Edmonton Winter Bucket List

Edmonton Winter Bucket List

Known as the "Festival City," Edmonton undergoes a magical winter transformation, turning into a wonderland of activities and festive fun. Catering to all interests, the city offers a diverse range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Explore some of the top ones below!

Fort Edmonton Christmas Market
Get yourself into the holiday spirit by visiting the Edmonton Christmas Market at Fort Edmonton, featuring a festive market with over 100 rotating vendors. Find the perfect gifts for your loved ones while enjoying unique holiday-themed activities, live performances, and family workshops. Treat your taste buds to new culinary delights, sip on festive beverages, and explore a chef-driven menu for a delightful holiday outing.

When: November 30th - December 17th, 2023
Hours: Thursday: 3 pm - 9 pm
             Friday: 3 pm - 10 pm
             Saturday: 12 pm - 10pm
             Sunday: 12 pm - 8pm
Location: Fort Edmonton Park - 7000 143 St NW, Edmonton, AB
Price: Adults - $20.00
           Kids (Age 6-17) - $13.00

Sippin’ Santa at Wilfred’s
While many major cities have had a Sippin' Santa pop-up for the past few years (or more), this is the first year you'll find one in Edmonton. Running now at the charming eatery Wilfred’s, Sippin’ Santa YEG offers a fun tropical cocktail experience with quirky glassware, strong drinks, and lots of festive decor. 

When: Now until December 31st, 2023
Hours: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 10 pm
             Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 11 pm
Location: 10429 121 St NW, Edmonton
Price: Cocktails vary from $16.00-22.00

Zoominescence, celebrates light, artistry, imagination, and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. Wander through our spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo, sip hot chocolate, interact with performers, and take in the animals.

When: December 1st - January 3rd, 2023
Hours: Dec 1-17th, only Friday-Sunday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
             Dec 18- Jan 3rd, everyday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: The Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road &, 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Price: Adult - $16.00
           Child (Age 2-12) - $10.00
           Youth (Age 13-17) - $13.00

Alberta Avenue Holiday Night Market
The final Night Market of the year aimed to finish 2023 off with good holiday cheer, winter activities and a celebration of the Alberta Avenue district. You can expect food and drinks from local restaurants, winter activities for the whole family to enjoy, an Alberta Avenue Store to complete your holiday shopping list, and a festive scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize basket.

When: December 22nd - December 24th, 2023
Hours: Dec 22nd: 4 pm - 8 pm
             Dec 23rd: noon - 8 pm
             Dec 24th: noon - 4 pm
Location: Grassy Space on the corner of 118 Ave & 92 Street
Price: Free!

Candy Cane Lane
An Edmonton Holiday classic, Candy Cane Lane has been a tradition since 1968 and entirely ran by volunteers and residents.  Over the years Candy Cane Lane has collected more than 360,000 kilograms of food in support of Edmonton's Food Bank. You can view the spectacular lights and festive decor from your vehicle, walking down the sidewalks or riding on a sleigh ride.

When: December 8th - January 1st, 2024
Hours: Dusk to 11:00 pm
Location: Along 148th Street in between 99 Avenue and 92 Avenue.
Price: Free!

Borealis Lights
Borealis Lights Drive Thru Christmas Lights Display promises more than 800,000 twinkling holiday lights, with plenty of light displays. Plus, a drive-thru holiday tunnel that you, your friends, and your family will love. Your experience is estimated to take 25 to 30 minutes to complete. A portion of every ticket sold will go directly to the charities supported by the St. Albert Kinsmen Club.

When: November 17th - January 7th, 2024
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 5 pm - 9 pm
             Friday - Sunday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Location: 5 minutes off the Henday on the South edge of St. Albert at the Kinsmen RV Park off of Riel Drive - 47 Riel Dr, St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z2
Price: $32.00 - $45.00

FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup
Showcasing some of the world's best snowboarders as they take on a massive scaffolding jump judged on creativity and style over rotations. The event will be the first stop on the 2023/2024 Shred the North Series run by Canada Snowboard. With lifestyle activations, action sports demos, and epic musical performances from Grandson and SkiiTour, this year’s event is looking to be even bigger than the last!

When: Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Hours: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Commonwealth Stadium - 11000 Stadium Rd, Edmonton, AB T5H 4E2
Price: Around $60 per ticket

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by David van Belle is back at The Citadel. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, Edmonton's favourite Christmas tradition is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Your favourite Christmas tunes adorn this version with a 1950s feel that will remind you of all the nostalgia of the season.

When: November 25th - December 23rd, 2023
Hours: 1:30 pm or 7:30 pm
Location: The Citadel - 9828 101A Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6
Price: Ranges from $80.00 - $150.00

Maisie’s Magical Christmas House
Maisie’s house started in 2004 with a few rows of lights put up to make his mother, Maisie, happy and has magically grown bigger every year in tribute. Now Maisie’s House is a neighbourhood spectacle decked out in Christmas decor and lights for all to see. This year, since Maisie was a massive animal lover they will be collecting donations for Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS). SCARS is a non-profit, dedicated to reducing the number of homeless, injured, and abandoned animals in northern Alberta.

When: Now until January 7th, 2023
Hours: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: 9619-144 Ave NW Edmonton
Price: Free!

Photos with Santa or The Grinch 
The North Pole has arrived at West Edmonton Mall with both Santa and The Mean One. Capture memories with your loved ones of the most wonderful time of the year!

When: Santa - Until December 24th, 2023
            The Grinch - December 2nd, 2023 and December 15th, 2023
Hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location: West Edmonton Mall - Centre Stage near The Bay
Price: Ranges from $50.00 - $60.00

Ice District Skating Rink
The Ice District Skating Rink in downtown Edmonton is a perfect spot to embrace the Canadian winter activity; skating. Located right in the middle of the city, it's surrounded by plenty of things to see and do. Head over to the Ice House for some comfort food and drinks after!

Skates are not available for rental.

When: Open Now
Hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: 10220 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4Y8
Price: Free! 

Oilers Game
Head to an Oilers Game this December and immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Rogers Place. Edmonton is a hockey-loving city full of energy that will provide an unforgettable experience.

Schedule in Edmonton:

Wednesday, December 6th @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 8th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 10th @ 2:00pm
Tuesday, December 12th @ 8:00pm
Thursday, December 14th @ 7:00pm 
Saturday, December 16th @ 8:00pm



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