Weekend Guide - December 17-19

Sounds of Christmas

The Singing Christmas Tree
What: A 35 foot singing Christmas tree filled with over 100 heart-felt singers and a live orchestra deliver the sounds of the holidays.
Why: A promise of snow, mistletoe and presents on the tree.
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Tickets are $25-$55 for Sat/Sun performances. Friday is the Glitter & Gold Gala – tickets $75-$125.
When: Friday, Dec 17 – Sun, Dec 19

Power Hour Singalong
Christmas Bureau Singalong
What: Edmonton’s talent choir community hosts an hour of exquisite Christmas caroling.
Why: Admission is free but be sure to bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton.
Where: Winspear (Corner of 99th Street and 102 Avenue)
When: Friday, Dec 17 from noon to 1pm. Arrive early – seat fill fast!  

Lights of My Home Town
ETS Christmas Light Tours

What: See the lights of Edmonton by bus. Tour downtown, Candy Cane Lane, Whyte Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive.
Why: It’s a jolly, festive way to see the lights of your hometown.
Where: All tours depart from the west side of the City Hall northbound. Tickets are $3.
When: Friday, Dec 17 – Sunday, Dec 19. Tours at 5:45pm, 6pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm.

Christmas Pops
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
What: A dazzling showcase of holiday favourite songs with a vocal trio, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and conductor, Robert Bernhardt. The outstanding joy and cheer will the audience brought to their feet.
Where: Winspear Centre. Buy tickets ($24 - $81)
When: Friday, Dec 17 at 8pm and Saturday, Dec 18 at 8pm.

Candlelight Christmas
Celtic Music & Christmas Enchantment
What: Celtic mucis by award-winning McDade Family in a lovely historical setting.
Why: A mug of apple cider, fresh home baking, creaking boardwalks and lights reflecting off the snow create a magical atmosphere for the evening!
Where: John Walter Museum (10661 91A Avenue). Tickets are $23/adult and $14/child (2-14 yrs)
When: Dec 17-19, Dec 21-23, Dec 26. Evening show from 7:30-9:30pm.

Glowing Homes
Candy Cane Lane

What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air.
Why: Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue.
When: Opening night is Friday, Dec 10 at 7pm.

Christmas Reflections
Fort Edmonton Park
What: Celebrate the holidays of decades past with charming Christmas displays, twinkling lights, horse-drawn wagon rides and cups of cider.
Why: Carol singing, Christmas crafts, and baking from the wood stove.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park - $16 per person. Purchase tickets online.
When: Dec 19 from 4-8pm, Dec 16-18 & 20-23 from 6-10pm.

To Market, To Market
Winter Market on the Square
What: Do some holiday shopping with over 40 vendors from the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market. Take home delectable baking, farm fresh produce, and handcrafted gifts – all under heated tents!
Why: Enjoy a hay ride or join the marshmallow roast at the bonfire.
Where: City Hall & Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, Dec 18 from from 11am-3pm

Legislative Light Up
Winter Wonderland
What: The Legislative Grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland with trees sparkling with lights and free skating on the skating rink.
Why: Free hot chocolate is served in the evenings while the choir performs from 6-9pm. See complete choir performance schedule.
Where: Alberta Legislative Grounds (10820 - 98 Avenue)
When: Festivities continue from Dec 2 – Jan 14.

All Together Now
A Family Christmas Concert
What: Santa Claus and Mr. Grinch join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for an afternoon of cheerful sounds of holiday carols.
Why: You’ll believe in the magic of holidays.
Where: Winspear Centre for Music, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square (99 Street and 102 Avenue). Tickets are $30.
When: Sunday, Dec 19 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

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