O Jolly Nights: Festive Celebrations and Events


Between the gorgeous snowfalls and twinkling lights, there is always something magical about this time of year. If you’re ready to enjoy local traditions and make new memories with fun seasonal celebrations, read on! 



  1. All is Bright | November 18 
  2. From brilliant light displays designed by local artists to live musical acts, everything at this fantastic fest is free and fun for the whole family. 124 St. between 102 Ave. & 108 Ave. 124street.ca 
  3. Glow | December 1–January 1 
  4. Stroll under the million twinkly lights in the light gardens, shop the makers market, and enjoy festive food and drinks at the café. Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515–118 Ave. glowyeg.ca 
  5. Zoominescence | December 1–January 3 
  6. Admire the dazzling light installations created by local artists and visit the animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo! This festival of lights includes skating, indoor exhibits, and fun for the whole family. Edmonton Valley Zoo, 3315 Buena Vista Rd. buildingourzoo.com 




  1. A Christmas Carol | November 25–December 23 
  2. The Citadel Theatre’s fresh take on an old classic—a touching tale of humanity and community—features traditional Christmas carols and a 1940s-style set.. Citadel Theatre, 9828–101A Ave. citadeltheatre.com 
  3. A Lightly Classical Christmas | December 15–16 
  4. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Cantilon Chamber Choir will be performing a unique program containing old favourites like “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World,” alongside traditional hymnals. Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. winspearcentre.com 
  5. Shumka’s Nutcracker | December 15–16 
  6. Shumka’s Nutcracker is a fairy tale-like production featuring ballet, folk dance, and character dance in a celebration of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Witness the gorgeous classic story of young Clara and her dream prince with a Ukrainian twist. Northern Jubilee Auditorium, 11455–87 Ave. shumka.com 




  1. A Very Indigenous Holiday Market |  December 16–17 
  2. Find locally made, handcrafted Indigenous artworks from 80 artisan vendors, as well as live entertainment, prize draws, and an Indigenous café. Alberta Avenue Community League, 9210–118 Ave. facebook.com/I.A.M.MarketCollective 
  3. Royal Bison | November 24–26 & December 1–3 
  4. Browse independent vendors selling unique handmade clothing, accessories, artwork, and toys. The fair welcomes all that is weird and eclectic from across western Canada. royalbison.ca 
  5. Edmonton Christmas Market | November 29–December 17 
  6. Come for a myriad of festivities, including a market featuring local makers, unique cocktails and delicious bites to eat, and tons of local entertainment. Fort Edmonton Park, 7000–143 St. yegxmasmarket.com 

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