With all the markets and holiday events going on in the city, the spirit of the season is captured really well in YEG. And if there’s one thing that Edmontonians love in particular, it’s being surrounded by beautiful, twinkling Christmas lights (there’s just something about it that makes us all happy inside).
So, to hone in on this specific symbol of the holiday season, we have compiled a list that includes some of the amazing places in Edmonton to enjoy Christmas lights this year.
Note: Some events i.e. The Festival of Trees have already come to pass, so they are not included in the list. We still hope you were able to experience these events while they lasted though! If not, there’s always next year ?
CP Holiday Train
This train is outfitted with gorgeous LED lights, travelling to cities all over Canada and the US to bring awareness to food banks/hunger-related issues. There are performers/entertainers present as well! Just remember to bring healthy, nutritious food items to donate (it's not required, but is the right thing to do).
When: December 8 ( 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM)
Where: South of Edmonton CP Station
Price: Free (donations to local food bank appreciated)
124 St & Whyte Ave.
Both these streets consist of twinkling lights on the trees (and some buildings) lining the walkways. So you can take a stroll in the evening accompanied by a cheerful holiday-inspired glow.
Alberta Legislature Grounds
With daily musical performances throughout most of December (as part of their Celebrate the Season event), the Legislature grounds are one of the most festive places in the city this time of year.
Official light-up: Dec 1 at 4PM (the lights will remain for the rest of the season)
*Photo will be updated after the light-up has taken place for this year.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
This is yet another gorgeous place to view Christmas lights. It's a lovely destination for an evening stroll or perhaps a skate (when the rink is open).
Zoominescence-A Festival of Light
Head down to the Zoo to check out the wonderful Festival of Light. It will be the "bright" spot to your day.
When: Dec 9 - 18 from 5PM - 9PM
Price: $7.50/adult and $5.00/child
*Photo is from last year's event, and will be updated shortly with a photo of this year's event.
Head down to the Devonian Botanic Garden this year, and experience the peaceful glow of light emanating from the candles placed along the paths of their Kurimoto Japanese Garden.
When: Dec 2 - 4 from 5PM - 10PM
*This event is currently sold out, but I'm leaving this here in the case you receive a complimentary ticket (in which case, lucky you!).
Candy Cane Lane
With so many beautiful decorations and lights, its easy to see why Candy Cane Lane is a popular destination for Edmontonians. It's joyfully festive!
Location: 148 St (between 100 Ave and 92 Ave)
West Edmonton Mall
There are lights and decorations of all sorts throughout the mall. So you can put your multitasking skills to the test, and shop while also enjoying the splendor of the holiday lights.
*If you wanted to see some of these holiday lights from the comfort of a vehicle, Edmonton Transit will be offering ETS Christmas Tours. So, for $5.00/person (proceeds go to Donate-a-Ride program), you can receive a tour of the lights on an ETS bus. Check here for more details.