Every year it seems there are more and more wonderful Christmas events in Edmonton popping up, so here are a few that you shouldn't miss this holiday season. The best part is many of these events are absolutely free, which is a real bonus this time of year!
For a complete listing of events, visit ChatterBlock's Christmas Events directory.
Top Kids Christmas Events in Edmonton
The Snowflake Festival light up along Perron, Thomas, and St. Michael’s Street is a Christmas celebration you won’t want to miss! Activities include: the annual fill a bus campaign, horse and wagon rides throughout the Perron District sponsored by Live reindeer, hot chocolate from the St. Albert Lion’s Breakfast Club, shinny hockey, and more!
When: Friday, November 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Perron District
Celebrate the coming of winter with a stunning showcase of fashion, food, and entertainment on 124 St. Enjoy holiday-themed storefront displays, hot holiday drinks and food truck specialties, live music, sleigh rides, and a pop-up Christmas market to start your holiday shopping. At 6pm will be the countdown to the light up of 124 Street and High Street!
When: Saturday, November 106 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: 124 Street and 108 Avenue
Attend the free festive family fun: Santa Claus, hot chocolate, hot dogs, hay rides, family skate, and Christmas music! The parade route will begin at the Leduc Grain Elevator (47th Street and 52nd Avenue), heading west on main street, then south on 50th St to Alexandra Park. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Family activities, including a free skate, will be available at Alexandra Park from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When: Saturday, November 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Leduc
This five-day event is one not to miss! Each year the Light Up The Night Festival is growing in size and scope, with fantastic activities including Lumenight, a fireworks display, and free movies along with the Tim Horton’s Santa Claus Parade and a tree lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season.
When: November 20 to 24
Where: Lacombe, AB
Come and see over 200 decorated trees and seasonal displays, many of which are designed by Edmontontians. The Festival of Trees has definitely become a family tradition, with many unique holiday shopping ideas, a variety of children’s activities in Children's Christmas Lane, and great local entertainment.
When: November 28 to December 30
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre
Edmonton’s Favourite Holiday Tradition, A Christmas Carol, continues for an unprecedented 20th year. With an unforgettable story, rich characters, and dazzling special effects, A Christmas Carol is exceptional family entertainment. Recommended for children ages 7 and above.
When: Showtimes from November 30 to December 23
Where: Maclab Theatre at the Citadel Theatre
The first day of this month-long event features a choir performance and the Premier’s ceremonial turning on of the colourful lights outside the Legislature buildings. During the rest of the month, guests can enjoy afternoon and evening choir performances and hot chocolate when visiting the Legislature rotunda.
You’ve been to the zoo before, but now it’s time to see the place in a whole new light. Literally. For almost two weeks, the Edmonton Valley Zoo will illuminate the spirit of winter in Edmonton with The Festival of Light. So brighten up your night and come on down to cavort with the creatures, slide into your skates, create a craft, or feel the heat of fire dancers.
When: Every weekend in December, plus December 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
All Christmassy-feeling activities will be here: bonfires, marshmallow roasting, Drummer Girl, storytelling, entertainers, Christmas lanterns, Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, and even a Christmas magic show! A Prairie Christmas is a great way to celebrate the holidays with the kids.
When: November 16 to 17
Where: Prairie Gardens
Go see the 35-foot Singing Christmas Tree! The Singing Christmas Tree inspires audiences with new stories of joy, love, and wonder leaving people with a lasting message that reminds us what is most important about Christmas time! With new arrangements of songs, knock-your-socks-off dance numbers, and the most incredible local talent and international talent, the show will be the hit of the holiday season!
When: December 19 to 22
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
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