What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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What To Do With Kids This Weekend in Edmonton | December 19 - 21, 2014

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The Muppet Christmas Carol
Dickens’ classic holiday  is re-enacted into  a charming as puppeteered rendition, thanks largely to the “Muppetian jollity” (Roger Ebert) Kermit (as Bob Cratchit), Miss Piggy (as Mrs. Cratchit) and their friends bring to the rather sombre tale. With rousing songs and a good dose of humour, this is a Christmas Carol even a dour Victorian would enjoy.
Where: Garneau Theatre. Free admission for children 12 and under!
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014. 2pm.


We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
JUNO winner Meaghan Smith joins the ESO for holiday hits old and new, like Silver Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Baby It’s Cold Outside and more. It'll be a holiday extravaganza the whole family will enjoy.
Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre
 Sunday, December 21, 2014. 2pm.


Whyte Christmas Sleigh Ride Shuttle
 Enjoy a little festive shopping with a sleigh ride along Whyte Avenue. Get on and off at the multiple stop locations throughout Old Strathcona. Donations support the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.
Where: Old Strathcona
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014. 1-5pm.


Edmonton Singing Tree
What: Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder! Imagine a stage adorned with thousands of glimmering lights, filled with 150 heart-felt singers, and all accompanied by a live orchestra. Proceeds go to charities that support local children. 
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Sunday, December 21, 2014


Candy Cane Lane 
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
 Please bring a food bank donation.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 

When: Friday, December 12 – January 4, 2014.



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | December 12 - 14, 2014


Seasons Greetings! It's a tremendously busy weekend for family-friendly Christmas events in the Edmonton region. The hard part will be choosing what to do. Here are a few suggestions. Feel free to add more in the comments below!


Candy Cane Lane
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
 Please bring a food bank donation.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 

When: Friday, December 12 – January 4, 2014.


What: All six ensembles in the Kokopelli Choir Association—from the youngest to the oldest—will perform a joy-filled winter concert celebrating holidays around the world.
McDougall United Church, 10025 101 Street
Saturday, December 13, 2014. 2pm and 7pm concerts.


Santa Photos & Hay Rides
What: Pop by for a free hay ride, cookie decorating, colouring and a photo with Santa (fee).
The Marketplace at Callingwood, 6650-177 Street
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11am – 4pm


The Nutcracker
What: The holiday classic returns to Edmonton this weekend. Go an hour early for the Sugar Plum Party where girls and boys can play dress-up with costumes from the Nutcracker, make a craft and listen to the story before seeing the ballet.
Where: Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium
Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14, 2014.


Festival of Lights Family Fun Night
A spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo! There will be winter crafts, ice skating, fire dancers, airbrushed tattoos, and a visit from Santa.
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road. Admission $5
Saturday, December 13, 2014. 5 – 9pm.


North Pole Christmas
What: Get in the Christmas spirit with special activities in the pyramids including a seasonal craft, face painting, and Christmas cactus. Enjoy live music, see the Polar Christmas pyramid with a polar bear made of carnation flowers and pick up Muttart Conservatory grown poinsettia.
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
Sunday, December 14, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


On The Spot Pop-Up
What: A perfect place to find locally made art and crafts for gifts. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Where: Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
When: December 14. 10am – 4pm.


A Prairie Christmas
A tremendous amount of Christmas fun on the farm. Crafts, hayride with Santa, stories, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, caroling, animal encounters and more.
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014.



Christmas Craft Fair Roundup 2014

November 28 - 30, 2014 

Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair
What: Edmonton's favourite indie art and craft fair is back featuring all amazing Edmonton-based vendors! Two rooms of toys, art, apparel, music, zines, plants, woodworking, wood working and jewelry.
Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd (Just North of the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market), Edmonton
When: November 28- 30 AND December 5 -7. Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 11-5pm

Admission: $2, children free

Fort Saskatchewan Christmas Marketplace
What: Artists, authors, pottery, wood working, jewelry and more. Meet Santa Friday from 3pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Where: Dow Center, 8700 - 84 Street (in the soccer field), Fort Saskatchewan
When: Friday November 28, 2pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
Admission: $2, children under 12 free


Just Christmas
What: This festive pop-up market features charitable and not-for-profit vendors selling ethically-sourced quality art, crafts, food and other goods from all around the world. Live entertainment and free parking.
Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 
9210 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0N2
When: November 29, 5:30-9pm and November 30, 9:30am – 4pm. 
Admission: By donation.


Silver Bells Winter Market
Over 85 exhibitors and a visit from Santa (2pm – 4pm)
Where: 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta
When: November 29, 2014. 10am – 5pm
Admission: Donation to the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch.


Crafters Christmas Sale
Seasonal handmade crafts from the bounty of the Garden! Wreaths, centerpieces, dried floral arrangements, potpourri, candles, cards, unique gifts, cookbooks and much more. Products are handmade by members of the Devonian Botanic Garden’s Crafters Association.
Devonian Botanic Garden, Hwy 60 – 5km north of Devon.
November 28, 1 – 4pm. November 29, 10am – 4pm. November 30, 1 – 4pm.
No admission to attend the sale.


Waldorf Winter Fair
Great hand-crafted and homemade items from local vendors. Additional children’s activities include Storytelling Woodland, Candle-Dipping, Handcrafts, Fishing Hole, Crystally Cookie Cave and Maple-Taffy Making. ($2 each)
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton, 7114-98 Street, Edmonton.
Saturday, November 29. 12 – 4pm.
$4 per adult.


Santa's Little Helpers Christmas Shopping Extravagana
140 vendors on display - there is something for everyone - home décor, gourmet food, baby/children's products, beauty products, clothing, kitchenware, jewelry and accessories.
River Cree Resort and Casino Marriott Hotel Ballrooms
Sunday, November 30. 10am – 4pm.
$2. 50% of proceeds goes to the Christmas Bureau


December 5 – 7, 2014

On The Spot Pop-Up
Locally made art and craft show that is juried. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
December 6 – 7, 2014. 10am – 4pm.
Free admission.


Christmas Artist & Craft Market and Workshops
Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts features crafts and artwork plus sign up in advance for workshops for torte making, card making, wheat weaving, and sviat vechir.
St. John's Cultural Centre, 10611 110 Avenue.
Saturday, December 6, 2014. 10am – 4:30pm.


Butterdome Craft Sale
What: Over 240 of Canada's best artists, artisans and designers, all together for four days only, in one festive marketplace.
University of Alberta Butterdome, 87 Avenue and 114 Street.
December 4 - 7, Thursday and Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (65+) $5, Youths (13-17) $5, Children 12 and under free 


December 13-14, 2014

On The Spot Pop-Up
Locally made art and craft show that is juried. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
December 14. 10am – 4pm.
Free admission.


Which craft and art shows have I missed? Please add them below. Happy shopping and thanks for supporting local crafters, artisans and entrepreneurs. 


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | November 14 - 16, 2014

Photo by Elizabeth Pfaff via flickr

With the snow and the Christmas lights up downtown it’s definitely feeling more like Christmas. This weekend marks the start of all the holiday events – arrival of Santa, light-ups, craft shows. 


Christmas on the Square Holiday Lightup
Live music, carolers, balloon artists and at 6:30pm Santa waves the magic wand to light up the giant spruce tree. A fantastic fireworks display follows. Bring a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank to help fellow families.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
November 15, 4:00–7:00pm


Books 2 Buy
What: Cuddle up with a Book! Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1. Cash only.
Where: Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. 
When: Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16, 2014.


Reel Family Cinema: Ratatouille
In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
CommonSense Media rates
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street.
Saturday November 15 at 2:00PM


BMO All Day Sunday: Stamp it!
What: Special activities for kids that are inspired by the AGA’s current printmaking exhibit 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta.  Explore the galleries then try your hand at print making with various materials. All activities are included with regular admission to the AGA
Art Gallery of Alberta, 100 Street and 102 Avenue
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


Santa Claus is coming to town!
The big guy arrives at three local malls this weekend, with more mall locations following next week. 

Kingsway Mall - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 11am.

Southgate Centre - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 11:30am

West Edmonton Mall - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 10am


Shop local delights and hand crafted gifts 



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | November 8 - 9, 2014

Photo by Rebecca Sims via flckr 

Rutherford House Remembers
What: Rutherford House is recognizing women’s experience during World War I who remained at home in Edmonton. See what went into oversea care packages, what type of socks were knitted for troops, read letters from war time, and even sample a war budget meal.
Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
When: Sunday, November 9, 2014. 12pm – 4pm.


Mom to Mom Shop and Swap
What: Fun for both parents and kids. 200 vendors in the pregnancy, baby, child and family sectors including swap tables, selling pre-loved children’s clothing and items. Plus a kiddy corner with bouncy castles, face painting, and free photos with Santa.
Admission: $5. Proceeds go to WeeHelp Foundation.
Where: University of Alberta, Butterdome 115 Street and 89 Avenue.
When: Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, 2014. 10am – 3pm. 

Tip: Go early to get one of the swag bags and wear babies to make it easier to get around.


Canadian Finals Rodeo
What: The most hardcore cowboys, cowgirls & animals of professional rodeo ride into Edmonton.
Where: Rexall Place, 7515-118 Avenue
When: November 6 – 9, 2014.


Farm Fair International
What: Go country. Be entertained and educated with heavy horse pulls, breed shows, a large market place and a Kids Country area. Saturday is also the 4-H Day.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515-116 Avenue
When: November 5 – 9, 2014.      


Preschool Picasso
Preschool Picasso offers creative art-making experiences in an art studio setting for children aged 3 - 5. This Saturday’s class is “Floral Art Fun” where kids will make a unique vase and flowers out of a wide variety of fabulous and fun materials. Register in advance.  Cost $10.
Where: Art Gallery of St Albert - 19 Perron St, St. Albert 
When:  Saturday, November 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am