Edmonton Winter Festivals: Frosty and Fun!

Bundle up for some frosty fun at one of these wonderful Edmonton Winter Festivals!

Edmonton Winter Festivals

Edmonton is Festival City, which we love. It’s also undeniably a winter city, which some may find a little less endearing. Luckily the two come together for some fantastic frosty fun at these wonderful Edmonton Winter Festivals!

Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival

Celebrate the Orthodox New Year with a festival that embraces Edmonton’s winter climate. The Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival is two days of family fun, complete with winter activities from a wide array of cultural traditions. Enjoy a street hockey festival, an ice kingdom including an ice carving competition, an art show, snowshoeing, horse and wagon rides, a Round Dance, music and entertainment, and much, much more. Visit the festival website for a full schedule and a list of participating venues.


When: January 14 and 15, 2017
Time: 12pm-6 pm (mostly, check the website for specifics)
Where: Various venues along 118 Ave, Edmonton AB
Website: www.deepfreeze.ca

Southeast Winter Fun Festival

This one is an indoor/outdoor fest that is fun whatever the weather! Inside the Kenilworth Community Hall you’ll find crafts, entertainment, story-time, a special area just for preschoolers, and a free silly photo booth. Outside the fun continues with sleight rides, cross-country skiing, skating (check out the new Family Ice Trail!) snow-shoeing, teen hockey, and a chance to try out kick-sledding!


When: January 14, 2017
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Where: Kenilworth Community League, 7104-87th Avenue

Ice on Whyte Festival

Whyte Avenue and area will be turned into a winter wonderland for the annual Ice on Whyte Festival. The festival is a huge celebration of winter, with music, dance, crafts, food, and other entertainment. Of course, the major attraction is the ice carving, including an international ice carving competition. Don’t miss out on all of the family activities, including a kids’ play area, family skating, and much more.  Check with the Ice on Whyte website for a full schedule of events. Tickets are available online or at the gate, adults: $7, kids 2-12: $4, under 2: free, or get a family pass for $20.


When: January 26-29 and February 2-5, 2017
Time:  Thursdays and Fridays: 2 pm-10 pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am-10 pm
Where: End of Steel Park: Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton AB
Website: www.iceonwhyte.ca

Flying Canoe

Take an adventure with the flying canoe! This unique winter event is a celebration of francophone culture and outdoor winter fun. Illuminated trails through the ravine will bring the legend of the Flying Canoe to life! Enjoy storytelling, bannock making, drumming and a sleigh ride! At La Cite francophone have fun with a snow slide, live music, hot chocolate and children’s activities.
When: February 3 and 4, 2017
Time: 6 pm-10 pm (until midnight at La Cite francophone)
Where: Mill Creek Ravine, and La Cite francophone (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91st St.)

Silver Skate Festival

The Silver Skate Festival is Edmonton’s longest-running outdoor winter festival! Celebrate your love of the outdoors with free sliding, snow sculpting, sleigh rides, entertainment, figure skating demos, and much, much more. Don’t miss the free fun in the Family Fun Zone, the impressive fire sculptures or the fantastical tales along the Folk Trail. This year’s sporting and recreation events will include the Edmonton Winter Triathlon, long blade skate races and the Kortebaan, a traditional Dutch long blade sprint race. The jewel of the festival for 2016 is the ethereal Ice Castles, you won’t want to miss!


When: February 10-20, 2017
Where: Hawrelak Park
Address: 9930 Groat Road, Edmonton AB
Website: www.silverskatefestival.org

Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.

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