This is a tradition with our family. We head down to Heritage Park before the holidays get into high gear. There’s something so magical about Heritage Park in the winter. The houses are all decorated with wreaths and greenery and the jingle bells ringing on the horses trotting by are so calming. We headed down on a Sunday at 11 and got there just in time to see Santa’s reindeer. We got to go in and feel how soft they are and while waiting Santa walked up and chatted with the kids.
It was a nice contrast to the busy mall lineups and I think my daughter felt very special when he talked to her like a friend stopping by saying hi. We also had to make a stop at the bakery for gingerbread and I got to enjoy my yearly mincemeat tart. The toy trains were a hit with my son and the wagon ride was my kids’ first.
Several buildings have different things set up to see and do and there’s something for every age. With small toddlers we found the attention span lasted about an hour in the cold so we didn’t get to see it all but we got in free with our annual passes which is a great deal! We can always head down again next weekend for more!
In the main square the skating rink was busy and my daughter asked to bring hers next time so be sure to pack them in the car just in case!
Once upon a Christmas runs Saturdays and Sundays until December 19th, 2010 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Adults – $7+GST, Children 3-17 – $5+GST, 2 and under – FREE, Annual Pass Holders – FREE
(50% off gate admission coupons available at First Calgary Savings and Calgary Canada Safeway locations.)
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and (almost) 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs at Four Days Home.