Known as the festival capital of Canada, Edmonton, Alberta is the perfect urban oasis to visit this winter. This holiday season, some festivals may look a little different, but Edmontonians still know how to have a good time.
From festivals of lights to Christmas markets, here are some Christmas things to do in Edmonton for 2020.
Zoominescence Festival of Light
Zoominescence is back at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, and it is doing Canada’s Festival City proud. Spectacular exhibitions of artistic light installations are going up all throughout the zoo, which is open only for Zoominescence this holiday season. Come hang out with the animals, grab some hot cocoa, and even go skating.
Date: November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021, join us Thursdays through Sundays with additional days on December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.
Admission: $14.95 Adults, $10.50 Children 2 - 12 years old, $13.50 Senior, $13.50 Youth
Location: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road, Edmonton
Glow Gardens @ Edmonton Expo Centre
Edmonton’s largest indoor Christmas festival, Glow Edmonton, comes to life again this year, with lights, refreshments, interactive exhibits and live music.
Stop and shop at the Christmas Market featuring handmade and locally sourced gifts and take the kids to a visit with Santa before enjoying live indoor music from local artists.
Dates: Select dates Nov 28, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021
Admission: General Admission start at $22.99; Seniors & Children start at $16.99
Location: Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton
Fort Saskatchewan’s Enchanted Forest
Fort Saskatchewan hosts a community Christmas tree event, Enchanted Forest, every year to showcase local business and community organizations.
Sites throughout the city display unique, fun Christmas trees themed for the company or group they represent. Admission is free to the public buildings that show the trees.
Dates: Nov 27, 2020 - Jan 7, 2021
Locations: Dow Centennial Centre, Shell Theatre, City Hall, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library
Edmonton Christmas Market
The Edmonton Christmas Market will be held at the historic Army + Navy building in Old Strathcona this year. This year's event will feature a combination of online, in person, and free programming with holiday shops featuring gifts from local artists, workshops and tastings.
Dates: Nov 27, 2020 – Dec 20, 2020
Admission: Free to stop by
Location: 10560 107 St NW, Edmonton
Winter Whyte Light Up
The nearby gazebo and McIntyre Park are lit up this year, and events feature interactive competitions, and a special appearance from Mrs. Claus in drag! Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.
Date: Nov 26 – Dec 24, 2020
Admission: Free to stop by
Location: #402, 10314 Whyte Ave. Edmonton, AB
Christmas Brunch, Turkey-to-Go, Dinner in Edmonton 2020
Check out my post on restaurants and businesses in Edmonton that have special Christmas Edmonton 2020 offerings this year including brunch, turkey-to-go, dinner and more.