Things To Do In December

Snap out of hibernation— the holidays are upon us and it's time to get festive! Clear your calendars because December in Edmonton is packed with winter lights, starry nights, and festivals worth getting a little chilly for.

Winter Whyte Light Up
Celebrate the season in Old Strathcona! See the lights, enjoy the activities, take a photo with Santa, and shop extended hours at the Farmers’ Market. Then, head back to Whyte Avenue for the Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides— it's a real winter wonderland!
Various dates throughout the month of December

The Festival of Trees
With hundreds of lights, live music, and shopping, the Festival of Trees is like stepping into your own personal snow globe. From traditional to designer, from exotic to whimsical, you'll discover more than 200 innovative trees and Christmas displays.
November 29 - December 2

Zoominescence: Festival of Light
Yep, it gets dark a little bit earlier than usual. Doesn’t that just mean more night to party with? Or maybe you just need to lighten up? How about Zoominescence, A Festival of Light at Edmonton Valley Zoo then? Pour yourself some hot chocolate and go for a skate, or mingle with your favourite creatures in the true spirit of winter.
Every weekend in December including December 26 & 27

A Prairie Christmas
This winter, make it a Prairie Christmas. Just because it’s a little chilly doesn’t mean you and your family can’t head out to the Edmonton countryside for some holiday fun. Grab your mittens and check out over 20 Christmas activities including photos with Santa and musical performances.
December 2, 15 & 16

Shumka's Nutcracker
Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers are excited to present Shumka's Nutcracker, Edmonton’s Ukrainian Nutcracker. In celebration of the Christmas season, the show takes to the stage of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Joining Shumka are guest artists from Ukraine's Kyiv Ballet company.
December 22-23

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out
Get under nature's skin at the Telus World of Science's Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out. Discover biological wonders and gain insight into the anatomical intricacies of animals from all over the world. Don't miss this chance to see the planet's most spectacular creatures like never before.
November 30- March 31