Things to Do on Christmas Day in Edmonton – December 25, 2020

Things to Do on Christmas Day in Edmonton

Photo Credit: Parks Canada

Wondering what you can do on December 25? Here is a shortlist of things to do on Christmas day in this great winter city.

I. Admire Christmas lights

Christmas Lights in Edmonton

II. Go outdoor skating

Christmas Day Activities Edmonton

Photo Credit: Justin Reid/City of Edmonton

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.

III. 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 to walking along the many River valley trails.

IV. See an Imax Movie

TELUS World of Science has made a selection of IMAX documentary films available for video on demand for just $1.30. Travel back in time to explore the ancient Egyptians and Chinese warriors, or travel even further back in time to discover the pre-historic world of dinosaurs. Next, embark on remarkable adventures to the far reaches of the Arctic and deep beneath the ocean.

V. Christmas Brunch/Dinner

Order in for Christmas Day!

You can either preplan your order Christmas dinner from various restaurants or order takeout from restaurants open on Christmas day.

VI. Winter Freeze Fest

Checkout some snow/ice sculptures made as part of Strathcona county’s Winter Freeze Fest.

See snow/ice sculptures at the following locations:

Broadmoor Lake Park Plaza
Broadmoor Public Golf Course
Festival Place
Millennium Place
Ardrossan Recreation Complex
Glen Allan Recreation Complex
Strathcona Wilderness Centre

VII. Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird count on Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk! Though not an organised/official day for counting, you can always do one on your own.

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

VIII. Edmonton Scavenger Hunt: Alberta’s Charming Capital

Lace-up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.

IX. A Christmas Carol by Citadel Theatre

For 20 years Citadel Theatre has brought the magic of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic to life, and this year they are bringing A Christmas Carol from the stage to your home on streaming video. In this brand new re-imagining of David van Belle’s gorgeous adaptation, enjoy the characters, songs, magic, and story you love in an abridged version filmed in our very own Rice Theatre.

There are many online theatre performances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

X. Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together on Christmas day.

XI. Online Christmas Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

XII. 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.

XIII. 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.

More Fun Things to Do:

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Breakand Things to do this weekend for concerts, sports and more!

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