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Medicine Hat holding a downtown Christmas story walk

MEDICINE HAT – The Medicine Hat Public Library, Police Point Park, 14 participating downtown businesses, and the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre has created a cheerful holiday outdoor experience that can be safely enjoyed with your household.

This special edition of StoryWalk began on Dec. 12 and will last until Jan. 7, 2021. 

“The holidays look different this year, but it is still a time to spend with your family and make meaningful memories. We hope this program helps you do just that,” said Candace Lundrigan, Cultural Public Programmer at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

“The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.”

Residents can start their walk outside the Esplanade, followed by the Medicine Hat Public Library and various downtown locations and rediscover the classic holiday poem, The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.

Canadian author and illustrator Barbara Reid re-imagines the tale from the perspective of mice. Enjoy looking for her endearing little critters on the windows of local businesses and organizations.

There are many opportunities to browse local shops or get a take-out hot chocolate.

1. Esplanade – 401 First St SE
2. Medicine Hat Public Library – 414 First St SE
3. City Hall – 580 First St SE
4. Page and Whisker – 601 2 St SE
5. Redcliff Bakery – 627 2 St SE
6. Framing and Art Centre – 628 2 St SE
7. Station Coffee Co – 644 2 St SE
8. Inspire Café – 675 2 St SE
9. Isaac’s Barber Shop – 220 S Railway St
10. Saamis Immigration – 659 3 St SE
11. Del Rossi Men’s Wear – 649 3 St SE
12. FWBA – 623 3 St SE
13. EBT (Gas Light Plaza) – 579 3 St
14. Madhatter Coffee Roastery – 513 3 St SE
15. Salvation Army – 457 3 St SE
16. Arcade Plaza – 419 3 St SE 

StoryWalks are not new to Medicine Hat. In collaboration with the Medicine Hat Public Library, you can take part in this fun, educational activity at various times of the year at Police Point Park. 

For more information regarding the enhanced public health measures due to COVID-19, please visit the Alberta website