Holiday Helpers


Does it ever feel like the most wonderful time of the year is the most chaotic time of the year too?
Here are a few services to take a bit of the load off from the stress of fitting in all the wrapping, school concerts, baking, outfits, lights, cooking, tree, colds and flu, haircuts (and the beat goes on).

Holiday Lights
There’€™s nothing like coming home to the twinkling lights in front of the house. Instead of trying to balance ladders on top of snow and ice to install them yourself when it’€™s -20°C (read: emergency room visit), you can call in the professionals. Buy, rent or have your own installed, and at the end of the season, your lights can be taken down and packed up (even stored) for you until the next year. The Light Kings and Assiniboine Lights and Landscapes have been doing this for over 10 years, and the typical price for a bungalow starts at $200. Your house will definitely be the best dressed on the street.

Cooking and Cleaning
You can spend a lot of time cooking, or you can spend a lot of quality time with your family. Your choice. If you choose the latter, the Westin Hotel’€™s stuffed free-range turkey with all the trimmings with pie for dessert, is a delicious deal. All you need to do is pick it up and warm it up. Prices start from $280 for a 13lb turkey that serves up 10 to 12 generous servings. The River Cafe and Sunterra Market are also taking bookings for traditional turkey dinners.


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