We know the cold air can be a lot to handle some days but Edmonton has many interesting activities to offer in the winter. Whether you’re wanting to see beautiful seasonal light displays with your family, take an awesome scenic winter walk or do something random that you’d never think of doing, there is something for you.

We’ve compiled a list of 7 fun things you can do to have some fun this winter.


1. Ice On Whyte

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With the Extreme Cold Warning in effect issued by Environment Canada, we will be closing the Festival site on Sunday, February 3rd to ensure the safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff. We invite all ticket purchasers to redeem their tickets today and join us for a celebration with DJ Mike Tomas spinning the latest hits in Ice Bar from 7pm-9pm, cool beverages from local brewers and distillers, food from Poutine World, and Big Chippers ice carving classes at 7 pm and 8 pm. Thank you from the Boardwalk Ice on Whyte management team. . . . #IceonWhyte #yeg #yegevents #yegfestivals #yegwx #yeglocal #yegfood #yegdrinks #yegmusic #yegarts #yeglife #yegwinter #mybwalkmoment #exploreedmonton #explorealberta #yeglivemusic #icecarving #winter

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Not only will you see impressive ice sculptures but, there will be music and an ice bar. Spend your day or evening there, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Tickets are on sale now!

Dates: January 23-February 2nd!

Address: 10208-82 Ave.


2. Ice Castles

The Ice Castles are returning to Edmonton! These amazing castles are definitely a sight to see. Bundle up and go enjoy them.

Dates: TBD. Should be open mid-late January.

Address: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road



3. Victoria Park Iceway

This is the perfect location to have fun with the family. At Victoria Park Iceway you can skate for hours on their beautifully rainbow lit path.

Dates: TBD

Address: 12030 River Valley Road



4. The Giant Gingerbread House at The Hotel MacDonald

You can see the biggest Gingerbread house in Canada. The Hotel MacDonald has a ton of amazing views and things you can enjoy while you’re there! Maybe you’ll get some inspiration for your own gingerbread house.

Dates: Open now until January

Address: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, 10065-100 Street.


5. Zoominescence

The Edmonton Valley Zoo transforms into a colourful festival of lights with awesome tunnels and art installations! Plus, the animal exhibits are open.

Dates: Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in December

Address: 13315 Buena Vista Road & 87 Ave.


6. Luminaria at The U of A Botanic Garden

A nice, intimate, candlelit winter stroll.

Dates: It’s only happening this weekend. Get your tickets quick!

Address: 51227 AB-60 (Spruce Grove)


7. Glow Edmonton

A magical evening indoors for friends and family surrounded by pretty lights of all sorts. You can also get a beverage and drink it out of a cool lightbulb glass.

Dates: On now until January 4th.

Address: Edmonton Expo Centre (7515-118 Ave).


As you can see, there are many things to get up to this winter in Edmonton. Have fun and dress warm!