5 Things to Do This Holiday Season in Edmonton

It’s the most wonderful time of year full of Christmas lights, festivities, and holiday cheer! This year is a little bit different as we may not be able to gather with friends and family. However, there are still some ways you can celebrate the holidays without being in a crowd.

Here are 5 ways I’m spending my days before Christmas!

  1. Christmas Lights
  2. Outdoor Ice Skating
  3. Baking at Home
  4. Toboggan Down A Hill
  5. Watch Holiday Movies

1. Christmas Lights

One of the many reasons that make the holiday so magical is the lights and décor around the city. From simple string lights to extravagant light statues…people do it all! Below I will share some great places for you to see Christmas lights around the city.


The Winter Wonder Forest – Open until January 3, 2020

If you don’t want to walk outside because it’s too cold, look no further than this 115,000 square foot Christmas drive-thru in Edmonton! This is a no contact way of enjoying Christmas lights in the comfort of your own vehicle. Get your Christmas playlist ready as you drive-thru and jam to your own tunes. They also have ice sculptures and live music for you to enjoy.

Check it out here

Luminaria – December 1-30, 2020

Luminaria is an annual event that happens at the University of Alberta Botanical Gardens for the month of December. This will be an outdoor experience, so make sure you dress for the weather! Not only is this garden beautiful in the Summer, you can enjoy this candle lit and peaceful winter wonderland today.

Check it out here

Summerside Christmas Lights 

If you’re on the hunt for a free alternative to enjoying Christmas lights. Drive down to the Summerside neighborhood and you can find houses all decked out in Christmas decorations. These homeowners really know the spirit of Christmas! It’s as easy as finding parking and walking down the street.

Located at Summerside Grande Blvd

2. Outdoor Ice Skating

Do you own a pair of ice skates? If yes! Grab them and head to an outdoor rink for some skating. If no, you can skate rentals are available at:

  • Castle Downs Park
  • City Hall
  • Jackie Parker Park
  • Rundle Park
  • The Meadows Community Recreation Centre
  • Victoria Park Oval (Check website for times when the Oval is closed to public skating for maintenance and speed skating training.)
  • William Hawrelak Park

This is the perfect time to play hockey or do those figure 8s. No matter if you are going alone or with friends, this is a great place to relax and enjoy the ice!

Check out City of Edmonton’s website for all outdoor skating rinks


3. Christmas Baking At Home

What better way to spend the holiday then to bake some delicious cookies, shortbread, pies, and more! Not only will your house smell good, your stomach will thank you for this. There’s so many delicious recipes online that you can look up to get started. Here I will share one of my favourite website that compiles a list of baking goods that you can try right now!

Check it out here


4. Toboggan Down A Hill

Okay. You might think this is just children’s play, but have you tried this as an adult? Go to your local store right now and purchase a magic carpet or toboggan and find a hill. It may seem like simply sliding down one, but with the right hill, it can be so much fun! Team up with some friends and get competitive…see who can make it down the fastest or even, who can be the most creative while going down. The possibilities are endless!

Check out toboggan hills in the city


5. Watch some Holiday movies

The best part to end a long day is to wear your comfiest pajamas, snuggle up in a cozy blanket, and make some nice hot chocolate while enjoying a movie. I’m sure there are a lot of recommendations out there, but here are some great ones to watch:

  •  Office Christmas Party
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Night Before
  • Elf
  • Home Alone


Well this rounds up 5 ways you can spend your holiday this year! This year may be slightly different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the Christmas spirit. Instead, use this time to be creative and enjoy the little things that make you smile.

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