Weekend Activities and Events in Edmonton
Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6, 2015
A digest of What’s On in Edmonton during this weekend including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports events.
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More To Do
I. Family Events & Activities
1. Closing Party
It’s our 48th birthday and we’re moving! We couldn’t say goodbye to our current building without the proper send-off. Join us to celebrate our past and future with a mammoth 48 hours of fun at the Royal Alberta Museum’s closing party. Don’t miss this chance to visit our galleries for the last time as they are in the current museum, and enjoy free family friendly activities for the entire weekend. Come be a part of history! Details
Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton
2. Christmas / Holiday Events
Christmas / Holiday Events
1. Twas the Light Before Christmas
This interactive, rehearsal-to-cast-party adventure provides a Christmas celebration for families. Details
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM @ Concordia Lutheran Church, 5420 – 19 A avenue. Edmonton | Free
2. Big, the Musical
By St. Albert Children’s Theatre.
November 26 – December 6, 2015 @ Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert | $21 – $27
3. A Christmas Carol
Join for this holiday theatre tradition in Canada and watch Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
November 28 – December 23, 2015 @ Maclab Theatre 9828 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton | $30 & up
4. Christmas in the Country
Festive activities and shopping will be featured at locations throughout the region.Musical performances, family activities and spectacular fireworks to “light up” the season.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM @ Multiple Venues, South Strathcona County.
Fireworks @ Fire Station 2, 22142 South Cooking Lake Road.
5. So This is Christmas
Written and Directed by Carmell King along with Musical Director Brent Schaitel, So This Is Christmas tells the classic nativity story set in modern day Edmonton and features popular songs with a unique twist.
December 4 – 6, 2015 @ C3 Church, 9425 76 Avenue, Edmonton | $6.25 – $16.75
6. Karol Wojtyla 2015 Nativity Play
This year is the 9th Annual performance, Edmonton’s only full-scale presentation of the Bethlehem story. 50 children and youth reenact scenes from the Gospel of Luke.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 02:00 PM @ MacEwan University – John L. Haar Theatre | $9.25 – $48.00 (family pass)
7. A Christmas Past
Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM @ Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton
3. Chanukah Celebration 2015
24th Annual Chabad Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Details
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Alberta Legislature Building – 107 Street and 97 Avenue, Edmonton
4. Christmas Lightup Events
Christmas/Holiday Lightups & Displays
ETS Christmas Tours tickets on sale from Dec 1 @ Tixonthesquare. See link above for details.
1. Celebrate the Season light-up
The annual Celebrate the Season light-up is the kick-off to holiday events at the Alberta Legislature. The month-long event begins with the Alberta Legislature Light Up on December 3 at 4 p.m. The University of Alberta Mixed Chorus will perform at 4:15 p.m. and hundreds of trees on the grounds will be lit at 5 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and cookies and more music for all to enjoy!
December 3 to 23, 2015
Performances in the Legislature Rotunda, at noon and 6:30 p.m. daily.
2. Festival of Light
Sip hot chocolate and have a fun time at the zoo, enjoying the Light Installations, Skating, DJ’s, Fire dancers.
December 4 – 13, 2015 @ Edmonton Valley Zoo
Stroll through the breathtaking candle lit paths. sip hot apple cider beside the bonfires, enjoy the seasonal sounds of strolling a capella singers and catch a glimpse of the magical “snow sprites” and glittering ice sculptures.
Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2015 | 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM @ Kurimoto Japanese Garden, Devonian Botanic Garden. (sold out)
4. Country Christmas Lights
Enjoy a winter wonderland of Christmas lights from November 27 until January 3, 4-10 PM, 7 days a week. Santa and free hot chocolate will be on-site November 27-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 22-23, 4 – 9 PM. Details
November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016 | daily 4:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Leduc(53.221611, -113.657028)
5. Enchanted Forest – Fort Saskatchewan
Come enjoy the splendor of the holiday season as we transform The Dow Centennial Centre, The Shell Theatre, City Hall and Fort Saskatchewan Public Library into Enchanted Forests.
Friday, November 27, 2015 – January 8, 2016 @ Fort Saskatchewan.
Family fun activities, Snow Rider Scavenger Hunt and more! Details
Snow Valley Ski Club, 13204 45 Ave
Regular lift tickets. $10 off on friday.
6. Other Family Activities
1. John Janzen Nature Centre
Family friendly programs daily. – Details
2. Visit Edmonton Zoo this Week. – Edmonton Valley Zoo
3. Government House: Free Tour of Government House on Sundays.
4. John Walter Museum: Free to visit – Sundays | 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM
5. City Hall – This week at City Hall.
6. Muttart Conservatory – Feature Pyramid
Snowflakes are Falling: November 21 – January 3 – Details: The beauty of Canadian winterscapes is evoked by a palette of poinsettias in this seasonal feature pyramid display. Glittering snowflakes and the Muttart Conservatory’s famously beautiful poinsettias frame whimsical topiary and winter scenes.
7. U of A Astronomical Observatory | Thursdays
Go for Solar observing at U of A Astronomical Observatory on Thursdays | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM & night of observing with a free public lecture (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM)- This Thursday -Public Talk by Dr. Andy Kale – “The Aurora”
8. Telus World of Science
Special weekend activities- Details
Beyond Rubik’s Cube
November 7, 2015 through February 15, 2016
9. Sleigh Ride Shuttle in Old Strathcona
Experience a unique way to get around Old Strathcona on Saturdays leading up to Christmas. From 1pm to 5pm, ride around Old Strathcona in one of two horse drawn sleighs. Sleighs come by each stop approximately every 30 minutes and the last pick ups will be at approximately 4:30pm.
December 5, 12, 19, 2015 | 01:00 PM – 05:00 PM. – By donation.
Enjoy free parking all day today at the South Scona Parking Lot – on 105 Street across from The Keg, between 81 and 80 Avenues. Details
10. Servus Free Ski Fridays @ Edmonton Ski Club – December 4, 2015 | 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM (weather permitting) – Details
7. Family Movies
Have fun with the whole family and watch a movie for $2.99 on Saturday mornings at 11am. See link for shows and participating Cineplex theatres. Details
Polar Express 3D on December 5
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas on December 12
Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema: Details Free for kids under 12.
The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit on Dec 5 @ 2pm, Dec 7 @ 7pm
A Christmas Story @ Dec 12 @ 1pm
Home Alone 25th Anniversary @ Dec 19 @ 2:30pm
The Wizard of Oz @ Dec 26 @ 2pm
Telus World of Science
Imax theatre : Shows
8. Free activities: local library
Edmonton Public library offers plenty of free drop in activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends : Details and link for registration.
Strathcona County Library – Here;
Spruce Grove Public Library – Here
St. Albert Public Library – Here
9. Drop – in Programs
Edmonton Recreation : There is always something you can do as family with the advantage of not having to plan early or register. Check these links below.
a. Public Skating – When & Where
b. Drop – in Swim – When & Where
c. Drop-in Fitness Programs : When & Where
St Albert – Servus Place – Drop in Schedule
Strathcona County – Drop in Programs
Activities by Edmonton Recreation
There are many affordable, high-quality inclusive programs, camps and activities throughout the year for all ages and abilities including Toddler time, puppet show, story time and more! Spend time exploring the river valley, trying a new sport, discovering your creative side and experiencing the outdoors. – See the link for details and register.
II. Adult/ Youth Events
1. Christmas/Holiday Concerts
Christmas Carols & Holiday Concerts
1. Handel’s Messiah
Esteemed British conductor Christopher Warren-Green makes his ESO debut leading a quartet of talented Canadian singers and the Richard Eaton Singers in the annual presentation of Handel’s beloved oratorio.
Friday, December 4, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 7:30 PM @ Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre, Edmonton | $24 – $75
2. Annual Advent and Christmas Concert
Enjoy the best the season has to offer with the music of Advent and Christmas. Details
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM @ First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 Street, NW, Edmonton | cash donation.
3. A Quartette Christmas
An evening spent with Quartette is always a magical musical journey – when better to celebrate the magic than at Christmas time?
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 02:00 PM & 7:30 PM @ Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre
1001 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove | $40 for adults. $35 for students and seniors 65+.
4. A Jarvis Church Christmas
With his band, The Soul Station, Jarvis Church tackles the music of Motown, bringing alive the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cook and Otis Redding, amongst others. Details
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 7:30 PM @ Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. | $40.00 – $46.00
5. Festive Mosaic
Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas when the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton (UMCE) presents A Festive Mosaic. Details
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 7:00 PM @ McDougall United Church, 10025 101 Street, Edmonton | $15 for adults; $10 for students; and free for children under 10.
6. EKO Christmas Concert
Under the direction of Paula Roberts and accompanied by Charlie Austin, along with special guests The Little Dickens Children’s Choir of Holyrood School, EKOSingers presents an afternoon of swingin’ Christmas tunes and familiar carols.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 02:00 PM @ City Room, City Hall, Edmonton. | free, donations to Edmonton food bank appreciated.
7. A Cantilon Christmas
Cantilon returns to the Winspear Stage with the first of three works on our season’s program for treble voices and harp.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 05:30 PM @ Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre, Edmonton | $18 – $22
7. The Little Match Girl Passion
ProCoro – ConSept provides a late evening meditation during the busy season of Advent, with David Lang’s spare yet incredibly fulfilling Little Match Girl Passion.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 9:00 PM @ All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035 – 103 Street, Edmonton. | $20 – $25
2. Live Music
See Live Music & Concerts in Edmonton for more details
1. MacEwan University presents Big Bands
Monday, November 30, 2015 | 7:30 PM @ John L. Haar Theatre, 10045 – 156 Street, Edmonton | $12 for adults and $10 for full-time students and seniors – Details
2. Dee Daniels with the Chris Andrew Trio
December 4-5, 2015 | 08:00 PM @ Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton | $22.00 – $26.00
Weeknd:The Madness Tour on Monday, November 30 at Rexall Place
Motley Crue on Saturday, December 12 at Rexall Place
2. Performing Arts & Theatre
For more details see Performing Arts & Theatre in Edmonton.
1. Theatresports on Fridays & CHiMPROV on Saturdays @ The Citadel Theatre – Ziedler Hall
2. One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 7:30 PM @ Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park | $32.00 – $36.00
3. Cafe Daughter from November 26 to December 06, 2015 @ Varscona Backstage Theatre, Edmonton
4. Iphigenia at Aulis – Euripedes from November 26 to December 5, 2015 @ Timms Centre for the Arts, Edmonton
5. W;t by Margaret Edson from December 2 to 12, 2015 @ Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83 Ave, Edmonton
6. Burning Bluebeard from December 3 to 13, 2015 The Roxy on Gateway, 8529 Gateway Blvd , Edmonton
III. Sports & Related Events
U of A Golden Bears & Pandas Games – Schedule
1. 2016 Skate Canada Challenge
Over 500 of the finest skaters from across Canada will participate in the 2016 Skate Canada Challenge. Skaters qualify to compete through their respective sectional championships. For novice, junior and senior skaters, this is the only opportunity to qualify for the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Details
December 2 – 6, 2015
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Rd NW
Wednesday / Thursday / Friday $10.00
Saturday / Sunday $20.00; All Event – $50.00
Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets – Cash only at the door.
2. Edmonton Oilers
vs. Boston Bruins on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 07:30 PM
Dallas Stars on Friday, December 4, 2015 | 07:30 PM
Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 06:00 PM
3. KO Boxing
Friday, December 4, 2015 | 07:15 PM
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton
4. Oil Kings – Teddy Bear Toss
vs. Swift Current Details
In support of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous
Saturday, Decemeber 5, 2015 | 07:00 PM
5. Harness Racing
Select Fridays & Saturdays December | 06:30 PM
December 5 – Northlands Filly Pace & Western Canada Pacing Derby
Northlands Park, 7410 Borden Park Road NW
6. Santa Shuffle
Santa Shuffle 5km Fun Run and 1km Elf Walk -This merry event helps The Salvation Army to assist families and individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Details
Saturday, Decemeber 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton
$25 & up
IV. Exhibitions & Other Events
1. PARKSHOW YEG 2015
PARK’s annual emerging fashion and art showcase, PARKSHOW YEG will feature new up-and-coming designers from all across Canada. Designed to connect Edmonton’s fashion and art lovers with today’s young talent, PARKSHOW brings together a diverse and immensely talented group of individuals. PARKSHOW also connects these emerging designers with the people who can promote and sell their work, and ultimately help their businesses to grow and thrive. Details
Saturday December 5th, 2015 | doors open at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St NW, Edmonton
VIP: $80, General Seating: $60, Standing Room: $30
Make your own custom bar soap to take home on Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Bonnie Doon Centre
2. Christmas Markets
1.Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild Christmas Sale
Join us for our annual Christmas pottery sale to find unique pottery for your Christmas gift giving. Details
Friday December 4, 2015 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday December 5, 2015 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM @ Dow Centennial Centre, 8700-84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan
2. Devon Pottery Guild Christmas Show and Sale
Friday December 4, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Sat & Sun December, 5 & 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM -4:00 PM @ Devon Pottery Guild, #3 Jasper Court, Devon
3. St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market
The St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market features around 70 vendors per Saturday with products ranging from produce to baking to toys to furniture. All products in the market are hand-made, home-grown, or home-baked.
December 5, 12, & 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM @ St. Albert Place, 5 St Anne St, St Albert
4. The Royal Bison Fair
The Royal Bison is an Edmonton-based, twice-a-year festival of the best and quirkiest art, craft and design this city has to offer.
December 4 – 6, 2015 @ Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Edmonton
5. Butterdome Craft Sale
The Butterdome Craft Sale is an unforgettable Canadian Handmade community gathering, returning to Edmonton to celebrate a landmark anniversary and to provide yet another weekend of the very best in holiday shopping.
December 3 – 6, 2015 @ University of Alberta Butterdome
6. Silver Bells Winter Market
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM @ Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove
7. Bead Market
8. Rudolph’s Shopping Extravaganza
A shopping experience that offers something for everyone. Arrive early to receive a beautiful gift bag with over $75 in savings and gifts.
Sunday,December 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM -3:30 PM @ St. Albert Inn and Suites, 156 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert
3. Magna Carta: Law, Liberty & Legacy
See and experience the iconic document that changed the course of law, justice and human rights. The Magna Carta is one of the most significant historical documents in the world. It embodies principles that have underpinned the development of parliamentary democracy and the legal system in Canada, much of the Commonwealth and across the world. Details
November 23 – December 29, 2015
Borealis Gallery, Alberta Legislative Assembly Building, 9820-107 Street
4. AGA Exhibitions
ROUGH COUNTRY: The Strangely Familiar in mid-20th Century Alberta Art | October 3, 2015–January 31, 2016
CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours | September 12, 2015–January 3, 2016
Tyler Los-Jones: A Panorama Protects its View | January 23–January 31, 2016
Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism |
October 24, 2015–February 15, 2016
V. Dinner Theatre/Music Events
1. Fort Edmonton Park – Events
Sunday Brunch – Gather your clan for Sunday Brunch at Johnson’s Cafe at the historic Hotel Selkirk in Fort Edmonton Park. Enjoy a scrumptious meal then take a stroll around the park.
2. The Hat – Events
3. River Cree Resort & Casino – Events
4. Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Events
5. Blues on Whyte – Events
6. The Comic Strip – Events
7. Mayfield Dinner Theatre – Events
8. The Comedy Factory – Events
December 6, 2015 | 7:30 PM ~ 09:30 PM @ On the Rocks Edmonton 11740 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Speed Dating
– Date n’ Dash: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM @ Krush Ultralounge 16648-109 Avenue NW Edmonton
-DARK MATTERS is an 18+ event, where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play on December 10 @ TWOSE
2. French Quarter Farmers Market
A boutique Farmers Market. Come discover quality local vendors, with gourmet/artisan foods available for you and your family’s pleasure & health! Fun for the entire family. Details
Every Sunday from 12 :00 PM to 4 :00 PM (ongoing throughout the year – Rain or Shine)
La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury [91 street], Edmonton