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6 Christmas Markets to Visit This Holiday Season

Christmas is my favourite holiday season, the sense of community mixed with all of the warmth and buzz throughout the city is intoxicating. So this year I have decided to bring you all a series of holiday related features that will be sure to bring anyone some cheer!

My first feature is a list of my 6 Christmas market picks for the holiday season! These are always a lot of fun because they host an array of handmade items and you can find some really neat christmas gift ideas or decor, can’t make one of them? some of them have multiple dates they are running! 

  1. MillarVille Christmas Market 
    November 10th-13th – With so many fun activities (some of which include sleigh rides) there is so much to love about this christmas market. I have gone to this market several times over the years and am never sorry I did! Adult admission is $5 dollars/person, children under 12 and people over 65 are free of charge. for more information visit their website here.
  2. Okotoks Christmas Festival 
    November 11th-13th – showcasing tons of artisan crafts, and photos with Santa, this is truly a great kickoff to the season and a wonderful place to get a head start on your holiday shopping. $5 dollars per person to enter, for more details check out the website here
  3. Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market 
    November 18-20 | November 25-27 | December 2-4 – this is one of Alberta’s largest christmas market with it boasting over 250 vendors and joyful entertainment to get you into the christmas spirit. This is one not to miss out on. Tickets are required so be sure to check out the website by clicking here. 
  4. Canmore Christmas Artisans Market 
    November 19-20- I am always looking for a good excuse to get away to the mountains and this is one of them! With 75 local vendors this is a christmas market not to miss, fit it in on a visit to Canmore’s 100% gluten-free restaurant the Wild Orchid Bistro for a wonderful gluten free date! tickets are $3.00 for more details clicks here
  5. Bridge land Riverside Farmers Market: Holiday Edition
    November 18- 19 – fresh food, crafts, jewellery, photo booth, cards and more hand made goods. Free to enter but food bank donations will be accepted find more information here
  6. Market Collective Cheer
    November 25-27 | December 2-4 | December 9-11 | December 16-18 – this is one market not to miss and with so many dates to choose from there is no excuse to check out the Market Collective Cheer at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Food, Art, Music, Bath & Body and SO much more. For more details visit their website here.
     

    Thank you so much for reading, and please stay tuned for each Wednesday from now and until December 21st there will be more holiday recipes, tips, tricks and much more! 

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Celiac Christmas 101

Things people are most frustrated by holiday dinners and potlucks:

 

Crackers

Buns

Gravy

Cross contamination

Stuffing

Dessert: pies, cheesecakes, cakes, cookies

 

Cutting boards, turkey and stuffing, butter,

 

Easy, non-invasive solutions:

  • The person that invited you probably knows about your gluten allergy and while they don’t have to run out and buy bread and buns, you can plead for them to use extra caution in their kitchen. Chances are your friends do not want to kill your insides, as their Christmas gifts to you so don’t be shy bringing up your concerns.
  • Bring a Tupper wear container with butter, that way you don’t risk the cross contamination that other peoples knives may after introduced in the communal butter dish from buttering their dinner rolls. Secondly bring your own dinner rolls, care bakery makes some mean ones, they can be found at Calgary-Coops.
  • Are you the number one gravy lover? Offer to make that for the host, some people bring the salad, and others make the gravy. You can either use cornstarch and water plus the drippings or buy clubhouses gluten free gravy mix.
  • Stuffing… this one is tricky. There is still the few that actually make the stuffing in the turkey, in this case you are going to want to eat the top portions of the turkey or suggest to your kind host to cook it outside the turkey, or maybe use a stuffing bag to avoid cross contamination.

 

Being shy with celiac disease is not an option, you may feel guilty asking so much of those who are being so kind to you all ready and have so much to do but its your health and your well being. If anything gives you a stomachache on the holidays it should be from eating one to many pieces of that gluten free apple pie you made.

Desserts are too hard and time consuming to make gluten-free not to mention expensive? try Calgary’s own Lake View Bakery’s ready to bake apple and pumpkin pies, or sweets of the earth brownie batters and cookie doughs or grab some gluten-free mini cupcakes from Crave.

Cheese platters are EVERYWHERE during the holidays which totally blows without a cracker! The best bet is either bringing a box of gluten-free breton crackers, or glutinos bagel crisps (these can be found at costco).

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