25 things to do in Edmonton this weekend: December 13 to 15

Dec 13 2019, 5:00 am

We’re already halfway through December! Make the spirits bright with these 25 Edmonton events on Friday, December 13, Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15. The Funk Hunters, The Music of Star Wars, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

Friday, December 13

The Funk Hunters

The Funk Hunters/Live Nation

What: Canadian electronic duo The Funk Hunters are made up of Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, and are performing at Union Hall with Funk The Halls on December 13 with special guests.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Union Hall — 6240 99 St NW Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Swift Current Broncos

What: Edmonton Oil Kings take on the Swift Current Broncos on December 13 at Rogers Place.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Rapid Fire Theatre – The Blank Who Stole Christmas

What: The world premiere of Rapid Fire Theatre’s new semi-scripted show to celebrate the holidays. Each performance features a happy, musical Christmas town invaded by a different guest improviser portraying a villain set on stealing Christmas.

When: December 13 and 15, December 20 and 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm on December 15)
Where: Rapid Fire Theatre — 9828 101A Avenue, Edmonton
More Info: Online

Altitude: Next Level Festive

What: Set amongst the idyllic winter scenery of Banff National Park, party-goers will get to experience the beautiful snowy mountains, set to world-renowned DJs and performers — in addition to dinner, cocktails, and breakfast. To top it all off they’ll receive a night’s accommodation at none other than the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, starting at $299.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise — 111 Lake Louise Drive
Price: Event packages start at $299 (plus fees) per double occupancy. Book online, call 1-866-540-4413, or email [email protected]

Oklahoma!

What: Festival Players presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma throughout December. Sing along to classics such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” with a cast of 30 actors, a pit orchestra of 15, and new set and costumes.

When: Various dates from December 13 until December 30, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm on December 15, 22 and 29)
Where: Festival Place — 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park
Tickets: Online

Saturday, December 14

PetSmart Photos With Santa

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@adventuresofbrowndog / Instagram

What: Canadian pet parents can bring their favourite four-legged friends to PetSmart locations for free Santa photos on December 14, 15, 21 and 22. The annual event will be taking place at all Canadian PetSmart stores.

Pet parents can get a digital photo from PetSmart taken or take photos on their own mobile devices. From dogs, cats, guinea pigs, bunnies, lizards and more, all pets are welcome to meet Santa and let him know what is on their holiday wish list.

When: December 14 and 15, December 21 and 22, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: At all Canadian PetSmart stores
Price: Free

St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market

What: The 2019 St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market features over 75 vendors each Saturday every Saturday until December 21. Shop for fresh produce, baking, Christmas gifts, home décor, and more.

When: Every Saturday until December 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Albert Place — 5 St. Anne Street, St Albert
Admission: Free

Be Merry 2019

What: Be Merry 2019 features seasonally-inspired scenes performed by Ballet Edmonton dancers. There will also be live musical guests to enjoy.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Varscona Theatre — 10329 83 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Yule – The Original Edmonton Witches Market

What: Yule by The Original Witches Market features over 35 vendors for your holiday shopping, including handmade soaps, handmade jewelry, and more.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: King Edward Park Community League – 7708 85 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Art-O-Rama 2019 Christmas Art Sale Fundraiser + Bohemian Extravaganza

What: Harcourt House Artist Run Centre presents their 2019 Christmas Art Sale Fundraiser and Bohemian Extravaganza until December 14. Artworks from Canadian artists from Edmonton, Calgary, Mississauga and Ottawa will be showcased, including paintings, ceramics, photography, sculptures and more. All original, small format creations will be available for $500 or less.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harcourt House Artist Run Centre — 3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs

What: The Edmonton Oilers face off with the Maple Leafs on December 14 at Rogers Place.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Bearclaw Gallery 2019 Annual Christmas Exhibition

What: Bearclaw Gallery’s annual Christmas exhibition showcases new works by Jane Ash Poitras, Jason Carter, Joseph Sanchez, Aguenus, Nancy Desjarlais, Ronnie Simon and Leo Arcand. There will also be works from Jim Logan, Maxine Noel, Jessica Desmoulin and others to check out. A variety of gift items will also be available for sale.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Bearclaw Gallery — 10403 124 Street, Edmonton
More Info: Online

Altar Boyz

Altar Boyz – Walterdale Theatre / Facebook

What: Altar Boyz is a high-energy musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band on the final night of their national tour. A show about faith, loyalty, and discovery. Presented by Walterdale Theatre.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Walterdale Theatre — 10322 83 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Hay Rides and Santa Photos

What: Marketplace at Callingwood invites families and little ones to meet Santa Claus in the lobby of the Professional Centre. Printed photos are available for a fee. Then attendees can enjoy a free horse-drawn hayride around the parking lot.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Professional Centre – 6650-177 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online, Free

Cinderella – A Christmas Pantomime 

What: A British pantomime version of the classic fairytale, follow along as Cinderella tries to find her Prince Charming. The show is very audience interactive, so come prepared to cheer, laugh, and play along.

When: Various dates until December 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park
Tickets: Online

Sunday, December 15

The Music of Star Wars – A Young Jedi’s Guide

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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back/IMDb

What: Enjoy the iconic music and thrilling themes of Star Wars films at Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s The Music of Star Wars – A Young Jedi’s Guide.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Winspear Centre — 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Ukrainian Shumka Dancers: Shumka’s Nutcracker

What: Ukrainian Shumka Dancers presents Shumka’s Nutcracker at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on December 15. See the classic story be brought to life with ballet, folk dance, and character dance.

When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 11455 — 87 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Westland Market Mall Holiday Craft Sale

What: Shop for your Christmas list at Westland Market Mall Holiday Craft Sale, featuring a variety of vendors and goods.

When: December 14 and December 15, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm (Saturday), 12 to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Westland Market Mall — 70 Mcleod Avenue, Spruce Grove
Admission: Free

Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience

Photos with Santa/Santa School

What: Edmonton’s Kingsway Mall is hosting its free sensory-friendly Santa Claus experience again this year. The special times with Santa are designed to accommodate children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, other sensory processing disorders, or mobility needs. These kids often have trouble with loud noises, bright lights, and crowds — which are common in shopping centres.

Kingsway Mall is hosting the sensory-friendly Santa experiences on December 8 and 15 after the mall closes to customers. The lights will be dimmed and music turned off to create a calm environment. The experience is free, but interested families need to make an appointment by contacting Guest Services.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Main level of Kingsway Mall near Starbucks and HomeSense
Price: Free (photo prints extra)

Zoominescence

What: Valley Zoo Development Society hosts Zoominescence, stunning light installations at Edmonton Valley Zoo. Celebrate the season by exploring the light displays, visiting the animals, ice skating, hot chocolate, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays until December 29, 2019, plus Boxing Day
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo — 13315 Buena Vista Road, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Community Skate with Edmonton Rage

What: Edmonton Rage LGBT+ Hockey hosts a community skate at West Edmonton Mall on December 15, and everyone is welcome. WEM is providing rentals for skates and helmets for free, and Edmonton Rage will be accepting donations to their cause and community.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Where: West Edmonton Mall — 1755, 8882 170 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature

What: Musical ensembles from across Alberta will perform festive music in the Legislature rotunda throughout the holiday season. Over 40 groups will perform in 2019, including singers, fiddlers, and more.

When: Now until December 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm daily,  plus 12 pm on weekdays
Where: Alberta Legislature Building — 107 St and 97 Ave NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

A Swinging Christmas with Rhythm Motives

What: Rhythm Motives present A Swinging Christmas. Company and youth ensemble members tap their way through the holidays with both Christmas and traditional dance performances. Directed by Paige Tirs.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: Theatre Lab at Allard Hall — 11110 104 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Bountiful Farmers’ Market

What: Bountiful Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh goods, including local vegetables and meat, coffee roasters, and beer and wine. There is also an ethnic food hall, a children’s play area, live entertainment, and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday year-round
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 3696 97 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free

The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant…Ever!

What: Whizgiggling Productions presents The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant…Ever!, a holiday show about turning the worst pageant ever into the best one, and discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

When: December 14 and 15, December 18 until December 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm on Sundays)
Where: Backstage Theatre — 10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online