December 2013


Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association

December Newsletter

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our Members!

GPRTA's 2013 Christmas Holiday Hours:

Monday, December 23 ~ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 24 ~ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, December 25 ~ CLOSED
Thursday, December 26 ~ CLOSED
Friday, December 27 ~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 28 ~ CLOSED
Sunday, December 29 ~ CLOSED
Monday, December 30 ~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 31 ~ CLOSED
Wednesday, January 1 ~ CLOSED
Thursday, January 2 ~ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

New Members Appointed to Travel Alberta Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Starke, Minister responsible for Travel Alberta, has announced that three new members have been appointed to the Travel Alberta Board of Directors:
Stewart Wilson - Grande Prairie
Francisco Gomez - Canmore
Don Oszli - Red Deer
Their terms of office will be effective from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016.
All three bring extensive board and committee experience to Travel Alberta, and Dr. Starke is confident they, along with the rest of the board, will make a valuable contribution to growing the tourism industry in Alberta.
Congratulations to Stewart, Francisco and Don on their appointments.  With the appointment of these three individuals, the Travel Alberta Board of Directors is now at full membership. 

Reminder: The ALL NEW Travel Alberta 2014 EQ Workshops in Grande Prairie

The workshops are designed to familiarize and educate industry partners on the EQ framework, how and when to use it, and successful examples. The following outlines the new workshops in Grande Prairie for 2014.
PART 1 of 3 - Say Hello to your Best Customer, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 22
Have you ever wondered why one person is happy to relax and read a book by the pool while another wants endless exploration on a vacation? As individuals, we each value different things and that includes how we want to spend our time on vacation. This workshop explores how one’s social and travel values influence the kinds of experiences we seek. This in-depth look at EQ, a segmentation tool founded on values, will give you:
  • An understanding  of the values and motivations of the EQ types
  • How these values drive purchase decisions
  • Which EQ type is your business’s “best customer”
PART 2 of 3 - Building Experiences for your Best Customer, 12:00 pm, Tuesday, February 18

PART 3 of 3 - Marketing Experiences to your Best Customer, 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 19
This is a three part series and we encourage you to enroll in all three sessions to get the maximum benefits of these workshops.  All sessions will be held at Centre 2000 unless otherwise stated.  Cost is FREE to attend and lunch will be provided.  Deadline to register for the first session is Friday, January 17, 2014.  Please RSVP to info@gptourism.ca or 780-539-7688.

What's Happening in Grande Prairie this month?



Grande Prairie Storm
Dec 3 – Drayton Thunder
Dec 7 – Whitecourt Wolverines
Dec 8 - Whitecourt Wolverines
Dec 13 – Brook Bandits
Dec 14 – Okotoks Oiler
Games Start at 7:30 pm at Crystal Centre
Santa Parade
Downtown Grande Prairie
Starts at 1pm on 102 St. and 100 Ave. Proceeds East on 100 Ave. to 99 St. Turns North and disbands on 101 Ave

Acting Workshop
Grande Prairie Century Play
Mask work – revealing the essential actor
This is a free event call 780-357-1503
Or anismith@telus.net for more information.

Old Fashion Christmas
December 8
2:00 to 6:00pm Regular museum admission applies.
There will be many family activities and events for all to enjoy come down for a festive event filled afternoon.

Eastlink Center Anniversary
12 – 4 pm
Treats, Fun, Santa
And a food bank drive

First Footing Celebration
6:30 to 10:00
Spend New Year’s at Muskoseepi Park with sleigh rides, skating on the pond, snow shoeing.
With Fireworks starting at 10:00.

GPRC Jazz Ensemble Concert
 7:30 pm
 Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre
 Adults $15
 Students & Seniors $10
 Tickets will be available at the door.

Crystal Christmas
December 7
Grande Prairie Crystal Centre is hosting Crystal Christmas. $53.00, per guest this is an adult only event. There will be a supper, entertainment and an evening of dancing. Contact the Crystal Centre for reservations or more information at 780-538-0474 or email at info@crystalcentre.com

Grande Prairie Farmer’s Market
Friday: 4pm-8pm 
Saturday: 10am-3pm

County Farmer’s Markets
Tuesday: 5pm-8pm
Wednesday: 12pm-3pm
Friday: 4pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Saturday: 10am -3pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm
Closed for Season

Beaverlodge Cultural Center
Gourd Mackey Art show will be running until December 19
Centre for Creative Arts
The CFCA Christmas Show and Sale
Will be in both the main and hall galleries for the center.



The Great Northern Casino Presents:
Dec 5-7 Fox Worthee
Dec 12-14 Diezel
Dec 19-21 Face to Face
Dec 25-28, 31 Room to Dance

Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce
Business after 5 mixer
 Thursday, December 12   5-7pm
 Beairsto Lehners Ketchum Engineering
Business before 9 morning mixer
 Thursday, January 9   7:30-9am
 Aurora Eye Care

Northern Spirit Light Show
December 6, 7, & 8
December 13-24 & 26-31

Happy Holidays
We wish everyone safe and happy holidays and the best in the new year. Celebrate with family, friends, and community in the wide array of seasonal events Grande Prairie is hosting this year.


For a full listing of events check out
Produced by Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association in cooperation with The Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association.

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