A weekly event hosted by the Parkland Nurseries Garden Centre gives Red Deerians a chance to buy a special trinket for Christmas.
The season’s third last Craft and Market Sale, which features 40 local vendors and artisans, was hosted at Parkland this Saturday. There will be two more of these events: Dec. 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s the place to be on Saturdays,” Parkland owner/manager Gloria Beck said, adding the event has been going for more than 35 years.
“There are hand-knit items, wooden bowls that are crafted, a lot of different food options – baking. If you can’t get your baking done you can come out here and it’s done for you. There’s also jewelry, soaps and all sorts of items.”
Parkland is also gearing up for its annual ice sculpture reveal, said Beck.
“We have a theme, that’s of course a secret right now. We’re hoping next week we’ll hear from our sculptor as to what day it’ll actually start here at the garden centre,” she said.
“Basically it’s a Christmas card to the community from sponsors and Parkland for families to come and enjoy.”
Last year’s theme was the Canada Winter Games.
There’s also a shortage of Christmas trees this year, Beck added.
“If you don’t have your Christmas tree yet, head out right away and get it,” she said.
Admission to the weekly Craft and Market Sale is free, but a donation to the Red Deer Food Bank is appreciated.
Mike Ernst, Red Deer Food Bank volunteer, said events like this are important to the organization.
“Any event that can be put on to help out is phenomenal. This community’s come out and it’s been a great success today,” said Ernst.
“Christmas is important for everybody. It’s a time that brings families together where they can share and be around each other to create great memories.”
For more information on the weekly sale, visit www.parklandgarden.ca.