Whyte Wishes in Old Strathcona

There’s plenty to see and do this holiday season in Old Strathcona! Experience the magic of the season on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, meet Santa and give him your list, and support local businesses in the process. With dozens of independent businesses carrying the latest in winter fashions and accessories, treasures of all kinds, world-class dining, and quality entertainment, you can find unique gifts for all five of your senses (and for everyone else on your list!) in Old Strathcona. We wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for supporting Old Strathcona.


Find your Whyte Wishes in Old Strathcona November 16-December 15 and you may win your wish!
1. Visit Old Strathcona businesses (there are over 600 of them!)
2. Find something nice for yourself (or someone you know).
3. Snap a picture of the item (with permission from the business).
4. Share your wish (and where you found it) with @oldstrathcona on Twitter or Instagram using #WhyteWishes

We’re granting one wish a day and you could be one of our lucky winners! Follow along and see what #WhyteWishes we’ve granted HERE.

Discover your wish list by searching #WhyteWishes where you can see great gift ideas from Old Strathcona businesses.


It’s a tradition in Old Strathcona to take your family on the horse-drawn sleigh rides! Two horse-drawn sleighs will move through Old Strathcona, stopping at designated stops near major parking areas. Guests are welcome to get on and off the sleigh at these stops.

This year the sleigh rides are by donation in support of the Red Shoe Society. You can enjoy the ride on Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17 from Noon-4pm (last pick-ups around 3:30pm).

Click here for the sleigh map.


Santa is returning to Old Strathcona! You might see him in the shops, on the sleigh, or spreading holiday cheer on the streets of Old Strathcona. Make sure to tell jolly old St. Nick what you would like to see under the tree!