Your guide to winter festivals and events in Edmonton: 2018/2019 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
Royal Glenora Club Christmas Gift Show Nov 4   
All is Bright on 124 Street Nov 10   
Indie Handmade Nov 15-18   
The Carrot Christmas Arts Bazaar Nov 16-17    
Hazeldean Christmas Craft Sale Nov 17-18  
Make It Edmonton Nov 22-25    
Christmas Glow Nov 22-Jan 19   
Silver Bells Winter Market Nov 23-25  
Santa's Parade of Lights / CN Grey Cup Parade Nov 24   
Festival of Trees Nov 28 - Dec 2   
Butterdome Craft Sale Nov 29 - Dec 2   
Winterfest at Snow Valley Nov 30-Dec 2   
The Royal Bison Nov 30-Dec 2 & Dec 7-9   
A Christmas Carol Nov 30-Dec 23    
Zoominescence: Festival of Light Nov 30-Dec 27   
Hand2Hand Christmas Market Dec 1   
Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk Dec 1  
A Festive Mosaic Dec 1   
A Christmas Karol: The Karol Wojtyla 2018 Nativity Play Dec 1
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides in Old Strathcona Dec 2-22   
The Many Moods of Christmas Dec 3
Legislature Lights Segway Dec 5-Jan 31    
Luminaria Dec 7-9   
Celebrate the Season Dec 7-23    
Candy Cane Lane Dec 7 - Jan 1   
Leefield Community's Gift & Craft Sale Dec 8
Krampuslauf 2018 Dec 8
Leduc Festival of Trees Dec 8-9   
Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Dec 13-16   
Yule Ave: A Merry Christmas Dec 15-16   
Edmonton Christmas Bird Count Dec 20  
A Lightly Classical Christmas Dec 20    
Winter Wagon Nights Dec 20-29    
Solstice Coffee Dec 21   
Shumka's Nutcracker Dec 22-23   
Snowshoe & Stargaze Dec 22-Feb 23   
New Year's Eve Downtown Dec 31  
Ice Castles Edmonton Dec 31-Mar 10  
Hayrides & Hot Chocolate Jan 1  
Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival Jan 12-13    
Edmonton Whisky Festival Jan 16  
World Snow Day Jan 20    
Ice on Whyte Jan 24-Feb 3   
South West Ski Fest Jan 26
Flying Canoe Volant Jan 31-Feb 2   
YEG Hot Chocolate Fest Feb 1-15
Hypothermic Half Marathon Feb 3 & Feb 17  
Toque Tuesday Feb 5   
Winter Walk Day Feb 6  
Winter Bike to Work Day Feb 8
Canadian Birkie Ski Festival Feb 8-10   
Silver Skate Festival Feb 8-18   
International Festival of Winter Cinema Feb 15-17   
Family Day at the Alberta Legislature Feb 18    
Coldest Night of the Year Feb 23   
Cold Hands Warm Hearts YEG March 2   
SkirtsAFire Festival March 7-17   
Western Canada Fashion Week March 20-24   
GLOW by Quarters Arts March 21-23   

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.

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