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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:59

Great Canadian Barn Dance celebrates Christmas

Written by  Demi Knight
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For over 30 years, the Great Canadian Barn Dance has been bringing country and Christmas together with the cowboy Christmas dinner.

Every Friday and Saturday until Dec. 9, the special dinner and show comes to the Great Canadian Barn Dance to offer all it’s visitors an experience worth savouring. With great tastes whipped up by a seasoned chef and a show that pleases generations people come out by the hundreds to be a part of this yearly sensation.
“I don’t think that there’s anything else out there like this event,” says Events Coordinator, Tanya Wilson
“Participants get to listen to Christmas classics with country music all in one place, and that’s kind of a dying field. There’s not many places out there that haven events like this that bring generations together to enjoy the variation of music and a great dining experience.”
As the festive season sets in, Christmas lights hang from tree’s and the days become filled with cheer, the great Canadian barn dance celebrates the holiday in a way like no other. With two performances a day, one matinee and one in the evening, these cowboy Christmas dinners offer a fusion of old and new, festive carols, and a taste of home-cooked meals accompanied by stories of holidays past. However, it’s not just the activities that people at the event enjoy but also the opportunity to spend a few hours with their friends, families and like-minded individuals in the comfort of the majestic one hundred and six-year-old barn.
“It’s a great atmosphere, after the food there’s a live stage show, where we do an opening, tell stories and sing carols and then we have country classic moments, where grandpa eddy and ted come on stage and do older music for the older crowds,” says Wilson of the show that proceeds the delicious dinner.
With a Christmas meal, served with all the trimmings, guests fill themselves to the brim before sitting back to watch the entertainment take the stage.
“It’s a family band that performs after dinner,” says Wilson.
“Their name is the Kunkel Clan and they perform music for all ages. From the Christmas classics to Frank Sinatra and Michael buble, this is a really great event that people of all ages, and families with several generations come to together and all really enjoy.”
While offering such a unique experience to people that is hard to find elsewhere, the Cowboy Christmas Dinner and show brings in over a hundred each night from different corners of southern Alberta. From Calgary and High River, to Milk River, Lethbridge and even British Columbia. However, each year the event does see many familiar faces, from neighbouring senior homes and local bus tours, meaning tickets each year are always fast to sell out.
“We have a lot of returning customers and newcomers every year and we just love doing this! Everyone that comes has a good time and love the entertainment and family feel, and it keeps getting better every year!” added Wilson on a final note.
With afternoon shows at 1 p.m., and evening shows at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 17 to Dec. 9, tickets are on sale and selling out fast at $55 for adults, $45 for seniors and youth and $20 for children. For more information on the upcoming shows and reservations you can visit the website at

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