We’ve got the inside scoop on all family friendly Christmas events in Edmonton. Fill up on your yearly dose of Christmas magic, lights and decorations, Santa Sightings, Christmas Movies and more! Family Fun Edmonton is your one-stop shop for your holiday plans. New Christmas events are being added often, so check back often to keep tabs on all things Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas!
Ultimate Shopping Guide: APEGA Holiday Gift Guide
Grab a cup of cocoa, snuggle up with your favorite blanket, and get ready to shop — online, that is! You’re about to earn yourself the title of “Best Gift Giver”! The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) has put together a guide of the best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related gifts. These are the gifts your kids will absolutely love and are sure to provide hours of entertainment. From toddlers to teens, there’s something for every child on your list. For more information, click here!
Santa Photos & Scavenger Hunt at Londonderry Mall
Santa Claus has arrived at Londonderry Mall and he’s ready for distanced photos with all the good boys and girls of Edmonton! Book your visit online and check out the Digital Santa option you can do from home. The reindeer are here as well and hiding throughout the mall. If you find them all, you could win a $200 mall gift card! For more information, click here!
Kingsway District Drive-Thru Holiday Parade
Kick-off the holidays with an event you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your car — the first ever Drive-thru Holiday Parade in the Kingsway District on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Businesses are decorating the Kingsway Avenue Service Road to help you and your family get in the holiday spirit. For more information, click here.
Winter Whyte Light Up and Christmas in Old Strathcona
With its historic charm, eclectic art, local boutiques, and world-class dining, the holidays are a perfect time to visit Old Strathcona and Whyte Ave. Plus, starting November 26, you can enjoy beautiful light displays in McIntyre Park along with Winter Whyte Shop Hop at over 30 local retailers. For more information, click here.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is a yearly not-to-miss Christmas event in Edmonton and this year it’s going virtual, with unique online experiences for the whole family. Your kids will be delighted to have a video call with Santa and storytime with his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus. For more information, click here!
Brighten up the darkest month of the year with the Zoominescence Festival of Light at the Edmonton Valley Zoo! On Thursday – Sunday evenings November 26 – January 3 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), visit the zoo and enjoy plentiful light displays, animals, hot chocolate, and ice skating. Reservations are required online in advance. For more information, click here!
Magic of Lights
Celebrate the holidays together, but apart, from the safety if your own car in this Edmonton area Christmas lights tradition. Castrol Raceway has transformed its track into a winter wonderland with thousands upon thousands of bright, whimsical light displays. Tune your radio to their Christmas tunes, and take a slow Christmas cruise through the setup. For more information, click here!
The Polar Express at TELUS World of Science Edmonton
It’s a Christmas Tradition at the TELUS World of Science Edmonton and it’s back! Catch the Polar Express as it rolls onto the big screen! Showings are scheduled on the IMAX screen for Saturdays and Sundays November 28 – December 20. Get your tickets early as this event is always popular! For more information, click here!
Luminaria at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Luminaria is unlike any other holiday event in the Edmonton area. Enjoy the quiet beauty of thousands of beautiful candles as they light a path through the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Drink free hot apple cider beside the bonfires. The seasonal sounds of strolling a capella singers will fill the air as you wander through the snowy garden illuminated by candlelight, firelight, and starlight. Reservations are required online in advance. For more information, click here!
Holiday Markets and Craft Shows
The kids, spouse, parents, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, neighbours – the Christmas shopping list is long! Find great gifts from local artisans for everyone on your list. Handmade crafts, homemade foods, unique clothing items, and more can be found at over 25 markets throughout the city. For more information, click here!
Enchanted Forest in Fort Saskatchewan
Get your fill of twinkly Christmas lights and festive trees all while staying dry and warm from the snow. Visit the Fort Saskatchewan’s Enchanted Forest – a free, indoor Christmas tree collection! Local organizations and businesses create beautiful, unique Christmas trees that are set up in four locations – the Dow Centennial Centre, Shell Theatre, City Hall and Fort Saskatchewan Public Library. For more information, click here!
Winter Wonder Forest Drive-Thru
Ready for Edmonton’s newest family friendly Christmas event? The Winter Wonder Forest at Rainbow Valley Campground features 115,000 sq ft of twinkly light displays! Drive through this mesmerizing display from the comfort of your own car. Purchase your car pass online. For more information, click here!
Can you even call it Christmas until you visit Santa? Santa is taking up residence at a variety of locations throughout Edmonton this holiday season. Get the kids dressed in their favourite holiday garb and be sure they have their Christmas lists handy, too, to let Santa know what they’re wishing for! Some locations offer free visits while others include Christmas treats and photos with a paid registration. For more information, click here!
Leduc Country Lights
Experience a Country Christmas at Leduc Country Lights from December 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021 (excluding Christmas Day). Stroll through this outdoor experience with your family for just $2 / person making it one of the most affordable Holiday events. You can even bring along your four-legged friend as long as they are kept on-leash. For more information, click here!
For the first time ever, you can experience the magic of Shumka’s Nutcracker right at home. For just $25 per video download, your entire family can watch the enchanting story of Clara as her Nutcracker Prince comes to life. While this Edmonton classic won’t be performing live this year, we’re excited to offer this cherished performance on video. Plus, those kiddos who just can’t get enough of this Christmas delight can watch it over and over again. What a win! For more information, click here!
Christmas Magic at Mill Woods Town Centre
Looking for a little holiday magic? Mill Woods Town Centre is making spirits bright with their line-up of holiday experiences. Of course you’ll be able to visit Santa (reservations required), but the fun doesn’t stop there! Check out the daily kids’ Christmas craft, Holiday Pop-up Market featuring local artisans, and great holiday gift card shopping offer. For more information, click here!
Mask-up and get ready for another year of Glow Edmonton! Glow is quickly becoming an Edmonton favourite after just a few years. Returning to the Edmonton Expo Center with 90,000 sq ft of twinkling light displays, your family will have plenty of room to experience the magic of the Holidays safely spread out. Glow 2020 kicks off on Friday, December 18, 2020 and runs Wednesdays – Sundays through January 3, 2021. For more information, click here!
With so many gift options available for your children, how do you decide what to buy? Trying to find that hit gift gets harder every year and the discarded toy pile grows larger, too. The answer to all your kid-related holiday shopping needs is here! Enter the APEGA 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. APEGA has sourced a guide of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related gifts that are affordable, useful, and fun. The children in your life are certain to find endless hours of entertainment with these great gift recommendations. But even better, they’ll be expanding their STEM knowledge without even realizing it! And with brands like Fisher Price, Alex, LEGO, Crayola, Discovery, and National Geographic, you know they’re quality products. You’ll find fantastic kits, games, and activities to help your child develop a curiosity and love for coding, engineering, outdoor exploration, circuit conductors, robotics, chemistry, and more! Plus, with the added convenience of being able to shop in your pjs from the comfort of your couch, you can have your Christmas gifts bought in record time. Fill up your virtual shopping basket with a gift for every child on your list from the APEGA gift guide.