The Fairmont is a family favourite of ours! From Banff’s majestic Banff Springs to Calgary’s own historical Palliser Hotel to Toronto’s landmark Royal York, Fairmont Hotels continue to be our home away from home when we travel. Even in my native homeland Australia, Fairmont staff treat us like family, which is why we keep coming back year after year.

When you visit Calgary, the Fairmont Palliser is a must-see landmark – especially during the holiday season. The Palliser is one of my FAVE PLACES in Calgary to catch up with friends and family. It’s fabulous and has everything you need to make the right impression 😊 Check out the Hawthorn Dining Room’s Holiday Afternoon Tea (until January 12), try a festive-themed cocktail (until December 31), and splurge on the Veuve Clicquot Brunch. Or try my personal favourite, the “Yule Love It” lunch buffet, a Fairmont Palliser holiday tradition. This seasonal favourite features all the holiday classics and is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the holiday season with friends, family and coworkers. The “Yule Love It” lunch buffet is a great option for a small office Christmas celebration. Served from December 16 – December 20 from 11 am until 2 pm. $65 per adult. Two seatings available at 11 am and 1 pm.

For the first giveaway of my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Instagram contest, the fab peeps at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary are giving one lucky winner the chance to win 2 tickets to the “Yule Love It” lunch buffet for either the 11 am or 1 pm seating in the Gold Floor Lounge! With this lunch comes another special treat – a personal performance by yours truly: ME!

Here’s how you can win lunch for 2 and your own personal performance by me. Head to my Instagram page – sophieplaysviolin – and answer today’s contest question. It’s that easy!

Happy holidays! Sophie xo


*Entries for any of the 12 Days Giveaways can be done anytime between 10am on 4th December until midnight on Sunday 15th December. Winners will be announced at 10am EST on Monday 15th December.