Happy Christmas weekend, Edmonton! It’s cold outside, but it’s also time to enjoy the best of the season. With lots of stuff closed around the holidays, here are the best things to do in and around Edmonton this Christmas weekend!

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Get deep into the holiday spirit at this Christmas concert! Described as a “pageant of richly orchestrated carols through the centuries and around the world performed by the orchestra and the Richard Eaton Singers,” you can expect everything from Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful to sacred hymns like O Sanctissima and Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav’nly Light.

When: Friday, December 23rd, 2022
Where: 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $32+


If you’re in the market for a new winter activity, Borealis Lights is a new Christmas Drive-thru Light Display located in the Kinsmen RV Park in St Albert! It features over 800,000 twinkling holiday lights, and it will get you into the spirit of the season!

When: On now until January 8th, 2023
Where:  47 Riel Dr., St. Albert
Cost: $25 per vehicle


Luminaria is still on, transforming the already beautiful U of A Botanic Garden, with an insane array of incredible displays, seasonal treats, and more!

When: On now until December 31st, 2022
Where: 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove
Cost: $24


Though its best known for its green grass and gardens, Nikka Yuko is an incredible spot in the wintertime. Don’t believe us? Check it out and enjoy a magical evening of lanterns, and lights.

When:  On now until February 26th, 2023
Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
Cost: $15.33+


Ready to get lost? Downtown Edmonton’s first snow maze will be in the Fan Park, directly next to Rogers Place! The massive 75’x75’ Oilers themed maze will include multiple photo opportunities, a slide, and a locker room.

When: Starts December 23rd until January 29th, 2023
Where:  Ice District,  Fan Park, 10128 104 Ave NW
Cost: $18


This December, wander through the ‘Enchanted Forest’ a Christmas tree festival where Edmontonians from all walks of life have purchased and decorated Firs with tinsel, beads, lights and love – for your enjoyment! Check it out, get dazzled and leave bright-eyed!

When: On now until January 7th, 2023
Where: 10005 102 St
Cost: FREE


Have you seen Top Gun: Maverick yet? If not, head indoors and check it out on IMAX this Friday!

When: Friday, December 23rd, 2022
Where: 11211 142 Street NW
Cost: $14.95 +


Get ready, because one of Edmonton’s most iconic holiday experiences returns this holiday season! An event that’s been around for years, Candy Cane Lane is a Christmas extravaganza that features incredible decorations, lights and fun – plus, it’s free to check out! And this Friday, it is also car-free.

When: Friday, December 23rd, 2022
Where: 148 Street between 99 Avenue to 92 Avenue
Cost: Free


From dazzling installations to entertainment and more, Zoominescence has returned and it’s going to be enchanting! Bundle up and head over to the Edmonton Valley Zoo to celebrate 10 wonderful years of Light, Love, and Animal Conservation!

When: On now until January 1st, 2023
Where: 13315 Buena Vista Road
Cost: $14.95 for GA


Edmonton’s Ice Wall has returned for another season! This unique attraction is the perfect combination between the thrills of ice climbing without all the, you know, inherent danger of it. Whether you’re already into climbing or just wanna try something new, they’ve got options for everyone.

When: Open now for the season
Where: 9613 96 Avenue NW
Cost: $19+


Showcasing over a million bulbs and fairytale displays, this unique event will dazzle and delight light-loving Edmontonians of all ages. Get glowing!

When: On now until January 1st, 2023
Where: 7515 118 Avenue NW
Tickets: $22.99+ for GA


Time with the family or friends and want to head outside? Well, Edmonton has no shortage of local ski hills for you to check out! First up is Snow Valley, which has already opened for the season. It is closed on Christmas, but open over the weekend on the 24 and 26th.

When: Open throughout December
Where: 13204 Rainbow Valley Road NW
Cost: Varies


Next up on our local ski tour is Sunridge, which also opened for the season. In addition to the classic downhill runs, this spot also offers snow tubing for those who don’t really want to get fully kitted up to enjoy their time on the slopes. It is also closed on Christmas, but open over the weekend on the 24 and 26th.

When: Open throughout December
Where: 10980 17 Street NW
Cost: Varies


Last but not least, we come to the Edmonton Ski Club! The home of the Ice Wall, the Edmonton Ski Club offers classic skiing options plus a snowtube park, making it one of the most versatile local attractions in the city. It is closed on Christmas, but open over the weekend on the 24 and 26th.

When: Open throughout December
Where: 9613 96 Avenue NW
Cost: Varies

Happy Holidays!