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12 pandemic-friendly things to do in and around Edmonton during the holidays

Ideas inspired by the NAIT community

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – COVID be darned!

The pandemic and public health restrictions have put traditional holiday parties and gatherings with extended family on ice, but that doesn't mean you can’t enjoy a holiday season full of merriment and memories.

We present a list of fun activities you can do with the family – while still following all the rules needed for a healthy and safe holiday season.

1. Buy the perfect Christmas tree

Christmas tree lot

Nothing beats the look – and smell – of a fresh Christmas tree, provided you know what to look for.

2. Enjoy a nature walk

family walking in the winter

Leave the stress of the city and pandemic behind without having to stray too far with your family or cohort!

3. Go skating

Man skating in Edmonton

What better activity to celebrate the holidays than skating outdoors? Outdoor rinks are still open – with restrictions on numbers. The NAIT Ooks women’s hockey team offers these helpful tips for beginners.

4. Enjoy the perfect cup of hot chocolate

hot chocolate and whipped cream

Now that you’ve enjoyed winter in Edmonton, warm up with our favourite hot chocolate recipe.

5. Cook a holiday meal with your kids

kids and parent with messy hands from baking

Cooking with your kids is a safe, fun way to enjoy quality time – pandemic or not. Try your hands at sourdough, making stock or broth or roasting the perfect turkey.

6. Build a bird feeder

bird feeder with blue jays

It's the family craft project that's a double winner! Not only do you get to spend time as a family building a bird feeder, you can also enjoy birdwatching together!

7. DJ your own dance party!

record player

Drop the needle and get your family grooving! Five tips for building a great record collection.

8. Make a gingerbread house

gingerbread house

It’s a holiday classic for a reason, so get decorating!

9. Get some takeout

takeout illustration

Skip cooking and get takeout from one of the dozens of Edmonton eateries with connections to NAIT culinary grads. They need your business more than ever!

10. Break out the board games

family playing board games

What says quality time better than a board game? Enjoy these recommendations from the folks at Board N Brew.

11. Make some post-present pancakes

stack of pancakes with blueberries and chia seeds on top

Hungry after all that unwrapping? Try this tasty and simple recipe for fantastic flapjacks.

12. Be together

Yukon Jack with the fam

Read, be silly, play video games, whatever. We have this time together, so enjoy it with advice from 100.3 the Bear's Yukon Jack.


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