Embrace our Edmonton winter and get out to enjoy the great outdoor festivals and snow-fueled activities happening in the month of January! You can still catch the tail end of a few great holiday festivals at the beginning of the month, or plan to check out the Deep Freeze Festival or Ice on Whyte in the upcoming weeks. Our top picks for fun this month are below, with plenty more waiting to be discovered on our events calendar.

Family Fun Events in January:

Bonnie Doon Centre Skating Rink
Thursday – Sunday Throughout January |
Each year Bonnie Doon Centre is proud to build and maintain a skating rink for the local community to come skate on and enjoy all winter long!

Northern Lights Mini Golf Village at Cattail Crossing
January 1-7 | Cattail Crossing Golf & Winter Club is the place to be for outdoor family fun this winter! Come enjoy a round on the all new Northern Lights Mini golf course carved in the snow, see life-sized animal ice sculptures, skate, play jam pail curling, or book a family sleigh ride.

Enjoy a FREE Recreational Skate every Sunday with Strathcona County
January 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 |
Get out and get active this January with FREE recreational skate times courtesy of Strathcona County. There are several options this month to hit the ice with the family at absolutely no cost to you!

Engineering Day 2023 at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
January 7 | Learn about incredible feats of engineering and have some hands-on fun at Engineering Day 2023 at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton. On January 7, 2023 University of Alberta Engineering students will share their knowledge through dynamic displays and interactive demonstrations set-up throughout the science centre.

FREE Recreational Swim with Inflatable Fun
February 7 & 14 | This month there are two chances to enjoy a free recreational swim with the family at Emerald Hills Leisure Centre. There will even be a fun inflatable obstacle course set-up in the pool for some added aquatic fun!

Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island Park
January 7, 14, 21 &  28 | Strap on the provided snowshoes and join a friendly park interpreter for a guided hike to experience the wonder of Elk Island’s night sky in the quiet beauty of winter.

Winter Wagon Rides at Fort Edmonton Park
January 7, 12, 21, 27 | Take a horse-drawn Winter Wagon Ride through the historic streets of Fort Edmonton Park on select dates this January and February. The provided blankets will keep you cozy as you enjoy the 30-40 minute journey through the twinkling lights, plus there will be hot chocolate and a warming bonfire to look forward to after the ride!

The Harlem Globetrotters 2023 World Tour
January 8 | Whistle along and be dazzled by the feats of outrageous athleticism as the world-famous Globetrotters face off against the Washington Generals at Rogers Place on Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Michaels Sunday Makebreak Events
January 8, 15, 22 | Visit your local Michaels store during designated times, (usually Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm) and head to the Michaels project room to craft alongside their creative, helpful associates! This month schedule includes beaded chocker necklaces, decoupage mason jars and woodburned snowflakes.

Home Depot Kids Workshops
January 14, 2022 | This month’s free build is an adorable penguin themed Snowball Game. Be sure to register early to save your spot.

Ring in the Lunar & Ukrainian New Year at Londonderry Mall
January 14 & 15 | Ring in the Lunar New Year and Ukrainian New Year during a full weekend of celebrations at Londonderry Mall. Bring the whole family to come experience all the live performances, dancing, music, arts & crafts, and more. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate and share in these joyful cultural traditions!

World Snow Day at Strathcona Wilderness Centre
January 14 & 15 | Celebrate World Snow Day at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre with a scavenger hunt on skis, snow painting, snow fort building, colour ice gems/totems and hot chocolate!

World Snow Day at Snow Valley
January 15 | Celebrate the wonder of the white stuff with World Snow Day at Snow Valley Ski Club! There will be loads of special activities designed to get kids excited about our snowy climate, including family fun races, souvenir photos, and free cookies and hot chocolate for the first 150 guests!

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Fête
January 21-22 | Experience all the beauty and enchantment of winter as the Alberta Avenue District is transformed into an enchanted forest filled with colourful lanterns and artistic sculptures. The Deep Freeze Festival celebrates the coming together of Ukrainian, Métis, French Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous cultures through artistic displays, cultural stories, artistic workshops, street hockey, and the famous Deep Freezer races!

Chiseled Ice Carving Competition and Ice On Whyte Festival
January 24-26 & 27-29 | Embrace the cold and see stunning works of carved ice art at Edmonton’s annual Ice on Whyte carving competition and festival. Visit Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park to see stunning works of art by international ice carving artists and try your hand at creating your own carving.

Winter City Weekends at City Hall
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday | The Edmonton Arts Council invites you to grab your skates and be part of Winter City Weekends at Churchill Square! Enjoy free skate rentals and programming every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with some of Edmonton’s best musicians and DJs.

ESO Symphony For Kids: Heavenly Mozart
January 29 | Symphony for Kids offers a fun-filled music experience designed specifically for children. Let the melodies of some of Mozart’s most beloved compositions take you on an ethereal journey through the twinkling stars and planets in our night sky. It is a bit of heaven right here on earth!

Try Snow Tubing at one of 3 Edmonton Ski Hills
Throughout the Month | If your kids like tobogganing, they will love snow tubing down the ski hill! Visit our post to learn which of the three Edmonton ski hill locations will work best for your family.

Enjoy Outdoor Skating in the Edmonton Area
Throughout January | Our Winter City is full of great locations to skate from neighbourhood rinks to unique experiences like ice trails. Find several great options in our Guide to Outdoor Ice Skating!

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