Celebrating the vacations in Saskatoon with Christmas at Grandma’s

In October Corrie Swallow and his team created the largest haunted house in Saskatoon. Now, less than a month later, they have turned the former spooky room into the biggest COVID-friendly Christmas event in town, Christmas at Grandma’s.

While many traditional holiday celebrations have been scaled back, Christmas at Grandma’s is offering a getaway to get the Christmas cheer up while you stay in Saskatoon.

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The Christmas Adventure features decorated rooms, local vendors selling goods, and of course, Santa Claus.

“Christmas is even happier than Halloween,” said Swallow. “So we can hardly wait to bring the same cheers to everyone here as well.”

Moving from Halloween to Christmas was no easy task and required the help of a determined team that put in over 3,000 hours of work.

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“Grandma’s house is Grandma’s house, so you don’t want to let Grandma down,” said Swallow. “So you do everything in a little more detail.”

One of the biggest motivations for Swallow to create Christmas at Grandma’s, along with a Christmas atmosphere that makes the public feel normal, was also to provide them with a place to easily buy gifts from local vendors.

“That was one of the big things for us,” said Swallow. “Support locally, buy locally, we wanted to involve local businesses and involve them even more than with the 7 Deadly Sins (Haunted House). ”

“I’ve tried from the start to make this happen and bring it to life,” said saleswoman Colleen Shalley. “It’s amazing to see it here today.”

“I think it’s huge,” repeated Sharlene Tetrault, her saleswoman. “You know, people are reluctant to come out, reluctant to go to places. But they are extremely safe here. “

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The group went beyond provincial guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests and reduced the building’s capacity from the required 25 percent to 15 percent. They also provide hand disinfection stations, keep the flow of traffic in a single and marked direction, while showing a safety video that greets you as you enter the building.

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“We have our doorman who gives people a ticket, they go back to their car, turn on our 99.3 FM radio and when it’s their turn they hear it over the FM,” explained Swallowallow.

Christmas at Grandma’s also offers the classic photo with Santa Claus, taken by a physically distant elf, all hands-free. The biggest difference between this picture and your normal mall Christmas shot is the acrylic barrier that separates the Jolly Old Saint Nick and the kid.

“Nothing really happens in Saskatoon and we wanted to make sure we were doing something that was safe for everyone,” said Swallow. “But so that people can also enjoy the Christmas season and just smile.”

Christmas at Grandma’s runs through January 3, 2021. Entry is $ 10.00 per person or $ 30.00 for a family of four. Santa Claus pictures are free, with a non-perishable food donated to the Saskatoon Food Bank.

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