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

World Snow Day

  • Strathcona Wilderness Centre
    January 14-15 | Celebrate World Snow Day with family-friendly activities including a scavenger hunt on skis, snow painting, snow fort building, colour ice gems/totems and hot chocolate! For more information, click here.
    Snow Valley Ski Club
    January 15 | Get the family excited about our snowy climate with fun activities including family fun races, souvenir photos, and free cookies and hot chocolate for the first 150 guests! For more information, click here.

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Fête

January 21-22 | Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Fête will return to the Alberta Avenue District with a vibrant enchanted forest, mystical creatures, vivid blooms, and woodland creatures sculpted by world-renowned ice, balloon and lantern artists. Celebrate the coming together of Ukrainian, Métis, French Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous cultures with light installations, ice sculptures, cultural stories, artistic workshops, street hockey, and the famous Deep Freezer races! For more information, click here.

Chiseled Ice Carving Competition & Ice on Whyte Festival

  • Chiseled Ice Carving Competition
    January 24- 26 | Some of the best ice carving talent from across Canada will gather in ICE District Plaza to create impressive sculptures carved from simple blocks of ice and snow. Come see the teams of artists at work, and discover which icy sculpture will take top prize in the competition! Sculptures will be on display throughout February. For more information, click here.
  • Ice on Whyte
    January 27 to 29 | Ice on Whyte is back in Dr. Wilbert McIntrye Park with a small sculpture garden, live ice carving demonstrations and Chipper ice carving lessons for all ages. For more information, click here.

Flying Canoë Volant

February 1-4 | Take an adventure with the flying canoe! This unique winter event is a celebration of francophone culture and outdoor winter fun. Enjoy games, entertainment and activities in Edmonton’s French Quarter, walk the colorful illuminated trails in Millcreek Ravine, and check out the canoe races at the Edmonton Ski Club. For more information, click here.

Silver Skate Festival

February 10-20 | Celebrate your love of the outdoors with snow sculptures, live music, folk stories, and more. Don’t miss the free fun in the Recreation Zone, the impressive snow and fire sculptures, the fantastical tales along the Folk Trail, or skating on the city’s largest skating pond! For more information, click here.

International Festival of Winter Cinema

February 10-19 | Bundle up, pack some chairs and popcorn, and come enjoy watch short films by local Albertan filmmakers projected onto a giant “snow screen” in Hawrelak Park! This free event is happening in conjunction with the Silver Skate Festival. For more information, click here.

YEG Snow & Ice Fest

February 11 | Head to the urban ice climbing wall at Edmonton Ski Club to be part of the winter recreation fun at the second annual YEG Snow & Ice Fest. Event activities in 2022 included ice climbing clinics, the chance to try fat biking, a fun Kid’s Zone with obstacle course, plus Track ‘N Trail Fun Challenges like an ice block haul and snowball toss. For more information, click here.

Leduc County Winter Try It Festival

February 11 | Head to Wizard Lake to try a variety of winter sports and activities including skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, curling and ice fishing and enjoy free hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee, sleigh rides, door prizes, and more! Register free here. For more information, click here.

2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games

February 24-26 | This February 24-26 Strathcona County is honoured to play host to the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games at five venues in Sherwood Park, Ardrossan and Edmonton. Come out to watch and cheer as athletes from across the province come together for a weekend of competitive sports and fun. For more information, click here.