The last few days before Christmas can be a bit of a frenzy, so let us help you out with a little Christmas Cheat Sheet!
These are some of our tried and true tips for making the holidays run a little more smoothly, including links to Santa trackers and videos, information on big light displays around Moncton, and more!
Wrapping & Other Tips
Keep an extra gift or two on hand. Pick up a few yummy bars and wrap them up fun, like our quick reindeer friend. You might be surprised by a neighbour dropping by or happen to catch the postal carrier coming around and be able to hand out this adorable, thoughtful treat. They’ll look great under the tree, too, if you don’t use them up before!
Santa paper. Be sure to chat with the Big Guy and find out what wrapping paper he’s using this year. It’s always best if his wrapping paper is different than yours!
Tablecloths for big items. Not sure what to do with that gangly, oversized gift? Use a vinyl Christmasy tablecloth to cover it quickly and prettily! Bonus tip: stock up on tablecloths during the post-holiday sales. I’ve often found them for under $1 and they store easily in the bottom of your Christmas bins!
Undo ties on toys. Most parents know ‘some assembly required’ is best tackled pre-Christmas morning. But even little twist ties holding toys in place can upset little ones on the big day. Take a few moments to undo all the wires and such while wrapping; it will make the unwrapping much more fun!
Buy batteries. Even if you don’t think you need any, gifts might arrive without. Stock up now.
Wrap a large empty box, leaving the top open. Place beside the tree; stash wrapping garbage to keep it out of photos.
Set a reminder on your phone: don’t forget to plug your phone and any other cameras, etc. in before you head to bed on Christmas Eve! You might also want to check your storage and make sure you don’t get caught without room for photos and videos come Christmas morning.
Folks have been sharing lots of great ideas on our Facebook page about where to head to check out Christmas light displays this year. Please remember to be be cautious when slowing or stopping to admire the handiwork!
We’ll highlight a few must-visit traditions:
Light Up Riverview features tens of thousands of lights along the Waterfront Trail, with amazing photo opportunities and a chance to imagine yourself in Stars Hallow or your own personal Hallmark Christmas movie!
Tune your radio to 107.7 FM and cruise along Warren Avenue in Riverview to find Sonny Arsenault’s house; for several years now he has set thousands of lights synced to music. (Check out this 2015 video of the home from 91.9 The Bend – but it’s just as awesome this year, we promise!) Keep traveling through Riverview along Callowhill Road, out to Pine Glen Road; there are lots of houses with light displays.
A trip along Elmwood Drive is a tradition for many, and for good reason! Right across from the entrance to Irishtown Park you’ll find a display unlikely to be matched anywhere in the city. Check out this great television story on the display and how it all began.
We’re hearing lots of great things about the houses in and around Old Shediac Road, especially on Branch Road, and the Pinehurst neighbourhood.
You can also bring the family to WILD LIGHTS, the winter exhibit at the Magnetic Hill Zoo. There are hundreds of thousands of lights displayed throughout the 40 acre park, as well as animals to visit. Check their site for admission details; children under three are free. When you’re leaving, be sure to drive up Mountain Road toward Lyons’ Store; the house at 3202 Mountain Road has an incredible display with homemade decorations that move, 35,000 lights, and music playing on 89.1FM.
If you’ve got all the busy stuff taken care of, you can relax and enjoy some family time. Here are a few simple activities you could do with the kids.
Check out our recipe for Christmas play dough; easy to make at home and great for gifting to friends!
Make snack time seasonal with some easy tricks. How about a fruit candy cane with slices of strawberry and banana or Grinch snack?