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17 of the best things to do in Edmonton this December

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It’s beginning to look a lot like December, at least based off of the list of things to do in Edmonton this month. While Christmas-themed events are at the forefront, there are a ton of ways to amuse yourself this holiday season. Check out a concert, go shopping, or head to an Oilers game!

Here are the best things to do in Edmonton this December.

Food Events

Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairings

Tired of bringing Franzia and Cheez Whiz to Christmas parties? We’re sure the hosts are as well. Step your game up by trying 6 different wines alongside an assortment of cheeses to determine the best pairing for the office Christmas party.

When: December 6
Where: 6284 Currents Drive Northwest
Cost: $30

Ferris Bueller’s (Pre) NYE Dance Party

If classic New Year’s parties aren’t for you, then consider checking out one that happens before the fact! Cheap ticket prices, no pressure to find somebody to kiss… we’re already sold, the fact that it’s going to be set to 80s music is the cherry on top!

When: December 28
Where: The Starlite Room
Cost: $8

New Year’s Eve at CRAFT

The next choice we have for a New Year’s party. CRAFT will be a great mix between the classic house party vibe and your more upscale events. Drink some beer, have a few laughs, and ring in the New Year with some pals.

When: December 31
Where: CRAFT Beer Market
Cost: $10

New Year’s Eve Black Tie Affair

Oh so you’re fancy huh? Well then, you better swoop up some tickets to the New Year’s Eve party going on at the Fairmont. Grab some finger food at the buffet, drink some champagne, and try to make some rich friends while you’re there.

When: December 31
Where: Fairmont Hotel McDonald
Cost: $140

Festivals and Events

The Nutcracker

The iconic Christmas play will be performed by the Alberta Ballet this year. It’s a staple, but it’s easily one of the best things to do in Edmonton this December. When’s the last time you saw the Nutcracker?

When: December 4 to December 8
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Cost: $82 and up

Festival of Trees

The cornerstone of this festival is the lineup of over 200 different decorated Christmas. But, you’ll also be able to shop, grab some food, and enjoy live entertainment while you’re there. And, it’s all for a great cause!

When: Throughout December
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre
Cost: $12

Glow Gardens

This massive holiday light festival is the perfect opportunity to get your photos out of the wa early. Explore light installations and enjoy a variety of themes throughout the festival.

When: Throughout December
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre
Tickets: $19.99


The Edmonton Valley Zoo is being taken over by artistic light installations and holiday cheer this month. Head down for an evening of light, hot chocolate, skating and of course, some adorable furry friends. Or cool snakes.

When: Weekends throughout December and December 26
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Cost: $8.50

Edmonton Christmas Market

This ongoing Christmas market is perfect for gift shopping this season. Not only will some of Edmonton’s best vendors be around, but guests can also experience light displays, live entertainment, and delicious food and drink options.

When: Thursday to Saturday weekly until December 21
Where: ATB Place
Cost: $5


Serena Ryder

The singer behind the 2012 hit ‘Stompa’ has, in our eyes, turned into a female Michael Bublé. That is to say, she’s got staying power because of her incredible voice and isn’t afraid to tackle some Christmas tunes. Which, by the way, is exactly what’s happening at this concert.

When: December 3
Where: Winspear Centre
Tickets: $60 and up

Hockey Dad

Australian surf rock has never disappointed us. And, Hockey Dad has one of those sounds that reflects the best of the genre. They’re equal parts reserved and energetic, and we can get down with it.

When: December 11
Where: The Starlite Room
Tickets: $17

Boney M

Ok, if we were excited about the Serena Ryder concert then we’re jumping off the walls for Boney M. We don’t care what you say, these folks put out the definitive Christmas album, and you can hear it live this December.

When: December 12
Where: River Cree Resort and Casino
Tickets: $140 and up

Kacy & Clayton

If you’re wondering what happened to Americana and psych-rock, then this is the concert for you. This duo combines Kacy’s gorgeous voice with Clayton’s guitar skills, and boy, are the results impressive. Like “is this the 70s in San Francisco?” impressive.

When: December 13
Where: The Starlite Room
Tickets: $19.99

The Funk Hunters

This Vancouver duo is coming to Funk the Halls in Edmonton. While we’re not exactly sure what that entails, we’re confident that holiday music and funk is going to be a fantastic way to get your energy up for Christmas.

When: December 13
Where: Union Hall
Tickets: $41.04

Get Together

An electronic music festival in between Christmas and New Year’s? Sure, why not? You might as well buy a two-day pass, since you’ll be able to see some of the biggest names in the game (Kaskade, REZZ, San Holo…) in one convenient setting!

When: December 26 and December 27
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre
Tickets: $130 plus fees for a 2-day pass


Want to attend a concert on New Year’s Eve? Look no further than this Canadian house duo. They’ll definitely bring the energy needed for you to dance into 2020. We can’t think of a more fitting entrance.

When: December 31
Where: The Starlite Room
Tickets: $35


Edmonton Oilers

While we were expecting a solid season from the Oilers, we would never have guessed that they’d do as well as they have. Keep the good times rolling this holiday season and go check out a game.

When: Games throughout December
Where: Rogers Place
Tickets: Vary per game

And that’s our roundup of the best things to do in Edmonton this December! Sure, the weather might not be the best, but when have we let that stop us? Never, that’s when.

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