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
- 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. Open on Dec 25th from 5PM- 10PM.
- See Christmas lights at Edmonton downtown.
- Winter Wonder Forest at Rainbow Valley Campground is open on Dec 25th from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
- Stop at Christmas at Bobs at the corner of 7421 108 Street NW, Edmonton and many other homes in Edmonton. See the map.
II. Go outdoor skating
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
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
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.
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