Work hard, play hard. We made it. Now’s the time to reward yourself…without emptying your pockets. Our gift to you is a list of 24 budget-friendly activities to do in Edmonton this holiday season! With a hint of sustainability, of course.
- Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta: animation workshops on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons until December 19
- Paint some ceramics at Crankpots: 2 for 1 mug nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 -9pm.
- Elk Island National Park: take advantage of the last couple weeks of free Parks Passes.
- ETS Christmas Lights Tour: Tour the Legislature, Candy Cane Lane, and City Hall/Churchill Square, proceeds go to the Donate A Ride program. (Or get yourself there for free🚶) Bring Food Bank donations to Candy Cane Lane.
- Garneau Theatre or Princess Theatre: catch a holiday film at one of Edmonton’s vintage cinemas, both offer student rates.
- Ice Castles at Hawrelak Park: tix are cheaper from Monday-Thursday, or online.
- Neon Sign Museum on 104 St and 104 Ave: a cheaper version of Vegas, maybe.
- Vegetarian Christmas buffet at Padmanadi on December 15 and December 22.
- Rapid Fire Theatre’s Christmas special improv show: “Scrooge & Friends,” December 16.
- Make your own watercolour Christmas cards at The Carrot cafe on December 18
- Christmas Reflections: celebrate Christmas vintage-style at Fort Edmonton Park from December 16 – 22.
- Student Design Association Built Pop Up Shop: shop local at Kingsway Mall until December 22, products created by UAlberta art and design students and alumni.
- Winter SOULstice Party: celebrate the longest night of the year at the by skating at the Victoria Park IceWay during its grand opening on December 21
- Yule Ave: enjoy a variety of Christmas activities and bring clothing donations for Yule Ave’s Giving Tree
- Holiday Markets:
- Southeast (Capilano) Farmers’ Market – every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM
- City Market Downtown at City Hall – every Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM
- Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Edmonton Food Bank
- Hosting a Gingerbread House Workshop on Dec. 16th
- French Quarter Farmers’ Market – every Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM
- Holding a Christmas Bazaar Night Market on December 15th from 4 to 8 PM
- Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market – every Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM
- Collecting new and gently used warm winter adult clothing for Santa YEG until January 31
- Westmount Farmers’ Market – every Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM
- Located at 12720 111 Ave
- Salisbury Farmers’ Market – every Thursday from 4 to 7:30 PM
- Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Strathcona Food Bank
- Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market – every Wednesday from from 4 to 8 PM
- Rudolph’s Shopping Extravaganza – December 16 & 17 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM
- Admission is free with a toy or non-perishable food donation in support of the Kinsmen St. Albert Christmas Hamper Program – or $2 otherwise
- St. Albert Christmas Market – December 16 from 10 AM to 3 PM
17. “Tuesday Night 6’s @ 6″: 🏂 lift tix, rentals, and meals are only $6 each at Rabbit Hill every every Tuesday night (excluding Boxing Day!) from 6-9pm.
18. “Food Bank Fridays”: 🏂 $10 lift tix and $15 rentals at Snow Valley every Friday from 3-9pm if you bring a Food Bank donation.
19. “6:30 Shred”: 🏂 Every Monday-Thursday from 6:30-9pm Snow Valley SHREDS their lift tix price down to $10.
20. Tobogganing: Edmonton maintains free toboggan hills at Emily Murphy Park, Gallagher Park, Government House Park, Rundle Park – ACT Hill, Rundle Park – Walton’s Mountain, Whitemud Park North. View hill conditions here.
21. Skating: Edmonton maintains free public skating rinks at: Castle Downs Park, City Hall, Hawrelak Park, Jackie Parker Park, Victoria Park Oval. Some locations offer cheap skate rentals!
22. Santas Anonymous: volunteer as an individual or group to wrap, sort, or deliver Christmas presents to children of families in need.
23. Christmas Bureau: volunteer at donation desks to help raise money to deliver Christmas dinner for Edmontonians in need.
24. Boyle Street: volunteer your idle hands in the Boyle Street kitchen…they are providing a free Christmas Dinner for families in need on December 25 from 4-7pm.
Happy Holidays from the Blog Team, and we’ll see you again in January!
By Mariem Oloroso,