Things to Do on Christmas & Boxing Day in Saskatoon

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Credit: Tourism Saskatoon

Here is a list of things to do on December 25 and 26 in Saskatoon.

Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.

Note: All activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.

Meewasin Trail

 

Explore the 80-km long Meewasin Trail. Access points to the trail can be found throughout the city. The Trail passes through beautifully landscaped parks and natural areas, and wind along the South Saskatchewan riverbank, and offers views of both downtown and the forested riverbank. The Meewasin skating trail will be closed on Christmas Day but will be operating on Boxing Day.

Admire Christmas lights

Use SparkleTour, a crowdsourced holiday lights map for some of the best-decorated houses in Saskatoon.

The Enchanted Forest

BHP Enchanted Forest is one of the longest-running and best Christmas light shows in Canada. The festive lights at The Enchanted Forestare lit nightly from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Do a Christmas /Boxing Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird counton Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk! If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

You can also participate in the annual Boxing Day Bird Count.

See Art

Have you explored Saskatoon’s public art? If not, now is a good time to start. Browse Saskatoon’s permanent public art collectionand temporary public art collection.

Visit Nutrien Wonderhub

Located along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon’s iconic Mendel building is Saskatchewan’s children’s museum. The Wonderhub offers a range of activities all designed to activate your children’s thinking and imagination.

Closed on Christmas day. Open Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm.

White Winter Fun

In case, we have a white Christmas, or if there is enough snow sticking to the ground, enjoy some snow fun.

Cross Country Skiing: There are many ski trails in Saskatoon. Cross country ski trails are maintained along the East and West banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River and in a variety of parks and open spaces throughout Saskatoon.

Tobogganing: Come out to one of the City of Saskatoon’s designated toboggan hills during the winter season. Head to the Optimist Hillin Diefenbaker Park to enjoy free tobogganing. Another popular place is Pest Hill in the George D. Archibald Memorial Park North. You can also try the small tobogganing hills in Harold Tatler North and South Nutana Park. Search for park locations and amenities using the Parks Google MyMap.

Optimist Hill will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be open on Boxing Day from 11 am to 8 pm. Please note that the hills will also be closed when temperature drops below -25 ºC. Stay safe and have fun!

See a Movie

Checkout Landmark/Cineplex Theatres.

Cineplex Theatres

Landmark Cinemas

Christmas Brunch/Dinner

 

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order your holiday meal.

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Enjoy a Walk/Picnic

Enjoy a family walk in the green spaces in Saskatoon. Pack a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones.

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Visit the Zoo

Saskatoon Park & Zoo is a great place to visit with family during the winter months. You can enjoy a refreshing winter walk around the Zoo and enjoy the animals.

Kinsmen Express Train, Affinity Learning Centre, Kinsmen Children’s Zoo will be closed.

Geocaching

Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the city This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

 
Enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and more at the provincial parks.

Go Bird Watching

Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. Can spot the popular winter birds? What changes do you notice? Visit any of the birding areas near Saskatoon, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot.

Take a Twirl on the Ice

Enjoy skating at one of theoutdoor icerinks.

The Cameco Meewasin Rink @ NutrienPlaza is open for the season. Enjoy gliding with amazing views of the South Saskatchewan River! Weather permitting; the rink will continue to be operating for the season. The rink will be closed if weather dips below -30°C.

Enjoy skating at the 400 m oval Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. The oval has different lanes for different speeds, and room for every level of skater. Closed on Friday.

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunctionof 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.

Online 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!

Online Theatres

 

There are many online theatreperformances 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.

More activities:

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Break for activities to do on winter break and Things to do this weekend for concerts, sports and more!

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