Your Edmonton Guide: December Edition

by on Dec 7th, 2018

A Christmas Carol | Nov. 30 – Dec. 23 | Citadel Theatre

One of the most popular Christmas stories of all time graces the Citadel Stage for the final season of this adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. This particular adaptation is being retired by the Citadel and will be replaced by a newer version for their 20th anniversary of the show.

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank. 

Oil Kings Teddy Bear Toss | Dec. 8 | Rogers Place

The Teddy Bear Toss is a partnership between Santas Anonymous and the Edmonton Oil Kings. After the Oil Kings score their first goal of the annual game, a tidal wave of stuffed toys descends upon the ice at Rogers Place, bouncing off fans in the lower bowl and eventually all making their way to the ice. This year the supporting organizations look to top last year’s record of 14,122 stuffed animals thrown to the rink. In addition to the Teddy Bears, the themed jerseys worn during the game are auctioned off after the game in support of Santas Anonymous.

The event supports not only Santas Anonymous, but also the Stollery Children’s Hospital, donating proceeds from the bears sold on site.

Glow Gardens | Nov. 22 – Jan. 19, 2019 | The Enjoy Centre

One of the largest indoor light festivals in the world has made its debut in St. Albert. The Glow Gardens feature a Christmas light garden, a musical light tunnel with more than 50,000 lights, a Christmas market featuring local artisans and boutiques and themed holiday food and drinks. Whether you love the bright lights, the festive cheer or just want to get out of the cold while celebrating the holidays this event has something for everyone!

Tickets for the event are $23 for adults but certain days are discounted. The festivities are open from 4 to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Snowshoe and Stargaze | Dec. 22 & 29 | Elk Island National Park

Have you ever wanted to go snowshoeing into the wilderness? Ever wanted to see the stars in a dark sky preserve? Well now is your chance to do both! Take a walk by the shores of Astotin Lake and take in the sights and sounds of nature after dark, followed by a fire and the beauty of the night sky with no light pollution.

The event, which is about $30 per person, includes warm snacks and drinks, a snowshoe rental and a guide. This tour may be rescheduled or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Participants will be notified of any changes.

Holiday Favourites | Various Days | Metro Cinema

During the weeks leading up to Christmas Metro Cinema puts up plenty of chances to enjoy the magic of the movies. Starting early December classic movies like Edward Scissorhands, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and even Gremlins begin taking up screen time at the local theatre.

The full schedule can be found online, so make plans and start celebrating!


Tenacious D | Dec. 11

Three Days Grace | Dec. 12

Get Together 2018 feat. Diplo and ILLENIUM | Dec. 28-29

NYE with Raygun Cowboys | Rocky Mountain Ice House | Dec. 31

Monster Energy Presents Tennyson | 9910 | Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Downtown Festival and Fireworks | Alberta Legislature | Dec. 31