Places To Get In The Holiday Spirit in Edmonton

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It’s Christmas time in Edmonton! The air is cold (a little to cold), the snow has fallen and the Holiday Spirit is high! We all love a good lights display, carol singing, hot chocolate sipping, and cozying up by a fire.

This list has many of the things you can do and see around Edmonton to get you into the holiday spirit!

Lights Displays

Magic of Lights

Located at Castrol Raceway – Tickets start at $30/vehicle

The Canadian Tire Magic of Lights features 2.5 kilometers of over 1.5 MILLION festive and vibrant LED-lighted displays celebrating the joy of the holidays. An enchanted “drive-through” experience from the comfort of your own car. At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations.


Located at the U of A Botanical Gardens – Tickets start at $21 adult

Wander candle-lit pathways in the serene Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Sip hot apple cider, while listening to the sounds of the capella singers.


Located at the River Valley Zoo – Tickets start at $14.95

Light up the night at the River Valley Zoo! Take in the stunning lights displays, hit the skating rink, or sip some hot chocolate while strolling hand-in-hand with your loved one. 

Candy Cane Lane

Located on 148th street from 99th to 92nd avenue.

An Edmonton Classic, running for over 50 years now! Candy Cane Lane is a spectacle to see! Stroll the streets taking in all the gorgeously decorated homes, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, and don’t forget a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank!


Located at the Edmonton EXPO Centre – Tickets start at $22.99 

Indoor holiday festival complete with towering light gardens, a massive light tunnel that greets you at the door, glowing activities, our artisan market, delicious food, and daily live entertainment.

Griswold’s Christmas Lights House

Located at 63 Briarwood Point, Stony Plain

This house in Stony Plain has recreated  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Griswold’s Family House. The iconic movie features Clark Griswold who tries to make the biggest and brightest light display around. This recreation is even complete with a life-size Cousin Eddie. 

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Performances to Watch

Shumka’s Nutcracker

Fri, Dec 17 & 18th, 7:00 p.m.–Sat, Dec 18, 7:00 p.m.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Featuring Shumka with guests from the Kyiv Ballet, Virsky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Ukraine, Shumka School of Dance and Clara’s Dream Choir.

Holiday Magic

Located at The Winspear Centre

Dec 18-22, 2021

Hop in a sleigh and jingle all the way to a concert brimming with holiday magic. In addition to songs such as Frosty the Snowman, Silver Bells, and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and more.

A Christmas Carol

Located at the Citadel Theatre – 9828 101 A Avenue until DEC 23rd
Packed with your favourite classic Christmas tunes, this adaptation of the beloved tale of a miserly old man who is invited to change his ways by the Ghosts of Christmas, will carry you away into the magical era of films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

Still, have people on your list to buy for? Check out the Edmonton Gift Guide to help you make those last purchases!