The only good thing about the weather getting cold and the snow coming is that it looks pretty magical. When everything's blanketed with snow and the light is just right — it makes us feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Make the most out of the magic of snow with Edmonton Luminaria where you can walk through a Japanese botanical garden magically lit up with thousands of candles and lights.
Inside the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, the pathways will be lined with candles in the most gorgeous and peaceful way imaginable. Imagine sipping hot apple cider and walking with your friends or your s/o along candle-lit paths. Plus, there will be a ton of unique displays like ice carvings, lights and a breathtaking Wish-Upon-A-Star Tree hung with star-shaped lanterns.
Luminaria is happening early in December and tickets are going fast for this incredibly magical event. While we love seeing holiday lights and even driving through holiday light tunnels, there's something way more magical about the natural warmth and flicker of a flame.
This is one holiday event in Alberta you can't miss. It should be right up there with a visit to the Edmonton Ice Castles and if you end up going to both events then you've successfully made this winter your most magical ever.
Edmonton seems to know how to squeeze the most magic out of the winter season. They even have an Iceway through a park that's lit up with rainbow colours.
To capture the most magical photos, try going as close to sunset as possible. You'll be able to watch the light change in the garden as darkness falls and the candles seem to burn brighter. No doubt, it will be cold but it's also so worth it.
Even though Luminaria happens in December, you should get your tickets ASAP because tickets actually sold out last year. Tickets are for sale right now and only over the first weekend in December.
When: Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8
Address: University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, AB
Why You Need To Go: Walk along a peaceful garden path lit with thousands of candles to welcome winter this year.