Exciting Events To Experience In Edmonton This Winter

Cold days and nights don’t have to slow down the excitement around the city, as there is a lot to do and see. With many events taking place in Edmonton, you can start planning your nights out during the winter season and keep yourself entertained.

The Nutcracker 

One of the of the most anticipated Christmas events is the Alberta Ballet In The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker has been a staple for holiday classics and watching it as a ballet performance puts a unique spin on the classic tale. If you have never been to the ballet, the Nutcracker is a great place to start your experience, which plays from Dec. 6- Dec.9, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Dinner & Live Music 

Station on Jasper is one of the newest music scenes, offering live music from Thursday-Sunday. They provide a diverse range of music genres, with some shows already sold out. Live bands provide the energy of a concert, with the comfort of dining and drinks in a great atmosphere. Have a night out for a special occasion, or to explore the town.

Edmonton Oilers Games

Of course, it wouldn’t be right to talk about exciting events without mentioning the Oilers. The Edmonton Oilers will forever make our list, so be sure to check out a game this season. You can find the Edmonton Oilers Schedule and Hockey Ticket information by clicking here.

Edmonton Oil Kings Games

Not to exclude our other proud local hockey team, check out the Edmonton Oil Kings who also provide a fast-paced, action-packed alternative as they also play at home at Rogers Place. For more, check out their schedule and ticket information by clicking here.


If you’re looking to spark the Christmas spirit further, then Glow is a place worth the visit for an indoor experience. Located only 8 minutes away from the Ramada Edmonton Yellowhead Hotel, you can experience the millions of lights, interactive features and illuminated sculptures.

Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum is featuring their late nights at the RAM every Thursday night. This is a great activity with the kids or to explore the museum after work. In addition to the children’s gallery, they have rotating exhibitions, along with cafes and shopping.

In addition to the traditional winter activities, such as skiing, skating and tobogganing, take advantage of everything the city, and the season, has to offer. Have fun!

Why Giving An Experience Is The Best Gift This Season

In a recent study from the University of Toronto, a publication was recently released in the Journal of Consumer Research, shedding some light on what the best ‘gift’ for the holiday season would be. This study mainly focused on children’s Christmas gifts, however, other studies are showing this trend among adults as well, specifically millennial’s. The greatest gift to give this holiday season is an experience, not a material gift. Parents who choose to opt for experience, instead of a forgotten toy, claim that gifting an experience ignites stronger emotional response and enhances personals bonds.

If you have already purchased Christmas gifts for the coming holiday seasons, you can always keep this in mind for future special occasions. If you’re still pondering about ideas for experiences to give, we’ve compiled a list of some of Edmonton’s best attractions to help fall in love with the city all over again.

West Edmonton Mall: Of course, this was going to be on the list. Staying focused on the activities, such as the World Waterpark or Galaxyland, will drive the experience, rather than shopping or popping into the mall.

Telus World of Science: The hands-on exhibits drive a further purpose than an experience, but can ignite interest and learning, too.

Ice Castles: Although there may be no shortage of winter weather in Edmonton, making the most of this winter wonderland can be a great activity.

Muttart Conservatory: You can reserve this for warmer weather, however, the anticipation of this experience can keep the gift receiver have something to look forward to.

Staycation: You don’t have to leave the city to recharge. A staycation can be an economical way to take the family on vacation, rediscovering the city from a different perspective. Have the family pack their bags, rent out a room, and play tourist, like you would with any city you would visit for the first time.

Whatever you choose you to do, remember that giving the gift of experience, is very closely related to providing the gift of your time.

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