Driving around and looking at holiday lights, hot cocoa in hand, is one of those traditions we do year-in and year-out. We make our way around the city, down candy cane lane. We’ve pulled the kids on sleds through the Leduc Country display, and skated at the Legislature. This year, we’ve made it our mission to check out all of these Christmas lights displays in Edmonton.
The Legislature Grounds | The best way to see the lights at the Legislature grounds is to grab a pair of skates and enjoy the gorgeous holiday scenery. Enjoy holiday music throughout the season at your Alberta Legislature! From December 3 to 23, 2015, take in performances in the Legislature Rotunda.
CP Holiday Train | The Holiday Train from Canadian Pacific is coming to town in Edmonton. Below, we’re sharing the schedule for Edmonton and Leduc, where you can visit the holiday train and experience the magical event, for yourself. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food back to help those in need in that community.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo | Zoominescence, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, will stage a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. With a skating rink, maze, fire dancers, nightly DJ’s, ice, light exhibits and 10 artist installations what could be a better outing in the cool month of December? It will run for a 10 day period beginning on December 9th and running through December 18th.
Leduc County Christmas Lights | You need to check out this amazing house outside of Leduc. Don’t forget to bring food bank donations to the house with you when you check it out, there’s always an incredible amount of money raised for the local food bank. It’s huge, and bright, and like a Christmas wonderland. You can get free hot chocolate on the weekends – and make sure to bundle up, it’s colder than you think. We pulled a little kid in a sled, and let the big kids walk. Their favourite part was the person dressed up like the Grinch – they weren’t sure if he was real!
Candycane Lane | The Lane will be up and running this year (2016) on December 9th until midnight January 3rd. Candy Cane Lane is located at 148 Street between 100 Avenue to 92 Avenue Edmonton. Sleigh Rides are available to book, ahead of time ($17/person).
Christmas at Bobs | This popular Edmonton house is getting some attention this year with lights and installations that are handmade by the owner. You can find Christmas at Bob’s house at 7421 108 Street – the giant snow man had to actually be installed with a crane. Get details and directions at www.christmasatbobs.ca.
ETS Holiday Tours | For $5, you can take a two-hour tour of the city via ETS bus, visiting the Christmas lights displays around Edmonont. This year, tours will begin at the Alberta Legislature where guests will be able to view the display and listen to the choirs. Next, tours will depart to Candy Cane Lane and return to Churchill Square and City Hall.
What are some of your must-see Christmas lights displays in Edmonton?