Things To Do in December in Edmonton

Nov 29, 2020

The holiday season may look a little bit different this year, but that doesn't mean that you can't continue to support the local experiences and businesses that make Edmonton so special. Many attractions have gone digital, offering live stream content that you can engage with all month long. Other businesses are offering pick-up or delivery, so you can continue supporting local retailers, restaurants and more. December in Edmonton is packed with winter lights, starry nights - so gather your household and make this month one for the books!

No matter how you explore, be sure to continue practicing safe spatial distancing, frequent hand washing and following the guidelines put in place to keep everyone safe.

Support a Local Restaurant

The Festival of Trees

This year, The Festival of Trees is going virtual, bringing the same magical holiday experience straight to your living room! With hundreds of lights, music and more, this online event is like stepping into your own personal snow globe. From traditional to designer, exotic to whimsical, you'll discover more than 200 innovative trees. Santa would be proud!
November 20-December 20

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland

A Virtual Christmas Carol

Take a Yule Tide Segway Tour

Discover Candy Cane Lane

IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Hockey fans, get ready to cheer! We may be missing our boys in blue and orange this season, but lucky for us, the excitement of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is coming to Rogers Place this month. While watching the games in person isn't possible this year, the games will be broadcast for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home! Order some game-day snacks and cheer in your pajamas as these world-class teams go for gold!
December 26-January 5

Drive-Thru Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Markets Galore

BOM YEG Holiday Market is a virtual market where you can find unique gifts created, crafted or curated by Black-owned businesses in Edmonton. Shop online from November 27-30, and check unique items off of your holiday shopping list.

The Edmonton Christmas Market is the perfect place to make your holiday shopping wishes come true. This year's market will allow folks to celebrate the festive season in a safe way - whether you stop by to in person, or enjoy the experience virtually. Shop in person at the historic Army & Navy building in Old Strathcona (10411 82 Avenue) from Friday-Sunday between November 28 and December 20 or online here, from November 20 to December 4.


Downtown Lights Up!

In celebration of the festive season, the Downtown Business Association is unveiling six new light installations across the core that will brighten downtown streets! In addition to visiting the downtown holiday tree on Sir Winston Churchill Square, touring these Downtown Holiday Light Up window installations is a safe, outdoor activity that you can do with your household while shopping at downtown retailers or picking up takeout at nearby restaurants. Take a self-guided tour, and discover the magic of downtown:

  • Stop 1: Sir Winston Churchill Square – Downtown Holiday Tree
  • Stop 2: 10107 Jasper Avenue – Night Break Lights
  • Stop 3: 10336 Jasper Avenue – Frozen Moment
  • Stop 4: 10406 Jasper Avenue – Amble Illumination
  • Stop 5: 10420 103 Avenue – Winter Dreams