Winter Whyte Light Up and Christmas in Old Strathcona

Winter Whyte Light Up

Winter Whyte Light Up, photo from Shane Turgeon

Old Strathcona is the place to be this Christmas season! This vibrant neighbourhood will come alive with light, colour and sound at the second annual Winter Whyte Light Up. This year, the fun will roll right through the month of December, with special events every weekend! Whether you’re looking to create lasting family memories, spend quality time with friends and family, or support local businesses as you fulfill your Christmas wish list, (or all 3!) you can do it all in Old Strathcona.

Winter Whyte Light Up

Winter Whyte Light Up, photo from Shane Turgeon

Kick things off with the celebration of the season – the Winter Whyte Light Up. On Saturday, November 30, 2019, classic Victorian carollers will begin ushering revellers into McIntyre Park at 4 pm. Enjoy live music, roving entertainers and watch out for appearances from the Flying Canoë Volant. Tempt your taste buds with s’mores freshly roasted in the fire pits courtesy of Edmonton Tourism. Join the festivities as the gazebo comes alive with special performances and the musical stylings of Mike Dominey! The fun doesn’t end in the park – the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market will be open late, and the Strathcona Public Library will have FREE kids’ activities and even FREE Santa photos! The ATB Financial Arts Barns will even be hosting an old-fashioned speakeasy (for the grown ups, of course)!

Winter Whyte Light Up

Winter Whyte Light Up, photo from Shane Turgeon

Local businesses will be getting in on the action in the three days leading up to the Winter Whyte Light Up! The Winter Whyte Shop Hop will run from Thursday, November 28 to Saturday, November 30, offering amazing discounts, deals and in some cases, even freebies!

Return to Whyte each December weekend leading up to Christmas to enjoy special events and activities:

  • On Saturday, December 7, Santa Claus will be touring the neighbourhood, spreading holiday cheer and enjoying photo ops with his many friends. Watch for him between 12 pm and 4 pm.
  • On Saturday, December 14, the Craft & Cork will host the Holiday Karaoke Party from 1 pm to 4 pm! Belt out your favourite holiday tunes and you could even win some prizes! Bring the whole family – The Craft & Cork is open to all ages during the day.
  • On Saturday, December 21, the Varscona Hotel will host Breakfast with Santa at 10 am. Enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast, live entertainment and even a last-minute visit from Santa. Get your tickets early as this event is sure to be a sell out! Tickets to to go on sale Tuesday, November 12. Find them HERE!

Winter Whyte Light Up

Bonus – shopping in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood could help you win a Christmas wish of your own! Snap a picture of an item or experience you’d like to gift to someone on your list. Post the picture on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #WhyteWishes and you’ll be entered to win! The contest will run from November 16 to December 15.

Christmas in Old Strathcona:

Winter Whyte Shop Hop:
When: November 28 to 30, 2019
Where: participating businesses in Old Strathcona

Winter Whyte Light Up:
When: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Time: 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: Wilbert Mcintyre Park, 8303 – 104 Street NW, Edmonton

Santa Visits Old Strathcona:
When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Old Strathcona / Whyte Avenue area (Watch @oldstrathcona on Twitter and Instagram to keep tabs on where Santa might be!)

Holiday Karaoke Party:
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: The Craft & Cork, 10314 – 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Santa Breakfast:
When: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: Varscona Hotel, 8208 – 106 Street NW, 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.

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