Winter Holidays Celebration

The winter holidays are here! Join us in celebrating all winter long!

Here are our storytime videos, crafts, activities, programs, and resources to celebrate winter holidays from across the world. Everyone is welcome!

Activities at the Library

Seasonal Community Craft

Pick up one of our limited Take & Make winter holiday kits* at the library front desk 

*starting December 1 while supplies last, 1 kit per household

Details on our winter Take & Make kits coming soon!

Special Holiday Cyber Tales Storytime

Join us live online for a seasonal holiday read with Sarah on December 9 at 4pm: video recording for "The Great Hibernation" by Tara Dairman.

Cyber Tales Lives on Facebook: Storytime for Big Kids (and All Ages)

Holiday Bingo

Enjoy holiday bingo throughout the library throughout December. Fun for all the family!

Solstice Giving Tree

TAWOW! Welcome to the Solstice Giving Tree, set up to celebrate Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year. After December 21st, the light comes back and Indigenous people know the days are getting longer.  

Under this tree, you will find a Giving Bowl. If anything speaks to you in this bowl, please take it. In the Indigenous way, giving is the same as receiving because if you are one who cares about other people, everything you give comes back to you – a beautiful Circle in life.  

Years ago, a poplar tree on a riverbank may have had all of its branches removed except for a few at the top. This was called a “lobstick” and signified a place where you could stop in your journey and rest. Maybe there was a fire pit built there, and an old kettle for you to boil water in and have tea. That’s the traditional Indigenous inspiration for naming this the “Giving Tree”. 

The bowl under it is a new idea and to signify the importance of giving in Indigenous culture. Please allow the bowl to stay in place to hold gifts from Dec. 1 to Dec. 21. 

First Peoples gave up much when settlers came to Canada, most significantly land, waterways, and their children – who were taken away from parents and placed in residential schools. Many never returned.  

There is a bison on this bowl to signify this animal also gave everything to the people, sacrificing its life so the First Nations of this country could use its meat, hide, bones and hooves for food, shelter, clothing and implements. If you want to know more about this animal-people relationship, scan this QR code. 

In the spirit of Giving, this Giving Tree and Bowl here at the library is meant to help heal the past, and move into the future in the best way possible – honouring the gifts and culture of All. 

Outdoor Nature Storytime

Details coming soon!

Rock Painting Program

Join us for this family-friendly program and paint rocks together at this after school special event.

Thursday 8 December 3:30-4:30pm

All ages, in-person, registered

Further details coming soon!

Kids STEM Program

Details coming soon!

Seasonal Events In and Around Spruce Grove: 2021

(activities/events may require a fee)

  • Join the Town of Stony Plain: Dig out the decorations and get the eggnog ready – a month of winter festivities are on their way! This year’s Winter Light Up will feature a modified Town Tree lighting, an activity advent calendar filled with festive cheer, and a fireworks show to welcome in the New Year.

  • Winter Wonder Forest (November 25 2021-January 9 2022) - drive-through holiday experience at Longriders RV Park (in Gibbons).

  • Zoominescence, a Festival of Light (running weekends only 3-12 December and 17 Dec-Jan 2 open all week, from 4:30-9pm) at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

  • Candy Cane Lane in Edmonton opens up on December 10 for the 2021 holiday season and sleigh rides are back this winter!

  • This winter, the legendary sell-out event, Luminaria at University of Alberta Botanic Garden (the largest botanical garden in the province) from November 27, 2021 to January 9, 2022.

  • Canadian Tire Magic of Lights (November 19, 2021-January 8, 2022) - drive-through holiday experience at Castrol Raceway (aka RAD Torque Raceway).

  • One of Edmonton’s favourite kids’ theaters is back just in time for the holidays. Jubilations Junior kids shows include Beauty and the Grinch, a two act musical kids comedy (November 20, 2021 to January 8, 2022).

  • Glow under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore the gardens and illumination of Glow Edmonton from November 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

Winter Holiday Books

Find some great kids books for every holiday* at the library!

*holidays listed chronologically by date they are celebrated

Kwanzaa (December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023)

Learn more about Kwanzaa here

New Year's Day (January 1, 2023)

Three Kings Day/El Dia de los Reyes (January 6, 2023)

Lunar New Year (January 22, 2023)

Read, Watch, Listen, Enjoy!

Find some great holiday content on Hoopla, available FREE with your library card!

Get your FREE library card here!

Happy winter holidays from everyone here at SGPL!