Fend off the winter blues this holiday season with a few tips and tricks from R&R. With all the hustle and bustle that goes on this time of the year, finding the perfect way to spend the holidays can be challenging. From classic holiday specials like the Nutcracker Ballet, to the nostalgic feelings surfaced from holiday baking, it’s a tough to fit in all the holiday-spirited events festival city has to offer. Whether you’re looking to stay in or get out, R&R has compiled a list of some of our favorite activities that you can do with seniors!
When the weather outside is frightful…
Icy sidewalks and Jack Frost nipping at your nose, isn’t much motivation to explore the outdoors this holiday season. But when the fire is so delightful, there really is no place to go! Cozy up indoors with these fun activities for the elderly and young!Sugar and Spice, Everything Smells Nice!
Holiday baking is a popular and in-demand activity. From gingerbread homes to marzipan critters, sprinkling your home with the sweet smells of tradition is always a great way to involve the whole family (even if it means there’s more taste-testers than bakers!)
Sit down with the whole family and create something that will truly last all holiday season – a pomander. This easy to make craft not only gets creativity flowing, but works fine motor skills and can spark stories from the past. The refreshing citrus and sharp Christmas spices are the perfect combination to fill your home (and lungs!) with the comfort and joy of the holidays!Please – Join in All the Reindeer Games!
Check out this list of fun holiday themed games that are appropriate activities for the elderly and the young. Our favorite? Decorating the human Christmas Tree!
Go ahead – break your New Year’s resolution! Brainstorm a list of resolutions to write on slips of paper that can be inserted into a balloon. Blow up the balloons with a resolution and small treat inside. Have each person pick a balloon at random. Pop (or “break”) the balloon to reveal their resolution! Don’t forget to laugh and enjoy your treat for breaking your resolution on the first day!

There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling OUT OF the snow!
What better way to spend a day inside than to sit in your cozy jammies with warm mulled cider in your favorite mug, singing and laughing along to all the classic holiday songs while being surrounded with the people you love the most! It’s Buddy the elf that said himself, “the best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” Make a tradition out of it and create your own silly lyrics to songs. We recommend testing your memory by creating your own version of the 12 days of Christmas! Ever heard the Canadian 12 days of Christmas? Check it out here for inspiration!

In the meadow we can build a snowman…
Okay, so building a snowman may not be the most ideal outdoor activity to bring along any seniors. But when the snow is glistening, it truly is a beautiful sight – so why miss it?! When winter frosts over mother nature and the sun peeks out through the clouds, they create unforgettable landscapes that sparkle. Here are some local senior-friendly activities that they whole family can enjoy on days that glisten!

​Legislature Festivities
Dec. 1 – 23, 2016
10800 97 Ave
Daily performances from various musical ensembles perform on the staircase, delivering performances to celebrate the season. Thousands of bright lights create the perfect backdrop for a holiday stroll and truly light up the night! Check them out on Dec. 15 for a special artist pop-up event – plenty of unique art and fine craft items will be on sale. Perfect for gifts or stocking stuffers!Festival of Light
Dec. 9 – 18, 2016
$5 – $7.50
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Spectacular exhibition of artistic lights while being surrounded by zoo animals! Explore this unique winter wonderland of animal attractions, live music, entertainers, ice skating and much s’more!ETS Light Tours
Dec. 9 – 18, 2016 (Fri, Sat & Sun only)
Tours depart from the north side of City Hall on 99 Street and 103A ave (bus stop #1123)
Don’t feel like driving around town to see the best decorated places? Don’t have an accessible vehicle for your loved one? Then the ETS light tour is for you! Tours begin at the Alberta Legislature where you’ll be able to view the displays and listen to the choirs. Then all aboard as you depart to Candy Cane Lane and then back to Churchill Square and City Hall.

Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival
Jan. 14 – 15, 2017
Along 118 Ave from 90 – 94 Street
This festival showcases all of the arts: music, dance, song, theatre, visual art and of course food! There’s a variety of indoor and outdoor festivities, so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can still enjoy celebrations that revel the magic and beauty of the Francophone-Canadian, Ukrainian, and Indigenous cultures! Complete with fireworks and a huge sense of community!


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