6 Must-Do Holiday Festivities in Edmonton

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The snow is here, and the holidays are just around the corner. If you dare to put down your mug of hot chocolate and brave the outdoors this December, there are tons of fun holiday events happening around Edmonton this month. From lights to ice skating, there’s tons of cheer to be found this season. So layer up, throw on your biggest scarf, and let’s celebrate.

1. See the lights at Alberta Legislature, December 1st through 23rd

Brave the cold and take a stroll through the grounds at the Alberta Legislature. Thousands of bright holiday lights frame the 60 foot spruce that towers over the scenery. There’s also skating grounds, live musical performances, and hot chocolate for a true winter wonderland experience.
Click here for more information on performances and more.

2. A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre, through December 23rd

In its 16th year, this Edmonton tradition continues to thrill audiences young and old with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Take the whole family to enjoy the tale that’s lasted generations. Tickets start at $30, and are on sale now

Donations will also be collected after the show to benefit the Edmonton Food Bank.

3. Hay Rides and Santa Photos, December 10th and 17th

If you have little ones, or perhaps nieces and nephews in town for the holidays, pop over to the Marketplace at Callingwood for a quick visit with Santa and a horse-drawn hay ride around the market. The rides are free, and prints of the photo with Santa are a small fee. Bring your gently used coats, winter boots, and snow pants to donate to Coats for Kids and Families.

4. Leduc Country Lights, December 1st through 24th

A quick drive outside of town will bring you more holiday lights than you can even imagine at Leduc Country Lights. The trip is about 45 minutes – or a bit longer if the weather isn’t compliant. The ranch is decked out in thousands of holiday lights, from a candy cane lane to the Grinch.

Photo credit: Raising Edmonton

The Leduc Country Lights are open until December 24th, from 4:30 to 10:00 PM seven days a week. Be sure and bundle up for the weather!

5. Ice Skate around Town

There’s few winter pastimes that bring more joy (and sometimes bruises) than ice skating. Luckily, Edmonton is home to dozens of skating rinks, perfect for a few spins in any part of town. Here’s a full list of outdoor ice skating spots in Edmonton and throughout the suburbs! 

6. CP Holiday Train, December 8th

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is stopping through Edmonton on December 12th at 8:15 PM. The show will be on and gone before you know it at just 30 minutes, but it’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Dallas Smith and Odds will be performing traditional and modern holiday songs. Plus, the event benefits local food bank. Donations are collected at the event, and they stay right in the Edmonton community.

If your holiday lights have been strung for weeks and you’ve had your fair share of cocoa, don’t give up on the holidays just yet! Head out to one of these fun events around Edmonton. We love how much this city has to offer this time of year – despite the cold! What are your favorite holiday events and traditions around Edmonton?

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