Christmas and beyond in downtown Edmonton means cooler temperatures, that’s for sure. But it doesn’t mean there’s any less to do in the frozen core. Concert venues are ramping up for Christmas and New Year’s festivities. And once that’s over January brings a raft of new opportunities for fun. Drink wine, paint a picture, enjoy one of many performances of Winterruption.
/// Nov. 27 – Dec. 8
The Citadel Theatre and the Downtown Business Association present the second annual Dickens Fest! Featuring the Pavilion of Lights, a holiday market, as well as holiday teas and dinners. And of course the Citadel has a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, until Dec. 23.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
/// Nov 30 – Dec 23
Don’t miss this new adaptation of a holiday favourite. Citadel Theatre 9828 101 A Ave
PAINT NITE AT THE PINT WITH ARTIST AMBER VERSTEEG
/// Every Saturday night
$40 gets you two hours of painting instruction. Please note prices do not include food, drink or gratuity. 10125 109 Street, Edmonton
SHORTBREAD COOKIE FUNDRAISER
/// Dec 1 – 14
Milk Crate and the Christmas Bureau are working together on this special fundraiser, with 100% from each Candy Cane Shortbread Cookie sold to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Order them by the dozen as a client gift, hostess gift, stocking stuffers, or just because… Main Floor Epcor Tower 10423 101 St
CHRISTMAS MUSIC AT NOON
/// Dec 4 and 11
McDougall Church’s free “Come Home to Christmas” concerts Dec. 4 and 11. The iconic downtown church provides musical artists–including Ron Long, Kimberly McMann, and A/B Trio–hot apple cider, cookies, and coffee from Starbucks. Bring your lunch. Donations support E4C’s School Lunch Program. Doors open at 11:45, music starts at–you guessed it–noon.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON
/// Dec 5 – 23
Visit the Alberta Legislature Dec. 5 at 4:45 p.m. for the annual light up of the spectacular display at the building and on the grounds. From then on, there are musical performances in the Legislature rotunda’s grand staircase. There are free hourly building tours weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5. Once it’s cold enough, there is public skating on the south grounds.
CREDO COFFEE AND JACEK CHOCOLATE
/// Dec 6
Chocolate and Coffee pairing – learn how chocolate is paired with single origin coffees and hand-blended teas. Tix $46, Credo’s 124 Street doors open for the event at 7:15 p.m. 10350 124 St NW
/// Dec 6 – 8
The holiday season isn’t complete without the full rendition of Handel’s Messiah at the Winspear. Sir Winston Churchill Square, Corner of 99 St & 102 Ave
PRINT AFFAIR: DÉJÀ VU
/// Dec 7
Snap Gallery’s biggest yearly fundraiser. It’s SNAP’s last bash on Jasper Ave. before they move to Queen Mary Park. Go for the art. Stay for the party.
YOGA IN THE GALLERY
/// Dec 9
Enjoy yoga in a calm gallery space amongst the art. Classes are suitable for all ages and stages. Discounts available for members. Tickets at youraga.ca
HANDS-ON MAKE AHEAD HOLIDAY TREATS
/// Dec 12
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Get a head start on some of your Christmas baking. This class features goodies that can be frozen or safely stored, like Earl Grey Thumbprint Cookies, Candy Cane Nanaimo Bars and Grandma’s Poppycock. 10035-105 Street, Main Level
/// Dec 13
This annual Francis Winspear Centre for Music/Christmas Bureau/The Breeze fundraiser brings singing to the masses with a lunch-hour carolling with admission is by cash donation. Sir Winston Churchill Square NW–Corner of 99 St & 102 Ave
THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS
/// Dec 13 – 15
ESO brings The Music of Star Wars, conducted by Bob Bernhardt, to the Winspear in mid December. Need a break from Christmas Music? This is your jam.
LIVE JAZZ AND BURLESQUE AT THE CANARY ROOM
/// Dec 27
Live Jazz by Keat Aaron and the Swells and a roving burlesque performances by Whisper Sisters Burlesque at The Crash Hotel Lobby. You can also purchase a 3-course dinner by chef Nathin Bye. Crash Hotel Lobby – 10266 103 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
MCDOUGALL CHURCH NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT
/// Dec 31
A free evening of music and entertainment in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. McDougall Church offers its facility at no cost and its volunteers ensure the evening runs smoothly. Pro tip: Head out the front doors to catch a glimpse of the fireworks at the Alberta Legislature at 9 p.m. (Yes, nine, don’t ask us why.) Featured are, Bill Bourne, Back Porch Swing, Braden Gates, and Celtara. 10025 101 St.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BLACK TIE AFFAIR
/// Dec 31
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Dinner, dance and hotel packages starting at $99. 10065 100 Street NW
EDMONTON DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
The market has moved into its new space in the historic GWG building at 97 Street and 103 Avenue. Currently the market runs Saturdays, but Sun- days are planned. Check the website. 10305 – 97 Street
NEW YEAR’S EVE CLUB CRAWL 2020
By Student Tours Canada. You don’t need to be a student. The evening starts at The Pint, 10125 109 St, and buses will squire you around the city. Purchase tickets here.
/// Jan 14 – Feb 18
Free classes at Mountain Equipment Coop., All levels: from beginner to experienced yogi. Tuesdays – 7-8:00 p.m. 11904 104 Ave.
/// Jan 23 – 26
Multiple Venues in and around the Core. Sites include Starlight, Temple, Downtown Comm. League, Cask and Barrel, Rocky Mountain Icehouse, and Abbey Glen Park at Jasper and 102 Ave. The lineup includes Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, Ezra Furman, No Age, Coleman Hell, Nuela Charles, Partner, Bully and Begonia and more. winterruptionyeg.com
/// Jan 29 – Feb 8
Grant MacEwan University presents Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, set during the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials and written against the backdrop of the 1950’s McCarthy-era communist scare. Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, 11110- 104 Ave
THE CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE
/// Feb 14
The main event in a series of Foundry Room sessions focusing on various chocolates and chocolate desserts guided by a local dessert chef. The Valentine’s Day events highlight is a Dessert Buffet featuring Silk and Slate Catering and Viva Dance Company’s “Sweet Nothings.”
/// Feb 14 – 15
Your ticket includes an all-inclusive sampling of hors d’oeuvres and wines from all over the world. Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave.
TRIVIA AND GAMES NIGHT
/// Feb 22, 5 p.m.
Robertson Wesley United Church hosts a night of church fun, including Bible Trivia, Name That Hymn, and Hidden Secrets of the Church. An all-ages event featuring complimentary root beer floats. 10209 123 St.