I have come and go a lot but now I can say, Edmonton is my home. Living in this unique city for little over a year now since my return from living abroad, has been adventurous. Now i am living the experience, in all its seasons galore!
Christmas on the Square Holiday Light up
Kick off the winter season with joy at the Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up November 15. In the Afternoon bring down the kids and enjoy free family activities, delicious eats from local food trucks and live entertainment. Then help Santa and his helpers in a countdown at 6:30 pm in the light up of the massive Christmas tree and a spectacular fireworks display!
All Is Bright on 124
November 22 is when this FREE festival is which brings celebration of the coming winter season. This past year as the City of Edmonton was taking advantage of the bridge closure, they played all day in High street with activities for the kids during the day. And fun for the grownups at night; with light installations, Live music, Street Performers, Fire dancers and ice sculptures; as we welcome the winter season with open arms and festive spirits with a countdown to the light up of 124 street & High Street!
Candy Cane Lane
Traditional among West End Edmontontians Communities lasting three weeks, bringing some Christmas light and decoration displays every year to instill the Christmas spirit in all of us! It is not complete without a walk down Candy cane lane to check out the colorful lights and decorative, unique displays. Remember do not forget to bring that food donation for the Edmonton Food Bank, there are bins to drop off your perishable items any time during the walk. It will bring out the magic of the season in all of us!
Ice Skating Hawerlark Park / Silver Skate Festival
The festival is rooted in the Dutch tradition of a love of the outdoors bringing the excitement of experiencing the cultural and aesthetic beauty of winter. In recent years, the festival has exploded into an extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sports. Most importantly do not forget to bring your skates, taking a few laps around Hawerlark lake before the recreation agenda begins. Watching the best of the best figure skating of Edmonton, with a hot cup of cocoa in your hands standing around the bon fire! Then later taking a walk around or sleigh ride checking out the snow sculptures. Best time to attend and find up close parking: 11am – 2pm.
Old Strathcona Farmers Market
In the midst of Whyte Avenue (82nd Avenue) and on Every Saturday (8am-3pm) with 130 or more vendors this bustling yearly market has array of fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more. Get in early and do not miss out of the best.
In the summer, best way to get here is via High Level Street Car. Only $5.00 round trip downtown Jasper Avenue to Strathcona, over the High level Bridge with ideal views of the city.