To start your Edmonton Christmas lights tour, it’s best to take children right after dinner, or build dinner into the trip.
For me, I like to break up the trip a bit, and so hit up some good lights, do a dinner break, and then hit up some more lights. Also, if the kidlets are quite young, a good tip I heard from a ChatterBlock mom was to take the kids out in their pajamas, though this might depend on where you're headed!
But, another idea, when your travelling between Christmas Lights destination areas, maybe drive down some side streets, and see some random, nice Christmas lights too.
The Top Areas for Self-Touring Edmonton Christmas Lights
Candy Cane Lane (148 Street between 100 Ave to 92 Ave) – this one is no secret, Candy Cane Lane is visited by HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS every Christmas season. Starting December 12th, this street will be completely magical. Try to walk through the 10 blocks to get the full (the traffic can get a bit hairy!) and remember that there will be donation bins for the Edmonton Food Bank!
7421-108 Street NW - This house has been amazing over the years, and we hope it's back and as good as ever! They pull out all the stops, there's a massive tunnel of lights you can walk through beside the back yard and the lights even change in time to the music. Definitely worth checking out.
The Alberta Legislature - During the month of December, check out the spectacular light display around the Legislature, and enjoy afternoon and evening choir performances and hot chocolate when visiting. The Light Up Celebration is on December 4th at 7pm.
119th Ave and 56 street - Wraps around two sides of the house, over fences, a treehouse and out over the streets!
Sir Winston Churchill Square - The trees will illuminate the square every night throughout the Holiday season!
9532 167 St NW - Across from the elementary school, this house has been getting better and better! The lights are also timed the to music, which is tons of fun to watch.
Maisie's Magical Christmas House- No longer on (sad!)
Do an ETS Christmas Lights Tour - start from City Hall (North Side). Get in the Christmas spirit by checking out the amazing light displays through Candy Cane Lane, the Alberta Legislature, and more amazing stops. It costs $5, and tours depart every 15 minutes Fridays-Sundays from the 12th-21st starting at 6pm.
Light Up Festivals & Attractions
Christmas Reflections at Fort Edmonton Park- Step back in time to a Christmas’ past. Wander through the winter wonderland and take in the amazing light displays. Get warm by the bonfire, or warm up with a warm cup of cider or hot chocolate, visit interpreters along the streets, test the baking, take part in some Christmas crafts, and more. Dress warm! December 12th- 28th, various dates and times.
Festival of Light at Edmonton Valley Zoo- This December, make sure you get to the Zoo to see the artistic light installations (the Matrix, the Enchanted Tree, a giant light maze) ice skating, fire dancers, this and much more within the unique setting of the zoo! On Saturdays (the 6th and 13th) is Family Fun Nights, so a great time to take the family. Special activities these nights include holiday crafts, airbrushed tattoos, and a visit from Santa (plus of course wandering through the amazing lights!). December 5th-14th daily from 5pm-9pm.
Luminaria at Devonian Botanic Garden - Thousands of candles light the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden in a breathtaking display – a quiet oasis of peace and light. In addition to a stroll through the candle-lit pathways, visitors can sip hot apple cider beside the bonfires, enjoy the seasonal sounds of strolling acapella singers and catch a glimpse of the magical “snow sprites” and glittering ice sculptures. Dec 6-7th from 5pm-9pm.
Brighten Up Beaumont - A winter festival at Beaumont Composite Highschool filled with horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot chocolate (of course), Christmas carols, a visit from Santa, and then fireworks to top it off! Friday November 28th from 6pm-8pm, fireworks at 8:30pm at Four Seasons Park.
Snowflake Festival Light Up in St Albert - Along Perron, Thomas and St. Michael’s Street is a Christmas celebration you won’t want to miss! Activities includes: the annual fill a bus campaign, horse & wagon rides throughout the Perron District sponsored by Live reindeer, hot chocolate from the St. Albert Lion’s Breakfast Club, shinny hockey, and more! Friday November 21st from 6:30pm-9pm.
All Is Bright on 124 St - Celebrate the coming of winter with a stunning showcase of fashion, food, and entertainment. 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! Saturday November 22nd from 3pm-8pm.
Light Up The Night Festival in Lacombe - This 3 day event is one not to miss! Here's what's planned:
Wednesday November 26th at 7:30pm- A Swinging Christmas- big band concert
Thursday November 27th at 5:35pm- Santa Claus Parade
Thursday November 27th at 6:30pm- Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Lacombe Memorial Centre
Friday November 28th at 5pm- Largest Human Snowman at MEGlobal Athletic Park
Friday November 28th at 6-9pm- Lumenight: Fireworks and Activities for the Family!
Play good old fashion Christmas music on the trip. Get excited about the lights, and the kids will generally get excited too. Drive safe, its dark, maybe wet, and don’t get too stressed about having the kids home on time. Happy light hunting!
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