A brand new year in Edmonton comes with brand new opportunities, dreams, and resolutions. Not to mention amazing events! So if you’re dreading to hit the gym like you told yourself you would, maybe step outside and hit up these great festivals instead!
… And then go to the gym, you procrastinator.
When: January 1st at 1 pm
Location: Fort Edmonton Park at the Hotel Selkirk
Kick off 2015 with friends and family at the historic Hotel Selkirk. Have a delicious meal courtesy of Culinary Director Jasmin Kobajica, who has created an outstanding menu featuring brunch staples including classics such as a carving station and a chocolate fountain! After your meal, feel free to explore the park! Ticket prices range from $18.95 to $39.95. Children under 2 receive free admission. Click here for further details!
Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival
When: January 10th – 11th
Location: Between 90 – 94 Street on 118 Ave
Come to the 8th annual Deep Freeze celebrating the Ukrainian/Russian “Olde New Year!” This year will feature the Return of the Vikings Party, as well as many outdoor events such as the Chisel and Chainsaw Ice Carving Competition, Olde Tyme Curling, and Horse and Wagon rides. If you’re looking for a little excitement, there will be the Street Hockey Tournament and the Deep Freezer Race! If the cold is too much, step inside for the Art Gallery Show and Sale. This will include three Art Galleries: Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (9225 – 118 Ave), The Carrot (9351 – 118 Ave), and The Studio (11739 – 94 Street). Not only that, but the Artisan Village and Market, located in the Anglican Parishes of St. Faith’s and St. Stephen the Martyr (11725 – 93 St), has an incredible selection of local hand-crafted products! The festival is free however donation tubes will be on site. For more information visit this page.
Edmonton MS Whiskey Festival
When: January 14th at 7 – 10 pm
Location: Edmonton Delta South
Enjoy a lovely evening of Whiskey tasting, music, and art in support of the MS Society of Canada, Alberta Division. Not only will you support those affected by multiple sclerosis, but you’ll indulge in a night of whiskies from around the world with the opportunity to speak directly with distillery representatives. Funds raised during the event will go directly to funding research dedicated to finding a cure and to services for those affected by MS. Tickets will be $85 and are available for purchase at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (2331 Rabbit Hill Road NW) or online right here!
Ice on Whyte
When: January 23rd – February 1st
Location: Gateway Blvd & Tommy Banks Way
Celebrate the 12th annual Ice on Whyte Festival! With over 500 blocks of ice, there’ll be plenty of the frozen stuff! Take in amazing ice sculptures, carving classes, and the ATCO Gas International Ice Carving Competition featuring professional and novice artists from around the world. There will be plenty of music, crafts, movies, and face painting for the whole family. To beat the cold, there will be hot chocolate and s’mores. And, of course, being in Old Strathcona means access to over 100 destinations for delectable delights! Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children 2-12, and free admission for children 2 and under. Purchase at the gate or online. Visit this site for details.
Green & Glow Winterfest
When: January 29th – 31st
Location: University of Alberta Quad, 116 St & 85 Ave
Bear witness to a winter spectacle like no other as the University of Alberta’s Alumni launches their 100th Anniversary celebration with this festival! Enjoy not only live music and performances, but a lantern parade, pyrotechnics, tons of hot chocolate, and an ice bar, too. But it doesn’t end there! Events like the Snow Pants Party, Snow Day, Light up the Night, and Cool Science featuring Daily Planet host Dan Riskin are sure to mix science and winter for an explosive good time! Events are free, but please click here for more info!
Have a lovely January, Edmonton! May your resolutions live to see February and beyond.