20 things to do in Edmonton this week: December 30 to January 2

Dec 30 2019, 1:00 pm

The last week of December is here! Make the most of it with these 20 events happening in Edmonton from December 30 to January 2, including We Will Rock You, New Year’s Eve. and more.

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

Monday, December 30

We Will Rock You: The Musical on Tour

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What: An original story musical set to the songs of Queen and written by Ben Elton, We Will Rock You takes the audience to iPlanet, a distant future Earth where revolutionaries Galileo and Scaramouche go on an epic quest to save Rock N’ Roll. Featuring more than 24 Queen hits, including “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “We Will Rock You.”

When: December 30 and 31, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (December 30 and 31), 2 pm (December 31)
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 11455 87 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

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


What: A group exhibition by artists of the non-profit arts organization PAINTER8, curated by Contact C. Featuring artwork from Craig Talbot (Cardston), Tim Rechner (Edmonton), Beth Pederson (Edmonton), Tom Cummins (Vancouver), Chrissy Cheung (Vancouver), Rafael Sottolichio (Montreal), miss hatt (Montreal) and guest artist, Kai Chan (Toronto).

When: Now until January 11, 2020
Time: Doors 7:30 pm
Where: Galerie Cité, La Cité Francophone — 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 Street N), Edmonton
Tickets: Online


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: December 30, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm on December 29)
Where: Festival Place — 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Downtown Festival & Fireworks


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What: Alberta Legislature Grounds hosts a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, with live entertainment, games, crafts and more from 7 to 9 pm. Then cap things off with a fireworks display at 9 pm.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm (family-friendly activities) 9 pm (fireworks)
Where: Federal Building – 9820–107 Street, Edmonton, Visitor Centre, and Capital Plaza
Admission: Free

NYE After Dark at Galaxyland

What: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Galaxyland with unlimited rides, photobooth, live DJ, and a countdown at midnight. NYE After Dark tickets are 50% off regular admission.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: West Edmonton Mall – 1755, 8882 170 Street, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

St. Albert’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks

What: The City of St. Albert invites everyone to ring in 2020 with their New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Mission Park.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Mission Park, St. Albert
Admission: Free

Stony Plain Family Fest

What: Stony Plain’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Family Fest, features a variety of family-friendly events, including live DJ, outdoor skating, horse drawn carriage rides, and fireworks at 9 pm

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 5100 – 41 Avenue, Stony Plain
Admission: Free

Edmonton Oilers vs New York Rangers

What: The Edmonton Oilers hit the ice for a New Year’s Eve game versus New York Rangers on December 31 at Rogers Place.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, January 1

Neil Years Day – Neil Young Tribute for iHuman

What: Singers and musicians from Edmonton Music Community present an all Neil Young Tribute fundraiser for iHuman Youth Society at Rocky Mountain Icehouse. All proceeds go to support iHuman.

When: January 1, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rocky Mountain Icehouse — 10516 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: By donation, suggested $10

Strathearn New Year’s Day Family Skate

What: Strathearn Community League hosts a New Year’s Day Family Skate. There will be free chili and cornbread available, plus music, fire, games, and hot chocolate and marshmallows. Everyone is welcome.

When: January 1, 2020
Time: Starts at 12 pm
Where: Strathearn Community League — 9511 90 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free

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

Glow Christmas Festival

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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
Time: Various times
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre — 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Available online

Holiday Brunch at Fort Edmonton Park

What: Start the new year with a Holiday Brunch at Fort Edmonton Park.

When: January 1, 2020
Time: 11:30 am, 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1 pm
Where: Fort Edmonton Park — 7000 143 Street, Edmonton
Price: Adults $45.70 plus tax, Seniors $40.95 plus tax, Child $32.95 plus tax

Thursday, January 2

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

Salisbury Farmers’ Market

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What: Shop for local fresh foods and arts and crafts every Thursday at Salisbury Farmers’ Market. Every week there is a new Feature Vendor. The first 20 customers to make a minimum $5 purchase at the Feature Vendor of the week will each receive $5 in Salisbury Market Bucks towards their next vendor purchase at the market that Thursday.

When: Every Thursday year-round
Time: 4 to 7:30 pm
Where: Salisbury Greenhouse — 52337 Range Rd 232, one mile South of Wye Road, Sherwood Park
Admission: Free

Yvonne Mullock: Gift-Love

What: Explore ideas of intimacy, care, touch, and connection through textiles at Yvonne Mullock’s new work, Gift-Love. The glove is a representation of Mullock’s endearment for both loved ones and strangers. Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, curated by Lindsey Sharman, and presented by Capital Powered Art.

When: Now until March 20, 2020
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta — 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Admission: Online

Remembering the First World War

What: Remembering the First World War spotlights items that evokes memories from Royal Alberta Museum’s Military and Political History collection.

When: Now until October 17, 2020 (closed Mondays)
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Royal Alberta Museum – 9810 103a Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Open Stage Thursdays

What: Naked Cyber Cafe hosts Open Stage Thursdays, an all-ages open mic night every week. The stage features guitars, conga, keyboards, drum pit, baby grand piano, and 16 channel sound board.

When: January 2, 2020
Time: 9 pm
Where: Naked Cyber Cafe – 10303 108 St NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

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