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Things to do in Edmonton in January

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

Welcome to 2016! Yes, we have hit a bit of a cold snap but we see it as more of a challenge to get outside and stick it to Mother Nature once and for all. Here’s a quick overview of some great stuff happening in January:

Ice Castles at Hawrelak Park
For the first time in forever, there is a glistening acre-sized castle made of ice in Hawrelak Park! It's brought to us by the folks at Silver Skate Festival (Feb 12-21) and it's a castle you'll want to visit many times over the winter as it changes shape.
Now til early March

Volleyball Canada Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Who wants to be there when athletes dreams of going to the Olympics comes true? We do! Volleyball Canada will host the 2016 Men's NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament at Saville Community Sports Centre and Team Canada gets home court advantage! The winning team will go to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
January 8-10

Deep Freeze Festival
Curling? Check. Ice skating? Check. Giant deep freezer race? Wait hang on a sec... yes! Deep Freeze Festival is a wicked winter festival that brings all the best snow driven activities into one weekend. And they have a famous deep freezer race that is one of the most hilarious spectacles you will take in this winter in Edmonton!
January 9-10

Shaping Sound by Alberta Ballet
It's dance, reimagined! Created by Emmy© Award-nominated choreographers, Shaping Sound is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on the Jubilee Auditorium stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers.
January 12-13

Swing ‘n Skate Sundays at City Hall
Feeling groovy baby? Settle down, that wasn’t innuendo. But if you are, head down to City Hall for Swing ‘n Skate Sundays, all through January! Pick whether you’d like some free swing dance lessons put on by Sugar Swing Dance Club, or lace ‘em up and glide around the City Hall plaza rink with some tunes blaring through the speakers.
Every Sunday

Edmonton Swing n Skate

Dark Matters at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton
Dark Matters is an adult-only event at TELUS World of Science Edmonton. The adults have free reign of the exhibits and science is served on the rocks. This month's theme is simply "dark." How intriguing...
January 21

Ice On Whyte
Grab Canadian winter by the snowballs and hit up Ice on Whyte this January! Pick your favourite at the International Ice Carving Competition, slip your way down a massive ice slide, or sip on some hot chocolate and devour s’mores!
January 21-24 and 29-31

Edmonton Freezeway
Pack your skates and glide along the new 400-metre Freezeway! If the pilot is successful, the winter skating lane will allow you to skate to work, the Oilers arena, or simply just to have fun. It's situated next to the Victoria Park Skating Oval, so gather your friends and give it a try.
Open now

Carmen by Edmonton Opera
The Jubilee Auditorium was built for shows like this! A dangerous combination of a sultry gypsy, a conflicted soldier and a dashing matador collide in Bizet's impassioned love story, where fate cannot be averted.
January 30-February 4

Snowshoe Through Time
We’ve all heard of travelling through time on a time machine. But have you ever heard of doing it on snowshoes? Well, now’s your chance. Let Fort Edmonton Park’s interpreters guide you back in time while you snowshoe by moonlight along Edmonton’s awesome River Valley loop.
January & February