20 things to do in Edmonton this week: December 23 to 26

Dec 23 2019, 1:00 pm

Christmas week has arrived! Stay merry and bright with these 20 things to do in Edmonton from December 23 to December 26, including A Christmas Carol, YEG Candy Cane Lane, and more.

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

Monday, December 23

A Christmas Carol

What: The 20th anniversary of Citadel Theatre’s annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol. This brand-new adaptation features the classic story accompanied by traditional Christmas music.

When: December 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Citadel Theatre – 9828 101 A Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Grow Centre Coworking and Teaching Space 6th Annual Holiday Market

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What: Shop for Indigenous fine craft, jewellery, skin care items, and more at Grow Centre Coworking and Teaching Space’s 6th Annual Holiday Market.

When: December 23, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Grow Centre Coworking and Teaching Space Basement — 10516 – 82 Avenue, 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: December 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm daily,  plus 12 pm on weekdays
Where: Alberta Legislature Building — 107 St and 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

The Canadian Tire Magic of Lights

What: The Canadian Tire Magic of Lights is two kilometres of festive and vibrant LED-light displays that you can enjoy as a drive-through experience. At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular displays and animations, with multiple holiday themes coming to life through hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights.

A portion of proceeds from every vehicle goes to support 630 CHED Santas Anonymous and Canadian Tire Jump Start charities. You can also tune your radio to 88.7 FM to enjoy merry melodies and get in the holiday spirit with Christmas music provided by 96.3 The Breeze.

When: Daily until January 4, 2020
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Castrol Raceway — 50342 Range Road 253 Edmonton International Airport, Leduc County
Tickets: Online

Square Dance at the Hall

What: Square dancers of all skill levels are invited to do-si-do every Monday at the Hall. Solo and couple dancers are welcome, with new dancers and mainstream dancers from 7 to 8:30 pm, and mainstream dancers from 8:30 to 10 pm.

When: Every Monday until May 4, 2020
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Queen Mary Park Community League – 10844 — 117 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: $7

Tuesday, December 24

It’s a Wonderful Life

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What: Metro Cinema hosts a free screening of the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

When: December 24, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: Metro Cinema — 8712 109 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free with with a non-perishable food or monetary donation at the door.

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, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Alberta Craft Feature Gallery – Re:consider

What: Re:consider is a curated, group exhibition that ponders ways a sustainable future can be created. The artist’s works explore the theme of sustainability in thoughtful and holistic ways.

When: December 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (until 6 pm on Thursdays)
Where: Alberta Craft Gallery Edmonton — 10186 – 106 Street Edmonton
Admission: Free

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

What: TELUS World of Science Edmonton is featuring an epic Marvel exhibition that runs until February. The exhibition will feature more than 300 artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes, and props, chronicling the story of Marvel and its influence on visual culture while exploring the narratives of individual characters such as Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange.

When: Now until February 17, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS World of Science — 11211 142 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol

What: Spotlight Cabaret presents It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol, a pantomime radio play served with a holiday brunch. Children eat free.

When: December 24, 2019
Time: Doors 11 am, show 12 pm
Where: Spotlight Cabaret – 8217 104th Street, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, December 25

YEG Candy Cane Lane

What: YEG Candy Cane Lane is a holiday tradition where the neighbourhood from 148 Street between 100 Avenue to 92 Avenue decorates exteriors of homes for everyone to enjoy. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Edmonton Food Bank, with green bins for donations placed all along the lane. There will also be sleigh rides on select dates in the park on 148 street and 100 avenue.

When: Now until January 1, 2020
Time: Sunset to midnight
Where: 148 Street between 100 Avenue to 92 Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Free Christmas Day Dinner at Higher Grounds

What: Higher Grounds invites everyone to a free Christmas Day dinner. Drop by anytime from 1 to 5 pm. The espresso bar will also have Christmas music playing and holiday movies in the background to set the seasonal spirit.

When: December 25, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Higher Grounds Espresso Bar — 10019 100 Avenue, Morinville
Admission: Free

Family Christmas Party at the Westin Edmonton

What: The Westin Edmonton’s Family Christmas Party includes a grand buffet with a carving station, welcome bubbly cocktail, children’s entertainment and craft corner, Christmas music, and more.

When: December 25, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Westin Edmonton — 10135 100 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Free Christmas Dinner Buffet at Blackjacks Roadhouse & Games Room

What: Blackjacks Roadhouse & Games Room is serving a free Christmas Dinner Buffet from 11 am to 5 pm. St. Peters Lutheran Church Choir will be performing from 12 pm to 4 pm. Donations of non-perishable food items or money are being accepted for the Leduc and District Food Bank.

When: December 25, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Blackjacks Roadhouse & Games Room – 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku
Price: Free

Edmonton Christmas Party

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What: Atlas Entertainment presents Edmonton Christmas Party at Privé Ultralounge, with Deejay PS and DJ Farhad spinning. Ages 18+

When: December 25, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Privé Ultralounge — 10304 111 Street, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Thursday, December 26


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, sipping 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

Get Together Holiday Massive

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What: Headlining the festival will be Kaskade and REZZ, while other performers set to take the stage on either December 26 or 27 include SAN HOLO, SLANDER, DESTRUCTO, Said The Sky, Kompany, BONNIE X CLYDE, Dabin, Nitti Gritti, Peep This, and Atmos vs Enzeo.

When: December 26 and December 27, 2019
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre — 9797 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Enjoy Light Festival

What: Enjoy Light Festival sees The Enjoy Centre turn into a winter wonderland with an interactive lights garden, photos with Santa, live performers, a festive market, a 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

Glow Christmas Festival

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: Various dates from now until January 4, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre — 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Available online

Pictures with Sexy Santa

What: Halley’s Club invites guests to get their picture taken with Santa Steve aka Sexy Santa for free on Boxing Day evening.

When: December 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Halley’s Club – West Edmonton Mall — #2710, 8882 170 St NW, Edmonton
Price: Free

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