Edmonton is due for a long, cold winter and you’re going to love it. There are enough winter events and activities for Edmonton to have earned the title of being a Winter City. We embrace the cold and thrive instead of simply surviving. Winter is cuddle season and here are a selected five unique date nights to get you in the mood.
A group of Edmontonians have brought the traditions to Krampusnacht to the streets of Whyte Ave. In German tradition, Krampus is the antithesis of Santa Claus. Krampus – the Christmas Devil, punishes children for being naughty. Krampusnacht is always celebrated on the traditional date of December 5th. The gang of Krampus enthusiasts work all year to craft the perfect costume — sourcing furs, bells and masks. The evening of December 5th, an army of Krampus’ will parade through Whyte Ave – there are tons of photos ops for parade goers. The Krampus group like to have fun and make appearances at other YEG winter hotspots like the Ice Castle. Edmonton is one of only two groups that celebrate this tradition.
All Is Bright
Local artists and storefronts join the City of Edmonton effort and craft unique holiday light fixtures and displays along the 124th street area. As winter draws closer, YEG celebrates with a festival of light. On November 25th, hit up Edmonton’s High Street and let loose. This event is family friendly but there are plenty of mature activities. Grab a beer from the beer gardens and get cozy making s’mores around the numerous fires. The festival will run along 124 Street, with events from Jasper Avenue all the way north to 111 Avenue. Festivities will start at 4 p.m. with street hockey, sleigh rides, ice carving, axe throwing and a visit from the jolly fat man. The big light up happens at 6:20 PM – don’t miss it.
University of Alberta’s, Devonian Gardens annual Luminaria is an event that oozes romance, and feelings of warm nostalgia. Every year Luminaria sells out – YEG knows what’s good. Seeing thousands of candles along the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden is a breathtaking display. The short drive from city limits is absolutely worth it. In addition to the gorgeous lights, count on bonfires, apple cider, snow sprites and the relaxing sounds of carollers renditions of holiday classics. Stunning snow sculptures line the paths of light. One of the most special features of this event, sure to draw out some tears – Memory Lane – a special path in the gardens with candles lit for those guests would like to honour. This event runs the first weekend of December.