Holiday Light-Ups and Santa Parades 2023
There is simply no better way to get into the Christmas spirit! Edmonton knows how to celebrate the season – there are so many fun events. Among our favourites are the Holiday Light-Ups and Santa Parades!
- Borealis Lights – November 17, 2023 to January 7, 2023 – Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sun 5pm-10pm; Dec 22-Jan 1 5pm-10pm
47 Riel Drive, St. Albert, Alberta
A gorgeous ticketed drive-through light display!
10065 – 100 Street, Edmonton
Be there as the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald tree is lit for the season! Enjoy hot chocolate, fresh cookies and live music from a children’s choir!
Butler Memorial Park, 15715 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton
Enjoy free hot chocolate, roving performers, musical entertainment and the official lighting of Butler Memorial Park.
Alexandra Park, 4919-47 Avenue, Leduc, Alberta
The Light-Up The Park event kicks off the Light-Up Leduc program!
Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta
Music, games, activities, a visit from Santa and the official light-up for Strathcona County! (Wear winter clothing – most activities are outdoors.)
124 Street & 108 Avenue, Edmonton
Main stage entertainment, kids’ activities, a visit from Santa, street performers and more!
Greenland Garden Centre, 23108 Highway 16, Sherwood Park
Greenland Garden Centre has filled their botanic garden with light displays including glowing swings, teeter-totters and two light tunnels!
RAD Torque Raceway, 50342 Range Road 253, Edmonton International Airport
Ticketed, drive-through holiday light display featuring holiday favourites new and old, plus a huge drive-through light tunnel!
- Lights Up! Fort Saskatchewan – November 24, 2023 – 5:15pm-7:30pm
City Hall, 10005-102 Street, Fort Saskatchewan
Get a photo with Santa, the Grinch and other characters, plus fire shows, drummers, a petting zoo and the official light up!
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree feature pyramid at Muttart Conservatory – Opens November 25, 2023
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 – 96 A Street, Edmonton
Each year the feature pyramid at the Muttart Conservatory is transformed with holiday splendour!
3pm-6pm at Concordia University Main Campus, 7128 Ada Blvd, Edmonton; 6pm-6:15pm Carolling from Main Campus to Magrath Campus; 6:15pm-7pm choir and sing-along plus lighting of Magrath Campus, 6240 Ada Blvd, Edmonton
Enjoy crafts, music and hot chocolate before carolling to the Magrath Campus for the holiday light-up and sing-along! RSVP is requested.
Central Park, 450 King Street, Spruce Grove
Crafts, cookie decorating, games, skating and an outdoor dance party! The lights go on at 5:30pm! Outdoor event.
McIntyre Park, 8331-104 Street, Edmonton
Enjoy live music, street performers, crafts for kids, hot chocolate, giveaways and more! Outdoor event.
Devon Lions Park, 1140 Saskatchewan Ave E, Devon
Ticketed event with a kid zone, Santa and the Grinch, sleigh rides, a story walk and more. Park and ride is required for access.
Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515-118 Avenue
Ticketed indoor light festival. The 2023 theme is “The Jolly Jumble”! Help Santa’s elves decorate the magical Christmas tree!
49541 Range Road 260, Calmar
Stroll the lit grounds of the Leduc West Antique Society. Just $2 per person and all money raised supports programs in Leduc!
Perron District, St. Albert
Enjoy a visit from Santa & other characters, plus crafts, a petting zoo, train rides, an inflatable hockey rink & more! Outdoor event.
- Stony Plain Winter Light Up – December 1, 2023 – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Main Street, Stony Plain
Enjoy music, photos with Santa, a treat treasure hunt and the lighting of the town tree! Outdoor event.
- Zoominescence – December 1, 2023 to January 3, 2024 – Weekends + the full two weeks over Christmas & New Year
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road, Edmonton
See the Zoo in a new light during this fundraiser event for the Edmonton Valley Zoo! Check their calendar for character visits! The Conservation Carousel will be open for rides by donation during Zoominescence!
104 Street north of Jasper Avenue
This NEW Downtown festival will include an interactive LED wall, lantern-making, puppet-making and ice-carving workshops, free arcade games, an indoor market, photos with Santa and much more!
The Holiday Tree light-up ceremony will take place on Violet King Henry Plaza on 99 Avenue and 108 Street. Construction at the legislature grounds may affect this year’s display, but lights will be on along the Plaza and also on the Legislature South Grounds.
Celebrate the Season musical performances are held inside the Legislature Rotunda on Friday afternoons from 12pm-1pm (December 8, 15, & 22) and Friday and Saturday Evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm (December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23). See more HERE.
- CP Holiday Train – December 7, 2023
No stops in Edmonton this year for the CP Holiday Train, but the trail will be in Camrose (1:15-1:45pm) and Wetaskiwin (3:30-4pm) on Thursday, December 7, 2023. The train collects donations for Food Banks of Canada.
- Candy Cane Lane – December 8, 2023 to January 1, 2024 – Dusk to 11pm
148 Street from 99 to 92 Avenue, Edmonton
A holiday tradition in Edmonton’s Crestwood neighbourhood! Open street nights (pedestrians only) will be held on December 9, 16 and 23. Sleigh Ride dates are December 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 and 27-29. Sleigh Ride tickets go on sale on November 18 at 12pm!
- ETS Holiday Lights Tour – December 8 & 10, 2023 – 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm & 6:45pm
Tours leave from City Hall, Bus Stop #1123, 99 Street and 103A Avenue
These two-hour long tours take guests to some of Edmonton’s holiday light highlights, like Candy Cane Lane, the Alberta Legislature and other locations. Tickets are just $5 each and guests can bring donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank which will be dropped off at City Hall.
Four Seasons Park, 5417-43 Avenue, Beaumont
Sleigh rides, ice sculptures, roving entertainers, skating, hot chocolate and more!
Santa Parades 2023
From Airport Road to Kingsway Mall, Edmonton
Santa and his friends will parade through the street then make his way to Kingsway Mall.
Mill Woods Town Centre, 2331 – 66 Street NW, Edmonton
Join the fun as Santa, Mrs. Claus and their friends parade through the mall to welcome the season!
Leduc Downtown District
Santa makes his way through the streets of Downtown Leduc!
Downtown Fort Saskatchewan
Santa, in his sleigh, will make a trip through downtown Fort Saskatchewan! Elves along the route will collect letters too!
Edmonton Playground will continue adding Edmonton Holiday Light-ups and Santa Parades to this list as information becomes available!