5 Ways to Find the Christmas Spirit in PEI

Since Christmas comes and goes far too quickly, it’s nice to get a head start on embracing the spirit of the season. These activities would fill even the Grinch with joy! Picture stepping back in time and rediscovering the Christmas spirit with sleigh rides, old-fashioned Christmas markets, and community carolling. Or if modern traditions are more your style, stroll the streets under twinkling lights and laugh it up at a holiday musical.

Embrace Victorian Christmas Weekend

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose …Victorian Christmas Weekend is the ultimate way to kick off the holiday season. Walk along Victoria Row and discover local vendors, hop on a free sleigh ride, and top it off with old-fashioned Christmas carolling! Victorian Christmas Weekend runs December 2nd to 4th in Charlottetown. Select hotels and inns are offering special weekend rates. Explore their packages here.


Take a Winter Walk Down Victoria Row

There’s something special about taking a stroll down winding streets under glistening lights. Whether you’re hunting for that last minute gift or just taking in the magic of the season, dropping into local shops beats scrolling the pages of Amazon any day! Stop into the Anne of Green Gables Store, browse locally made wool sweaters at Northern Watters Knitwear and warm up with a coffee at Receiver Coffee Co. or a pint at John Brown Grille!


Laugh it Up at the Theatre

This season the Confederation Centre of the Arts is bringing you another comedic musical celebration. Enjoy great music, great dancing, and even greater laughs with Robyn Hood: This Tale’s Even Fairlier. The show runs from December 9th – 17th, more info and tickets available here.

Insider’s Tip: If you’re feeling thirsty after the show, you’re only a block from Sim’s Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar. Try their take on rum ‘n’ egg nog!


Head to North Rustico for the Dazzling Christmas Lights

One of the best ways to take in the twinkling magic of the festive season is to pile in the car and take to the streets. Driving down busy roads and quiet streets you’ll find a stunning array of Christmas decorations. This year, head to North Rustico where members of the community spend weeks on end designing and constructing their holiday creations …it’s worth the trip!


Spend a Cozy Night at Rodd Charlottetown

Get into true holiday relaxation-mode and experience the opulence of the 1930’s at Rodd Charlottetown. Built in 1931 by CN Railway, you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled back in time from the moment you step into the grand lobby complete with marble floors and barrel-vaulted ceilings. You can thank us later for having a great night’s sleep ahead of the busy holiday season!

What are your favourite ways to get into the Christmas spirit on Prince Edward Island? Tell us in the comment section below!