Happy December! It’s getting cold out, and the city is definitely in festive mode. Bundle up if you’re heading out, and be sure to check out the best things to do in Edmonton this weekend!

Edmonton Christmas Market

‘Tis the season! The holidays are here, and the Edmonton Christmas Market is back at Fort Edmonton Park. Head over to Fort Edmonton Park to experience holiday magic, do a little shopping, and enjoy some food and drinks.

When: November 29th to December 17th, 2023
Where: 7000 143 Street NW
Cost: $19.03 for General Admission


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

Sponsored Pick: A Christmas Carol

Get ready for a holiday heart-melter! Can a trio of spirited sidekicks thaw Scrooge’s icy heart in the nick of time? ‘A Christmas Carol’, an adaptation by David van Belle, is bringing its festive fiesta to Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre this winter season and mark our words, you’ll exit with your Christmas spirit cranked up to 11.

When: Friday, November 25 – Saturday, December 23, 2023
Where: Citadel Theatre | 9828 101A Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6
Cost: $100+

Glow Edmonton 

Speaking of celebrating 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

Sponsored Pick: Downtown Winterval

Festival city is turning into a holiday wonderland this weekend: introducing Downtown Winterval! Score epic deals, stuff your face, and dance off those holiday calories with a live concerts by TALK & Rare Americans, beer gardens, festive decor & so much more. Baby it’s cold outside, so bundle up, bring your dog, your friends, and your festive spirit – ’tis the season for epic memories!

Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 2 – 4 PM to 10 PM
Where: 104 St, North of Jasper Ave
Cost: FREE!

Nutcracker Afternoon Tea

Tis the season for festive dining. You can experience the Grandest of Holidays at Edmonton’s river valley castle. As part of the holiday culinary programming, there is a Nutcracker Afternoon Tea featuring holiday faves.

When: Throughout December
Where: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 100th Street
Cost: $89

Holiday Movies at Cineplex for $2.99

Cineplex’s $2.99 family favourites are back in December, with holiday movies! You can check out The Polar Express, as well as Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.

When: Saturday, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 2023
Where: Cineplex locations
Cost: $2.99

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+


Check out the free magical glow of canopy lights, strung over the City Hall ice rink, and bask in the ambience of a new interactive art installation, moonGARDEN.

Then watch as the lights on the holiday tree in Sir Winston Churchill Square switch from white to festival holiday colours!

When: Friday, December 1, 2023 to January 7, 2024
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: Free

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

The Muttart Conservatory’s new feature “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” will get you into the holiday spirit! You can surround yourself with beautiful Muttart-grown poinsettias and a Christmas tree so big and beautiful that you’ll have to see it to believe it.

When: On now until January 2nd, 2024
Where: The Muttart Conservatory, 9626 – 96A Street
Cost: $14.95

Enjoy the first weekend of December!