Leave your sleigh at home this holiday season and hop on Red Arrow instead! Your choice for transportation to premier shopping destinations and highly anticipated seasonal events in cities near you.
December marks the beginning of the busiest time of year for many people which means one thing… headaches! Shopping, budgeting, travelling, the list goes on and on. Stay in Santa’s good books by keeping your cool, and have Red Arrow get you to the North Pole –we mean shopping mall, with ease.
1. Calgary, AB: Let ‘ZooLights’ put you in the holiday spirit, plus reach one (giant!) shopping destination.
Settled just outside the northern city limits, is a sprawling indoor shopping metropolis known as Cross Iron Mills. Known as the largest one-level shopping centre in Alberta, and with hundreds of outlets and department stores, you can quite easily spend a whole day here AND successfully check everyone off your gift list! They always have great sales and promotions, including tourist incentives like savings booklets and Hotel ‘Shop & Stay Getaway Packages’.
Wind down after a day at the mall with twinkling arrays of glittery lights, beautiful glowing pathways, and light-shows set to epic musical scores. Imagine yourself strolling under a light-filled tunnel and sipping hot chocolate with your loved ones. ZooLights sets the perfect festive backdrop at the Calgary Zoo from November 23, 2018 - January 5, 2019, nightly from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Head online to buy your tickets and save 3$ per ticket from now until December 20th!
2. Edmonton, AB: West Edmonton Mall remains a beacon of light for weary shoppers, and an annual Ice Castle experience you won’t forget!
West Edmonton Mall (WEM) has long been known as a world-renowned shopping facility filled with everything from an indoor amusement park to over 800 stores and services. We don’t have to remind you that if you’re looking for the perfect something for your loved one’s wish-list, chances are you’re going to find it here. There is so much to see and do at WEM that you could consider it a pre-holiday getaway. Just make sure you leave loads of room in your suitcase for all the perfect finds you will inevitably be busing home with!
If you’ve had enough of the toasty, climate-controlled indoor shopping experience of WEM, bundle up and head outside to take in the annual opening of Ice Castles in Edmonton. An entire castle is constructed once the weather dips cold enough for ice artisans to craft a stunning structure that weighs over 25 million pounds. Complete with ice slides and beautifully lit up ice-backdrop the whole family can explore the castle and appreciate the wonder of this impressive seasonal feat. Tickets will be available online as soon as the weather is permitting and temperatures are cold enough for ice structures, typically towards the end of December and early January.
3. Avoid treacherous winter highway driving, unpredictable weather, and roadside stresses with Red Arrow!
Don’t let that holiday stress pile up. Book your shopping and adventure-filled journey with Red Arrow today from one of our many service locations around Alberta, and sit back and enjoy the ride. Highway driving can be dangerous and road conditions unpredictable, but’ Safely Home’ is our core value and first priority, so we have your whole ride covered. Each of our luxury coaches is equipped with lap-belts for extra precautions, and our careful and skilled drivers deliver a smooth and relaxing trip.
Want to save a little money that you can funnel back into shopping for loved ones? Skip the airfare and go with Red Arrow instead. A fraction of the price of a traditional airplane ticket, we have extended service to even more locations around Alberta, making it even easier for you get to metropolitan centers for any of your 'home-for-the-holiday' travel plans or shopping needs!