25 things to do in Edmonton this weekend: January 3 to 5

Jan 3 2020, 1:00 pm

Enjoy the first weekend of 2020 with our list of 25 things to do in Edmonton from January 3 to 5. Enjoy a free Holiday Skate, The Jim Cuddy Band, and more.

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

Friday, January 3

Free Holiday Skate at West Edmonton Mall

What: Enjoy a free holiday skate at Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace on January 3. There will also be surprise guests and entertainment throughout the day.

When: January 3, 2020
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace – West Edmonton Mall — 8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

A Decade of Cinema

Movie Review: Moonlight

What: Metro Cinema celebrates A Decade in Cinema with a retrospective series week. Selections include Moonlight on January 3, Mad Max: Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition on January 7, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople on January 9.

When: January 3 until January 9, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Metro Cinema – 8712 109 Street, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

TheatreSports at Rapid Fire Theatre

What: Edmonton’s longest-running improv show, TheatreSports sees two teams of Rapid Fire Theatre comedians battling each other with scenes based on audience suggestions.

When: Every Friday
Time: 10 pm
Where: Rapid Fire Theatre — 9828 101A Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Moose Jaw Warriors

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

When: January 3, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place — 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Films at the Library – Fighting With My Family

What: Edmonton Public Library presents a screening of Fighting With My Family at Enterprise Square. When Saraya is recruited into the WWE circuit, but her brother is Zac passed over, her accomplishment creates a family rift.

When: January 3, 2020
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Edmonton Public Library – Enterprise Square (Downtown) — 10212 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Saturday, January 4

The Jim Cuddy Band

What: The Jim Cuddy Band brings the Countrywide Soul Tour to Winspear Centre on January 4. Expect to hear re-imaginings of solo and Blue Rodeo hits, plus classic covers.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Winspear Centre – 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

The Canadian Tire Magic of Lights

lights display

Castrol Raceway/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

Snowshoe and Stargaze

What: This experience starts with a short guided snowshoe hike around Astotin Lake. Then gather around the fire and gaze up at the sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve with the help of a park interpreter. A great way to connect with nature and the cosmos.

When: January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, and 15, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Elk Island National Park
Register Info: Online

Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market

What: The longest-running farmers market in Edmonton. Shop over 60 vendors at Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market indoor location, including fruit and vegetables, crafts, and more. There will also be entertainment and live music for the whole family to enjoy.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market — 10305 97 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Khaled Rahime

What: Edmonton singer-songwriter Khaled Rahime performs at The Station on Jasper with special guests La Marie Fitzgervld, Mickey Green and Shae Ann.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 8 to 10 pm
Where: The Station on Jasper – 10524 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Glow Christmas Festival

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: Online

Royal Tusk

What: Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk perform at Moonshiners in Stony Plain on January 4 with Juliet Ruin and Desperado Pilots.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Moonshiners — 5202 50 Street, Stony Plain
Tickets: Online

Winter Shakespeare Festival – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What: The Malachites’ Winter Shakespeare Festival is a new site-specific festival in Edmonton. Enjoy a new production of the Bard’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

When: January 4, 5, 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 26, and February 1, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 1:30 pm on January 24)
Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church – 10037 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Real Canadian Wrestling – New Year’s Unleashed

What: Real Canadian Wrestling brings professional wrestling action to Norwood Legion on January 4. Featured wrestlers include Silas Young from Ring of Honor, Ace Austin from Impact Wrestling, and more.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: Norwood Legion #178 — 11150 82 Street Northwest Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Tripzy Leary

What: Alberta Bass Community and 9910 presents a live performance by bass music producer Tripzy Leary. Featuring support by Silly Papers, Lostranaut, J Millz, and Tesserax. 18+ event.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 9 pm
Where: 99ten — 9910 109 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Sunday, January 5

Tubing at Sunridge

What: Sunridge Ski Area’s Snow Tubing Park offers a dedicated tubing lift, three groomed chutes down one of the main hills, and special tubes to ride down.

When: January 1 to January 5, then Fridays to Sundays until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times available
Where: Sunridge Ski Area – Strathcona Science Provincial Park — 10980 17 Street NW, Edmonton
Booking: Online

Enjoy Light Festival

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

Lego at the Library

What: Children are invited to Edmonton Public Library – Castle Downs Branch to build a new Lego creation during Lego at the Library. Share building tips and learn new techniques from others.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Edmonton Public Library – Castle Downs — 106 Lakeside Landing, 15379 Castle Downs Road, Edmonton
Admission: Free


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

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Saskatoon Blades

What: Edmonton Oil Kings face off with Saskatoon Blades at Rogers Place on January 5. Prince Albert Raiders on January 17, Medicine Hat Tigers on January 19, and Brandon Wheat Kings on January 28.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 1 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Miller Crossing Farmer’s Market

What: Miller Crossing Farmers’ Market happens every Sunday at Royal Canadian Kingsway Legion #175. Shop for local fresh produce and goods, enjoy live music from buskers, grab a bite to eat, and more.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Royal Canadian Kingsway Legion #175 — 14339 50 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Vinyl sale & swap at Empress Ale House

Record Store Day


What: Dead Vinyl Society hosts a vinyl sale and swap at Empress Ale House on January 5. Buy a new favourite, and sell or trade records from 3 to 6 pm

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 3 to 6 pm
Where: The Empress Ale House — 9912 82 Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Parkdale Cromdale Community League – Clothing Swap

What: Parkdale Cromdale Community League hosts a new year’s clothing swap on January 5. Everyone is invited to bring items that are in good shape for swapping, and to pickup some new items at no cost.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Parkdale Cromdale Community League — 11335 85 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Drag Brunch: Roaring 20’s

What: Yellowhead Brewery hosts Drag Brunch, a combination of Drag and Burlesque hosted by Gogo Fetch and featuring performances by Chelsea Horrendous, Dixson Kuntz, and Puddin. An all-you-can-eat Buffet-style brunch will be served and local beer is on tap.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 10 am and 1 pm
Where: Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Holiday Planetarium Shows

What: TELUS World of Science’s Zeidler Dome is adding two new planetarium shows for the holidays. Enjoy screenings of Cosmos Odyssey: Our Quest to Discover the Universe and American West until January 10.

When: Now until January 10, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS World of Science Edmonton — 11211 142 Street, Edmonton
Price: Included with admission

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