Who doesn’t love a great Christmas lights display? We’ve put together our comprehensive list of the region’s best holiday lights and festivals. We have a mix of driving, walking and sleigh ride experiences and even a couple of festivals to choose from! So, grab your family, a cup of cocoa, put on your winter gear and hit up one the amazing displays to get yourself immersed in the holiday spirit.
Lighting Up Our Neighbourhoods…
- CP Holiday Train – Josephburg [December 10] This is a FREE event, with a heart-healthy donation to the Food Bank. The CP Holiday Train is set to stop at the Moyer Recreational Centre in Josephburg with Alberta’s very own Terri Clark, along with Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble. They will be putting on a performance, all in support of the food bank.
- Festival Place – Sherwood Park [November 17 – January] This is FREE to do, just wander through the grounds at your leisure and enjoy the lights.
- Fort Saskatchewan Enchanted Forest [November 23 – January 7]. This is a FREE event. This is the 15th annual, Enchanted Forest, a perfect alternative if you prefer indoor events! Local businesses create unique Christmas trees with their special touch.
- Lights on Highway 14 – Strathcona County [seasonal] This is FREE. Just outside of Sherwood Park on Highway 14 (just east of Highway 21) homeowners on a private acreage residence light up their property for everyone driving by to enjoy. It’s a stunning display of lights.
- Strathcona County Christmas Lights [Facebook Group] – This is a group that lists all the great spots around the County to view some beautiful Christmas displays.
Willing to Venture Further? Here are our Fav Edmonton Area Displays…
- Bright Lights Christmas Festival – Edmonton [December 8, 5 – 8 pm] This is a FREE event. Featuring music, entertainment, crafts, food and horse-drawn wagon rides to view the lights around the property.
- Candy Cane Lane – Edmonton [December 7 – January 1] This is a FREE event with a donation to the food bank. This is a beloved Edmonton classic! Candy Cane was established in 1968, so this marks their 50th Anniversary of volunteerism! You can walk, drive or take a sleigh ride, but to best experience the event in the proper holiday spirit, it is recommended that you walk or take the sleigh. Sleigh rides are 45 minutes, $17/person and can be booked through the website. Private sleighs can be booked for groups of 22 people.
- Central Park – Spruce Grove The City of Spruce Grove sets up 150,000 glowing lights in Central Park. There is also a skating oval, community firepit and free wi-fi.
- Christmas at Bob’s – Edmonton [December 1 – January 7] This is FREE to walk through. One local fellow lovingly creates a massive display in Old Strathcona, year after year, complete with its own soundtrack and tunnel of lights.
- Edmonton Area Christmas Lights [Facebook Page] – Edmonton This is a Facebook page that shares all the great holiday displays around the city.
- ETS Holiday Lights Tour – Edmonton [December 14 – 16] Tickets are $5 and donations to the Food Bank are encouraged. Tickets should be pre-purchased. Tour of the legislative grounds and Candy Cane Lane.
- Glow – St. Albert [November 22 – January 19] $25 adult / $19 child. Glow is new – it just started up last year in Vancouver to rave reviews! It’s not the cheapest lights display, but in addition to the 500,000 lights and beautiful musical light tunnel, it is a whole indoor festival with something for the whole family.
- Leduc Country Lights – Leduc [November 30 – December 30]. This is a FREE event with a donation to the Food Bank. Sadly, this is the last year of operation for this family favourite. There will be fireworks on Dec 30 for their last day of operation.
- Legislative Grounds – Edmonton [December 1 – January 31] This is a FREE event. The grounds are lit up and Celebrate the Season features free musical performances in the rotunda daily for three weeks in December.
- Luminaria at the Devonian Gardens – Devon [SOLD OUT for 2018 season] Keep it on your list for 2019! It is fantastic and has sold out early for the past couple of years.
- Magic of Lights at Castrol Raceway – Nisku [November 16 – January 6] $25/Carload or $20/person for hayride, includes VIP parking & hot chocolate. Private bookings for hayrides are available.
- Muttart Conservatory – Edmonton [Phone to confirm dates & times] Adults $12.50/ Children $6.50 / Family $37. Light Walk is a variety of light installations that turns one of the pyramids into a magical winter wonderland. Adults only on Wednesday nights and Thursdays are family friendly. Santa’s workshop & photos with Santa on December 4 & 6; Holly Jolly Christmas; Christmas Market and Christmas concerts are all offered through the holidays – check their website events page for more details.
- Williams Winter Wonderland – Gibbons [December 1 – January 1] This is a FREE event – an acreage just outside Gibbons that decorates for a magical display for the public to wander through.
- Winter Wagon Nights – Edmonton [December 20 – December 29] $10/person at Fort Edmonton Park – enjoy a wagon ride while enjoying the glowing lights, free hot chocolate and winter bonfire. Adult beverages, fresh cinnamon buns and shopping will also be available.
- Winter Whyte – Edmonton [November 15 – January] Various events on Whyte Avenue through the holidays, but the whole avenue lights up and they introduce sleigh rides through December.
- Zoominescence at the Valley Zoo – Edmonton [Weekends in December] Adults $8.50 / kids $6. In addition to the spectacular installation of light exhibits, Zoominescence features skating around the pond, and ice slide, art installations and fire dancers. Intended to be a fundraiser for the zoo, prices are affordable for the whole family.
Are we missing any of your favourites? Please share in the comments below!
Merry Christmas, everyone.
xo – Jenny from the blog