This Christmas, give the gift of experiences at West Edmonton Mall. As a website that promotes events in and around Edmonton, we’re somewhat partial to replacing some of those gifts under the tree with exciting experiences that your family will talk about for years to come. And at West Edmonton Mall, you’ll find no shortage of entertainment and attraction options. We’ve gathered up some of our favourite unique experiences, afternoon outings, and top thrills below that we are certain would make fantastic Christmas gifts for your family.

While attractions may currently be closed, planning for future fun is not! We love the idea of gifting a WEM Gift Card with a special note included about all the fun activities and attractions they can use it for. You can purchase WEM Gift Cards online and pick them up at the main Guest Services location in West Edmonton Mall (located close to Entrance 8). Gift cards are valid for all the great adventures listed below. Tickets for WEM attractions will also go back on sale shortly after the New Year so be sure to check back in 2021!

Marine Life at West Edmonton Mall

Unique Experiences

Escape the humdrum of ordinary life with these unique West Edmonton Mall attractions. Animal lovers on your Christmas list will love the private guided tours at Marine Life. You’ll get up close with penguins, sharks, and sea turtles during this 45-minute tour.

Ice skating is a staple in Edmonton. Sure there are any number of indoor and outdoor locations around the city where you can skate, but not many compare to the Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall. Besides the beautiful sky lights to skate under, there’s something really magical knowing you’re skating on ice that an Olympic gold medalist has trained on!

If your family loves solving puzzles, finding clues and working together, you’ll love the Alien Outbreak Escape Room. Give your family a break from the endless tv and movie marathons and stretch those brain muscles!

Afternoon outings

It’s no secret that winter can be long here in Edmonton. And sometimes we just need an escape from being cooped up in the house all day. Bowling and mini golf are two great, affordable options at the West Edmonton Mall to get your family out of the house. We love both of these ideas for outings because they’re something that virtually everyone in the family — regardless of skill level — can enjoy together. Plus, WEM offers not just one, but TWO great mini-golf options: Professor WEM’s Adventure Golf and Dragon’s Tale, a glow-in-the-dark mini golf experience. Ed’s Bowling is great for even the littlest of bowlers with lane bumpers that can easily be turned on and off for each bowler.

World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall

Top Thrills

West Edmonton Mall is the center of thrills in Edmonton. Where else can you take a spin on high flying swings after your shopping spree? Tired of giving your kids toys that just pile up in the corner? Make one of their gifts a family outing to Galaxyland and come away with great memories instead!

While you’re at it, be sure to book your tickets to World Waterpark. When you can’t make it to those sunny, southern winter getaways, World Waterpark’s 31°C temps might be the closest we get to a tropical escape! But with 11 slides, multiple kid play areas, a huge wave pool, and hot tubs you’ll forget you haven’t left Edmonton. Plus, you can really treat the family with a cabana rental — live it up in luxury!

And newest to the line-up of thrills at WEM is DRIVE – Canada’s only multi-level go-kart track! Go-kart drivers must be at least 12 years of age, so this is a great activity for families with older kids. Get mom, dad, and the kids out on the track for some friendly competition!

Space room at Fantasyland Hotel

With so much to see and do at WEM, you might just want to make it a mini-getaway for your family with a fun stay at Fantasyland Hotel. Fulfill your child’s fantasy of sleeping in outer space, an igloo, or a truck! Or maybe you have little ones who love to play princesses or pirates — there are great themed room options for those, too.

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that time together is the best gift of all. So wrap up a memorable experience with your family at WEM this holiday season. It’s the gift you know your entire family will love. Find out more about West Edmonton Mall attractions at

Gift Experiences at West Edmonton Mall Attractions

Where: West Edmonton Mall
When: Hours vary | Online booking required for most