFest is set to take place Feb 15th to 18th in Charlottetown and it’s going to be a magical, fun time for all! Boasting an expansive Outdoor Snow Kingdom with ice and snow slides, an Indoor Playland with giant bouncies and high-quality children’s entertainers including the Imagination Movers!  

Surprise the kids with festival designed specifically with them in mind!  Choose between a Family Weekend Pass (for 4) for $100 (until Dec 24th), OR get an all-inclusive 2 or 3-night hotel package featuring all sorts of perks, including VIP access to the Festival grounds!  As a sweet bonus, the first 75 folks to book a 3-night package will also receive a complimentary Confederation Bridge Pass.


2. For the Party-Goer - A New Year’s Eve Bash at the Delta

Know someone who enjoys a night out on the town?  Delight them with tickets to the Delta Prince Edward’s New Year’s Eve Bash. In partnership with the ECMAs 2019, the Delta will be ringing in the New Year with a stellar line-up of musicians including The East Pointers, Joel Plaskett and Hillsburn. DJ Hype will close out the show in the wee first hours of 2019.  

#Protip - tell your party-going friend to save some energy, because the Charlottetown levee circuit is a must on New Year’s Day!


3. For the Curious and Adventurous - An Experience PEI Gift Certificate

From tonging for oysters to building epic sandcastles to herding sheep to bar clamming and more, Experience PEI specializes in authentic, hands-on experiences that bring you up close and personal with interesting Islanders and their ways of life.  

Experiences are broadly divided into three categories (Eat, Make and Play), and many are suited to all ages (including kids!). Order up a gift certificate for that special someone on your list with a curious nature or a penchant for adventure!


4. For the Foodie -  Culinary Bootcamps

Culinary Bootcamps, located at the Culinary Institute of Canada in downtown Charlottetown, offers culinary adventures in their state-of-the-art kitchen throughout the spring and summer months.  Offering half and full-day camps with a variety of themes, from Munch on Brunch to Street Eats to their signature Island Flavours camp, it’s the perfect hands-on culinary experience for foodies and home cooks of all skill levels!   

Gift this to a friend or family member and you might just get invited over to their house for a post-bootcamp feast, where they can flaunt their newly-developed culinary prowess.


5. For the Theatre-Goer  - Tickets to the Charlottetown Festival

World-class theatre awaits at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, with something for every type of theatre-goer at the 2019 Charlottetown Festival. Know someone with a soft spot for romantic, comedic musicals? Surprise them with tickets to see Mamma Mia - The Musical this summer! For fans of a classic Shakespearean tragedy or those that love a rock opera score, Kronburg: The Hamlet Rock Musical is a perfect pick. Other shows that are sure to appeal to someone on your gift list include Anne of Green Gables the Musical, Atlantic Blue (feat. Tara MacLean), and Spinning Yarns.


If you’re not sure which show/date would suit your theatre-going friend, you can always buy them gift cards to the Centre to redeem as they see fit. As a Christmas bonus, you’ll get $20 in Centre dollars when you buy $30 or more in gift cards

6. For the Music Lover -  Tickets to the Kitchen Party of the Year

Atlantic Canada’s premier music event of the year, the East Coast Music Awards, makes landing in Charlottetown this spring for 5 jam-packed days (May 1 - 5) of exceptional music and camaraderie, as well as the 2019 Awards ceremony, hosted by none other than Island native, Jonathan Torrens. Tickets and passes are already on sale and would make the perfect gift for the music lover on your list!  

Psssst - as an added bonus, the spring lobster fishing season kicks off on May 1st, meaning you can pair East Coast music with PEI lobster - doesn’t get much better than that.


7. For the Wine Connoisseur - A Prestige or Grand Tasting

Sure a bottle or two of vino under the tree will be well received by the wine lover in your life, but tickets to a PEI Festival of Wines tasting event is sure to have them jumping up and down with glee. Taking place May 23 - 25, 2019, the Festival features two Grand Tasting events (Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25), as well as an elevated and intimate Prestige Tasting event (Thursday, May 23).  Attendees will have the chance to sample over 300 wines at the Grand Tasting events and an additional +75 wines exclusively available to those attending the Prestige Tasting.


Of course, these are just a few gift ideas to get you going! For more inspiration check out our Best Places to Find your PEI Keepsake and our shopping directory.