The 12 Days of Wonder

The 12 Days of Wonder

The leaves have fallen and there's a new crispness in the air. It's a time to get cozy and become closer to loved ones. It's a season of wonder and excitement for the first flurries of snow land on your tongue. From levées and parades to concerts and craft markets - it's not hard to get into the holiday spirit this season in Summerside!  

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1. Step back in time at the VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

Find the perfect Christmas gift from local artisans while sipping on mulled cider. Take advantage of special sales from the vendors at the Christmas at the Market and find one of-a-kind gifts while enjoying the magical charm of historic Holman Building - once considered "the largest store in the world for the size of the town in which it is located." On the two Saturdays leading up to Christmas, the Summerside Farmers Market will be featuring an assortment of vendors selling seasonal wares in a magical, old-fashioned setting.  

Christmas at the Market will be at the Summerside Farmers Market on Saturday, December 10th & 17th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the historic Holman Building, 250 Water Street. Featuring a visit by Father Christmas, cookie decorating, door prizes, free hot chocolate and mulled cider.

2. Take time to treat yourself

During the frenzy of the holidays it is important for everyone to take a little time for themselves. Warm up and space out with a steaming, decadent, flavorful cup of peppermint and coffee, and take a break from your busy day for a quick snack!

A holiday classic, the peppermint latte is made with fair-trade espresso, steamed milk, sweet mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup. It's all topped off with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. 

Check out more of Samuel's Coffee House winter drink specials by dropping in at 4 Queen Street, Summerside or call (902) 724-2300.

3. Take a moment to remember

This day Canadians remember and honour veterans and members of armed forces. It is observed on November 11, to commemorate the official end date of World War I in 1918. Veterans will be remembered and honoured on the Island from Souris to Tignish.

Join the community indoors on Friday, November 11th at the Credit Union Place, 511 Notre Dame Street at 10:00am.

4. Welcome Santa Claus to Summerside

The man in the bright red suit will be the star of the annual Downtown Summerside Santa Claus Parade! Come and watch a beautiful parade of lights and music wind through our downtown streets. Spread some Christmas Cheer, dance along to Christmas Carols and then head to Credit Union Place to meet Santa and warm up with some hot chocolate!

Each November the Santa Claus Parade travels through the Downtown drawing out families from Summerside, Wellington, Kensington, Tyne Valley and even Charlottetown to our cobbled sidewalks. To stay warm stop in at restaurants, cafés and coffee shops to grab a treat before the parade. Shops can be seen filled with people browsing while waiting to hear the sound of the police car that signals the start of the parade. 

Enjoy the Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Summerside on Water Street on on Friday, November 25th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information and the parade route, go to Downtown Summerside.

5. Learn about Architectural Treasures of PEI

'Tis the season for Christmas house tours and what better way to appreciate it more than to learn about the historic homes and neighbourhoods. Based on his hundreds of sketches, historic expert Sterling Stratton's talk will lead across the province and through the centuries.

"1,000 Island Images of Historic Interest", a 457-page leather-bound compilation of all of his work to date, is his most ambitious project yet, a book chalked full of 564 historic sites and 1,008 original sketches.

They're not just sketches. Each one has a story tales from eastern and western P.E.I., UPEI, the capital city now and what it looked like in 1864. There is a section on majestic homes, one that centres on Island churches and even a few of his own favourites.

Sterling Stratton will be here to entertain us with a colorful presentation on the architectural treasures of the Island at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 13th & 27th at the Eptek Art & Culture Centre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive. 

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6. Laugh the night away at the Feast

Who wouldn't want to spend Christmas in New York. PEI bosom buddies Arnold and Barnold return to the Feast and are on the road looking for romance in NYC. 

After a delicious turkey and ham dinner buffet with all the fixings, along with some mouthwatering holiday cheesecake for dessert, we were treated to some more drama and hilarity and more tunes by the five-piece band.

Featuring a Traditional Christmas Buffet. 

Show dates for Christmas in New York are November 18th to 20th, 24th to 27th, November 30th to December 4th, December 6th to 11th and 13th to the 21st.

Call the Brothers 2 - Summerside Box Office (902) 436-7674 or visit to reserve your spot. Brought to you by White Rose Entertainment.

7. give back to the global Community

The Summerside Presbyterian Church is hosting a sale of beautiful, fairly-traded gifts benefiting artisans from more than 30 developing countries. 

The gifts you buy at the Ten Thousand Villages Sales will give the blessings of steady work, fair wages, and a better life for struggling families around the world. Your purchases makes a difference!

Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe such as block printed luxurious tablecloths, sewing and embroidered ornaments, and hand-painted pottery. 

Ten Thousand Villages will be held at the Summerside Presbyterian Church, 130 Victoria Road, Friday, November 4th from 10am to 8pm and Saturday, November 5th from 9am to 4pm. Admission is free.

8. Celebrate the New Year at a TRADITIONAL Levée 

Celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with your neighbours, friends & family! 

January 1st will be the big day for the traditional levées on Prince Edward Island. Celebrated for hundreds of years, this tradition stems from our European roots. Levées traditionally begin at mid-morning and continue into the latter part of the afternoon and evening. A great time to show respect and to have refreshments with your Lieutenant-Governor, Primer, Mayor, and MLA. Make sure to stop in at your local legion and try some of their goosemilk - an eggnogg and rum drink. As the day draws to an end, gather at a local hall, enjoy a tipple, listen to great music, and give a toast your hosts. Now you are ready for 2017. 

Levées begin at various times but generally at 9am on Sunday, January 1, 2017. For a list of local and provincial levées, check out Explore Summerside’s event listings or the Community Happenings in the Journal-Pioneer.

9. Get into the Festive Spirit

The 31st Annual Three Oaks Craft Fair is Summerside's largest Christmas Craft Fair. With 143 vendors and artisans from across the maritimes, this proves to be our largest fair yet to gather under one roof.

Highlights of the market are primitive and county folk art, crochet hats and mittens, and the Brothers 2 famous shortbread cookies!

The Three Oaks Craft Fair will be held at the Three Oaks Senior High, 10 Kenmoore Avenue, Saturday, November 12th from 9am to 8pm and Sunday, November 13th from 10am to 5pm.

10. There's no place like home for the holidays

The Atlantic Academy of Preforming Arts invites you and your loved ones to enjoy Christmas in Oz

After a snow blizzard hits PEI, Dorothy and Toto find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Dorothy, with the help of friends must find the great Wizard to get home in time for Christmas but not everyone is happy that she is there. Will Dorothy get back home in time for Christmas?

Christmas in Oz is presented by the Atlantic Academy of the Performing Arts at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. For ticket information and purchases, click HERE.

11. Step back in time to the great war

"The taking of photographs is not permitted.... Any officers or soldiers (or other persons subject to military law) found in possession of a camera will be placed under arrest..." 
-British Army General Orders, March 1915

A gunner from O'Leary, PEI, Jack Turner's work is a unique look at life at the front during the Great War, shot through the lens of an ordinary soldier, not an official war photographer. It's also a fascinating glimpse into how, decades after he captured them with his camera, a veteran of the Great War chose to modify and reinterpret his memories of that war.

Following a successful exhibition at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in the spring 2016, Jack Turner’s War will appear at Eptek Centre, 150 Heather Moyse Drive, accompanied by a small exhibition on World War I on loan from the PEI Regiment Museum. Exhibit will be on display from November 24 to January 13, 2017. Both curated by Boyde Beck.

12. Believe in fairy tales

Maritime Marionettes presents the favorite folktale, originating from the Grimms’ fairy tale, of an aging donkey who follows his dream to become a musician. On the road to Bremen town, he befriends a dog, a cat and a rooster, who like him, are no longer needed as farm animals. Together they form a comical quartet and a bond that will last the rest of their lives. 

Featuring the talents of master puppeteers Darryll and Heather Taylor, the visuals of the show are performed with eloquent shadow puppets, exquisitely made marionettes and the Taylor's masterful manipulation. The inspiring soundtrack combines bedtime story style narration, whimsical music and side splitting animal sounds. 

From the opening scene to the hilarious and touching ending, this timeless tale of friendship and enthusiasm for life will inspire and entertain the child in us all.

Maritime Marionettes: The Bremen Town Musicans - A Grimms’ Fairy Tale is coming to the Harboufront Theatre on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00pm. For more details, click here.