Things To Do in December in Edmonton

Nov 29, 2022

In Edmonton, we send off the year in style! December is packed with winter lights, starry nights, and joyful festivals like Luminaria, the Edmonton Christmas Market, Glow, and more! Check out our event calendar for a full list of holiday happenings.

Ring in The New Year!

If you're in Edmonton on December 31, you'll have no trouble finding a classy outing to make this a NYE to remember! Keep an eye out for our upcoming Things to Do on New Year's Eve article for more exciting events.

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Downtown Lights Up!

The Downtown Holiday Light Up is back! This free event is open to all and is bringing the festive spirit with new art installations, great music, a Christmas market, donuts, maple taffy, and hot bevvies. Don't miss this festive display of lights, music, art, and a whole lot of holiday cheer on Rice Howard Way!

December 3

Luminaria

Edmonton Christmas Market

The Edmonton Christmas Market is returning for its fourth year, and all 15 days will be held at the magical Fort Edmonton Park this holiday season! Experience three weeks of market venues featuring local Alberta vendors, captivating light displays, unique culinary experiences, roving performances, festive live theatre, family-friendly workshops, tasty treats, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a healthy dollop of holiday cheer!

November 30-December 18

Let it Glow!

The Zoo is Lit

Zoominescence sets the stage for a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo! The festival celebrates light, artistry, imagination, and the essential strong spirit of community in the winter! This year’s theme is "Celebrating 10 Years of Light, Love, and Animal Conservation" to focus on the beauty of light, the power of love, and the importance of animal conservation to support all life on Earth. Join us for an evening of light, love, animals, and holiday fun for the whole family!

December 2-11 (open Friday to Sunday), December 16th-January 1 (open all week except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

A Very Indigenous Holiday Market

Judo Canada Elite Nationals

Get ready for a jam-packed weekend of Judo in Edmonton, with the Judo Canada Elite National and IBSA Pan Am Judo Championships! Judo Elite Nationals see the top judokas from across the country compete for a national title in their weight classes. The IBSA Pan Ams have the top judokas from North & South America experiencing visual impairment battling to be crowned the Pan American Champion. Get your Canadian flags ready to cheer on your national athletes!

December 9-11

Winter Patios

Take a Yule Tide Segway Tour

Why explore the Alberta Legislature on foot when you can ride a Segway? Enjoy the beautiful sights of the Legislature grounds, lit up with over 100,000 Christmas lights this holiday season with River Valley Adventure Co. Learn about the rich history of Edmonton's capital while taking in the magical feeling of the holiday spirit, all onboard your very own Segway. This is the perfect adventure to get you out of the house and moving! Bundle up and enjoy all the beauty that our city has to offer.

December 5-January 31

Be Merry with Ballet Edmonton

Edmonton Oilers

Cheer on Connor McDavid and our boys in blue and orange as they battle it out at Rogers Place in Edmonton’s ICE District! Join the crowd in orange and blue at an Oilers game, or cheer on the future stars of the NHL at an Edmonton Oil Kings game. Pre-game as close to the action as possible at the brand-new Canadian Icehouse or Banquet beforehand, with Rogers Place sitting just a few steps away!

A Drive-Thru Holiday Celebration

Get Together

The celebrations don't have to stop once the holiday season wraps up! The Edmonton Convention Centre plays host to Get Together, featuring two days of incredible electronic music. This year's lineup is stacked with amazing artists, including Excision, Zeds Dead, Slander, Zomboy, Acraze, Dabin, and more. This is a festival you won’t want to miss!

December 27-28

Snowshoe & Stargaze

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