Every year our city has a Christmas festival on the downtown square and it's seriously my favorite weekend. It used to be called "Dickens of a Christmas" and had a Victorian theme... this year it was just called Home for The Holidays.
My dad's office is downtown, so thankfully we didn't have to park way far away since we got to use his lot. That's our van in the background of the pic :) Stop Number 1... the reindeer!
Luke was DESPERATE to do the "ice slide" this year, so we stopped there first. They weren't open yet, so we took a stroll down the "candycane lane".
Of course we had to stop at the cute little photo op they had set up...
Okay Mason... where on earth was this smile when we were taking our family pictures!?!?!?
Next stop was making bird feeders. This was super easy and fun and was really good for hand-eye coordination. They each had a pipe cleaner and a bowl of cheerios and they just strung them on the pipe cleaner and then bent it into a circle to hang on a branch.
My parents joked that when I was two I could skate laps (I'm Canadian), but unfortunately this was Mason's first time and he was under the impression that you put the skates on and automatically went...
You wouldn't know it by his face, but he loved ice skating. he told everyone that he skated and talked about it all day long.
We saw a couple of ballerinas from the Nutcracker going on at the Performing Arts Center (apparently we were in such a hurry we didn't brush Luke's hair. hahaha #momfail)
Mason loves the ladies :)
MONSTER truck (hence Mason's monster face)
The boys couldn't get enough of this...
Ringing the bell (BONUS! Not only did he get to put in a dollar AND ring the bell he also took the opportunity to hit his little brother in the head with the bell... TRIPLE WIN!)
The boys both loved the petting zoo. I still think it's the cutest idea ever to have brushes out since some of the kids (i.e. Mason) are hesitant to touch them with their hands.
If I didn't know that the adorable baby pigs turned into big pigs I would have been tempted to stick this one in my purse. SO CUTE!!! :)
We made ornaments...
And the boys rode the train...
Everyone was on board with the idea of the carousel, but the minute I sat Mason on his horse, I mean bear, he went into meltdown mode...
Last stop... back to the ice slide! Luke is NOT a fan of heights and as he climbed that staircase all by himself we were so proud!
Close up :)
He said he loved it and wanted to ride it 1,000,000 more times. At $1/slide I think we're better off buying our own ice slide :) hahaha
It was such a fun day and a great time with our little family. In case you're curious, here's my post from our trip last year. :)