Winter in Edmonton is both beautiful and romantic. From the crisp snow to the fun outdoor events, Alberta's capital city is worth exploring this time of year. To make sure that you and your s/o make the most of it, we came up with 11 winter dates ideas in Edmonton for you to try. Some of these events are totally free, so you have more money to spend on dinner beforehand.
Alberta's cold and snowy weather is just as ideal for snuggling with your boo as it is for bundling up and going for a romantic stroll with warm drinks in your hands.
We know how difficult it can be to come up with different date ideas every weekend. Don't worry, though, we've got your back.
From the ultra festive to the totally unique, this curated list of 11 date ideas will help get your imagination going. 'Tis the season to get a little romantic, so let this list guide you in the right direction.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December, plus December 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 13315 Buena Vista Rd. and 87 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This immersive light display is magical. The zoo completely transforms into a winter wonderland and it’s all for a good cause. When you’re done exploring the bright light installations, you can take a look at all the animal exhibits.
Winter Patio at Cafe Bicyclette
Price: $12-$20 menu items
Where: 8627 91 St NW Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This French restaurant has a massive winter-ready patio, and each table is set up with its own roaring fire. Relax with your love over a hot drink and something good to eat on the patio, all while staying toasty warm.
Victoria Park Iceway
When: TBA for Winter 2020
Address: 11004-12004 River Valley Road NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This is like Rainbow Road from Mario Kart, but on skates. You and your love can skate around a rainbow-lit track while taking in the snowy sights.
When: TBA for Winter 2020
Address: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: These massive ice castles are seriously unbelievable. You’ll feel like you’re in an enchanted arctic escape as you walk around hand in hand with your boo.
Ice on Whyte
When: Thursday, January 23, 2020, to Sunday, February 2, 2020
Address: 10208 82 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This ice carving festival has tons of food, drinks, sculptures, and an epic ice bar. Whether it’s a first date or an anniversary, this fun activity has you covered.
Candy Cane Lane
When: Now until January 1, 2020
Address: 148th Street from 99th to 92nd Avenue
Why You Need To Go: The winter is all about looking at fun lights and decorations. This is Edmonton's 50th year of Candy Cane Lane, so it's sure to be special. You can even take a sleigh ride if you so choose.
Tobogganing at Gallagher Park
Why You Need To Go: Grab your beat-up sled from childhood and feel like a kid again. It may not be your typical date but cheap thrills are always fun. Gallagher Park has the perfect hill for tobogganing in Edmonton.
Snowshoe and Stargaze
Price: $29.80 per person with a valid park pass
When: Multiple dates in December 2019, January 2020 and February 2020
Address: Astotin Lake Beach, Elk Island National Park, 1- 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
Why You Need To Go: Great dates involve doing something interactive together. Why not snowshoeing, stargazing and warming up by a campfire? You can do it all at Elk Island National Park during this special event throughout the winter.
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020 & Sunday, January 12, 2020
Address: 9351 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: Embrace the cold and enjoy a heritage winter full of fun and games. There will be amazing food, drinks, scheduled activities, and even fireworks. What’s more romantic than that?
Stargazing at the Observatory
Price: Free Thursdays
Address: Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: The winter skies are stunning and at the University of Alberta, you can look at all the stars at the observatory. On Thursday evenings, it’s totally free.
Hot Chocolate at Block 1912
Address: Block 1912 Cafe, 10361 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: Edmonton has some amazing coffee shops. Hit up one, or several, and sip on something warm and creamy. We suggest Block 1912 because their ganache hot chocolate is to die for.
Now that the hard part is over, all you have left to do now is to set a date. With amazing ideas like these, you're sure to have a great time.