12 Christmas Markets And Events To Hit Up In Alberta This Holiday Season
'Tis the season! 🎄☃️❄️🎅
It feels like the Halloween decorations came down yesterday, but somehow Christmas is around the corner. There are only a few short weeks left to take in all of the festivities and get that holiday shopping all wrapped up. Luckily, there are plenty of Christmas events in Alberta to get you feeling holly and jolly this season in no time.
From grand ice castles and millions of twinkling lights to some of the cutest shopping opportunities in the province, you’re sure to find a few markets and events you'll definitely want to hit up.
Every year, Christmas seems of sneaks up on us, and before we know it the chance to get out and experience all of Alberta’s holiday magic comes to a sudden end.
This year, why not get on top of the fun nice and early so you don’t miss out on some serious festive action.
We’ve brought together some of the best and brightest holiday markets and events in the province so that you don’t miss a thing.
Now, all that’s left to do is to rally the squad and start checking some of these spots off of your winter bucket list ASAP.
Banff Christmas Market
Price: Starting at $7.50
When: Friday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17 and Friday, November 22 to Sunday, November 24
Address: 100 Sundance Rd., Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: This cozy outdoor Christmas market is full of holiday charm. Santa himself shows up with a sleigh full of handcrafted gifts. There's food, drinks, and a warm fire for you to enjoy as well.
Lions Festival of Lights
When: Saturday, November 30 until Wednesday, January 8
Address: Confederation Park, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can drive through 500,000 twinkling lights at Alberta's largest free drive-by Christmas light showcase. This magical holiday display is sure to raise your spirits.
The Spirit of Christmas
Price: Prices vary
When: Open daily, hours change seasonally
Address: 133 Banff Ave., Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: This festive store looks like it came straight out of a movie set. You can browse the decorations and maybe even find a special something for that special someone while you're at it.
When: Friday, November 22 until Saturday, January 4
Address: 210 St. George's Dr. NE, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Thisfor many, and we understand why. The magical lights could put even Scrooge in the holiday spirit.
Winter Lights Festival
When: Friday, November 29 until Friday, January 31
Address: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Corner of 9th Ave. S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge, AB
Why You Need To Go: This Japanese Garden transforms into the most spectacular oasis of lights. Once you're here be sure to try the maple matcha cookies and a tasty hot drink.
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: A candlelit walk through a wintery garden? Um, yes, please. It doesn't get more romantic than this. There will be bonfires, hot apple cider, singing, and ice sculptures too.
Price: From $19.99
When: Thursday, November 28 until Tuesday, December 31
Address: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This is. You can wander through a 250-foot interactive light tunnel, enjoy boozy drinks and shop for artisan gifts.
Victoria Park IceWay
When: TBD, the IceWay is weather dependant
Address: 11004-12004 River Valley Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: You canon this incredible outdoor skating trail. It has not yet been confirmed if the rainbow lights will return again this year.
CP Holiday Train
Price: By donation
When: Thursday, December 5 until Wednesday, December 11
Address: Various Alberta stops
Why You Need To Go: Theis a festive staple that you won't want to miss. And with multiple stops in Alberta this year, you won't have to.
When: January 2020
Address: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can wander through, down ice slides, through frozen tunnels and more. Many of the ice sculptures are illuminated by LED lights as well.
Price: Included with admission
When: Saturday, November 16 until Monday, December 30
Address: 100 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can take in breathtaking rooftop views of snowy mountain tops, decorate festive cookies, take photos with Santa and more at.
Price: Starting at $8.50
When: Every weekend in December
Address: 13315 Buena Vista Rd. At 87 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: Theat the Edmonton Valley Zoo are something to marvel at. You can explore all the beautiful lights while you sip hot chocolate, admire the animals. You can even go for a nice winter skate.