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It’s another weekend full of fun and festivities as we countdown to 2022! Don’t you love that all the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations all fall on the weekend this year? You have your choice of few different firework displays, as well as several indoor New Year’s Eve parties perfect for the entire family. Plus the weather should be warming up a bit to get out and enjoy one of the many outdoor light displays around the city, or to try out those new sleds and skates that Santa may have brought for Christmas.

Or perhaps you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Be sure to check out all the family fun and adventures through Explore Kananaskis. Start planning your roadtrip to the perfect mountain getaway this holiday season!

When you’re out and about, don’t forget to follow all AHS health measures in effect.

  1. New Year’s Eve Fireworks
    The City of Edmonton has cancelled its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, but you can still ring in the New Year with fireworks displays in Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Stony Plain.
  2. Enjoy the thrill of Snow Tubing
    Choose from one of three great ski hills in Edmonton to try this fun winter sport!
  3. Splash Out at the World Waterpark Family Beach Ball
    Escape the cold and celebrate the New Year in style at the World Waterpark! There will be a live DJ, caricature artists, a limbo party, character appearances, and even fireworks at midnight.
  4. Celebrate Noon Year at Telus World of Science Edmonton
    Countdown to 2022 with live science demonstrations, including a unique version of fireworks that involves 12 colorful hydrogen balloons! Catch the fun at noon on Friday, December 31 or Saturday, January 1.
  5. Leap into 2022 with Launchpad Trampoline Park!
    Come early, or stay late. From December 27 to January 2 the trampoline park will be transformed into a party nightly at 8 pm. Have a blast bouncing to the beat of the Live DJ and bright neon lights!
  6. See the Animals and Lights at Zoominescence
    The Edmonton Valley Zoo’s annual light festival is back. Spend your New Year’s Eve or Day with all your favourite animals while making your way through all the great light displays set up throughout the zoo.
  7. Brighten Your Night at Glow Edmonton
    Special guests Anna and Elsa are excited to welcome everyone to this magical INDOOR light forest. Stay warm as you see some great holiday light displays and capture fun selfies galore!
  8. Vote for your Favourite Festively Decorated House during Light-Up Leduc
    Use the convenient Light-Up Leduc map to find the top holiday displays in each quadrant of the city, then vote online to help determine who will be crowned the grand prize winner on January 3, 2022Explore Kananaskis
  9. Experience the Holiday Warmth of Luminaria
    Visit the University of Alberta Botanic Garden to wander the snowy paths and check out all this winter light festival has to offer.
  10. Admire the Magic of Lights at RAD Torque Raceway
    Hit up your favourite take-out for a cup of hot chocolate, then head out to drive through the 1.5 MILLION lights at RAD Torque Raceway.
  11. Brighten Up Beaumont
    The Brighten Up Beaumont event has passed, but you can still take a stroll to see the decorated trees and impressive ice sculpture’s in Beaumont’s Four Seasons park.  While there, also take a drive along the Twinkle Tour to see brightest and best decorated holiday homes in the city!
  12. Spend New Years Day with the Strathcona Wilderness Centre
    Enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing, take a toonie ski lesson or take part in the toonie snowshoe ramble, warm up by the fire, and sample some tasty treats and hot chocolate!
  13. Get Colorful at the Alberta Art 0f Gallery
    Sunday, January 2 is the last day to enjoy the colorful and interactive ROYGBIV exhibit at the Art Gallery. Reminder that kids admission is always free!
  14. New Year’s Day Fireworks at Glastonbury Park
    If you don’t want to brave the cold for Fireworks on New Year’s Eve, we recommend you visit Glastonbury Park on New Year’s Day. It looks like it will be significantly warmer to enjoy for an afternoon of skating, sledding and a spectacular fireworks display!
  15. Take a drive or stroll down Candy Cane Lane
    Edmonton’s favourite neighbourhood Christmas lights display is open nightly up until January 1, 2022. Park the car and take it in by foot to help work off some of those extra Christmas goodies!
  16. Visit the Leduc Country Lights
    Bring the WHOLE family, dogs included, to take a walk through this impressive light display outside Leduc. The final day to enjoy these lights is January 2, 2022.

But wait…There’s more!

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Explore Kananaskis Winter Holidays

Plan a Winter Escape to Kananaskis

The Rocky Mountains are calling! Start planning your Alberta Staycation with Explore Kananaskis. Just a 4 hour drive from Edmonton, the Kananaskis Village offers spectacular accommodations, breathtaking natural scenery and a multitude of fun winter activities.

Make magical memories this holiday season with Merry Kananaskis. This festive calendar of events includes something to put everyone in good spirits all holiday season long! Your little ones will love meeting Santa’s reindeer, making crafts at the Elf Workshop, or hopping on a train ride through Kananaskis Village. Older kids and adults will enjoy the thrill of snowshoeing, shelter building, or a fat bike frozen waterfall tour.

Winter is the perfect time to experience Kananaskis Village. Enjoy snow fueled adventures like skating and skiing, or slow down and relax at the renowned Kananaskis Nordic Spa. No matter what type of experience you are looking for, there is sure to be something for the whole family to enjoy when you Explore Kananaskis!