Whether you were counting down until midnight, or getting some well-deserved Zzz’s after the holiday craze, the new year is officially upon us! It’s time to celebrate the first day of 2024, so here are the best things to do on New Year’s Day in Edmonton.

Check out Zoominescence

From dazzling installations to entertainment and more, Zoominescence is returning and it’s going to be enchanting! Bundle up and head over to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for Edmonton’s Favourite Winter Festival, celebrating light, artistry, imagination, and the strong spirit of our community in the winter.

When: Starts Friday, December 1st until January 3rd, 2024
Where: 13315 Buena Vista Road
Cost: $15.95

Try out Cross-Country Skiing

Looking to get out and active? Go cross-country skiing in some of Edmonton’s best parks! Our advice? Dress warm and enjoy!

Stroll Through Candy Cane Lane

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! If you want a sleigh ride, those are ticketed and available online.

When: Select nights from Friday, December 8th to January 1st, 2024
Where: 148 Street between 99 Avenue to 92 Avenue
Cost: Free, accepting donations for the food bank

Wander the Enchanted Forest

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!

When: On now until Sunday, January 7th, 2024
Where: 10005 102 St
Cost: Free

Watch a Movie

A little too tired-out after New Year’s Eve? It happens! Skip the winter weather and watch a movie at the theatre with buttery popcorn and your favourite candy instead!

Check out Glow Edmonton 

If you like celebrating the season among sparkling light, Glow is back in Edmonton. A spectacular indoor display that will keep you, your date or your whole family amazed and super toasty, Glow will take place at the Edmonton Expo Centre from December 1st and January 1st.

When: Friday, December 1st and January 1st, 2023
Where: 7515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $22.99

Try A Wintery Walk in the Park

Why let a little nip in the air stop you from enjoying the great outdoors? This New Year’s Day, bundle up and check out some of Edmonton’s best parks and walks in the city.

Drive through Borealis Lights

Borealis Lights Drive Thru Christmas Lights Display returns to The St. Albert Kinsmen RV Park for another year, and it is open for the season. The experience is estimated to take 25 to 30 minutes to complete.

When: On now until January 7, 2024
Where:  Borealis Lights Light Park – Christmas Drive-Thru Light Display, 47 Riel Dr
Cost:  $32+

Go Skating

From Castle Downs to City Hall, Edmonton has a ton of stunning outdoor skating rinks that you and yours can enjoy this New Year’s Day. Not sure where to go? Check out the link above.

Tube at the Rabbit Hill Snow Resort

Hit the winter hills – even if you don’t ski or snowboard! Enjoy the first day of 2024 with a breeze on your face – or a face full of snow at Rabbit Hill Snow Resort. Spend a fun day tubing with the whole family! It’s going to be wild.

Where: 20715 57 Avenue SW, Edmonton
Cost: $22

Happy New Year!