25 things to do in Edmonton this weekend: November 29 to December 1

Nov 28 2019, 5:00 am

The last weekend of November has arrived. Check out these 25 Edmonton events happening on Friday, November 29, Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1. We’ve got Zoominescence, Dickens Fest, and more.

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

Friday, November 29


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

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: November 29 and 30, December 6 and 7, 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


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: Various times
Where: Galerie Cité, La Cité Francophone — 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 Street N), Edmonton
More Info: Online

St. Albert Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

What: St. Albert Children’s Theatre presents a production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, based on the timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

When: November 29 until December 1, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm on Sunday)
Address: The Arden Theatre — 5 St.Anne Street, St. Albert
Tickets: Online

Bear Grillz

What: Denver EDM artist and record producer Bear Grillz brings the Demon Fall Deluxe Tour to Edmonton on November 29. Featuring special guests Lucii, Somnium Sound, and PG Nixin.

When: November 29, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Union Hall — 6240 99 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Saturday, November 30

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 and drinks 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: Thursday to Friday, 3 to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 6 pm
Where: ATB Place — 10025 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: $3 to $10, admission packages available online

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks

What: The Edmonton Oilers take on the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, 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

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Calgary Hitmen

What: Edmonton Oil Kings hit the ice versus Calgary Hitmen at Rogers Place.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market

What: The 2019 St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market features over 75 vendors each Saturday from now 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


What: MacEwan University Theatre presents Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. A troupe of travelling actors tell the story of Pippin, a young man search for fulfillment, who discovers happiness can be found in the ordinary moments of every day.

When: Now to November 30, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall — 11110 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

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

Glow Christmas Festival

christmas festival

Glow Edmonton/Facebook

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

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market

What: Edmonton’s first indoor farmer’s market. The Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market showcases over 130 vendors every Saturday, including vendors with locally grown produce, arts and crafts, specialty foods, clothing, and more.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 8 am to 3 pm
Where: 83rd Avenue and 103 Street NW (just off Whyte Avenue)
Admission: Free

A Christmas Carol

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

When: Various dates from November 30 until December 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Citadel Theatre – 9828 101 A Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Sunday, December 1

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Regina Pats

What: Edmonton Oil Kings take on the Regina Pats at Rogers Place on December 1.

When: December 1, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Festival of Trees

What: The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday fundraiser for the University Hospital Foundation. The whole family can enjoy a variety of festive activities, including the festival Gala & Auction, Santa’s Breakfast, Children’s Christmas Lane and homemade baked goods, plus the viewing of decorated Christmas trees and display of festive gingerbreads and cakes.

When: Now until December 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre – 9797 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Broadway Across Canada – Waitress

Lucie Jones from the London Production of Waitress (Rene Cervantes)

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the Tony-award nominated Waitress. Brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, Waitress features original music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and original direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

When: Now until December 1, 2019
Time: 8 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 11455 87 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

What: Edmonton Pops Orchestra presents A Magic Christmas, with holiday songs, dancing and more at Capitol Theatre.

When: December 1, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Capitol Theatre – 1920 Street, Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

This Art Makes Me Feel

What: McMullen Gallery and Friends of University Hospitals present their latest exhibition, This Art Makes Me Feel.  Selections from the Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts have been chosen based on their potential impact in the healthcare setting, and visitors will have the chance to share their feelings about each piece by writing a response on a post-it note.

When: Now until December 1, 2019.
Time: Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm. Evening and weekend hours are subject to volunteer availability
Where: McMullen Gallery — 8440 112 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Enjoy Light Festival

What: Enjoy Light Festiva 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

2020 Skate Canada Challenge

What: Figure skates in a variety of categories and disciplines will compete at 2020 Skate Canada Challenge at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre from November 27 to December 1.

When: Now until December 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre — 2051 Leger Road NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Danny Bhoy


Just For Laughs

What: Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy is a Gemini-nominated performer and has appeared at Just For Laughs Festival, on Live at the Apollo, and on The Late Show with David Letterman. He brings his new show Age of Fools to Edmonton on December 1.

When: December 1, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Winspear Centre Edmonton — 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square Northwest and Corner of 99 Street and 102 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Signatures Butterdome Craft Sale

What: Shop over 280 artists, makers, artisans, and designers from across Canada at Signatures Butterdome Craft Sale.

When: Now until December 1, 2019
Time: Friday, 10 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Butterdome – University of Alberta —  87 Avenue and 114 Street, 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: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm
Where: Theatre Network Live at the Roxy — 8529 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton
Tickets: Online