November 20, 2017



EDMONTON – This festive season, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is giving back in a variety of ways, including an exciting new event, all in support of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton.

The newest initiative, the Festive Floral Auction, will see four of the top designer florists in Edmonton each create a beautiful, larger than life piece. They will be on display at the hotel in the Lobby Galleria from December 8th to 10th where the public can place their sealed bids. Bids can also be placed online. The creators will be Graham and Lane, Laureis on Whyte, FaBLOOMosity, and Wild Orchid.

In addition, the hotel will once again engage in other giving campaigns including the holiday ornament campaign where proceeds from the purchase of a Fairmont Macdonald Holiday Ornament go to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Proceeds are also donated when guests treat themselves to a holiday getaway with the Trees of Hope package where $10 from every reservation is donated.

“Since 1915, giving back to the community has been an integral part of the festive season at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and we are proud to continue this tradition again this year in support of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton,” said Joslyn Black, Communications Manager at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

The festive season officially launches at the hotel on November 24th with the second annual tree lighting ceremony and public reveal of a life-size gingerbread house taking place at noon. Fairmont Hotel Macdonald welcomes all guests coming to the hotel for this festive season for stays, events, or even just to dine. Full details on festive season programs are available online at

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About Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has long been known as the most elegant hotel in Edmonton and is lovingly referred to as ‘The Mac.’ After four years of construction, the Hotel, named after Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, opened its doors on July 05, 1915 and was destined to become the centre of Edmonton’s social life. Situated high on the bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley, the seven-story Grand Trunk Pacific Hotel (faced with Indiana limestone and roofed with copper) was built and furnished at a cost of about $2,250,000 (over $35 million today). The characteristic Chateau style, an adaptation of French 16th Century castles, was first brought to Canada in 1892. After more than half a century of glamour, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald closed its doors in 1983 after the Universiade Games, as it had fallen into a state of disrepair. On January 08, 1985, the City of Edmonton designated the Hotel as a Municipal Heritage Resource (and thereby saving it from the wrecking ball) and was the first building in Edmonton to receive this special designation. Five heritage areas are included in the designation: The building exterior, The Confederation Lounge, the Lobby, the Wedgwood Room, and the Empire Ballroom.

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Joslyn Black

Communications Manager

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald



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