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December 01, 2018

Boxing Day deals

Where to go to get the best deals this holiday season

Brandi Holmes

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With the holiday shopping season among us, we are all looking around for a good deal. Boxing Day is always a great time to scoop up those extra expensive presents that maybe Santa couldn’t bring.

In our great country, Boxing Day isn’t as serious as that of our neighbours, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t have great deals. We’ve all heard the boxing day horror stories or have watched viral videos of people getting trampled during door dashers; it’s a serious contact sport that some of us may not be cut out for. 

Big box stores have adopted the whole ‘boxing week’ phenomena with some releasing a new sale each day — which really makes it a marathon. There has to be people out there that are totally entranced with getting the best deal that they go out every single day to get the next ‘boxing day deal’. 

Major retailers aside, Calgary also has a great boutique shopping scene that may be forgotten during the high times of the holidays — but these stores have great sales too! Sometimes the sales are even better than those of their bigger counter parts — it’s always worth checking out. 

Online stores also can’t be over looked in this day and age. With the extreme popularity of Amazon and eBay and convenient one-day shipping — the way we shop Boxing Day and even black Friday has almost changed completely. Using online platforms to shop the same products you would in big box stores, but without all the pushing and shoving of all the other shoppers trying to get that last 32-inch TV or queen pillow top memory foam mattress. With the added convenience of right to your door delivery and even one-day shipping if you are lucky enough, you don’t even have to get out of your cosy new holiday pyjamas. 

Toys, gadgets and clothing aside — we still need to eat — so aren’t we lucky that even grocery stores host Boxing Day deals. Food is quite the expense in most households and when given the chance to stock up on essentials it should be taken! Perhaps not to the point of a fully stocked dooms day bunker though.

A lot of grocery stores offer sales around the holidays — be it two for ones or half price products, consumers can really cash in on all the deals of the holiday season. And most grocery stores offer online ordering and right to your door delivery! What is the world coming to when you don’t even have to go out to get groceries anymore! 

With the holidays comes family time — a lot of family time — and whether or not you need a break from you extended family or just want to cash in on mega deals, Boxing Week is certainly the time to do it.

Holiday Events
The holiday season brings family and friends together — some from very far out of town. So what is there to do in Calgary this holiday season that is fun for all ages?
Here are a few of New Home Living’s favourite things to do. 

Parade of Lights
Check out Mahogany’s parade of lights on December 8.

A Christmas Carol
At Theatre Calgary from November 29 to December 23 enjoy the classic Dickens’ tale of Christmas pat, present and future. 

Once Upon a Christmas
Held at Heritage Park, get into the true spirit of Christmas with a horse-drawn wagon ride, carollers, live historical theatre and a visit from Saint Nick and his reindeer! 

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Returning for its 19th year, the Holiday Train has become a staple event to many across the country.
You can find the train at various locations around Calgary and area from December 7 to 13. 

The Nutcracker
Running December 14 to 24 at the Jubilee auditorium.
Take in the fairy tale story with unbelievable performances from the Alberta Ballet and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Calgary Nativity Pageant
Usually running from December 19 to 24 at Heritage Park.
A live action presentation of the traditional nativity with live animals, lighting and sound. 

Christmas Skate
On December 21 come on down to Olympic Oval and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of skating to Christmas music with friends and family.

For more information on holiday events please visit,

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