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Things to Do in Edmonton in December

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

Cold? Yes. Boring? Never! The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to get festive. Winter lights, starry nights and festivals worth getting chilly for… there are tons of things to do this month, so snap out of your hibernation and practice a little something we like to call winterlust.

Magic of Lights at Castrol Raceway
Two kilometres of Christmas magic awaits at Castrol Raceway. Pile the whole family into the 'ol minivan and head out on a "drive through" experience like no other. The festive route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations including an amazing 200 foot light tunnel.
November 17-January 6

Winter Patio Kick-Off Weekend
Does December seem a little late to keep the patio chairs and umbrellas out in Edmonton? Well, think again. Patios are no longer just for summer. Whether you enjoy basking in the sun, savouring the night time glow wrapped in a blanket, or warming up with a hot chocolate in the cool air, there’s a patio in Edmonton ready to help you welcome winter!
December 1-3

Luminaria
Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow! Take a trip to Luminaria at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden and enjoy candle-lit pathways, bonfires, a capella singers and hot apple cider. Winter has gardens too, you know! Make sure you get your tickets in advance, Luminaria sells out fast!
December 1-3

Devonian Botanic Garden Luminaria Festival

The Nutcracker
Take an evening out on the town and enjoy Alberta Ballet's performance of a holiday favourite at the Jubilee Auditorium. Feel the energy of the live orchestra as the dancers take the stage, the house lights glow and a magical fairy tale begins. Young and old will delight in the beauty and power of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score and performed live by the enormously talented Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
December 7-10

Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature
Thousands of bright lights provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday stroll around the beautiful Legislature grounds this holiday season. Lovers of Christmas carols rejoice! Nearly 70 musical ensembles from throughout the province will grace the rotunda's grand staircase with daily performances. Choirs, sparkling trees, ice skating and the majestic Alberta Legislature await.
December 7-23

Celebrate the Season at Alberta Legislature

Legislative Lights Segway Adventure
River Valley Adventure Co. is taking it to the next level and exploring the sights and sounds of Legislative grounds by segway. Ride around the gigantic white spruce tree, explore the 300+ trees adorned with over 127,000 lights and listen to the choir sing as their carols echo across the majestic setting.
December 8-31

Zoominescence, A 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? Feel the heat of fire dancers, craft it up or mingle with your favourite creatures in the true spirit of winter.
Select dates between December 1-31

Christmas Reflections
People love to travel, but how many get to travel back in time? At Christmas Reflections in Fort Edmonton Park, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip with the ghost of Christmas past. Hop on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, warm your hands around the bonfire and munch on some baking from an old wood stove this December.
December 16-23

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 pay a visit to Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm for over 20 Christmas activities including photos with Santa and a Polar Express train ride.
December 9-10

A Christmas Carol
No bah-humbug here, even Ebenezer Scrooge can't resist the magic of this holiday classic. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser and his transformation into a gentler, kinder man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, as well as Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Don’t miss this heartwarming Christmas tradition!
December 1-December 23

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 Edmonton's Citie Ballet and Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir, and Ukraine's Virsky and Kyiv Ballet companies.
December 29-30