Top 7 Holiday Things to Do with Kids in Edmonton
The holidays are upon us, and that means that there are a plethora of meals to plan, presents to buy, and charities to support. But wait! Before you get caught up in all of the “things to do” that accompany the season, be sure to plan a bit of fun – especially if you have children in your life. From festivals to Santa sightings, here is our countdown of the top 7 places to head with the young ones in Edmonton at Christmastime.
7. The Polar Express: PJ Party
When it comes to Christmas and pyjamas, no movie scenario blends the two better than The Polar Express. Now children can don their jammies and watch the holiday film at the TELUS World of Science on the weekends. Breakfast is available for purchase before the movie, so your family truly can just roll out of bed and head to The Polar Express: PJ Party to relax the morning away.
6. Festival of Trees Family Night
Head to the Edmonton Convention Centre for an evening of family events during the Festival of Trees. The festival itself offers activities for the kiddos such as writing letters to Santa, listening to holiday stories, and reciting Christmas lists to the big guy in red. On the Festival of Trees Family Night, there are extra-special events including a scavenger hunt and subjecting beloved stuffed animals to a checkup in the Hospital Room.
5. Santa’s Workshop at Silver Cove
Does your child love to give gifts? Then this is the perfect activity! A kid-friendly shopping day is what is in store for children who head to Santa’s Workshop. Elves escort kids around the store as they choose gifts for family and friends. Presents are then wrapped in Santa’s Workshop so that they can be taken home and put under the tree. Children are to arrive with a shopping list and spending allowance to ensure that they cross everyone off of their list without breaking the bank.
4. Edmonton Santa Shuffle
Adults can shuffle in this annual 5k Fun Run while the kiddos participate in the 1km Elf Walk. No matter their pace families can enjoy this annual event together. The best part is that dressing up is encouraged! Have fun getting together crazy Christmas costumes like Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, or the 3 Wise Men as you prepare to burn off a few pre-Christmas calories at the Edmonton Santa Shuffle.
3. A Christmas Carol
The tale of A Christmas Carol is a classic story about redemption, which is refreshing around the holidays. Although this show is recommended for those 7 and up, it’s packed with familiar Christmas tunes as a miserly grump eventually changes his ways at the urging of the 3 Christmas spirits.
2. Family Christmas Party
Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton encourages families to attend their annual Family Christmas Party. Kids can decorate cookies, have their photo taken with Santa, and meet the day’s special guests – Anna and Elsa! This event is free, although they are accepting donations of Christmas hampers for needy families, and an RSVP is encouraged.
And #1! Christmas Glow Edmonton
If having a winter wonderland indoors seems too good to be true – it’s not! That is exactly what happens when guests visit Christmas Glow Edmonton. Adults and kids alike will enjoy light displays, live entertainment, and interactive hanging lights that make the perfect backdrop for an adorable photo.
There are also a ton of child-centric attractions such as bouncy reindeer, visits with Santa, playing on the Magic Castle playground, and a ride on Glen the Glow-comotive. Adults can cross items off of their gift list by shopping at the artisan and boutique market booths, and families can enjoy the many food and drink options. Bonus: there is a licensed bar with seasonal beverages for those who are of age.
While you are there, don’t forget to let the little ones stroll through the light tunnel and sit on the LED swings. Christmas Glow Edmonton is truly a magical place to be during the holidays as they offer a bit of something for everyone.
No matter what you choose, be sure to plan ahead to include some family fun along the way. Want an extra tip? Sing carols and look at lights while you are on your way home to make your time even more festive.