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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!

Make more time for creating holiday memories thanks to a little help from the APEGA Holiday Gift Guide. Find fun and captivating STEM focused toys, and where to buy them, all within this convenient guide.

Family Friendly Festive Events

magic of lights 2020 Christmas Event EdmontonThe Magic of Lights at RAD Torque Raceway

November 19, 2021 to January 8, 2022 | Experience all the joy and wonder from the comfort of your own car in this Edmonton area drive-thru Christmas lights tradition. RAD Torque Raceway has once again transformed its track into a winter wonderland with over 1.5 MILLION lights in this impressive holiday display! Tune your radio to their Christmas tunes, and take a slow Christmas cruise through the setup. You can even include a visit and photos with Santa along the way! For more information, click here.

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Celebrate the Holidays at West Edmonton Mall

November 13, 2021 – December 31, 2021 | Whether it be for shopping or entertainment, West Edmonton Mall is the place to be this holiday season! Book a personal visit with Santa in his whimsically decorated Chalet and let the photographer capture priceless Christmas memories. Or, take a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping to check out one of the attractions like the newly re-opened sea lion show. While there, don’t forget to grab a couple extra Multiplay attractions passes – they make the perfect holiday gift for all your loved ones! For more information, click here.

Luminaria University of Alberta Botanic GardensLuminaria at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

November 27, 2021 – January 9, 2022 (Excluding December 25) | Luminaria is unlike any other holiday event in the Edmonton area. Highlights include the quiet beauty of thousands of beautiful candles lighting a path through the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, and a delightful animated musical light display in the Aga Khan Garden. Drink free hot apple cider beside the bonfires and enjoy the seasonal sounds of strolling a cappella singers as you wander through the beautifully lit snowy garden. Reservations are required online in advance. For more information, click here.

Glow EdmontonGlow Edmonton

November 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | Mask-up and get ready for another year of Glow Edmonton at the Edmonton Expo Center! This spectacular indoor lights experience has become a holiday tradition for Edmonton families, with so many great things to keep coming for back year after year. Glow 2021 kicks off on November 24, 2021 and runs Wednesdays – Sundays through January 2, 2022. The theme of this year’s Glow light festival is Santa’s Crashed Sleigh and includes some new and exciting activities alongside all the usual festival favourites. For more information, click here!

Winter Whyte Light Up in Old Strathcona

November 27, 2021 | Join the Old Strathcona Business Association as they light up the gazebo in McIntyre Park. Spend the evening strolling down 83rd Avenue and enjoying a variety of festive activities including roving performers, ice carving, maple taffy, crafts, holiday shopping, and a special visit from Mrs. Claus! For more information, click here.

International Children's FestivalFestive Festival PJ Party

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | Join the International Children’s Festival for the Arts for a fun evening of juggling, magic, music, comedy and circus antics. Don your coziest holiday pajamas and take a seat at this cheery variety show that is guaranteed to be an hour of unforgettable fun and laughter. For more information, click here.

Elf the Musical Festival PlaceElf the Musical

December 11-28, 2021 | This holiday season enjoy watching your Christmas movie favourite come to life on stage during Elf the Musical! Enjoy all the humorous antics of Buddy the Elf as he sings, dances, and haphazardly tries to figure out where he fits in in the world. Get your toes tapping and your lips singing – after all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear! For more information, click here.

Shumka NutcrackerShumka’s Nutcracker

December 17 & 18, 2021 | Experience the magic of Shumka’s Nutcracker live on stage at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This rousing rendition of the beloved Christmas classic offers a uniquely Ukrainian twist. For this captivating on-stage storytelling performance, traditional Ukrainian Shumka dance is complimented by ballet, folk dance, and character dance. It’s a can’t miss show for the holiday season! For more information, click here.

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Strathcona County Songs S'mores and More

Songs S’mores and More with Strathcona County

December 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2021 | The Songs Smore’s and More campfire sing-along is the perfect way to connect as a family and create wholesome family memories during the rush of this holiday season. The Strathcona Wilderness Center invites guest young and old to gather around the campfire and share an afternoon or evening of Christmas music and festivities. For more information, click here.

Londonderry Mall Holiday FunSanta & Friends are Bringing Cheer to Londonderry Mall

November 20, 2021 – December 24, 2021 | Santa and Mrs.Claus are excited to welcome everyone into their Northern Lights Wonderland at Londonderry Mall, along with some very special friends. Book your appointment on select days and it could include a visit with Anna & Elsa or the Pumpkin King! Plus, guests can enter to win a $1000 shopping spree while doing their Christmas shopping at the mall. For more information, click here.

Mill Woods Town Centre Making Spirits Bright SquareMill Woods Town Centre is Making Spirits Bright

November 15, 2021 – December 24, 2021 | Mill Woods Town Centre is making spirits bright this holiday season, beginning with a fun Santa’s Arrival event on November 27! A visit with Santa is just one of the great reasons to visit the mall this holiday season – visitors can also look forward to a Pop-Up Holiday Market, gift wrapping services and special holiday promotions all season long. For more information, click here.

Bonnie Doon Mall SantaCelebrate the Season at Boonie Doon Centre

November 27, 2021 – December 24, 2021 | Enjoy a more peaceful mall holiday shopping experience at Bonnie Doon Centre. Enjoy a visit with Santa, listen to live holiday music and enter the 12 Days of Win It contest. Plus the whole family will have fun completing the activities on our free printable Celebrate the Season BINGO Card. For more information, click here.

Skate with Santa Bonnie Doon MallSkate with Santa at Bonnie Doon Centre!

December 21, 2021 | Join Santa on Bonnie Doon Centre’s own skating rink for a fun-filled afternoon event from 1 – 4 pm. Can’t make it our for the event? The rink will be open to the community all winter long to come skate on and enjoy. For more information, click here.

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November 13, 2021 – December 24, 2021 | Jingle all the way to Sherwood Park Mall for your annual visit with Santa in his Candy Cane Cabin! Watch for special pet friendly photo days to include all members of the family, or opt for a visit from Santa in your own home thanks to a unique Holly Jolly video chat option. For more information, click here.

Launchpad Trampoline ParkLaunchpad’s Winter Warm Up and Kids NEW YEARS EVE Party

December 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | Launchpad Trampoline Park’s Winter Warm Up offers the perfect excuse to get out of the house and burn off some energy with family and friends! Enjoy special weekday discounts and extended hours over the Christmas break, plus a family friendly party that will have you leaping into the NEW YEAR.  For more information, click here.

Fitset Ninja Winter CampsBecome a Winter Ninja Warrior with Fitset Ninja

December 20, 2021 – December 30, 2021 | Register for a Fitset Ninja Winter Break Camp and help your child unleash their inner ninja warrior over the holiday break. Your children will have a blast running, leaping and racing through this series of obstacles straight out of American Ninja Warrior! For more information, click here.

All Aboard the Polar Express

November 20, 2021 – December 22, 2021 | Book your ticket to ride Alberta Prairie Railway’s Polar Express in Stettler for the ultimate Christmas experience right out of the movie – bell and keepsake cocoa mug included! For more information, click here.


Select Dates December 3, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | Visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo this holiday season to enjoy all your favourite animals surrounded by festive light displays at the Zoominescence Festival of Light. For more information, click here.

Winter Wonder Forest

November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022 | This years walk-thru Winter Wonder Forest has a new location outside Gibbons with more lights and even more to experience including sleigh and train rides, a snow maze and a holiday market! For more information, click here.

Santa’s Station in St Albert

December 11 & 12, 2021 | Experience all the joy and wonder of Santa’s workshop as Grain Elevator Park in St. Albert is transformed into Santa’s Station complete with sleigh rides, Christmas cookies and photos with Santa. For more information, click here.

YEG Downtown Holiday Light Up

November 20, December 4 & December 18, 2021 | Admire the massive 40 foot Christmas Tree in Sir Winston Churchill Square and celebrate the season with three full Saturday’s of Festive fun including train rides, craft stations and outdoor shows. For more information, click here.

Leduc Country Lights

Opening December 3, 2021 | You can bring the whole family to enjoy the expansive light displays at Leduc Country Lights Stroll for just $2 /person – four-legged friends included! For more information, click here.

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More Great Guides to Holiday Fun

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Holiday Light Up and Parade Guide

Bundle up and make plans to see the parade floats and twinkling lights at one of these 12 Holiday Light Up and Parades we have found in Edmonton and the surrounding communities. You may even spot Santa! For more information, click here.

Where to See Santa this Season

Where to See Santa This Season

Is it really Christmas without a visit and photos with Santa? Here’s a few more options on top of all the great Santa’s listed in this post. For more information, click here.

Holiday Shows & Concerts Guide

Holiday Shows & Concerts Guide

A live theatre show or concert is a wonderful family experience to share any time of year, but it becomes extra magical during the holiday season! For more information, click here.

Holiday Markets and Craft Shows ThumbnailHoliday 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!

Merry Christmas, Edmonton!


APEGA Holiday Gift Guide 2021The APEGA Holiday Gift Guide is Back!

Complete your Holiday shopping with a little help from the 2021 APEGA Holiday Gift Guide. This wonderful compilation of fun and unique STEM-related toys has something to appeal to every child’s age and interests. Surprise your loved ones with something outside of the typical giftbox and watch their faces light up on Christmas morning!

The APEGA Holiday Gift Guide is easy to view online and has been conveniently separated into three age categories, with a variety of price ranges to choose from. Each item has been carefully reviewed and selected by the experts at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta based on playability and learning opportunities. This guide is jam packed with captivating and educational STEM toys the kids are sure to love playing with and exploring all year long.

WIN A TOY APEGA is giving you a chance to win some of the great gifts in the guide by finding Gus, an adorable dinosaur that has been hidden in four spots throughout the guide. Once you spot him, head online and enter to win one of the amazing toys in the catalogue! Just visit www.apega.ca/giftguide to fill out the entry form before December 7, 2021. Contest rules and conditions apply.