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The holidays at the Tamarack Mall


Santa arrived at the Tamarack Centre on Saturday December 1st to a crowd of 200 plus children and adults! The Gordon Terrace and Highlands Children’s Choir greeted Santa with classic Christmas Carols. The crowd then paraded through the mall to wave hello to customers and store staff before proceeding to Santaland for visits and pictures.

Santa will be at the mall Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. On Sundays he will be there from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. until December 23rd. The helpful elves from Cranbrook Photo will be on site for photo taking and have various packages available. Photos are printed on-site and can be picked up the same day and make great gifts for family and friends. Members of the Kootenay Ice will also be at Santaland in the afternoon on December 11th to say hello to parents and children.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Scratch and Win contest ends on Wednesday, December 12th so if you received a postcard in the mail remember to bring it down to Santaland  to see if you are an instant winner of a $5-$100 gift card. The postcard also contains an additional ballot for the Grand prize draw for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. Twelve lucky contestants will vie for a chance to win. One semi-finalist is being drawn daily between December 1 and the 12th. The grand prize draw will take place on Saturday December 15th at 2:30 p.m. down by Winners.

The Cranbrook Farmer’s Market will also be at the mall featuring their Mini Market with twelve vendors. from baked goods to clothing everything will be made, grown or baked locally. The mini market will take place across from the gift wrap tables on Saturday Dec 8, 15 and 22 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sundays Dec 9, 16 and 23 from noon-5pm. There will be different vendors featured each weekend so be sure to check out the 6 days of mini markets for that special Christmas gift.

The Canadian Cancer society will be wrapping presents by donation and will be set-up in front of the indoor entrance to Target. The volunteers are happy to assist customers in wrapping gifts and will be on-site until December 24th.

Additional Entertainment throughout Christmas:

• Friday December 14th from 7 p.m. -8 p.m. the Leila School of Highland Dancing will be performing down by Winners.

• Saturday December 15th The Don Davies Quartet will entertain guests between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. down by Winners.

• Saturday December 22nd, PT the Clown will be roaming the mall entertaining customers of all ages. Also the Cranbrook Girls Choir will be singing classic Christmas Carols  from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. down by Winners.

• The Kids Zone will be open on Saturday Dec 8th, 15th and 22nd between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. down by Peoples for Christmas crafts and fun.

• And don’t forget to check out Catch the Spirit for on-line festive fun and games at for a chance to Win a $500 toy shopping spree.

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