Your guide to winter festivals and events in Edmonton: 2017/2018 edition!

Here are 50+ happenings you can look forward to this winter in and around the city


Edmonton is a winter city — we can resist it or we can embrace it, and the latter seems like more fun.

Whether you are here for a visit and looking for something to do, or you live here and want to get out of the house, there's no shortage of great events to put on your agenda this winter.

Here is our listing of 50+ festivals and events taking place in the Edmonton area this winter. If you find this useful and you'd like to support what we do, consider becoming a Taproot Edmonton member.

Event Dates Links
Santa's Little Helpers Shopping Extravaganza November 12
MEC Edmonton SnowFest November 12   
Indie Handmade November 16-19   
The Carrot Christmas Arts Bazaar November 17-18    
Santa's Parade of Lights November 18   
Hazeldean Christmas Craft Sale November 18-19  
Leduc Festival of Trees November 18-19   
Royal Glenora Club Christmas Gift Show November 19   
Make It Edmonton November 23-26    
Silver Bells Winter Market November 24-26  
The Royal Bison Nov 24-26 & Dec 1-3   
All is Bright on 124 Street November 25   
Hand2Hand Christmas Market November 25   
Shop the Hall November 25   
The Great Sweater Run November 25
Festival of Trees Nov 29 - Dec 3   
Butterdome Craft Sale Nov 30 - Dec 3   
A Christmas Carol December 1-23    
Winter Patio Kick-off December 1-3  
Winterfest at Snow Valley December 1-3  
Luminaria December 1-3   
A Jann Arden Christmas December 1-4   
Zoominescence: Festival of Light December 1-31   
Winter Play Street December 2  
Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk December 2  
A Festive Mosaic December 2   
A Christmas Karol: The Karol Wojtyla 2017 Nativity Play December 2  
Gold Bar Craft Sale December 2  
The Many Moods of Christmas December 4
Celebrate the Season December 7-23    
Candy Cane Lane Dec 8 - Jan 2  
Leefield Community's Gift & Craft Sale December 9
Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree December 14-17   
Winter Wonderland - Improvised Christmas Musical December 15   
Yule Ave: A Merry Christmas December 16-18   
Shumka's Nutcracker, "Clara's Dream" December 29-30   
New Year's Eve Downtown December 31   
Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival January 13-14    
Edmonton Whisky Festival January 17  
World Snow Day January 21    
Ice on Whyte Jan 25-28 & Feb 1-4   
South West Ski Fest January 27
Flying Canoe Volant February 2-3  
Hypothermic Half Marathon Feb 4 & Feb 18  
Winter Walk Day February 7  
Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival February 9-10   
Silver Skate Festival February 9-19  
Valentine's Day Disco Skate February 14  
Cold Hands Warm Hearts YEG February 17   
Family Day at the Alberta Legislature February 19    
Coldest Night of the Year February 24   
SkirtsAFire Festival March 8-11   
Red Bull Crashed Ice March 9-10   
Winter Warrior Challenge March 17  
Western Canada Fashion Week March 22-31   

If we're missing an event or need to update some information, contact us at And if you find this useful, consider supporting what we do by becoming a member of Taproot Edmonton.

New Year's Eve Downtown

New Year's Eve Downtown

Happy Winter in Edmonton

You can learn all about Edmonton's WinterCity Strategy here. You can also download the Winter Excitement Guide in PDF.

Enjoy everything our city has to offer this winter!

Photos by Mack Male.