20 things to do in Edmonton this week: December 2 to 5

Dec 2 2019, 5:00 am

Welcome to the first week of December! Get the new month started with these 20 fun events in Edmonton from December 2 to December 5, including Glow Christmas Festival, Story Party, and more.

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

Monday, December 2

Glow Christmas Festival

Courtesy of Glow Gardens

What: Glow Christmas Festival is back this year at Edmonton Expo Centre with stunning light displays, delicious seasonal food and drink, and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa. The festival — which is entirely indoors — will have LED Swings and Hanging Picture Frames to light up your Instagram feed, as well as a Christmas market to find unique gifts for the special people in your life.

This year, you can stroll through festive light displays and illuminated historical landmarks from China, India, Holland, Mexico, France, and England. The festival has a playground and a train for little kids, and adult beverages for the big kids, as well as live entertainment.

When: Now until January 4, 2020 (closed on Sundays)
Time: Various times
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre — 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Available online

Cultural Links Youth Zone

What: Edmonton Public Library hosts Cultural Links Youth Zone for immigrant and refugee youth between 10 and 14 years old. Attendees will share stories, sing, paint mugs and more. Homework help will also be provided if needed.

When: Every Monday
Time: 4 to 5:30 pm
Where: Edmonton Public Library — Clareview — 3808 139 Ave NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Dickens Fest

What: The Citadel Theatre in association with Downtown Business Association presents the second annual Dickens Fest. Stroll through the Pavilion of Lights, shop at the holiday market, and enjoy a variety of holiday teas and dinners.

When: Now until December 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Citadel Theatre – 9828 101 A Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again

What: Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again features a variety of unnamed characters delving into various aspects of modern womanhood. The show investigates bold manifestos and drastic acts of defiance along with humour.

When: Now until December 7, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (matinee on December 5 at 12:30 pm)
Where: Timms Centre for the Arts — University of Alberta — 87 Avenue, 112 St 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 (closed Sunday)
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Bearclaw Gallery — 10403 124 Street, Edmonton
More Info: Online

Tuesday, December 3

Serena Ryder – The Christmas Kisses Tour

What: Serena Ryder is a six-time JUNO Award winner, a MuchMusic Video Award winner, and a Canadian Screen Award winner. She brings The Christmas Kisses Tour to Winspear Centre on December 3.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Winspear Centre Edmonton – 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square Northwest & Corner of 99 Street &, 102 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Moose Jaw Warriors

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What: Edmonton Oil Kings take on the Moose Jaw Warriors at Rogers Place on December 3.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Bed and Breakfast

What: Theatre Network presents Bed and Breakfast by Mark Crawford, the story of Brett and his partner Drew starting their new life as modern B&B owners. Mathew Hulshof and Chris Pereira play over twenty characters each in the production directed by Bradley Moss.

When: Now until December 8, 2019
Time: 8 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Theatre Network Live at the Roxy – 8529 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Story Party Edmonton – True Dating Stories

What: Story Party features true dating stories from professional storytellers and some brave audience members. The show has performed in over 65 countries and stops in Edmonton on December 3 and 4 at Edmonton Fringe Theatre.

When: December 3 and 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Backstage Theatre — Edmonton Fringe Theatre — 10330 – 84 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Blue Christmas

What: Gospel Centre Church in partnership with Serenity Funeral Services hosts an evening to honour the memories of lost loved ones.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Gospel Centre Pentecostal Church — 9445 153 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Wednesday, December 4

What: Alberta Ballet presents the holiday tradition The Nutcracker with a live orchestra, a cast of more than 120 dancers, choreography by Edmund Stripe, and stunning sets and costumes designed by Emmy-award winning designer Zack Brown. Follow Clara and The Nutcracker as they encounter The Mouse King, The Sugar Plum Fairy, and more.

When: December 4 until December 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 11455 — 87 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators

Edmonton oilers rogers place

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What: The Edmonton Oilers face off with Ottawa Senators on December 4 at Rogers Place.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Ivan Coyote

What: Award-winning writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote is showcased in an evening of storytelling and spoken-word poetry by Institute For Sexual Minority Studies And Services. There will be a meet-and-greet and book signing to follow.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Garneau Theatre — 8712 109 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Altar Boyz

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: December 4 until December 8, December 10 until December 14, 2019
Time: 8 pm (2 pm on December 8)
Where: Walterdale Theatre — 10322 83 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Women Talk Edmonton – Holiday Stories

What: Women Talk Edmonton hosts Holiday Stories, where women from all walks of life and backgrounds are invited to share seasonal stories, music, songs, family traditions, and more. Donations for the food bank are also being collected.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Sandman Hotel Edmonton — 17635 Stony Plain Road NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Thursday, December 5

Waste-Reduced Store Tour

What: Earth’s General Store owner Michael Kalmanovitch, leads a one-hour tour of the store that also explains the Zero-Waste/Waste-Reduced movement.

When: December 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Address: Earth’s General Store – 9605 — 82nd Avenue Edmonton
Tickets: Online, Free

Enjoy Light Festival

What: Enjoy Light Festival sees The Enjoy Centre turn into a winter wonderland with interactive lights garden, photos with Santa, live performers, festive market, light tunnel, and local food vendors.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: The Enjoy Centre – 101 Riel Drive, St. Albert
Tickets: Online

Winspear Overture Tour

What: The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre open the curtains for a free one-hour backstage tour and info session. Learn the history of the ESO and the Winspear plus the vision they have for their future. Lunch and beverages will also be provided.

When: December 5, December 12, December 18, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Winspear Centre — 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
RSVP: Online, admission free


What: CHROMA YEG is an interactive pop-up taking place this holiday season inside Kingsway Mall, featuring colourfully painted murals designed to brighten up the mall and serve as fun backgrounds for your indoor photoshoots. From now until December 31, stop by the mall to check out each of the four installations. A map of where the murals will be located in the mall can be found here. The murals were created by Hayley Wright from Edmonton, Rhys Douglas Farrell, Tyler Lemermeyer, and Michelle Hoogveld from Calgary.

When: Now until December 31, 2019
Time: Mall Hours
Where: Kingsway Mall – 109 Street and, Princess Elizabeth Avenue NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Edmonton Christmas Market



What: Edmonton Christmas Market will be open every week from Thursday to Saturday, and will feature delicious food and traditional drinks, festive light displays, games, activities, vendors, workshops, and more.

If you’re in the mood for some DIY, you can get creative on site and learn how to make Christmas gifts with love in workshops for all ages and skill levels. You can also get pictures taken with Santa, or roam around with beverages from local Bent Stick Brewery, or some traditional mulled wine — the signature drink of the market — and enjoy some great music with friends and family. There will also be a variety of vendors, so you can purchase unique gifts for the special people in your life, and some delicious food on hand to make sure you don’t leave hungry.

When: Now until December 21, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm (Thursday to Friday), 12 to 6 pm (Saturday)
Where: ATB Place — 10025 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: $3 to $10, admission packages available online

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