Edmonton: holiday activities on a budget ⛄

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.


  1. Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta: animation workshops on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons until December 19
  2. Paint some ceramics at Crankpots: 2 for 1 mug nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 -9pm.
  3. Elk Island National Park: take advantage of the last couple weeks of free Parks Passes.
  4. 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.
  5. Garneau Theatre or Princess Theatre: catch a holiday film at one of Edmonton’s vintage cinemas, both offer student rates.
  6. Ice Castles at Hawrelak Park: tix are cheaper from Monday-Thursday, or online.
  7. Neon Sign Museum on 104 St and 104 Ave: a cheaper version of Vegas, maybe.
  8. Vegetarian Christmas buffet at Padmanadi on December 15 and December 22.
  9. Rapid Fire Theatre’s Christmas special improv show: “Scrooge & Friends,” December 16.
  10. Make your own watercolour Christmas cards at The Carrot cafe on December 18
  11. Christmas Reflections: celebrate Christmas vintage-style at Fort Edmonton Park from December 16 – 22.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Yule Ave: enjoy a variety of Christmas activities and bring clothing donations for Yule Ave’s Giving Tree
  15. Holiday Markets:



Sherwood Park:

St. Albert:


16. Secret Santa 🎁 with a sustainable and creative twist: $6 price limit! Some ideas: decorate your own mugs, make a cute hot chocolate set, recycled sweater mittens, craft some recycled coasters.

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,
Anika Wong,
Freya H-T.

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