Edmonton is a truly wonderful place to live. We experience all four seasons, yes–sometimes it is experiencing the wrath of four seasons, but nowhere else would feel like home. Christmas in Edmonton is truly special. The city puts on so many great events, really encouraging our inner child to get outside, embrace the cold and enjoy ourselves.
Thus far, Edmonton has already celebrated the lighting of Churchill Square and 124th street. Both fantastic events that left our community both in awe, and warmth from the great city we live in. Nowhere else can we enter temperatures much below freezing, and still feel warmth spreading through our body simply from the sights and sounds of Christmas in the city.
This past weekend marked the annual Festival of Trees. An event that is as much of a tradition in Edmonton, as Christmas is itself.
Want to show your holiday spirit and take part in some of the great events Edmonton and the surrounding area have to offer?
Here are some suggestions:
Fort Edmonton Christmas Reflections
Experience an old-fashioned Christmas with all the trimmings; decorations, games, storytelling, treats and much more. Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends this festive season.
Dates: December 16 – 23
Times: 12 pm to 4 pm or 5 pm to 9 pm
Prices: Adults $20 + GST, Seniors $18 + GST, Children/youth $15 + GST
Horse drawn wagon rides will be available throughout the event for an additional $5.00 + GST. Rides will subject to weather conditions.
What activities can I participate in during this event?
Visit families from the 1920s and 1880s and celebrate Christmas their way
Write a letter to Santa
Sing Christmas Carols
Watch the Christmas Reflections play The Gift of the Magi
Visit Father Christmas
Sort parcels and letters and deliver packages
Experience other fun Christmas traditions!
LIGHT-UP – DECEMBER 1, 2016, AT 5 P.M.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON – DECEMBER 2 TO 23, 2016
For over 30 years the Alberta Legislature has celebrated the holiday season with musical performances throughout December. Nearly 70 musical ensembles from throughout the province will grace the Legislature rotunda’s grand staircase with daily performances during Celebrate the Season.
Thousands of bright lights provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday stroll on the beautiful Legislature Grounds. The centrepiece tree is a 60-foot spruce originating from the Edson area and is lit with over 5,000 lights of its own
A Christmas Past
Sunday, December 11, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.
Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty treats from the historic kitchen. Spice up this holiday season with a visit to Rutherford House!
ZOOMINESCENCE, A FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
LIGHT IS ENERGIZING. LIGHT IS REVITALIZING.
DATES: December 9 – 18, 2016 | 5 PM to 9 PM NIGHTLY
TICKETS: Adults: $7.50* | Children: $5.00*
LOCATION: The Edmonton Valley Zoo
Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over one million, is a world-renowned winter metropolis with the proud title of Festival City. People are eager to enjoy activities in their fine city year-round. Our annual Zoominescence, a Festival of Light celebration is our way of spreading that light and illuminating the spirit of Edmonton. This years theme is “Renewable Energy.”
Each December, Zoominescence, a Festival of Light, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, stages a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. We would like to invite you to join us for the 4th Annual Zoominescence, a Festival of Light December 9 – 18, 2016.
This years special event evenings include: Animal Attraction, VIP Night and a special Media Night (Media Night not open to general public.)
*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a fundraiser; annual zoo passes are not valid for entry to this event.
THE ARK PROJECT PRESENTS – ANIMAL ATTRACTION!
Come down with your significant otter to explore a unique winter wonderland at the zoo! Animal Attraction is an 18 plus event that will take place after the gates of the Edmonton Valley Zoo have closed and all of the lights have come on! Be among the few that will get to take part in this one of a kind experience! Amongst the spectacular exhibitions of light installations there will be live music, entertainers, ice skating, hot chocolate & much s’more!
More great events!