10 Things to do this Christmas in Edmonton

November 6, 2021

Are you looking for things to do in Edmonton with the family for Christmas? Well, great news, there’s a lot of activities happening for the whole family!

*photo courtesy of Santa’s Breakfast – Festival of Trees

1. Canadian Tire Magic of Lights

Castrol Raceway, 50342 Range Rd 253, Leduc County

Starts: Friday Nov 19th, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
Ends: Saturday Jan 8th, 2022 @ 10:00 PM

The  Magic of Lights is 2.5 kilometers of festive and vibrant LED-lighted displays celebrating the MAGIC & WONDER of the holidays. An enchanted “drive-through” experience from the comfort of your own car (apx 30 minute drive on the enchanted route). At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations.

2. Zoominescence

Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road &, 87 Ave NW

December 3rd, 2021 until January 2nd, 2022
Fridays through Sundays between 4:30-9:00 p.m.
Additional days on December 20, 21, 22, 23 and December 27, 28, 29, 30.

Each December, Zoominescence, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, stages a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. 

3. Santa’s Breakfast

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

December 11-12, 2021 & December 18-19, 2021
Seating’s at 9:00 am and 11:30 am

Cost: $200 per dome, each dining dome seats up to 6.

Even though this year looks a bit different, Santa’s Breakfast is still one of the most exciting events happening during the Festival of Trees. In a private, heated dome, guests will enjoy a delicious sit-down breakfast with family and cohort friends, special children’s entertainment, and of course a magical visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

4. Beauty & The Grinch! Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 8882 170 St NW #2061, Edmonton

November 20, 2021 – January 8, 2022

A production written for kids, and a meal designed with kids in mind! Join us for a fun-filled morning of laughter, music and food!

5. Luminaria – University of Alberta Botanic Garden

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Nov 27, 2021 – Jan 9, 2022

In the darkest nights of winter, let the beauty of a snowy wonderland warm your heart. 

Winter dreams of warmth and togetherness. Wander candle-lit pathways in the serene Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Sip hot apple cider, while the sounds of a capella singers fill the air. 

Winter is a time to dream and reflect. Take a peaceful moment to sit by a fire and gaze at the stars. Send a message to the world on a Wish Tree. Light a candle for a loved one in Memory Lane.

Winter dreams of celebration. Immerse yourself in a joyful animated light display set to music in the dramatic Aga Khan Garden. Celebrate Indigenous experience, including a new sculpture by noted artist Jason Carter. Say hello to the illuminated Snow Sprites and bow to a beautiful Snow Queen.  Eat, drink and be merry! Indulge in a signature beverage and warming food and drink offerings at the Patio Cafe. 

Celebrating 50 years of friendship. 2021 marks a significant milestone year for the Friends of the University of Alberta Botanic and as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the Friends are co-hosting Luminaria. As a demonstration of their continued support of the Garden, the Friends are encouraging visitors who plan to come on December 21 and December 31 to “light up” and add to the festive atmosphere. It’s as simple as adding a string of battery pack lights to your hat or scarf before you come, and contributing to the sparkle of Luminaria!

6. The Winter Wonder Forest

Longriders RV Park
23136 Secondary Highway 643
Gibbons, AB

Daily from November 19th 2021 though to January 9th 2022
From: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

We are currently transforming 7 gorgeous green acres of Longrider’s RV Park, located just off Highway 28A in Gibbons into an enchanting and magical illuminated forest. Families will be able to explore our outdoor experience on foot this year, in two hour time slots, and participate in a variety of activities that will be available. From Horse-drawn sleigh rides to visiting Santa at his workshop, holiday fun will be right at everyone’s fingertips this year!

7. Glow YEG

Edmonton Expo Centre

November 24th 2021 – January 2nd 2022

Experience a family-friendly indoor holiday festival as you enjoy towering light gardens, glowing activities, our artisan market, delicious food and daily live entertainment…. all within the twinkle of a million lights.

8. Leduc Country Lights

49541, Range Rd 260, Calmar, AB T0C 0V0

Opening on December 1st, 2021 5:00PM to 10:00PM every day until January 2nd
Christmas Eve (December 24) – closed at 8:00PM
Christmas Day closed

100% Volunteer Coordinated Christmas Light Display located within Leduc County, Alberta. Immerse yourself with the holiday spirit that will prove to become a tradition for your family, as it has with many families over the last 15 years.

9. Legislature Lights Segway Adventure

River Valley Adventure
9731 Grierson Hill NW, Edmonton

Go an an adventure through a Winter Wonderland! Enjoy the beautiful sights of the Legislature grounds, lit up with over 100,000 Christmas lights this holiday season! Learn the rich history of Edmonton’s capital while taking in the magical feeling of the holiday spirit.

10. Edmonton Christmas Market

Army & Navy Whyte Ave
November 26-28, 2021
December 3-5, 2021

Fort Edmonton Park
December 8-12, 2021

Edmonton Christmas Market is your destination for discovering regional brands and makers, food and culinary experiences, live entertainment, activities and more. Whether you’re coming as a family or looking for a holiday experience with a friend, there’s something for everyone at the market.

I’d love to hear about your favorite Christmas activities in Edmonton, let me know in the comments below! Looking for more things to discover in Edmonton? We have you covered!