If a white Christmas is what you find yourself dreaming of, then there’s no better place to be than Edmonton, AB. Here are a few ways to have the most delightful Christmas in Edmonton.
One of the most beautiful ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by giving back to deserving individuals in need. The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, operating since 1940, strives toward its yearly mission to provide meals to Edmontonian's in need around the holidays and offers a number of ways for residents and visitors of the city to get involved in this common goal.
They organize several events during the winter such as auctions, craft markets, breakfasts and sing-alongs, which all have a charitable outcome. These fundraisers raise money to supply delicious meals, and provide fun ways to get involved in supporting the greater good.
If you’d like to be more hands-on in spreading holiday cheer, you can apply to be a volunteer to support the organization’s operations and events. If you want to give but are short on time, they also warmly accept any and all donations to support the cause.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Living in Alberta is truly like living in a winter wonderland around Christmas time. There’s no better way to get the full holiday experience than to chill your nose with the cold and brave the great outdoors, taking in the refreshing scent of snow and pine trees and keeping warm with a piping hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Luckily, in Edmonton, there are endless ways to enjoy the real-life snow globe landscape.
As the Christmas season approaches, it’s important to pick out just the right tree to decorate and lay presents under. Instead of heading out to your local home store to pick your tree out, take a trip to one of the many local Christmas tree farms for a true sight to behold. Fir Ever Green Tree Farm is a great option, just down the road in Falun, Alberta. Here, you can choose your own tree for them to cut down from the farm. They also have hot chocolate and cookies for the kids (or the kid in you!), and a warm log cabin to cozy up in. They even offer sleigh rides on certain weekends!
If you’ve got your tree but aren’t done with the outdoors yet, claim your inner snow bunny and hit the slopes—the toboggan slopes, that is. Edmonton has seven different hills that are maintained to be ready for your sledding pleasure during the whole season.
Look at the Lights
Edmonton has so many light displays, you can see a new one every week if you plan it right. There’s something about the twinkly shows that instill Christmas joy into even the coldest of hearts, bringing upon urges to shout carols and suck on candy canes.
The CP Holiday Train runs throughout Canada, with the purpose of collecting food bank items. It just so happens to be decked out in illustrious LED lights, and is a sight not to be missed. Pack a bag of canned goods and head out to the South of Edmonton CP Station while the train is stopped to both get a good look at the holiday lights and help others.
An entire light experience, Luminaria is a great outing for the whole family. For a small fee, you can stroll through lit-up pathways through the Devonian Botanic Garden, feast your eyes upon glistening ice sculptures, sip cider and listen to the sweet sounds of holiday singers.