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 we have 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 Saturday December 8th, 7pm with photos and activities in the park. The lauf will start promptly at 8pm, an army of Krampus’ will parade through Wilbert Mcintyre Park – 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 in North America that celebrate this tradition. Come out and have your annual family visit with Krampus and his minions.
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On December 15th the Edmonton Burlesque Festival will host the fourth instalment of this holiday favourite, guaranteed to heat up your holidays. More naughty than nice, Beau Creep will reclaim his role as Krampus. If you attended previous years, you know you’re in for a treat. EBF shows always deliver. An immense amount of work is put into every production — hours of costuming to seamless choreography-acts are consistently stunning. There is something for everyone in attendance — from the romantic storylines, kinky to the glittery. This merry one night stand will put you in the mood for your own act.
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.