Whether we like it or not, winter is just around the corner. In fact, if you live in Alberta, it’s basically already here because we don't ever get the fabled season called "fall." But, just because the weather outside is cold, that doesn’t mean the fun adventures have to stop. And what’s better, the fun doesn’t have to come with a steep price tag either. There is so much free winter fun in Alberta that will totally make winter the hottest season yet.\nAlberta is blessed with some truly breathtaking natural wonders that you’re free to explore in any season, but they take on a whole new life when they're covered in snow. From lakes with beautiful frozen bubbles to the vibrant Northern Lights, winter is the season to take advantage of all Alberta has to offer. Plus, there are so many free festivals with enchanting lights and mesmerizing sculptures that it’ll be tough to decide what to do first.\nThere’s no denying how awesome winter can be, but there’s also a few well-heated indoor escapes on this list as well if you seriously hate the cold. Give your bank account some rest and start planning that free winter bucket list ASAP.\n\nSilver Skate Festival\nPrice: Free\nWhen: February 7 to February 17, 2020\nAddress: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB \nWhy You Need To Go: You can tour truly breathtaking ice castles, watch as fire sculptures light up the night, take in beautiful snow sculptures, cheer the speed-skaters along, and so much more. \n View this post on Instagram Long Weekends = New Adventures. Tag us in all your #ExploreEdmonton experiences for a chance to be featured! Photo by @dusty.vision. #ExploreAlberta #ExploreCanada #icecastlesyeg A post shared by Edmonton Tourism (@exploreedmonton) on Feb 15, 2019 at 4:23pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nVisit Abraham Lake\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Winter\nAddress: Clearwater County, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: Abraham Lake is always a beautiful sight to take in, but when the lake freezes over, it transforms into a true work of art. Incredible bubbles caused by methane gas form underwater and it's simply breathtaking.\n View this post on Instagram It’s amazing to call a place like #Canada home. 🇨🇦 It’s funny with my travels how everyone compliments each other on where they are from. We are all so used to the place we call home, never really realizing that everyone is from a very uniquely beautiful place. Everyone’s country is just as beautiful as the next, despite every country’s flaws, my goal is to travel to as many as possible, with an open mind, open arms, and open hands so I have something to hang onto my beers with! 😘 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #ohcanada #ourhomeandnativeland #explorecanada #methanebubbles #truenorthstrongandfree #abrahamlake #travelalberta #albertabound #canadiangirl #canadianrockies A post shared by K E N N I D Y F I S H E R (@kennidyfromcanada) on Jul 15, 2019 at 6:06pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWatch The Northern Lights\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Typically from October to March\nAddress: Fort McMurray, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: The Aurora Borealis is one of the most beautiful naturally occurring spectacles in the world. You can witness the Northern Lights for yourself on clear, cold nights in Fort McMurray and dozens of other places in Alberta.\n View this post on Instagram We've spent countless nights and countless hours, sat in the van in the middle of nowhere. Just staring into the darkness, hoping for a quick glimpse of the aurora. . That struggle came to an end this week as me @natstedman @julezrose and @danielbarker59 headed north. After an 8 hour (and honestly super boring) drive, a couple of pit stops and a few hungry and tired mood swings from all party members, we pulled it off. . Don't let your dreams be dreams homies, go out there and get it. You'll win eventually. . . #adventure #travel #traveller #instagood #wanderlust #vanlife #auroraborealis #aurora #northernlights #dailyviewalberta #natureperfection #instagood10k #bns_earth #bestnatureshot #mybanff #openexposure #visionofpictures #pnwescapes #canadavacations #canadasworld #folkscenery #pursuitlife #dailyviewedmonton #edmonton #fortmcmurray #exploreedmonton #travelalberta #alberta #explorealberta A post shared by A Weekend Adventure (@aweekendadventure) on Mar 31, 2019 at 9:30am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nIce Magic\nPrice: Free on select days\nWhen: January 15 to January 26, 2020\nAddress: Lake Louise, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: You can wander through a garden of frozen ice sculptures and castles at Ice Magic this winter and it really is magical.\n View this post on Instagram Har nu kunnat konfirmera att jag inte kan åka skridskor längre, tur det va fint iallafall! A post shared by Ella Svegrup (@ellasvegrup) on Feb 2, 2019 at 10:46am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nSkating at Prince's Island Park \nPrice: Free\nWhen: Winter\nAddress: 698 Eau Claire Ave. SW, Calgary, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: You can enjoy free skating and beautiful Christmas light displays in downtown Calgary. The park is also a great spot for cross country skiing as well.\n View this post on Instagram December 1st! City Christmas lights are up in Calgary ✨ • • 📷: @zoprozone A post shared by T° (@t.degree) on Dec 1, 2018 at 1:21pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nThe Flying Canoë Volant\nPrice: Free\nWhen: January 30 to February 1\nAddress: 8627 91 St., Edmonton, AB \nWhy You Need To Go: This event is designed to celebrate a long winter night and is as historic as it is beautiful. You can enjoy lights, music, canoe races through the snow, and more.\n View this post on Instagram 🛶 One more @yegcanoevolant shot for good measure! 😍 Hope you guys are all out there currently enjoying every last second of it ⛄️ YaY! 🥶 I just landed in Atlanta, Georgia and am taxiing to the gate as I type this .... hahaha! Flight 2 of 3 completed ✅ P.S. sorry @kimtannas, I know this photo probably looks familiar, but it was my favourite shot of the night and I couldn’t not share it .... besides I think we all have this shot 😉 Amirite?! #flyingcanoe #wintercity #YEG #Edmonton #Alberta #Canada 🇨🇦🛶❄️ A post shared by maRiOn 🇨🇦 (@myowndrum) on Feb 2, 2019 at 6:03pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nEscape to Devonian Gardens\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Year-round\nAddress: 333 7 Ave. SW, 4th floor, Calgary, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: If harsh winter temperatures have you feeling like the Grinch, don't worry. You can escape the cold in Alberta's lush indoor garden. You'll forget all about the snow outside when you wander Devonian Gardens. You'll see hundreds of trees, a living wall, and as many plants as your heart can handle.\n View this post on Instagram Happy Wednesday friends ✨ A post shared by C A R I S ✨ (@cmac_photos) on Oct 2, 2019 at 6:29am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nTour The West Edmonton Mall\nPrice: Free entry\nWhen: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.\nAddress: 8882 170 St. NW, Edmonton, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: Another perfect escape from the cold is the iconic West Edmonton Mall. While there is plenty of paid fun to be had, simply getting in from the cold and looking at all the incredible attractions can be just as much fun, and it's free to boot. Plus, you never know what kind of free events might be going on.\n View this post on Instagram This wall is a visual representation of me: a mess but cute tho 🐱🌙🧸💛 . . . #YEG #alberta #780 #yeggers #love #igyeg #beautiful #yegdt #exploreedmonton #edm #urbanyeg #canadian #fashion #photooftheday #yegfashion #followme #edmlifestyle #icecastle #exploreedmonton #wemps @official_wem A post shared by 𝙲𝙰𝚁𝚁𝙸𝙴 캐리 ☁️ 𝚂𝚑𝚎/𝙷𝚎𝚛 (@milakuuma) on Oct 27, 2019 at 9:30am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.