Come and see over 100 Christmas trees decorated in their full glory at the annual Festival of Trees. This annual Edmonton tradition raises funds for the University Hospital Foundation while simultaneously putting people of all ages into a festive mood.
If you haven’t been to the festival, or you’ve never brought your kids you might be surprised by all there is to do. There are tons of activities to keep you busy at the Festival of Trees. If your kids are like mine you are going to want to reserve several hours to do ALL THE THINGS. Here are ten terrific things you are going to want to do at the Festival of Trees!
Breakfast with Santa: On Sunday morning you can have a pancake breakfast with Santa. There is special entertainment plus a small gift for each child. Tickets include admission to the festival.
Just for Families: Thursday night is Family Night! Kids under 12 get in free with a paying adult! Don’t miss the fun scavenger hunt… will you find all the clues?
Paging the Doctor: Work on your doctor skills on your favourite stuffie at the Hospital Room on Children’s Christmas Lane. Does your special friend need a cast or surgery? Make sure to bring them along!
Children’s Christmas Lane: Colour your own unique Christmas decorations, or even a mini tree! Ice and eat delicious gingerbread cookies, deck yourself out with a festive tattoo, and even try the hockey shootout!
No adults allowed! Kids can get their own Christmas shopping done with the help of some volunteer elves. Nothing in the kids only store is over $5 (cash only) and no one over 12 is admitted. Sorry grown-ups!
Twas the Night Before Christmas: Hear a Christmas tale in the Story Nook read by a festival volunteer. Cuddle up for a spell and listen to holiday favourites like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the Night Before Christmas.
Visions of Sugarplums: Pick your favourite cake and gingerbread house out of the intricate confections on display. Trust me, it is hard to pick just one!
North Pole Post Office: Write your letter to Santa and bring it with you to the Festival. Drop it off at the North Pole Post Office for direct delivery!
Best of the Fest: Vote for your favourite tree. Collect a ballot when you enter, and choose the one you love best from all the designer trees on display. Will your favourite win?
Sounds of the Season: Take in the local talent on the special entertainment stage! There will be musicians and choirs, dancers and athletes, live on stage throughout the weekend!
There are a number of special events tied to the festival including a brand new event called the Silver Bell Soiree, the pancake breakfast with Santa, and Family Night — please visit the Festival of Trees website for more information and note that additional charges do apply.
Regular admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, $2 for kids, and free for children under the age of two. Some of the activities on Christmas Lane cost between 1 and 6 tickets. The tickets can be purchased at the door or using the app.
Festival of Trees:
When: November 29 – December 2, 2018
Time: Thursday 9 am – 9 pm; Friday 9 am – 6 pm; Saturday 9 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
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.