Posted by Sharon Auld
This week we’re taking you to Banff and sharing ideas for starting your own Christmas Eve Traditions. If you missed it last week, we shared Part 1 of our three part series on ways you can make Christmas Eve with your special someone even more memorable!
Whether your extended family lives far away or right next door, every couple will, at some point, have to deliberate on where to spend the holidays. Do you spend it with your family or with your partner’s family? Or, maybe you want to spend time alone with just the two of you? Perhaps you’re lucky enough to be able to split your time with both your families and spend some alone time?
Whether it’s on Christmas Eve or at some point during the holidays, make the most of your relationship by reconnecting and enjoying some time together. Escaping to the mountains is always a good idea!
Here’s a round up of more fun ideas to incorporate into your own Christmas Eve Traditions.
Christmas Eve Traditions
4. Outdoor Skating
Dust off your skates and head outside for some good old-fashioned skating! There’s nothing like skating on a frozen pond with a mountain view, but any outdoor rink will do.
As Canadians, most of us have childhood memories of skating with our families at Christmastime. If it’s been a while, harness your inner child and get outside and have some fun! You’ll get a healthy glow and maybe even burn off some holiday stress!
Popular skating areas include Lake Minnewanka (as long as the ice is thick enough); within the Town of Banff you can skate at an outdoor rink in town, or at the Waldhaus Rink at Fairmont Banff Springs. In Calgary, try skating at the Bowness Park outdoor rink.
5. Dashing Through the Snow
Maybe a romantic horse drawn sleigh through a breathtaking winter landscape is more your style? If you’re in Banff, you can head to the Warner Stables and the Banff Trail Riders will take you on a wintry jaunt! Sit back under the warm blankets and enjoy the ride. If that’s not enough, along the way you’ll also stop for hot chocolate and s’mores beside a warm campfire! What could be more romantic?
6. Window Shopping in Banff
It’s an experience in itself to stroll down Banff Avenue, breathing in the fresh mountain air, all while taking in the wonderful shops and boutiques. Along with the souvenir shops and eateries, there’s classic Canadian stores such as Roots, The Hudson Bay and Beaver Tails! You’ll also find shops that are unique to Banff such as Mountain Chocolates, a popular chocolatier (have you tried a ‘Bear Claw’?), and the Banff Candy Store among others.
7. Choose a Christmas Ornament Together
Decorating for the holidays is well treasured, but even more so when your ornaments hold special meaning. You might already have special ornaments given to you by family, but you could also choose a special holiday ornament together. Each year, choose an ornament that in some way represents your year together, or is meaningful to you in some way. Over the years you’ll amass your own special collection of ornaments to treasure and maybe one day pass on to your own children!
The Spirit of Christmas in Banff is the go to store for ornaments all year long!
Naturally Chic created this special box to hold treasured Christmas memories! Filling the box with all the special ornaments chosen throughout the years, would be a fun way to commemorate your Christmases!
Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography; and Design Concept: Naturally Chic, teamed up with CRMR and their their Banff venue Buffalo Mountain Lodge, along with Adorn Boutique (ladies fashion) for this inspirational shoot. Hair Stylist: the lovely Suzanne from Mountain Beauties, and Makeup Artist – the talented Nadine from Mountain Beauties; Models: real life couple Kari and Derek. Customized wood ornament box: Naturally Chic, White Ball Ornament: The Spirit of Christmas Banff; Men’s Plaid Pyjamas Pants from: Roots.
On Wednesday, we’ll be sharing more great ideas for Christmas Eve Traditions for Couples in our final segment of the series, Part 3! Don’t miss it, we’ve saved some of the best ideas for last!