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Where to See Santa Claus 2016!


ChristmasSanta at the Mall

Bass Pro Shops at CrossIron Mills
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Get a free photo with Santa then stay for FREE games, crafts and activities that celebrate the season. If it’s busy, the store will give you a Bass Pass to come back later and skip the line.
When: November 13 – December 24, 2016
Location: 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View AB

Chinook Centre
Santa arrives at Chinook Centre on November 28, and would love for you to visit. Book ahead online and skip the long lines – this is a very popular spot to see Santa!
When: November 25 – December 24, 2016
Location: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary AB

Deerfoot City
Featuring a backdrop of real trees offering beautiful keepsake photos. Located in the North Sport Chek corridor this year and photos are available at the 2016 special rate of $9.99/sheet.
When: November 25 – December 24, 2016
Location: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary AB

Market Mall
Santa will be welcoming visitors at his Playland in Market Mall. Make sure to book ahead! If you have time, why not visit the Magic Gift Workshop and have a gift wrapped by the Tufties?
When: November 20 – December 24, 2016
Location: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary AB

Marlborough Mall
Visit Santa all season long. Check the website for hours.
When: November 19 – 24, 2016
Location: 3800 Memorial Dr NE, Calgary, AB

Northland Village Mall
Northland Village’s Village Square will be transformed into Sugarplum Lane. Parents can bring their children for fun activities, yummy treats, and a visit with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera to take photos for a small donation to Habitat to Humanity (no photographer onsite).
When: December 1 – December 24, 2016
Location: 5111 Northland Drive NW, Calgary AB

Southcentre Mall
While waiting for Santa, your kids can watch a holiday movie at the Magic Pond, located near Santa’s Enchanted Forest or take an Elfie Selfie! After seeing Santa, be sure to decorate your own cookie in the Cookie Kitchen. Southcentre has a list of the busiest times on their website.
When: November 19 – December 24, 2016
Location: 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary AB

Sunridge Mall
Santa will arrive at Sunridge Mall on December 1, 2016 and they are offering Santa photos free of charge this year; just bring your own camera, camcorder or smartphone. In lieu of payment, a monetary donation to KidSport Calgary is gratefully requested.
When: December 1 – 24, 2016
Location: 2525 36 St NE, Calgary AB

Westbrook Mall
Visit with Santa at Center Court!
When: November 19 – December 24, 2016
Location: 1200 37 St SW, Calgary AB

Other Places to See Santa:

Airdrie Santa Claus Parade
Take family and friends to the Santa Claus Parade where Santa and numerous floats roll down on Main Street and light up the downtown. This is a fun, festive way to set the mood for your holiday.
When: December 3, 2016 – 5 p.m.
Location: Main Street – The Parade will start at Fletcher Park (6th Ave NW and Main Street) and will proceed southbound Main street to Ridgegate.

High River Santa Claus Parade
Join the third annual Light Up George Land Park and the 30th annual Santa Claus Parade. There will be live music, entertainment, photos with Santa, firepits, hot chocolate, unique gifts and more!
When: December 2, 2016
Location: Downtown High River

Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade
Parade starts at 11AM and runs down 2nd Ave. to Main Street and then heads East up Main Street to 6th Ave and turns north to 25th Street. Come join us for music, fun and the start of the Christmas season!
When: November 26, 2016
Location: Fort Macleod

Holiday Shopping with Kids

by Elizabeth Pantley; photo: PhotoXpress.com

It’s the time of year when many people hit the stores shopping for the best bargains in gifts and holiday foods. It’s also the time of year for kids to beg, whine, fuss and have major meltdowns and tantrums in the malls and stores. Here are some tips to make your shopping trips pleasant – and maybe even fun!

Understand what’s really happening

Typically, it’s not shopping that young children object to, but the stressful environment and the business-like approach parents adopt when holiday shopping. In addition to that, the length of most shopping excursions tends to exceed a child’s limited amount of patience. So here’s what to do to make your outings more peaceful and maybe even fun:

View shopping trips as a holiday event, rather than an errand.

This is a great time to achieve two things at once: get your shopping done and have quality time with your child. Many shops are decorated for the holidays – so take a few extra minutes to view and appreciate these. Stop for a hot chocolate, snack or juice. When you have a more cheerful attitude it can easily rub off on your child.

Plan more time to shop.

When you’re not in a rush, you and your child will be more relaxed and have a better time. Make a list in advance, plan your route and stick to it. Roaming the stores pondering choices makes it a much longer event.

Engage your child.

Show your child all the interesting things on the shelves. New things to see and smell are everywhere! Older children love to be helpers at the store. They can make the choice between two different things, find items on the shelves, or put things in the cart. Children who can read might enjoy having their own short list of items to find. Having a voice in what you put in the cart is very exciting and empowering for children.

Make it safe and comfortable.

Use a sling, baby carrier, backpack or toddler-friendly shopping cart. Carriers are great for babies since they can securely and safely watch all that is happening around them. Older babies and toddlers love those fun car-shaped carts. If you’re going to be a while, add a towel to soften the seat bottom for a more comfy ride.

Respect your child’s desires.

A simple acknowledgement can help: “Yummy. Those cookies do look good.” Follow this up with an explanation of why you’ll not be buying them, without sounding reproving, such as, “We’re not buying any cookies today, because when we get home we are going to bake our very own cookies!”

Create a wish list.

Whenever your child declares, “I want this!” tell him that you’ll remember that. Jot it down on paper and call it his ‘wish list.’ If he sees you actually writing down his desires it can take the sting out of not bringing home the object of his desire.

Prevent the constant “gimmees.”

Let your child know in advance what things you will or will not be buying before you enter the store. If you can, allow him to choose one small treat to put in the basket each time you shop. If this is the routine your child will know not to ask for an endless list of things. Having to decide on one specific thing also gives a purpose to the trip.

Have consistent rules and remind the kids of these before your trip.

It can help to write out the top four or five shopping rules. Put the notes in the car or your purse and review them each time before you even begin to shop.

What not to do

Don’t take a hungry child shopping.

You might not intentionally plan this, but it happens. If it has been an hour or two since your child last ate, the first item on your list should be a snack that your child can eat as you shop. A box of crackers or a bag of pretzels can work wonders to take the edge off. Ask a clerk if your child can eat it now and then you’ll pay for the empty bag. Or ask if the store provides a free child’s snack, often you’ll find free fruit for this purpose in the produce department.

Don’t take a tired child shopping.

Avoid scheduling shopping trips too close to nap or bed time. Tired children are absolutely more fussy and impatient. Which make parents more edgy, which can, in turn, make the trip miserable.

Don’t shop at the store’s busiest hours.

When possible, schedule shopping times to avoid the biggest crowds. More people in the store mean longer lines and more complications. A quiet, less-populated store will also help you feel less stressed. A cashier or manager may be able to recommend good shopping times.

First seen on Kids in the House. These tips are from The No-Cry Discipline Solution.