Does anyone else dread Christmas shopping? Luckily the Foothills Holiday Roadshow makes it so easy. If you're keen to support local artisans this holiday season and enjoy perusing the market scene, check out this feature.
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FOOTHILLS HOLIDAY ROADSHOW
The Foothills Holiday Roadshow Pass is an $8 pass people can purchase to gain a discounted entry to the following Markets (which are HUGELY popular each year, check them out on social, too!) as well as exclusive savings:
- Okotoks MarketSquare Christmas Festival @marketsquare.okotokschristmasfestival on Facebook
- Millarville Christmas Market @millarvillechristmasmarket on Facebook
- It also includes up to 50% off at 16 shops & eateries in Olde Town Okotoks and the chance to win a $350 shopping spree in @oldetowneokotoks (Facebook and Instagram)
This pass was created to unite the Millarville and Okotoks MarketSquare markets and to provide attendees with the most unique and exclusive in artisan markets and holiday shopping. It was coined "the Foothills Holiday Roadshow" because the pass allows you discounted entry into the two markets AND gets you savings, whereas you normally pay $5 per market entry and gain no savings, nor the chance to win anything.
The pass also benefits the Okotoks Food Bank with $6,000 being donated each year from $1 from each pass and the events are family friendly with sleigh rides and opportunities to visit Santa.
HOW DID THE FOOTHILLS ROADSHOW START?
The Foothills Roadshow started in 2013 after we saw more and more people coming out to Okotoks and Millarville to attend the Millarville and Okotoks MarketSquare Christmas Festivals. As creators of the Okotoks MarketSquare event, we wanted another chance to make both markets bigger and more exclusive in order to support local artisans and local shopping.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?
Alberta is all about local - whether it be supporting local farmers or handcrafting something yourself, you can really find some neat items in Alberta. We LOVE this. We also just love our community for who they are. Kind, giving, always willing to help out. We wanted a way to be apart of this.
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE ATTEND THE FOOTHILLS ROADSHOW?
The Foothills Roadshow, simply put, is the very best way to support local artisans and also, gain exclusive access to some of the best gifts for the holiday season. It is also a wonderful way to get out of the city and explore our backyard (prairie side). Whether you're spending a day with family or friends, it is the perfect get-away and you're bound to come back with stuff you really, really like and memories you are likely to never forget.
TELL ME THREE FUN FACTS ABOUT THE FOOTHILLS ROADSHOW.
Since we started.....
- We have grown from one market to two, in two locations, three buildings and with over 450 vendors.
- Each year we donate $6,000 to the Okotoks Food Bank as well as donations from photos with Santa
- Each year we see over 30,000 visitors
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET IN TOUCH?
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