Best Family-Friendly Christmas Activities in Edmonton

As you make your way around Edmonton during the holidays, you will see the city come alive with festive lights and harmonious sounds. In this post, we discuss some of the best family-friendly Christmas activities to enjoy this year. No matter what day of the week you find yourself in, there’s something fun to explore with the kiddos. 

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Christmas Glow Edmonton

This season is meant to be magical and Glow Around the World provides just that to your family. Follow Santa on this indoor adventure as he delivers presents to six countries around the world. You are his secret helper on this critical mission. The event features some of the best interactive light gardens, tasty food options, illuminated structures and festive holiday drinks. As you enjoy the million sparkling lights, you can relax and listen to live entertainment. Come early because the kids won’t want to leave.

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Kids and Santa

Festival of Trees

If endless gingerbread houses and elaborately decorated trees make you happy, you won’t find better than this event. It’s the perfect venue to cheer up your spirit during Christmas. You will find plenty of kids’ activities, festive entertainment and lots of shopping opportunities. There’s a little something for everyone in your family. Don’t miss the pancake breakfast with Santa.

Bonnie Doon Centre Christmas

Christmas at Bonnie Doon Centre

Santa arrives at 11 am on November 17, 2019, and the fun continues from there. While you get some of your shopping done, the kids can enjoy entertainment from special guests and plenty of treats. There is a complete holiday program scheduled and you’ll definitely want to take some time and get your photos with the big man in red. There’s even a day when you can bring your pets for photos.

Kids on Train Christmas


During the month of December, the zoo opens on weekends with the Zoominescence Festival of Light. Enjoy the festive light displays, live entertainers, ice sculptures and go ice skating. You can also head down the ice slide if you are feeling adventurous. The best part about this event is that it is raising money for the Valley Zoo Development Society, so your money is going to a good cause.

Candy Cane Land

YEG Candy Cane Lane

YEG Candy Cane Lane is an iconic event during the holiday season. Edmonton families have been coming here for five decades. You can stroll the lane to see all of the Christmas decorations or take the family for a Christmas sleigh ride. Again, your visit serves to benefit those in need. When you bring a donation, it goes straight to Edmonton’s food bank. This serves as the perfect way to teach your children how to give during the busy season.

Holiday Train

The CP Holiday Train

Hop aboard for a Christmas adventure on the CP Holiday Train. This illuminated train provides magic and wonder for people of all ages. It travels from Montreal, Quebec to Port Coquitlam, BC. Along the way, it stops in more than 150 communities, including five times around the Edmonton area. You can make a visit and enjoy music from some of the best Canadian singers. You will also want to bring your food donations to the local food banks.

Kids in Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights

What could the family enjoy more than two kilometres of fun? At Castrol Raceway, the team transformed the entire track into a magical winter wonderland filled with all the light displays you could image. If you turn your radio to their Christmas tunes, you can enjoy the music along with the experience. Take a slow ride through the display or partake in a Horsepower Hayride to pump out some adrenaline. Kick things up a notch further with a DashPass, which allows you to bypass all of the traffic. Again, your admission price goes toward several charities in the area.

Of all the exciting family-friendly activities happening in Edmonton this year, what does your group have planned? We would love to hear about the best Christmas activities in your book. Make sure you let us know in the comments.


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