Lougheed House Christmas, 2019
November 21st – January 5th
Lougheed House has been making Christmas memorable for Calgarians since 1891.
And until January 5th Lougheed House visitors can discover a new seasonal twist with our Christmas experience that blends Victorian ambiance with “eco-friendly” Christmas décor created and installed by eight of Calgary’s top interior designers.
To meet the challenge of adorning Lougheed House with Christmas décor that has a minimal eco footprint, the designers got creative, making Christmas tree skirts from old scarves, repurposing vintage furniture, using old sweaters to recover worn pillows, creating window curtains from dried compostable orange slices, and making flowers from doilies and recycled coffee filters. One designer even raided her family heirlooms to find a real 1930s stuffed chameleon and another created four dresses made entirely from found materials, including one built from copper scouring pads, an Ikea lampshade, and a shower curtain. We’re grateful to Calgary’s Women in Need Society (WINS) and Goodwill Industries who donated some of the décor that has been used by the designers.
The result is Christmas done with a big “WOW!” factor, but a small eco footprint.
All of these contemporary twists on Christmas are integrated with our House’s 14,000 square feet of original (restored in 2005) Victorian warmth and character spread over our 20 rooms and nooks, 11 fireplaces, 30 stained glass windows, turrets, bannisters, staircases, hardwood floors, and decorative high ceilings, vintage pianos and an organ, all aglow with Christmas trees, lights, wreaths, nutcrackers and hand-painted/repurposed tree decorations. Interpretive panels – and audio tours – tell you the historic story of this grand home and the family who created it.
There are fun activities for kids, included with admission, and free parking.