Christmas spirit: Stores for decorations in Calgary

In the stores, Christmas sales, songs and decorative displays have likely reminded you it’s time to do your own Christmas ornamentation. Listed here are stores, big and small, in which to find the fixings you’ll need to do this decorative deed.

Greengate Garden Centres

14111 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2Y 1M6

This garden centre is a regular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Christmas. Come the holiday season, it transforms itself into Traditions, a full-service Xmas stop. Tree ornaments are an A to Z of colour and theme that includes sports and animals and as well as traditional mercury-glass baubles. Further Yuletide accoutrements include fresh-cut pine trees, potted poinsettias, candy dishes, nutcrackers and wreaths.

Golden Acre Garden Centre

620 Goddard Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2K 5X3

Another garden centre gone Christmas HQ, Golden Acre carries Christmas plants as well as real and artificial pine trees. Its halls are also decked with garlands and ornaments as well as handcrafted Department 56 Christmas porcelain village collectibles and nativity scenes.

Steeling Home

1010 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5

A way-hip gift boutique, Steeling Home carries a handful of decorative wreaths, Christmas stockings and cards, but also an extensive lineup of fun and frivolous tree ornaments. Trim your pine with everything from gnomes, squirrels and yetis to sock monkeys and outhouses.

Galleria Inglewood Ltd

907 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S5

This Inglewood arts and crafts shop is now bedecked for the season with all sorts of Christmas tchotchkes from dishes and bowls to wreaths and handcrafted tree ornaments.

Cobblestone Corner

319-1851 Sirocco Dr SW, Calgary, AB T3H 4R5

A wee boutique gift shop in West Market Square, Cobblestone Corner carries a tidy selection of Christmas bits and bobs. Christmas tree ornaments include animal-themed glass orbs and glass angels. The store also stocks collectible Painted Pony ornaments and figurines as well as holiday wine glasses, mugs and more.

Glenbow - Alberta Institute

Downtown shoppers will find a small but attractively eclectic selection of Christmas ornaments at the Glenbow Museum gift shop. Wood, hand-blown glass and ceramic tree trimmers feature animal imagery such as bears and lambs as well as decorative patterns. Also find initialed ornaments and a special orb depicting with the Calgary skyline at nighttime.

Rubaiyat Holdings Ltd

722 17 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7

A landmark 17th Avenue Southwest boutique, Rubaiyat carries handcrafted gifts and crafts as well as home decor items. Well known for its selection of Christmas ornaments, over 3,000 of them are now on display. These include a great many European hand-painted glass ornaments as well as felt and paper styles. Seasonal parking is free behind the store – just make sure to inform a shop clerk.

Villages Calgary

220 Crowchild Trail Nw, Calgary, AB T2N 2R2

Christmas is a global, fair-trade affair at Ten Thousand Villages on Crowchild Trail Northwest. The shop’s huge selection of ornaments includes hand-painted-gourd nativity sets, owls and Santas. Also find recycled paper tree decorations from Vietnam, olivewood versions from Jordan and a heavenly host of Indian-made birds, snowflakes and bulbs crafted of papier mâché, buttons, felt, wire and metal.

Britannia Kitchen & Home

816 49 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1G9

Year-round, you’ll find kitchenware and tableware as well as home decor items and accessories at this shop in Britannia Plaza. Now in for the Christmas season, Britannia Ornamental Hardware & Gifts also carries an array of tree ornaments. Designs feature animals, soldiers, dinosaurs and skates. Canadian-made tree treasures include Basic Spirit pewter ornaments and hand-blown glass bulbs by Kitras Art Glass, which sport messages such as “Tree of Peace.”

Tin Box

837 8 Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 2T1

About a one-hour drive west of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway, The Tin Box in Canmore is always full of stationary, jewellery, home decor items and kitchenware from the whimsical to the artful yet practical. This time of year, it also carries many seasonal decorations such as festive stuffies, stockings, tree skirts and table runners. Novelty tree decorations include shiny gnomes, cars, guitars and beavers as well as tree pickles (Google it!).

With eating local being the biggest restaurant food trend ever, home cooks have turned to the city’s butcher shops to supply cuts of Alberta beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game for their own cuisine adventures. A number of excellent meat boutiques carry a wide variety of cuts, locally produced and otherwise.
Generally following a mantra of “made, baked or grown in Alberta,” Calgary farmers’ markets transform shopping and grocery getting into an adventure. As well as specialty foods, endless kiosks and counters carry locally produced arts, crafts, clothing and accessories plus an array of natural health products.
Sweet and universally loved, chocolate is one treat we can all agree on. Lucky for you, Calgary’s chocolate boutiques carry a huge variety of premium selections.
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