Best Christmas Markets in Edmonton
With the harsh winter winds fast approaching a true “winter city” such as Edmonton, many are looking for ways to keep warm and cozy this holiday season. These spectacular Christmas markets and festivals happening in and around the Edmonton area are a guaranteed way to feel toasty and snug with those you’re closest to. Whether it’s a fabulous indoor wonderland celebrating the culture of 6 different countries or a time-warp to the Victorian-era with the Citadel’s Dickens Fest, you’ll find everything you need to feel the Yuletide jubilee this winter. Don’t let the frigid weather get you down. Bundle up, grab a friend, and check out these incredible sights before they’re gone!
Here are some of the best Christmas markets and festivities happening in and around the Edmonton area this year:
CHRISTMAS GLOW EDMONTON
Christmas Glow got its start two years ago near Vancouver, Canada and it captured the hearts of people the world over. It has quickly become one of the world’s largest indoor Christmas festivals—capturing all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside a cozy and spacious venue. This indoor wonderland has brightened up venues in 11cities in 3 countries making it an absolute must on your holiday to-do list this year. With an “Around the World” theme, Glow will have you exploring lighted trails, featuring thousands of twinkling lights, and themed rooms from different countries. The kids and kids-at-heart in the group will be able to follow Santa on his journey to deliver presents to said countries.
Interactive light gardens and illuminated structures with changing lights provide the perfect setting for Instagram pictures, while the Vendor Market—featuring over 30 different artisans and businesses—will perfectly cater to your holiday gift list. Enjoy delectable treats while you sip on some hot apple cider, and so much more. Christmas Glow takes over the Edmonton Expo Centre from November 28 to January 4 with tickets ranging in prices. Special group rates are available.
Citadel Theatre’s Dickens Fest
Returning for its second year after a smashing success with its inaugural opening, Dickens Fest Edmonton makes its home at the beloved Citadel Theatre in the heart of the downtown core. If you’re still hankering for a way to beat the cold, The Citadel has you covered as it transforms into the holiday epicentre of tradition and charm. An indoor street market and dazzling light display in the theatre’s iconic Lee Pavilion will make you feel cozy and bright, melting the hearts of even the strongest of cynics.
The events of this charming market-festival hybrid culminate in a gorgeous and magical 19th-century Victorian Dinner Party, fit for the entire family. With Saturday Teas and Long Table Dinners, it’s hard to ignore the holiday charisma this theatre is offering—and it’s sure to become a new Edmonton tradition for generations to come. Dickens Fest runs from November 27th to December 8.
Zoominescenes Festival of Light
The Edmonton Valley Zoo becomes a magical winter escape every holiday season, featuring a dazzling exhibition of light, sound, and artistic installations. A display that will capture your imagination like nothing else, it’s worth spending an hour or two exploring this northern light tribute. Each year, the festival features a completely different theme allowing artists to break free and unleash their imagination in the most creative ways—ensuring that each visit is unique and special from year to year.
An ice slide and skating rink provide ample fun for the young ones, while ice sculptures, fire dancers, and festive entertainment will dazzle your senses. The festival’s vision is to celebrate “light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter” and it does this in incredible fashion. The festival runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between December 1 to December 29th. Don’t miss it!
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees has become an annual and much-anticipated event for tourists and Edmonton locals, celebrating the city’s community spirit and philanthropic passion. Heading into its 35th year, this beautiful festival does more than just entertain and foster holiday spirit. By buying a ticket, you are supporting life-saving care to patients at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. In its history, the festival has raised $20 million for these causes. What better way to feel the spirit of the holidays than to tap into your charitable side while enjoying all this event has to offer? The festival’s Entertainment Stage offers the sights and sounds of over 85 community groups—from bands, choirs to dancers and gymnasts. Shop at the holiday gift shop and even send the kids to the festival’s famous Secret Shop—featuring exclusive shopping for those 12 and under.
Contribute to one of the 5000 Christmas trees that have been decorated over the festival’s 34 years and enjoy the spirit of warmth and giving with your family. The Festival of Trees is open for a limited time only so don’t wait to book your trip. Visit this heartwarming event from November 28 to December 1.