I think the north end sometimes gets a bad rap, often overlooked as the vibrant, diverse, family friendly hub that it is. I am not ashamed to say that I was born and raised in north Edmonton and I could not be more proud. Part of that upbringing including a deeply entrenched love of all things Christmas, so as Baby Paisley and I were putting out some decorations I decided to put together a list of a few holiday events happening in and around our beautiful borough.
January 9 & 10, 2016
Where: 118 Avenue from 90-94 street
If snow sculptures, frozen maple syrup and deep freezer races are your thing you have to check out the Deep Freeze Byzantine winter festival along Alberta Avenue. It’s a little bit past the official holiday season by still definitely worth checking out. It’s a family friendly event that celebrates all things winter.
November 20-22 & December 11-13
Where: The Root Seller 16735 Zaychuck Rd.
Two more weekends left for this crafty market. The Root Seller is opening it’s greenhouse to host an array of vendors. From sweet treats to one-of-a-kind handmade gifts this market truly has it all.
December 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Castle Downs YMCA 11510 -153 Avenue
Might need to arrive early to snag your parking spot for this one! On December 5 families will come together for the 16th annual Castle Downs YMCA Christmas Craft Fair. The all day event includes music, breakfast with Santa and of course a whole host of craft vendors.
On until December 20th - Thurs. 10-9 Fri-Sat 10-5
Where: 10914 105 Avenue
Now I wouldn’t say this market is really in the heart of north Edmonton, but it is just north of Downtown and it’s definitely worth the 15 minute drive to get there. When you walk in the door the beautiful twinkling light and whimsical Christmas garden design over takes you. The space is run by local designer Cory Christopher and is great for unique gifts and holiday design inspiration.
November 26 – December 6
Where: Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street – St. Albert
This is a St. Albert Children’s Theatre presentation of a play adapted from The 1988 Hollywood hit Big. I always enjoy a trip to the theatre, especially during the holidays. I can’t wait until Paisley is old enough to know what the heck is going on, on stage.
Where: 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
This last mention is definitely day trip worthy. Best known for it’s colourful pumpkin festival, Prairie Gardens opens it’s gates one again to celebrate the holidays with hay rides, gingerbread cookie decorating, a lively bonfire and much more. Prairie Gardens is located 25 km north of Edmonton in Bon Accord.
I know there will be many more north end holiday events popping up throughout the season but these are just a few I believe are definitely worth braving the Alberta weather for!