The lights! The music! The decorations! The fun! Nothing else is Christmas! To help your family start making wonderful memories, we’ve compiled the Ultimate Guide to Family Friendly Christmas Events in Edmonton! But this is a mere sampling – keep tabs on everything Christmassy using these handy tabs:
Christmas at Bonnie Doon Centre:
From the moment Santa arrives, at 11 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018, right up to Christmas Eve, Bonnie Doon Centre is the place to be this holiday season! Enjoy a calmer, more peaceful shopping exprience, keep an eye out for special guests, and event treat yourself with the mall’s gift with purchase program! Get Santa photos right up to Christmas Eve, and bring your furry friends for the mall’s special, one-day-only Pet Photos with Santa! For more information, click here!
Festival of Trees:
From the most elaborate gingerbread houses you’ve ever seen, to the dozens and dozens of beautifully decorated trees, the Festival of Trees is a glorious way to get into the spirit of the season! But the fun doesn’t end there – enjoy festive entertainment, check out all the fun kids’ activities, and even do a little shopping! The Festival of Trees has something for every fan of Christmas! For more information, click here!
Start a new family tradition this holiday season with a visit to the inaugural Glow Edmonton! With 80,000 square feet of seasonal fun and photo ops, Glow is the region’s largest indoor family Christmas celebration! Check out the magic castle playground, Glen the glow-comotive, or the piece de resistance, the musical light tunnel made up of 50,000 bulbs! For more information, click here!
Shumka’s Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream:
The extraordinary Shumka dancers put a uniquely-Edmonton spin on the Christmas classic The Nutcracker in this remarkable production that’s become a local holiday favourite. This Ukrainian folk ballet, complete with lavish costumes and sets, is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit, taking the stage at the Jubilee Auditorium just days before Christmas! For more information, click here!
The Polar Express in IMAX:
It’s a Christmas classic like you’ve never seen it before! Enjoy The Polar Express on Alberta’s largest screen in the IMAX Theatre at the TELUS World of Science. Bonus – visit in your PJs and head to TWOSE early to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast (plus popcorn for the movie!) before the show begins! For more information, click here!
Celebrate a milestone year for YEG Candy Cane Lane – it’s marking 50 years of being part of the holidays for Edmonton families! Stroll the lane to view all the stunning Christmas decorations, or book a sleigh ride! The Lane serves as a collection site for Edmonton’s food bank, so when you visit, please remember to bring a non-perishable food donation. For more information, click here!
Brighten up the darkest month of the year with the Zoominescence Festival of Light at the Valley Zoo! Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in December you can visit the zoo and enjoy light displays, ice sculptures, entertainers, or go for a skate or a trip down the ice slide! Zoominescence is a fundraiser for the Valley Zoo Development Society. For more information, click here!
All aboard for holiday fun with the CP Holiday Train! Over the course of the holiday season, the magical, illuminated train will travel from Montreal, Quebec to Port Coquitlam, BC, stopping in over 150 communities including five stops in and around Edmonton! Visit the train, enjoy music from talented Canadian singers, and don’t forget to bring a donation for local food banks! For more information, click here!
Catching this quintessential Christmas story on stage at the Citadel Theatre is a favourite tradition of many Edmonton families, and 2018 will be the final year for the current adaptation. The production runs from November 30 to December 23, 2018 and is recommended for audiences aged 6 and up. Buy your tickets now, and please don’t forget to bring a donation for Edmonton’s Food Bank when you attend! For more information, click here!
Christmas just isn’t Christmas in Edmonton until a 35-foot human Christmas tree has taken the stage! This one-of-a-kind holiday show features a 150 member choir, as well as ballerinas, dancing Santas, and much more! Proceeds from the show support the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation, an organization committed to making advances in mental health in our community. For more information, click here!
It’s two kilometres of Christmas fun the whole family will enjoy! Castrol Raceway has transformed its track into a winter wonderland with dozens and dozens of bright, whimsical light displays. Tune your radio to their Christmas tunes, and take a slow Christmas cruise through – or book a Horsepower Hayride for a unique, open-air experience! For more information, click here!
Don’t miss the 10th year of Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This production features Tchaikovsky’s classic music performed exquisitely by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra! The anniversary edition will include some special guest cameos and new choreographic elements! For more information, click here!
From Edmonton’s biggest and best to the homes decorated by those brave citizens who just love to love Christmas this post is one stop shopping for all the loveliest light displays in Edmonton and area! Make a night of it and drive a circuit, or simply go out of your way to stop by a new one on your next outing! For more information, click here!
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.