‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.
Usually, that is how the story goes. But not today’s.
Last Thursday, The Core put on its usual event “Twas the Night” and we were lucky enough to snag a few tickets and attend.
In addition to showcasing the glorious sales and holiday decorations, the event was geared towards raising money for Calgary’s YMCA.
Guests were encouraged to dress up “Mad-Men Chic”, treated to a night of ballet and music performances.
I must admit, although I donned my best Joan Holloway inspired red dress, it was a bit chilly to parade around without my warm wool coat.
Guests could enter through one of the many entrances along Stephen Avenue. Although, those lucky enough to enter through the main doorway were treated to Cookies by George and encouraged to strike a pose and strut their stuff down the red carpet.
We trotted through the mall, making a list of the shops we must attend.
We perused through the silks, shoes, and luxury footwear in Holt Renfrew. Contemplating making a purchase to spin their prize wheel.
Each shop was filled with holiday décor and sparkly holiday-inspired wear.
I snagged a few items from my favourite, Banana Republic, as 55% off was too good of a deal to pass up.
Spotted around the mall were various artists and their instruments. The harp was by far my favourite.
We peeked our heads into Club Monaco, Michael Kors, Aritzia, and Harry Rosen.
In no time, a crowd was forming around the giant Christmas tree, waiting for the official lighting ceremony.
Out popped ballet dancers from the Alberta Ballet to give a brief performance of the Nutcracker.
Dancers came out in genie inspired costumes, throwing sultry glances at the audience. They glided around the stage to a mysterious tune, twirling and jumping with every step before disappearing into the smoke.
Next followed Clara and her prince. She fluttered around the stage ever so eloquently. Her prince lifted her with care as they waltzed to the music.
When the clock struck 8pm she hopped on over to the tree, and it instantly lit up. The shining star gleamed in the light and the tree changed from green to blue to pink to purple. To top it off, fireworks lit up the ceiling and everyone ooed and awed.
We snapped a few shots in front of the tree (like many of the other guests) and were on our way.
Music began to fill our ears as the evening jazz band (Matt Dusk) began performing. Calm & Cool.
We topped the evening off with a few macarons from Monplaisir and headed off into the night ready for the holiday season to begin.
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