Happy December and welcome to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! I don’t know about you, but I am feeling the need to jam pack in as many fun and festive activities as possible after feeling like we missed out on so much during the 2020 Holiday Season. I am so happy to share a wide range of safe and socially distanced Christmas events available for you and your family to enjoy this December. Use the Family Fun Edmonton calendar to find every event for every day of the month!
Follow Ed and Yeggey’s Elf-ventures
December 1 to 24, 2021 | Our Family Fun Edmonton roaming elves have already been to several great Christmas events around the city and are sharing all the fun on social media! Check Instagram or Facebook daily to see what #EdandYeggey are up to and let them inspire your fun family adventures this holiday season.
Write Your Letter to Santa
December 1 – 10, 2021 | Get your letter to Santa into the mail before December 10 to ensure a reply from the North Pole!
Plan a Visit with Santa
December 1 to 24, 2021 | That jolly fellow in the red suit? You can find him somewhere in our city every day leading up to Christmas! Use our handy guide to find out where and when.
See a Holiday Show or Concert
Throughout December | Almost all your favourite holiday shows and concerts are back live and in-person for 2021! We have put together a convenient guide of all your favourites including The Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Elf the Musical and holiday concerts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Stroll through Leduc Country Lights
Opens December 1, 2021| One of our region’s most popular Christmas light displays will live on this year in a new location! Check out the next phase of Leduc County Lights!
Shop a Handcrafted Haven at the Butterdome Craft Sale
December 2 – 5, 2021 | We have a list of Holiday Markets and Craft Shows happening all month long, but this one deserves special mention. The Butterdome Craft Show is an Edmonton tradition and Alberta’s largest craft show with over 220 of the best artists, makers, crafters and designers.
Be a Part of Manchester Square’s Winter Wonderland
December 4, 2021 | Visit this European inspired shopping area, right in the heart of Edmonton, for a full day of fun and festivities. During the Winter Wonderland event you can enjoy sleigh rides, hot chocolate, a kids scavenger hunt and visits with Santa and princess guests Elsa, Anna & Belle.
See the 40 foot Christmas tree lit up in Downtown Edmonton
December 4 & December 18, 2021 | Visit Churchill Square every second Saturday for special Downtown Holiday Light Up activities including crafts, live music and entertainment, maple taffy, and train rides.
Get a taste of 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. Enjoy singing, s’mores, crafts and stories.
See The Polar Express in your Pajamas at the Telus World of Science
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 24, 2021 | Immerse yourself in the magic and wonder with a viewing of The Polar Express on the IMAX screen at the Telus World of Science. Pajamas are encouraged!
See Santa driving the Coca-Cola Holiday Truck
Various Dates in December | It doesn’t get more iconic then this! Check the online schedule to see where Santa will be stopping for you to take a photo with him and his festive red Coca-Cola truck.
Winter Fun at Fort Edmonton Park’s Christmas Market
December 8 – 12, 2021 | XMAS MRKT YEG is in two great locations this year, but Fort Edmonton Park is where most of the magic happens! Shop 120+ vendors, enjoy a horse drawn carriage or carousel ride, snap a photo with Santa or enjoy one of two great Christmas comedy shows.
Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island Park
December 11 & 18, 2021 | Enjoy the quiet beauty of nature and learn more about the stars with a guided evening showshoe walk in Elk Island Park. Snowshoes provided.
See Santa’s Workshop and Mailroom at Santa’s Station in St.Albert
December 11 & 12, 2021 | Grain Elevator Park in St.Albert will be transformed into Santa’s workshop. Meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves while you enjoy cookies, crafting, caroling and sleigh rides!
Find Magic and Wonder at Luminaria
Throughout December | Don’t miss your chance to see the U of A Botanic Garden amid the serene glow of lights and candles. Keep an eye out for magical snow sprites!
See the Animals and Lights at Zoominescence
Thursday – Sunday throughout December | See the Edmonton Valley Zoo in a whole new light! The whole family will love this fabulous festival of light at the Valley Zoo.
DeLIGHT in GLOW Edmonton
Throughout December | Experience 90,000 sq ft of twinkling light displays including the popular LED swings, light tunnel and Glen the Glow-comotive.
Canadian Tire Magic of Lights at RAD Torque Raceway
Throughout December | Drive thru 2.5 kilometres of raceway fully decorated with moving animations and beautiful light displays.
Experience an Enchanted Forest in Fort Saskatchewan
Throughout December | Visit the city’s Enchanted Forest – a free, indoor Christmas tree collection located at City Hall and the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library.
Take a walk through the Winter Wonder Forest
Throughout December | The Winter Wonder Forest is in an all new location outside Gibbons for 2021. Experience the expansive light displays by foot or train ride, visit the market, meet Santa and play in a snow maze.
Play Celebrate the Season Bingo
Throughout December | Print off our Celebrate the Season BINGO card full of fun and festive activities to complete as your family counts down to Christmas!
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