Regina: looking forward to December 

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I can only fit in so many things before I melt! Clker-Free-Vector-Images via Pixabay, manipulated by lee lim

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and with that comes a boatload of events right here in Regina for you, your friends, and your family.  

To kickstart the holiday season, the Regina downtown tree will be lit on November 23 with F.W. Hill Mall’s Regina Downtown’s 8th Annual Tree Lighting. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., but the tree won’t be lit until 6 p.m.. From there, you can visit Santa, get a horse and carriage ride, and more! 

The Mackenzie Art Gallery is hosting their Holiday Bazaart 2023 on November 25 starting at 10 a.m. It’s a unique arts and craft fair with locally made items and a place to connect with other creatives. The Bazaart helps fund the Mackenzie Art Gallery and their exhibitions. If you like art and you want to support local artists in Regina, check out the Bazaart for only $7 if you’re a non-member. 

Grasslands in Harbour Landing is celebrating their very first annual Winter Wonderland on December 9 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.. They will have outdoor bowling lanes, putting greens, horse carriage rides, and crafts. They even have some prizes if you go and support them on social media the day-of. It’s a great opportunity to support local for their first annual holiday event. 

The Gay & Lesbian Community of Regina is celebrating their next All Ages Show as a holiday party on December 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’ll take place downtown at Q. Anyone is free to perform as long as they submit their music on a USB and give a performing name before 7 p.m. Some regular faces will be there performing as well. It’ll be a night of fun, dancing, and holiday spirit! 

On December 9 at Casino Regina, Jeffery Straker returns for A Very Prairie Christmas. The show will have Christmas songs, old and new, some Christmas story-telling, and a sing-along. This show was sold out for the last two years, so get your tickets quick! 

On December 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Regina Symphony Orchestra is celebrating their Christmas special conducted by Gordon Gerrard. This year there is a bit of a country twist and they will be featuring the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. It’ll be a fun night of music and singing for everyone. 

While Matilda isn’t necessarily a holiday-themed show, it carries some of that magic that is special to the holiday season. Matilda is a musical based on the book by Roald Dahl and has a movie adaptation on Netflix, but nothing compares to a live show. Matilda will be running from Sterling Productions at the Conexus Arts Centre from December 19 to December 21. It’s a family-friendly, high-energy show that is sure to make you smile and laugh. 

On December 23, The Exchange is hosting The Bears-Nash Holiday Bash from 7:30 p.m. all the way to midnight. Local alt-rock group Bears in Hazenmore will be performing with award-winning artist Megan Nash for a holiday night of music. It’s an all-ages event and a great place to get in the holiday spirit right before Christmas. 

For New Year’s Eve, the Science Center is celebrating Noon Year’s Eve on December 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for non-members and they went on sale on November 15.  

In Science Center fashion, they have multiple shows going on about space, electricity, and cryogenics. They will also have space-themed and shrink-based activities available throughout the day. The animal ambassadors will be there for guests to view as well. This is an activity that’s great for friends and family! 

I hope you find time to check out at least one of these incredible events and that they help you get into the holiday spirit this winter.  

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