Visiting Edmonton for the holidays and wondering what you can do on December 25? Here is a short list of things do on Christmas day in this great winter city.
I. Admire Christmas lights
- Visit Alberta legislature grounds and enjoy the lights or go skating on the outdoor rink.
- Check out Edmonton’s Candy Cane Lane
- Get to Nisku to enjoy Magic of Lights — 2km “drive through” experience from the comfort of your own car.
- Stop at Christmas at Bobs at the corner of 7421 108 Street NW, Edmonton
II. Explore Edmonton’s behemoth of a mall
This winter city of Alberta also boasts of a ginormous mall that has a massive waterpark, amusement park and more! The West Edmonton Mall is open on December 25.
Mall Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. (not all shops maybe open)
World Waterpark: Noon to 5 p.m.
Galaxyland: Noon to 5 p.m.
Marinelife: Noon to 5 p.m.
Ed’s Bowling & Escape Room: Noon to 5 p.m.
Professor Wem’s Adventure Golf: Noon to 5 p.m.
Dragon’s Tale Mini-Golf & Maze: Noon to 5 p.m.
III. Go outdoor skating
Go skating at Edmonton’s famous IceWays!
Skate along Victoria Park Iceway that wraps through the majestic forests of Victoria Park. At night, the paths are illuminated by a series of laser cut wooden and LED lanterns, created by local artist Dylan Cooper. Beautiful reds, greens, and glowing geometrical patterns are reflected on the ice while you skate. @ 11004 – 12004 River Valley Rd NW. Skating hours: 11am-10pm
Rundle Park IceWay is a forested trail just under two kilometres, that features a shinny hockey pond, large skating surface and a smaller family rink located next to a picnic shelter and fire pits. @ 2909 113 Ave NW. Skating hours: open 10am – dusk
You can also checkout Strathcona County‘s outdoor skating trail on the Broadmoor Lake (Sherwood Park) or the skating pathway in South Cooking Lake, or the Emerald Hills Skating Pathway.
IV. Explore River Valley
Edmonton boasts of an expansive natural space along North Saskatchewan River.
Climb down the stairs the stairs near the funicular (100 Street near the Hotel MacDonald) to access the river valley trails or enjoy the view of the river backdropped by Edmonton skyline from the Frederick G. Todd Lookout.
If you love walking in winter, then treat yourself by walking along the many River valley trails.
V. See a Movie
See a movie at Landmark/Cineplex Theatres.
- Jumanji: The Next Level — Release Date: December 13, 2019
- Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — Release Date: December 19, 2019
- Cats — Release Date: December 20, 2019
- Spies In Disguise — Release Date: December 25, 2019
- Little Women — Release Date: December 25, 2019
VI. Christmas Brunch/Dinner
Eat out on Christmas Day!
On Christmas day, Westin Edmonton is hosting a party for the whole family that includes Christmas Buffet, and plenty of entertainment. There are also plenty of other options in the city.
VII. Edmonton Christmas Party
Join for a party with DJ Farhad and Dejaaay PS.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 PM @ Privé Ultralounge
VIII. Karaoke Night
Come sing some of your favorite Christmas songs and show off those skills at Fargos Capilano.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 1 AM @ Fargos Capilano, 5804 Terrace Road, Edmonton
IX. Visit Elk Island National Park
Rent a car and visit Edmonton’s national park! Visit at dawn or dusk for the best chance to view wildlife, spend the afternoon skating or snowshoeing across a frozen Astotin Lake, or cuddle up around the campfire and catch an early sunset.
X. Outdoor Winter Activities
Edmonton isn’t a winter city for nothing! There is a plethora of outdoor activities you can do in Edmonton and neighbouring cities’ outdoor spaces. Enjoy other winter activities like tobogganing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and more! See all the outdoor activities here.
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