Christmas Reflections at Fort Edmonton

This Christmas I explored how Edmontonians used to celebrate Christmas on the snow covered streets of Fort Edmonton. I have spent a lot of time at Fort Edmonton since I moved here thee years ago. I love walking the old streets (and gardens). All of that time, with one exception, has been in the summer. This year I had the opportunity to spend one snowy afternoon and evening exploring Christmas Reflections at the fort.

Father Christmas
Father Christmas

 

I started with a volunteer shift at the Capitol Theatre for a production of Jack and the Beanstalk. I loved talking to the kids in the audience and watching their reactions.

The Capitol Theatre
The Capitol Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Giant
Jack and the Giant

 

After the play ended I wandered the streets. Most of the buildings had windows you could peek into with Christmas scenes.

The streetcar passing the Capitol Theatre
The streetcar passing the Capitol Theatre

 

There were costumed interpreters in several buildings. I hand-dipped a candle at Eggie’s and James volunteered to bake sugar cookies on the wood stove at Henderson’s.

James making sugar cookies on the wood stove
James making sugar cookies on the wood stove

 

In one of the buildings carollers were singing and could sit on Father Christmas’s lap.

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Deserted Teepes
Deserted Teepes
Snowshoeing at the Metis tent
Snowshoeing at the Metis tent

 

The wagon rides would have been a big hit with my kids were younger but I still enjoy watching the horses pull happy families.

Wagon rides
Wagon rides

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