Inside Scoop on What Not to Miss this Festive Weekend
Picture stepping back in time and rediscovering the spirit of the season with sleigh rides, old-fashioned Christmas markets, and community carolling. Charlottetown is the perfect backdrop for a mini Christmas getaway with your loved ones. Cobblestone streets are lit up, restaurants have live music and quaint shops are filled with one of a kind Island treasures. There is so much to do this Victorian Christmas weekend, we want to make sure you don’t miss out. The full schedule of events is available at Discover Charlottetown.
Carolling All the Way!
Kick off the weekend with old-fashioned Christmas carolling! Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the season with classic carols like Jingle Bells, Christmas in Killarney, Little Drummer Boy, and We Three Kings! Don’t miss it at the Plaza at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Grafton St. on Friday, December 4th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
There’s no shortage of shopping in Charlottetown any day of the week, but during the Victorian Christmas, vendors pull out all the stops. Victoria Row transforms into a European style Christmas market where vendors sell their wares in a magical, old-fashioned setting. The open-air market, mulled wine, and roasted chestnuts will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.
Outdoor Christmas Market on Victoria Row
Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 12:00pm-7:00pm
December 6th, 2015 from 12:00pm-5:00pm
Etsy Pop-Up Market at the Farm Centre, 420 University Ave
Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Artisan Christmas Market at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, 100 Belvedere Ave
Sunday December 6th, 2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Cozy Night at Rodd Charlottetown
Get into true holiday relaxation-mode and experience the opulence of the 1930s when you stay at the Rodd Charlottetown. Built in 1931 by CN Railway, you will 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. Guestrooms and communal areas are tastefully decorated in the style of the era using impeccable replicas of period furniture, draperies, linens and artwork. You can thank us later for having a great night’s sleep ahead of the busy holiday season!
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Is there anything more perfect that could capture the ‘Victorian Christmas’ feeling than a horse drawn wagon ride? Cozy up with your loved ones and take a ride through the festive and charming streets of Charlottetown. Bonus, it’s free! Hop on at downtown hotels including Rodd Charlottetown, The Great George, Holman Grand, Delta Prince Edward, or use the pickup/drop off at the intersection of Richmond Street and Great George. Sleigh rides run between 5:30pm – 8:30pm on Friday Dec 4th or between 4:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday December 5th.
It’s Christmas with David Myles
Warm up your night with a Christmas concert by Maritime crooner David Myles. Wearing his signature suit on stage, he’ll invoke eras gone by while he swoons you with his yuletide songs. Check this show out at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on December 5th at 7:30pm.
Insider’s Tip: You’re only a few steps away from post-concert drinks at Sim’s Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar. Try their take on rum ‘n’ egg nog!