Now that the holidays are over, we can ditch the Christmas-themed events and start hitting up all things new. This month in Alberta, there are tons of things to do. Thankfully for us, some of the wicked events and activities are super cheap. If you're looking for cheap winter things to do in Alberta, you're in luck. For your convenience, we did a roundup of 9 things to do in Alberta this January that won't break the bank. 

Alberta is one happening province. It seems like there is always something going on and we are certainly not mad about it.

From winter festivals to food-driven events, our province has is all happening this month. 

Some of the events are so cheap that they literally won't cost you anything. There's nothing like enjoying a memorable day without having to spend a day's wage, or anything for that matter.

Just because the weather in our province is a little less than desirable, it doesn’t mean we should hide inside and wait for the winter season to end. We've all thought about it, but it would be a serious waste of all the fun to be had this month.

January has lots to offer so bundle up, grab a group of friends, and start experiencing the province. 

Banff Snowdays 

Price: Free

When: Now until Sunday, January 26, 2020 

Address: Various venues in Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: This massive event has everything from culinary experiences to ice carving competitions. You’ll seriously fall in love with the Canadian Rockies after this event. 


Flying Canoe Volant 

Price: Free

When: Thursday, January 30, 2020 

Address: Mill Creek Ravine, 8327 95A St. N.W. Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This unique outdoor event spreads the spirit of winter in a creative and interactive way. Inspired by the legend of The Flying Canoe and French Canadian, First Nations, and Métis traditions, this event features live music, hot chocolate, dance, and gorgeous lights. 


Edmonton Polar Plunge 

Price: $50

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020

Address: Lake Summerside, 1720 88 St. S.W, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Ever wonder what it feels slick to jump into ice-cold water? Probably not, but it is fun and refreshing.

All the money raised goes to over 3,00 Special Olympics athletes so you can feel good about spending this kind of money. 


Lethbridge Food and Beverage Expo 

Price: $20

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 

Address: Exhibition Park Lethbridge, 3401 Parkside Dr. S., Lethbridge, AB

Why You Need To Go: Beer, wine, cocktails, food. Need we say more? This event brings some of the area's best restaurants together and with over 120 vendors. Trust us, you will leave full and satisfied. 


Ice on Whyte 2020 

Price: $7

When: Friday, January 23, 2020 to Sunday, February 2, 2020 

Address: Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park, 8331 104 St. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This ice carving festival is massive and has some of the best artists in the game. The weather literally couldn’t be more perfect for this event so go see it before things warm up. Oh, and they also have a massive ice slide. 


Cardboard Sled Derby 

Price: $15

When: Saturday, January 17, 2020

Address: Mt. Norquay Banff, 2 Norquay Rd., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: Trust us, it’s just as fun as it sounds. You can actually race down the Norquay Tube Park by building your own sled only using tape, string, garbage bags, glue, and cardboard. There are prizes to be won so put on your thinking cap. 


2020 Ice Magic Festival 

Price: $13

When: Now until Sunday, January 26, 2020 

Address: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: The iconic Lake Louise is turning into a magical winter wonderland filled with ice sculptures. Embrace the cold and check out 15 blocks full of epic masterpieces. 


Chinatown Dining Week 

Price: $10-$18

When: Now until Sunday, January 19, 2020

Address: 16 restaurants in Edmonton's Chinatown 

Why You Need To Go: There are some serious culinary gems hidden in Edmonton’s Chinatown and lucky for you, you can explore them this month for super cheap. There will be 16 restaurants in the area showcasing what they got. Just make sure to come hungry. 


Ice Castles Edmonton 

Price: $10.99

When: Now until Monday, February 17, 2020 

Address: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd. Northwest, Edmonton, AB 

Why You Need To Go: This acre of land is an actual dream world. With the weather we have been having recently, it has only gotten better. Marvel at the massive ice castles with a loved one or a group of friends. Either way, you will feel like you’re in Narnia. 


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