Fun Things to Do in Edmonton: December 2018
The weather outside may be frightful, but the December events throughout Edmonton are absolutely delightful. We’ve put together a list of some of the best events for both families and couples. Naturally, there’s a lot to do at the beginning of the month, and things start slowing down as we get closer to Christmas and New Years, when people want to spend more time with their family and friends. Check our list to see if there’s anything you want to add to your calendar.
Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream
November 29, 2018 to December 2, 2018
Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream is a perfect first show for a young child, your little one will love watching his or her favourite characters glide across the ice in an entrancing display of artistry. This year’s show features a storyline of heroines who have dared to dream of better things. You’ll see characters like Moana, Belle, and Rapunzel skating to the tunes you know and love, and don’t forget to bring back a souvenir!
Festival of Trees
November 29, 2018 to December 2, 2018
Located at the Shaw Convention Centre, the Festival of Trees has become a popular annual tradition in Edmonton. Money raised from the event goes to the University of Alberta Hospital, and this year’s money will be used for updated CT scanning technology and software from the Brain Centre. The event features a variety of entertainment, holiday-themed displays, and Christmas shopping opportunities. There’s even a special Children’s Lane where you can take the kids to participate in some kid-friendly activities.
A Christmas Carol
November 30, 2018 to December 23, 2018
Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol comes to life at the Citadel Theatre. Watch as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future lead Ebeneezer Scrooge on a transformational journey. Note that this will be the last year that the show is done by the Citadel, so you’ll want to get your tickets early.
The Many Moods of Christmas
December 3, 2018
In The Many Moods of Christmas, The Greenwood Singers put on a fun show where they sing holiday songs that span five centuries. It’s fun to see how music has changed – and stayed the same – over the years. While this performance only lasts one night, the group offers other events in December, so check out their schedule if you can’t make this one.
The Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet
December 6, 2018 to December 9, 2018
Tchaikovsky’s music from the Nutcracker ballet can put you in the holiday spirit almost as much as traditional Christmas carols. This year, there’s a bit of competition with Disney’s new film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but there’s something to be said for watching a live performance of the popular ballet. This event could make for a great date night, but it could also be a good chance to dress up the kids and show them the beauty of a live performance.
Snowshoeing and Stargazing
December 22, 2018 and December 29, 2018
If you don’t mind the cold, the winter months offer some of the best stargazing opportunities. At Elk Island National Park, you can participate in a guided tour that includes snowshoeing into the Dark Sky Preserve. If you can’t make the guided tours, you can go on your own. Just make sure to bring your own hot chocolate for the trip.
The Singing Christmas Tree
December 13, 2018 to December 16, 2018
During The Singing Christmas Tree performance, 150 choral members are arranged in a shape that looks like a Christmas tree. They perform many of your favourite Christmas songs, and the fact that the performance is a fundraiser makes it all the more worthwhile to go. Money raised goes toward the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation, which helps improve the mental health of those living in Edmonton.
YEG Candy Cane Lane
December 7, 2018 to January 1, 2019
The residents of the Crestwood community have gone all-in when it comes to decorating their homes for the holidays. Everyone works together to create a dazzling display of lights and animatronics that are sure to delight everyone. Drive or walk along the street to see the spectacle. You can even schedule a sleigh ride!
Remember, one of the main purposes of Candy Cane Lane is to raise money for the Edmonton Food Bank. Be sure to bring along a donation or two to help feed families throughout the year.
Give yourself a break from the frenzy of holiday parties by scheduling some time to participate in one of the great events mentioned above. No matter which one you choose, you’ll be happy for the opportunity to do something for yourself while helping others in the spirit of Christmas!