Edmonton Weekend Guide: December 15-18

The most festive time of the year; this weekend leaves no excuses for lack of holiday cheer!

(Need a break from Christmas? Try Rapid Fire Improv Theatre, YEGLive for live music listings, YEG Wood Launch Party – see below… or if you really party hard hit up the ‘Saturday Morning All-You-Can- Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party!’.)

Buy these tickets now:
Fort Edmonton Park Christmas Reflections

A Christmas Carol
The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree
Christmas with the Edmonton Symphony

Shades at Night
YEG Wood Launch Party
What: Stylish sustainability is throwing a party to showcase a mash-up of art, apparel, music and wine.
Why: Your chance to win a free pair of TreeFarer wooden shades. (seriously cool. Check them out here.)
Where: Da Capo Garneau (8738-109 Street)
When: Saturday, December 17 from 5pm-12am

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: Streets stay lit until January 2 at midnight.

Legislative Light Up
Winter Wonderland
What: The Legislative Grounds transform 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 until Friday, December 23.

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 (11455 87 Avenue). Tickets are $15-$55.
Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18.  Nightly at 7pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Winter Wonderland Craft Market
Handmade Mafia 
What: Over 40 local crafters, designer and makers of pretty things gather to celebrate the holidays with the art of handmade
Why: Toss aside any preconceived notions of handmade goods - this mafia takes it to the next step.
Where: Orange Hall (10335 84 Avenue)
When: Saturday, December 17 from 10am-4pm 

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 bus stop #1346 in front of Scotia Place (10060 Jasper Avenue). Tickets are $3.
When: Friday, December 16– Sunday, Dec 18. Tours at 5:45pm, 6pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm.

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: Sunday, December 18 from 4-8pm, Dec 15-17 & 19-23 from 6-10pm.

Snowflake Sundays
Muttart Conservatory
What: Take in the sights and sounds of Christmas with the Snowflake Room, gift tag making and the Festive Harp Harmonies.
Why: A merry wonderland of games, crafts and music for the kids. Take home a beautiful poinsettia.
Where: Muttart Conservatory
When: Sunday, December 18 from 12-4pm.