christmas shopping & midnight madness! | Briana

It’s almost Christmas! Yep, that’s right. There are only 3 weeks left of classes in the Fall semester – my last Fall semester! – and they are flying by. Which means… it’s time for the holidays!! My holiday is Christmas, but I know at ULeth there are plenty of other holidays being celebrated around this time, and even if you don’t celebrate a specific holiday, you can definitely celebrate the time off school!!

Now, in Lethbridge we have one major mall, which is Park Place. It’s on 1st Avenue South, and it’s the mall with the most big name stores. Don’t compare us to Calgary, though! But the mall hours are a little shorter than in Calgary or even in Red Deer, which is about the same size. The mall is open until 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and only until 5pm on Sundays. However, holiday hours are now in effect, so the mall is open until from 10am – 9pm Monday through Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sundays so that if you need to get some shopping done, there’s plenty of time to do it!

Now, even more important that the new mall hours is Lethbridge’s 11th Annual Bright Lights Festival & Midnight Madness!! This happened on November 18 in the downtown core. Galt Gardens was lit up (apparently it’s a pretty fancy light show), Santa arrived, and businesses downtown stayed open until 11pm. They also showed movies, gave hay rides and sold hot chocolate and cider. It was a perfect winter night out to get into the holiday season! It was (and is every year!!) a great opportunity to have a fun night out in the community, appreciate the beauty of Lethbridge’s downtown and start feeling festive!

I hope some of you were able to make it out to the occasion, and if you weren’t, I hope you’ll consider it for next year!

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