Aaaand here comes New Year’s Eve! We have officially reached the final weekend of December, and of 2023. After reflecting on the year, check out what’s happening this weekend, including New Year’s Eve! Here are the best things to do in and around Edmonton this weekend.

And happy new year!

Hollywood for the Holidays

We love us an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, especially during the holiday season. For this show, you will hear tunes from your favourite movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings.

When: Thursday, December 28th and Friday, December 29th, 2023
Where: Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq
Cost: $33+


Corteo is described as Cirque du Soleil’s most enchanting arena production and it is in Edmonton for the very first time. This one-of-a-kind production will be at Rogers Place for 7 performances only, so don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday, December 27 until Sunday, December 31, 2023
Where: Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW
Cost: $49+

New Year’s Eve at the ICE District – Edmonton

Back by popular demand, one of the city’s biggest parties will once again take place in the iconic ICE District.

It all kicks off at 5 pm for a very special Oilers watch party where the public will be encouraged to eat, drink, dance and cheer our home team to victory when they play the Anaheim Ducks.

Following the game, check out some incredible ice carvings by the crew at Chiseled, then enjoy a special performance by country music star Josh Ross as well as Alberta’s very own Taylor-Rae.

Closer to midnight, point your peepers to one of the giant countdown screens and watch the fireworks go off at midnight.

When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023
Where: 10360 102 St NW, Edmonton
Cost: FREE

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball

Escape the cold and head to the World Waterpark this New Year’s eve. You’ll get live entertainment, a buffet, many character appearances, free caricature artist drawings brought to you by Coca Cola, a spectacular indoor fireworks show with NEW pyrotechnic effects, and great company!

When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023
Where: 8882 170 St NW
Cost: $69+

Brett Kissel

With three Platinum and ten Gold singles, two Gold-certified albums, and sixteen Top-10 radio hits, Brett Kissel has become one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. And you can spend New Year’s Eve at his concert!

When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023
Where: River Creek Resort and Casino, 300 East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch, AB
Cost: $84+

2024 Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala

Looking for a gala this New Year’s Eve? Check out the Edmonton International New Year’s Gala, with food, fun, and entertainment, all in support of The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023
Where:  Beverly Hills Ballroom, 17700 87 Ave
Cost: $188.79

Candy Cane Lane

Get ready, because one of Edmonton’s most iconic holiday experiences returns this 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: On now until Monday, January 1st, 2024
Where: 148 Street between 99 Avenue to 92 Avenue
Cost: Free, accepting donations for the food bank


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:  On now until January 3rd, 2024
Where: 13315 Buena Vista Road
Cost: $15.95

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+

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