Things to Do in January in Edmonton

Dec 31, 2022

New year, new exciting festivities heating up Edmonton's winter season! January brings ice climbing walls, amazing shows, ODRs, legendary winter festivals and much more. Kick off 2023 like a true Edmontonian and experience all the city has to offer.

Brrr-ing in the Year with a Winter Festival

The Spirit of Celebration

Whisky lovers, get ready to experience whisky drinking in a whole new light! From distillers and master blenders, to a variety of other whisky experts, the Edmonton Whisky Festival is your signature event to meet and greet experts in the field. For one night only, this event features over 175 globe-trotting varieties including selections from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the USA.

January 18

Activate Arts Alberta

Looking to try your own hand at ice carving? Ice on Whyte – now named Activate Arts Alberta – will be returning to McIntyre Park with ice sculpting demonstrations, lessons, and more.

January 27-29

Outdoor Thrills

The Full Moon Birkie

Experience a magical evening of cross-country skiing under the light of the full moon at the Full Moon Birkie! The trails at Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area are the perfect place to enjoy a winter adventure. Whether you're a seasoned skier or new to the sport, you'll love the chance to explore Birkie-land in the heart of the beautiful outdoors.

January 7

Snow Way Out

Get ready for an unforgettable winter adventure in the ICE District! Snow Way Out, the 75'x75' Oilers-themed maze is jam-packed with fun and excitement. Explore the locker room, slide down the snow slide, and warm up by the fire pits as you make your way through the winding corridors. And when you need a break, grab a hot chocolate and a snack before striking a pose for the perfect holiday Instagram moment. Be warned, the walls of this maze are a whopping 6' tall and 3' deep, so you'll need all your wits to navigate your way through. Are you up for the challenge?

The ODR Awaits

Edmonton's options for outdoor skating are incomparable! Glide through the trees of the river valley along Victoria Park or Rundle Park's ice paths (skate rentals are available at Rundle Park Family Centre), or skate under the downtown lights at City Hall (free skate rentals are available on Saturdays and Sundays). The ICE District Plaza is home to Edmonton’s newest outdoor rink and is open to the public daily! No matter where you're headed, make sure to check out the City of Edmonton website for locations, hours, and conditions before you go.

Arts & Culture

Uptown Girls

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with Uptown Girls: the all-female tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John! Patricia Zentilli, Ruth Alexander, Chariz Faulmino, and Jameela McNeil are bringing their fresh take on iconic hits like 'Crocodile Rock,' 'Benny and the Jets,' 'Candle in the Wind,' 'Piano Man,' and 'New York State of Mind' to the stage. Don't miss your chance to experience these talented musicians as they bring the house down at the Citadel Theatre!

January 5-8

Jim Gaffigan at the Winspear

Just for Laughs presents Jim Gaffigan at the Winspear! With six Grammy nominations, multiple Emmy awards, and a devoted international following, Jim's performances are always a hit. Known for his clever wit and relatable humor, this show will have you belly-laughing all evening. Don't miss this entertainment powerhouse!

January 14-15

Get Ready to Cheer

Nothing but Net

You don’t want to miss the unrivalled giants in the family fun entertainment game – The Harlem Globetrotters are taking over Rogers Place on January 8! This incredible show gives you the chance to get face-to-face with the world-famous crew. You can't help but laugh along with their action-packed basketball game filled with pranks and hilarious hi-jinks. Get your tickets today, a Globetrotters show is unlike any other.

January 8

Let's Go, Oilers!

Going to a sporting event in person is always a good time, even if you don’t know all the rules. Luckily, Edmonton has an overwhelming amount of hockey action for you to cheer for! Catch the Edmonton Oilers or the Oil Kings as they race to win their respective leagues. Between the two teams, you'll find plenty of slapshots and penalties to make for an action-packed January.

Various Dates in January

Metis Crossing