Christmas House in St Paul

Christmas House in St Paul

Two hours northeast of Edmonton, Don Mudryk has lit up the night at his home in St Paul. On his property sits several hand-crafted wonders, including a carousel, ferris wheel, and a steam train. He began only 5 years ago, making a nativity scene out of Christmas lights, then the rest, like Rudolph, is history. Here’s an interview with Don Mudryk on on-of-a-kind his Christmas house. The location of this house is embedded in the map. To…

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Leduc Country Lights Christmas House

Leduc Country Lights Christmas House

Leduc Country Lights is the biggest outdoor light up event in the Edmonton region outside the Alberta Legislature grounds. It’s bigger than ever this year both donations to the Leduc Food Bank and visitors are up. Truly the ultimate winter wonderland. Please obey signs and stay on designated paths to keep this tradition going! To get here, head West at Leduc Common (Exit 517) from QE2, turn left on Range Road 260. Keep driving til…

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Over 600 Displays at Nativity Show

Over 600 Displays at Nativity Show

The 20th annual Nativity Show at West End Christian Reformed Church runs from Thursday, December 14-16. Thursday and Friday hours are 6pm-9pm, Saturday hours are 3pm-9pm. The church, located on the North end of Candy Cane Lane, has stayed humble to its roots and spends next to nothing on advertising. Instead they have relied on word of mouth, a handful of posters, and repeat visitors like me to continue their unique Christmas tradition. This year, there…

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Sand & Art Converge This Weekend

Sand & Art Converge This Weekend

The 5th year of Sand On Whyte is back in Old Strathcona, and this final weekend, you’ll also have the pleasure of strolling down the street with hundreds of local art vendors. Sand On Whyte 2017 celebrates Canada 150 with not only Canadian features, but sand carvings depicting stories connected to Old Strathcona itself. Alex Decoteau and Anthony Henday are only a couple of the personalities you’ll find at the event this year, which opened…

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Touring the Full House Lottery Dream Home

Touring the Full House Lottery Dream Home

The Full House Lottery campaign is back for an exciting run this year, with over $5.1 million in prizes. The proceeds support both the Royal Alex Hospital Foundation for their PET Scanner, and the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation for their stroke ambulance. Together, the hospitals support 1.6 million patients annually. Seeing the Stroke Ambulance in person during the Festival of Trees, I know the the projects being funded will have a lasting legacy well…

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Touring the Law Courts

Touring the Law Courts

On Law Day April 22, 2017, visitors get to have a tour of the court rooms, get locked up in a paddy wagon, take selfies behind bars, and ask legal questions to experts face to face. Exhibitors will also be there for further learning and information. If you received a traffic ticket, get tips and pointers on how to proceed, whether to save money or to fight your ticket. There’s activities for all ages and items…

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Silver Skate Festival

Silver Skate Festival

The Silver Skate Festival has been a hidden gem in the city for years, and thanks to social media, this event finally receives the attention it deserves. Even in winter city, it’s hard to have an annual winter event last 27 years. In fact, it is the oldest running winter festival in the city. No other winter festival in Edmonton brings together drama, art, sports, fire, ice, and fun like Silver Skate. The 2017 festival…

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Ice On Whyte Festival Back for Canada 150

Ice On Whyte Festival Back for Canada 150

Ice On Whyte is Edmonton’s premier winter festival and hosts the only International Ice Carving Competition in the city. This year, the competition was moved up a day so that visitors can enjoy completed sculptures both Saturday and Sunday. Instead of completing Saturday at noon, competitions on both weekends will be completed Saturday at noon. After last year’s successful change in days of operation opening Thursdays through Sundays, the Ice On Whyte Festival returns this…

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Lunar New Year & Fireworks At Muttart Conservatory

Lunar New Year & Fireworks At Muttart Conservatory

For at least the last three years, the Muttart Conservatory has opened their Lunar New Year show with a bang – literally. A fireworks show along with a day full of performances welcomed in the New Year. The exhibit itself was grand, with countless red lanterns lighting up the dark long evenings of Edmonton winters. The 2017 celebration of Year of the Rooster at Muttart Conservatory will be on February 4, 2017 from 4-8pm. Fireworks will…

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Deep Freeze Winter Festival

Deep Freeze Winter Festival

One of Edmonton’s newer winter festivals, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, is certainly one which will warm you to the Byzantine quite quickly. Here’s a video recap of the earliest Edmonton winter festival on the calendar year. It returns to Alberta Avenue January 14 – 15, 2017. 118th Ave will be closed from 90st to 94st for the duration of the festival. Here’s a map and a schedule of events.

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