8 Places to See Beautiful Christmas Lights in Canada

There’s something truly magical about Christmas lights during the holidays. Thousands of twinkling lights can make any place feel like you’re walking in a winter wonderland. We’ve rounded up eight of our favourite spots in Canada to take in Christmas light shows, tunnels, and even a train.

1. Grouse Mountain

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After taking the gondola up Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, BC, walk through a tunnel of lights before skating and grabbing hot cocoa. Tip: it’s a great holiday date spot!

2. VanDusen Botanical Garden

Walk among the maze of Christmas lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, BC. For many it’s a yearly tradition to see the Festival of Lights!

3. CP Holiday Train

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The CP Holiday Train is travelling from province to province collecting donations for North America’s food banks. Find out when the train is coming to a town near you – and see a live holiday show!

4. Leduc County Christmas Lights

Walking in a Christmas wonderland at Leduc County Christmas Lights in Alberta! Remember to bring a donation for the food bank and snap a great picture with these twinkling lights.

5. Vancouver Christmas Market

Stand inside a giant Christmas tree at the Vancouver Christmas Market! Reflective of a traditional German market, shop for classic treats, visit local vendors with handmade goodies, and ride the merry-go-round.

6. Bankers Hall

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With a huge Christmas tree surrounded by lights, put Bankers Hall in Calgary on your to-visit list for a picture-worthy moment!

7. Prince’s Island Park

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Walk over to Prince’s Island Park near downtown Calgary, AB, for a bridge full of lights and festive Christmas cheer.

8. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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All lit up for Christmas, the Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park are beautiful over the holidays. It gets busy though, so go early or on weeknights if you can!

Did we miss somewhere? Tell us in the comments! Merry Christmas from all of us at London Drugs!

How Do You Simplify the Holiday Season?

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We love Christmas, but we’re the first to admit the holiday season can get complicated. It’s a busy time, with extra social obligations that add hours onto our daily to-do lists.

That’s why this year, we set out to help you #SimplifyTheSeason.

Our #SimplifyTheSeason giveaway aimed to bring a bit of ease to your holiday season by taking care of at least some of your purchases with 12 x $100 gift cards, which we awarded to our Instagram followers who entered our 12-day giveaway.

As part of the entry process, we asked you to share how you #SimplifyTheSeason. And the response was overwhelming. We got some great answers, and a ton of good ideas we can all use to relax and truly enjoy the magic of the holidays.

Here’s a look at a few of the responses we got to how you #SimplifyTheSeason. Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway!


Stay tuned to our Instagram channel for more ways we can help you #SimplifytheSeason. And Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Oprah’s Favourite Things 2018 – Find them at London Drugs

Santa Claus might be known as the ultimate gift-giving expert, but Oprah’s holiday gifting prowess may be giving him a run for his money! After all, Oprah has been celebrating the joy of giving and curating the absolute best lists of holiday gifts for an incredible 23 years now. Every year Oprah unveils her most coveted products, which often become some of the hottest gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

Oprah’s Favourite Things 2018 list has just been released, and it’s longer and better than ever!

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If you’re looking to score some of these must-have items for someone on your holiday shopping list (or even for yourself), we have good news: you can find some of these Oprah-approved gift ideas at your local London Drugs, or online at www.londondrugs.com, and we can ship anywhere in Canada. Plus, we always offer our price match guarantee, so you’ll not only get your hands on the most popular products of the season, but you’ll get them at the best price.

Check out all six of Oprah’s Favourite Things that you can find at London Drugs

PUDUS Socks

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For the second year in a row, PUDUS’ socks have earned one of the highly sought-after spots on Oprah’s list of holiday must-haves. This Canadian brand is family-run and even designs their acclaimed socks in beautiful British Columbia! Oprah isn’t the only one who’s loving PUDUS either; they’ve been worn by A-list celebrities, and featured on Rachael Ray, The View, and Entertainment Tonight.

You can find PUDUS socks at London Drugs in a variety of colours and patterns, including the quintessential Canadian ‘Lumberjack Red’. Just slip on a pair, and enjoy their warm, cozy goodness!

Oprah says: “Super-cushy Pudus slipper socks were a real crowd-pleaser when we wore them at my house last Christmas.”

 

iPhone XR

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If this wasn’t already one of the most hotly anticipated tech items of 2018, it certainly is now that it has the blessing of the one-and-only Oprah Winfrey. Made entirely of glass, the iPhone XR has the most advanced LCD display on the market, and even has dual SIM technology to support two numbers.

Oprah says: “I’ve marveled at every iteration of the iPhone – but Apple has really outdone itself with the new XR.”

 

Apple AirPods

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When someone says they really need to unplug, this is what they mean, right? These Apple AirPods are the must-have tech accessory for anyone who is Apple-obsessed and looking to ditch old-school cords – whether it’s to pair with their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple Watch. The wireless headphones automatically turn on and connect to your device as soon as you put them in your ears, and will even pause audio when you take them out. Everything from volume adjustments to making a call can be done simply by double-tapping the AirPods to activate Siri. Now that’s effortless!

Oprah says: “To live your best life is to live a cord free life. And I should know: my AirPods, which can recharge in a pocket-sized kit, are in either my ears or my purse at all times.”

 

Ricoh Theta SC

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This tiny device will turn life’s epic moments into an immersive experience! The Ricoh Theta SC is a 360° camera, capable of capturing up to five minutes of full HD 360° video as well as high-resolution photos. The high-precision stitching technology delivers stunning results with minimal noise: even when shooting night scenes. To make sharing those epic photos and videos a breeze, the Ricoh Theta SC is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Just download the dedicated Theta+ App to create and share little planet images, or use the Theta+V to edit, add filters and background music to your videos. Then simply share them to your favourite social networks!

Oprah says: “Get ready, shutterbugs. This 360-degree camera easily captures sweeping images and videos taken in stadiums, gymnasiums, or any other vast space.”

 

Samsung QLED TV

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We’ve heard of smart TVs, but the Samsung QLED 4K Smart TV takes it to the next level with innovative tech and refined elegance and style. Groundbreaking Quantum dot technology provides consistently bright, true-to-life colours that will last with no burn-in over time. When you’re not watching TV, you can use the QLED as an information hub by displaying news, weather and more, or display a picture of your wall décor to create the illusion of a transparent screen. This ‘Ambient Mode’ background setting feature can vary depending on the environment where the TV is installed, including wall designs, patterns, and colours, blending seamlessly with the room’s surroundings.

Oprah says: “When this ultra-high-def smart TV is on, its picture is eye-poppingly pristine. When it’s off and in ambient mode, it makes like a chameleon and gorgeously disappears into the colour or pattern of the wall behind it.”

 

Apple Watch Series 4

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The new Apple Watch Series 4 is said to be part guardian, part guru. This compact piece of tech can track your heart rate, has fall detection and Emergency SOS, and New Breathe watch faces: all designed to improve your health every day, while being powerful enough to help protect it. You’ll also be able to use Siri in new ways, listen to your favourite podcasts, and take phone calls and messages – even when you’re away from your phone. If you want to get your hands on one, the Series 4 is now available for pre-order at London Drugs!

Oprah says: “I’d only ever take off my Apple Watch to replace it with a new one, which is my plan with the latest model.”

 

Feeling inspired to get a start on your holiday shopping? Don’t forget, we can help make the experience even better with our price match guarantee! London Drugs will match any Canadian competitor’s advertised price on identical products for up to 30 days from the date of purchase.

 

Happy gift giving!

6 Delicious Turkey Preparations for Your Thanksgiving Feast

Let’s talk turkey!

Canadians are getting ready to gather with friends and family to give thanks, and also to eat a whole bunch of delicious food.

Whether you’re new to preparing a Thanksgiving feast or a “seasoned” chef, we know it can be daunting. Fantastic, but daunting. So, we’ve curated 6 delicious ways to prepare a turkey so you can wow dinner guests and make new memories!

Please enjoy these 6 Delicious Turkey Preparations for your Thanksgiving Feast.


1. Brine, Baby, Brine

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Brining your turkey creates rich flavour, and also helps you get prep done the night before the big day. It’s a favourite around our houses, for sure. Here’s one recipe and method. We recommend adding a full clove of garlic and a ¼ cup of honey to add even more depth of flavour.

2. Deep Fried Turkey

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This turkey preparation was all the rage for a while there, and we can really see why. Deep frying the turkey gives it a delicious taste and texture, and the crispy skin is a heavenly treat.

Caution: deep frying a turkey is a potentially dangerous activity, so follow these safety precautions to the letter. Safety first!

3. Slow-Grilled Turkey

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Did you know you can grill a turkey? Neither did we. #LifeGoals.

If you have the right kind of kettle grill, the deliciously deep smoky flavour might well be worth your effort. Check out the whole recipe and method here.

4. Classic Roast Turkey Preparation

Hamptons-chic domestic guru, Ina Garten, has a classic recipe for roast turkey that uses thyme, lemon, onion, and garlic to add fresh flavour to your bird. Find the recipe here – it’s a great place to start for those who are new to Thanksgiving chef-ery.

It’s as simple as it is delicious!

5. Juicy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

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Three minutes of prep and a day of slow cooking make this recipe an easy choice for busy people (or those who would rather spend their fall day outdoors instead of hovering around a hot stove).

The low and slow preparation delivers fantastic flavour, and the gravy that comes out of the pot is also superb. This one is a brine must-try, at Thanksgiving and beyond! Hot turkey sandwiches in March? Yes please!

6. Caribbean Turkey with Spicy Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing

Image from Jamie Oliver

Recipes for turkey with out-there ingredients can be found all over the internet. If you are feeling adventurous, give some of these a try! Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Caribbean Turkey with Spicy Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing is sure to wow your dinner guests.


How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Are you planning on hosting a feast? Which is your favourite way to prepare your bird?

Help us celebrate and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube for even more Turkey inspiration, and to share your feast!

7 Tech Gadgets to Reduce Holiday Stress

With Christmas right around the corner… there’s no time to stress! The holiday season inspires joy, excitement, and family comfort. What’s not to love about spending quality time with the most important people in your life, sipping warm drinks by the fireplace and decorating your home?

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Unfortunately, we can easily find ourselves feeling a little overwhelmed with office parties, gift exchanges, family reunions and our kids’ school events. No matter how many commitments are booked into your calendar, there never seems to be quite enough time to get anything done – let alone finish Christmas shopping!

Thankfully, we have the tech to help make everyone’s life just a little easier – including your own!

Get into the festive spirit this winter and check out the following 7 tech gadgets that are bound to eliminate some of your holiday stress, while also making great gifts for friends, coworkers and family!

Nest Learning Thermostat

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A thermostat may seem like a strange gift to pick up for the holidays, but trust us, the Nest Learning Thermostat is well worth it. Particularly useful during the chilly Canadian winters, this remote-controlled tech gadget can be used right from your smartphone, tablet or laptop through WiFi connectivity. With energy-saving options, safety alerts, and automatic adjustments from your personal energy history, just think – no more coming home to a frigid home, and no more waking up in the middle of the night to adjust the heat!

iQ Keychain Power Bank

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A fantastic option for stocking stuffers, the IQ Keychain Power Bank is a necessity for busy, on-the-go people who use their portable technology on a day-to-day basis. The keychain feature makes this power bank easily accessible and always within reach when in need. For those days where you forget to charge your phone, or your laptop runs out of battery, simply plug into the IQ Keychain without the stress of finding an available power outlet in public.

TouCan Hands Free Can Opener

 

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Opening cans with faulty (and often painful!) can openers can be the bane of your existence, especially when in a hurry and with a hungry family to feed. Another great stocking stuffer option (perhaps for the cook in your life, or for anyone with joint pain) the TouCan Hands Free Can Opener makes opening cans of all shapes and sizes completely effortless. With just a push of the button, anyone can seamlessly prepare their meals, without the mess and frustration.

Belkin Wireless Charging Pad

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If you’ve been thinking about picking up a charging pad, now is the time! More than ever, we’re glued to our phones and tablets for personal as well as work use throughout the day, making it easy to run out of battery life. The hassle of finding (let alone de-tangling!) the large amount of mismatched chargers you need could give anyone a headache. Thankfully, the Belkin Wireless Charging Pad provides a quick solution to this everyday stress. After a long day at work, place your smartphone, tablet or powerbank (no need to remove any cases!) within the charging ring, and enjoy the luxury of cordless freedom.

Global Data SIM Card

 

Visiting family or friends over the holidays, and travelling outside of your designated carrier zone? Know anyone who travels frequently overseas, and could benefit from some extra coverage? Look no further! Pick up the AOW Global Data SIM Card for yourself or as a gift and enjoy 4G LTE access to over 90 countries across the globe. Choose from hourly plans, by day, or by storage, and pre-schedule before you leave. The Global Data SIM Card is compatible with any unlocked smartphone, and will not only save you the effort of finding secure WiFi, but allows you to stay connected with loved ones via apps without daunting roaming fees.

London Drugs Rechargeable Wine Opener

London Drugs Rechargable Wine Opener

If you don’t need one of these in your kitchen cupboard, guaranteed you know someone who does! Just like opening a can, grappling with a tricky cork can result in nicked fingers, compromised wine and most likely a bad mood. Avoid the fuss and save your energy with the London Drugs Rechargeable Wine Opener. This sleek electric opener can be easily recharged when needed, and makes a great gift for any wine connoisseur.

Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

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Ordered your Christmas gifts online and anxious for them to be delivered to your door? More often than not, you won’t be home mid-day to receive your parcels. With the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, there’s no need to rush home to see if your packages have arrived! With wide angled HD video and instant alerts straight to your phone, this futuristic doorbell can also act as a security monitor, alerting you of what’s going on outside without having to be at home! Great for families with children, the doorbell also offers a safe way for kids to see who’s at the door without having to answer it.

Nostalgia and personalization top holiday decor trends for 2016

The holidays are all about enjoying the company of friends and family, and if you’re celebrating together from the comfort of your own home, there are a few creative ways to make your home feel even more festive and inviting. Spread holiday cheer from the moment your guests walk in the door with unique and personalized holiday décor items from London Drugs Photolab.

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Christmas Ornaments – Christmas Ornaments are what make every Christmas tree unique. Often, ornaments are passed down through the generations, and many tell our family stories, from ‘First Year Married’ to ‘Baby’s First Christmas’. You can customize your very own Christmas ornaments to share your favourite memories. Choose from our extensive selection of ornaments, made from aluminum, pewter, crystal and ceramic – all of which come in a wide variety of shapes. Add a personal photo and some text to create a special keepsake you can hang on the tree for years to come.

 

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Canvas Gallery Wraps & Aluminum Panels – Just as you change the pillows and other décor in your home for the holidays, why not switch up your artwork, too? Get creative and have your own personal holiday photos printed on a Canvas Gallery Wrap or Aluminum Panel. Deck the halls with a fine art print of your family’s annual Christmas photo, or if you consider yourself skilled with a camera, why not take one of your own wintery landscape photos and have it printed?

Our Canvas Gallery Wraps are hand stretched onto deep wooden frames for easily placement or hanging, and are printed using specialty pigmented inks with archival qualities, so your holiday photos can be displayed as works of art.

We now also offer our high-gloss Aluminum Panels in a larger format, up to 40 x 60, which makes them great for creating your very own holiday wall décor. Thanks to their mounting, the vivid images appear almost three-dimensional, seemingly jumping off the wall.

 

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Personalized Placemats – A lot of time during the holidays is spent around the dinner table, so why not add your own personal holiday touches to your tablespace? Customize placemats using our Photolab to match your Christmas theme: our experts recommend using a photo of last year’s Christmas tree, the gingerbread house your kids made, or even a snapshot of the snowman you built. You can even personalize with text (a simple ‘Merry Christmas’ works great).

 

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Photo Coasters – If you’re planning on entertaining, it’s the details that will really impress your guests. Instead of pulling out your usual old coasters for guests to use, customize your own holiday coasters with some personal photos and the help of our Photolab. Make them all the more festive with some text: “Eat, Drink and be Merry!”, for example.

Get started with any of these fun and festive décor ideas at our new Photolab website or by visiting any London Drugs location.

 

Holiday Order Deadlines

A great selection of products are available for same day or next day pickup, up to Saturday, December 24 including Enlargements, Canvas Gallery Wraps, Express Books, Photographic Calendars and Mugs. See a photolab expert for details.

Be sure to place your orders for the below products before the listed dates to ensure Christmas delivery:

Photobooks, Calendars and Traditional Greeting Cards: Wednesday, December 14

Creative Products: Wednesday, December 14

Crystals: Tuesday, December 13

Crystallize-it 3D Photo Crystals: Tuesday, December 13

Bobbleheads: Monday, November 14

Yes Video: Friday, November 25

 

Click here for information about order deadlines.