It’s finally here! Make sure you’ve got your milk and cookies ready for Santa because Christmas is only a few days away! If you’re looking to maximize every minute of the holiday, here are the best things to do in Edmonton this long weekend.

The Polar Express: The IMAX Experience

We love traditions, and this one in particular. The Polar Express is back for the holidays! Rewatch this holiday classic on Alberta’s largest screen, with multiple screenings available throughout the month.

When: Saturdays and Sundays until December 24th, 2023
Where: IMAX Theatre, 11211 142 St NW
Cost: $11.95

Zoominescence

From dazzling installations to entertainment and more, Zoominescence is back and it’s 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: On now until Wednesday, 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‚Äôs icy heart in the nick of time? ‚ÄėA Christmas Carol‚Äô, an¬†adaptation by David van Belle, is bringing¬†its festive fiesta to Edmonton‚Äôs Citadel Theatre this winter season and mark our words, you‚Äôll exit with your Christmas spirit cranked up to 11.

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

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

The Muttart Conservatory‚Äôs new feature ‚ÄúRockin‚Äô Around the Christmas Tree‚ÄĚ will get you into the holiday spirit if you’re not there yet! You can surround yourself with beautiful Muttart-grown poinsettias and a Christmas tree so big and beautiful that you‚Äôll have to see it to believe it.

When: On now until Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024
Where:¬†The Muttart Conservatory, 9626 ‚Äď 96A Street
Cost: $14.95

A very merry pops

A Holiday favourite returns! Check out Stuart Chafetz  and the ESO as they take you on a jolly sleigh ride through the iconic holiday songs you’ll remember from your childhood.

When: Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd, 2023
Where: Winspear Centre
Cost: $33.50+

Candy Cane Lane

Get ready, because one of Edmonton’s most iconic holiday experiences is back for this season!

An event that‚Äôs been around for years, Candy Cane Lane is a Christmas extravaganza that features incredible decorations, lights and fun ‚Äď plus, it‚Äôs free to check out! If you want a sleigh ride, those are ticketed and available online.

When: On now until until Monday, January 1st, 2024
Where: 148 Street between 99 Avenue to 92 Avenue
Cost: Free, accepting donations for the food bank

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 Sunday, January 7, 2024
Where:¬†¬†Borealis Lights Light Park ‚Äď Christmas Drive-Thru Light Display, 47 Riel Dr
Cost:  $32+

Glow Edmonton 

If you like celebrating the season among sparkling light, Glow is back in Edmonton. It’s a spectacular indoor display that will keep you, your date or your whole family amazed and super toasty.

When: On now until Monday, January 1st, 2024
Where: 7515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $22.99

Enchanted Forest

This December wander through the ‚ÄėEnchanted Forest‚Äô a Christmas tree festival where Edmontonians from all walks of life have purchased and decorated Firs with tinsel, beads, lights and love ‚Äď for your enjoyment!

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

 moonGARDEN

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: On now until Sunday, January 7, 2024
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: Free

Magic of Lights

It’s back, Edmonton! The Rad Torque Raceway will once again host one of the city’s most magical holiday experiences, The Magic Of Lights Drive-thru.

Stretched across its massive track, those who check it out will be able to see over 1 million lights, animations, and a variety of stunning displays, so crank the Bublé and enjoy!

When: On now until January 6th, 2024
Where: 50342 Range Rd 253, Edmonton International Airport
Cost: $33+ per car

Have an amazing Christmas weekend!