Edmonton & Area Events

December Events

  1. Holiday Magic
    Date and Time: MONDAY, DEC 4, 2017, 10AM – 2PM
    Location: City Hall
    City / Town: Edmonton
    Event Venue: City Hall
    Description: Ring in the holiday season at City Hall with delightful performances by school choirs from across Edmonton:
    Cost: FREE
  2. Family Films at the Library
    Date and Time: MONDAY, DEC 4, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30PM
    Location: Lois Hole (Callingwood)
    Event Venue: Edmonton Public Library
    Cost: Free
    Description: EPL has a great selection of children’s films for the entire family. Join us for a family fun movie. We will be showing JURASSIC PARK. Please note this film is rated PG.
  3. Christmas Bird Count – for Kids and Beginners
    Date and Time: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST
    Location: John Janzen Nature Centre, 7000 143 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7
    Description: Just by paying for admission to the nature center, The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for Kids and Beginners is a fun birdwatching event that engages families and the greater community in real Citizen Science! After some quick introductions and a birding workshop, the feeder watchers will start rotating through their stations. Over the two hour birding period, you may go on a birding hike, as well. Warm up with some hot chocolate along the way! After the count tally, it is time for nature-ful prizes!
    Contact Info: Facebook:
    Phone (for just this event): (780) 442-6589
    Phone (for all other JJNC inquiries): (780) 442-5311
  4. Christmas Artisan Market
    DATE AND TIME: Sun, 10 December 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST
    LOCATION: Yellowhead Inn, Edmonton, AB T5V 1A1
    DESCRIPTION: There is something for everyone at our Christmas Artisan Market. Join us for family-friendly activities and a little bit of shopping for a good cause. The Market will feature crafts handmade by local artists with autism. Browse canvas art, photographs, jewelry, soft knits, handmade pottery and much more to find unique Christmas gifts and support the work and entrepreneurial aspirations of people on the spectrum. Besides shopping, there will be plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy, including a playground with a bouncy castle, photo booth, mini café for attendees to mingle and door prizes. This event is FREE and open to ALL AGES! Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
  5. The Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) 2017 at ATB Financial Arts Barn Studio Theatre
    Date and time: Fri. Dec. 15 @ 10:30am
    Fri. Dec. 15 @ 12:30 pm
    Sat. Dec. 16 @ 10:30am
    Sat. Dec. 16 @ 12:30 pm
    Description: Nutcracker in a Nutshell takes children through the classic ballet The Nutcracker in just 30 minutes. Set to Tchaikovsky’s music, The Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and all her friends make an appearance. Make Christmas crafts before the show. Waltz of the flowers interactive character dance and creativity workshop follow the performance. Nutcracker in a Nutshell is part of Soulocentric’s Bach Tots program which choreographs performances specifically for children ages 0-6 and introduces them to classical and contemporary dance, visual storytelling, music and the performing arts through short live performances. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the performance for pre-show crafts. This show is recommended for children aged 0-6, but enjoyable for all ages, and all are welcome! Visit us at to see photos and videos of the show.
    Cost: $13.50
  6. Edmonton Christmas 2017
    DATE AND TIME: Fri, December 8, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM MST
    LOCATION: SPA For Life!, 2821 109 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6B7
    DESCRIPTION: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is an event you won’t want to miss! This fun-filled evening brings to life the amazing message of Christmas. Featuring drama, music, and multimedia, this all-ages production is an exciting showcase of the Christmas Season! Following each evening performance is a stand-up reception featuring homemade Christmas baking and warm apple cider. Get your FREE tickets here, or check out more information at
  7. Kids Ornament Painting Sessions – 2 ornaments for $20
    DATE AND TIME: Sun, 10 December 2017, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MST
    LOCATION: Crankpots Ceramic Studio, 10702 82 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6E 6P4
    DESCRIPTION: Bring in the kids to paint 2 christmas oraments of their choice at Crankpots Kids Ornament Painting Session. Perfect to keep as keepsakes, or to give as gifts to family and friends. Please select your start time, 5pm, 6pm or 7pm for this 1 hour activity. Only $20 / child for 2 ornaments, (which is equivalent to buying 1 and getting 1 for free at regular pricing!) Includes choice of ornaments, paints of any colour and glazing and firing. You’re welcome to stay and help your children paint, and children over 10 have the option to paint while you hit Whyte Ave and get some Christmas shopping done (or go for coffee and relax. Please note that the $20 is for one child painting 2 ornaments, rather than 2 children painting one each. You may purchase this deal as many times as your wish for this night, for example if your child would like to make 6 ornaments to give as Christmas gifts, the price would be $60. We will fire the finished pieces in our kilns, and they will be ready for pickup approximately 7 days after the class. The painting session takes place at: Crankpots Ceramic Studio, 10702-82 Avenue (Whyte Ave), Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6E 6P4. If you have any questions, please call Crankpots Ceramic Studio at 780-414-1005.
    DATE AND TIME: Sat, 9 December 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST
    LOCATION: Mother Margaret Mary Catholic School, 2010 Leger Road Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6R 0R9
    DESCRIPTION: Whitemud Oaks and Whitemud Hills INVITES EVERYONE!!!
    FREE. Sleigh Rides, Quebecois Maple Sugar Shack, Pizza, Santa Photos and More!!! Outdoor X-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing with all equipment provided, Bannock Making in Fire Pits, Smores, Music, Log Sawing Competition. Indoor Musical Shows, Bouncy Castle, Pizza, Santa’s Photos. MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Best Place in Edmonton to Celebrate Christmas! (this Saturday!)
  9. Festive Holiday Light-Up
    Date and time: Thursday at 4:30 PM – 7 PM
    Location: Alberta Legislature Grounds, Edmonton, Alberta
    Details: Celebrate the season with the lighting of over 500 trees adorned with 180,000 festive lights that transform the Legislature Grounds into a winter wonderland. The University of Alberta Mixed Choir Carollers will begin carolling on the front steps at 4:30 p.m. The Light-Up starts at 5 p.m. Following the Light-Up, visit the Legislature rotunda for music, cookies and hot chocolate.


*Please note that this section is updated on a monthly basis.*

Low/No Cost Outing Ideas

Ideas in the Community

  • Make a kite
  • Go horseback riding
  • Take a board game out to a picnic table somewhere
  • Fire up a barbecue
  • Try a new sport
  • Make a musical instrument out of whatever is handy
  • Tackle a jigsaw puzzle
  • Visit your local Fire Hall (call in advance)
  • Go fishing
  • Read a mystery story together, or write one
  • Hunt and shoot wildlife — with a camera
  • Travel a new city bus route together
  • Take some black and white and some colour nature photos and see which you like best
  • Learn how to read a contour map and go orienteering
  • Read a play and go see it produced – read a book and see the movie
  • Save up your money and take a day trip
  • Draw or paint together
  • Tour the public library
  • Learn some words in another language
  • Find a craft at a Do-It-Yourself or craft store
  • Visit your local University or Community College – including the athletic centre
  • Do a crossword puzzle together
  • Learn some sign language
  • Draw a map of your city or community and identify places you’d like to visit
  • Research another country on the internet
  • Attend a city or town Council Meeting (let the Mayor’s Office know you are coming)
  • Go bike riding and learn how to tune up your bikes
  • Plan a budget for a month – and open a small savings account
  • Go to your workplace
  • Cook or bake
  • Pick your own vegetables or fruit at a “U-Pick-It” farm
  • Build a woodworking/carpentry project together like a birdhouse
  • Play miniature golf
  • Adopt a country: learn its culture; visit its embassy
  • Take a hike on a nature or fitness trail
  • Look through photo albums
  • Go swimming or skating
  • Try canoeing or sailing
  • Start a collection (rocks, coins, stamps, cards…)
  • Visit a pet store
  • Go on a picnic
  • Celebrate one another’s birthday.
  • Attend Big Brothers Big Sisters activities and events.
  • Help with a school project.
  • Watch a bike race or marathon
  • Celebrate Canada Day
  • Visit Historical sites.
  • Visit museum, aquarium, planetarium, art gallery, natural museum, national park, cemetery, zoo, etc.
  • Visit a job site
  • Do a job shadow
  • Interview someone who has an interesting job
  • Research career qualifications
  • Visit a high school, attend high school events
  • Visit local universities
  • Take a class together—learning a new skill together can be fun and exciting
  • Visit a farm
  • Take a historical tour of the city
  • Go to cultural event (concert, play, symphony, rodeo)
  • Go to a culturally themed event (pow-wow, MLK celebration, etc.)
  • Watch an educational special or movie with an educational theme
  • Talk with senior citizens about their life story and historical events
  • Participate in a summer reading program
  • Go grocery shopping together; plan a menu for a meal, make a budget for it, compare prices
  • Explore public transportation together

Ideas in the School

  •  Read a book, especially in a new genre
  •  Join (or find more about) a school club, sport, or activity
  •  Create academic goals (both short and long term)
  •  Do research on the Internet
  •  Explore the school library
  •  See if you can use the gym (or get outside) to play active games or exercise
  •  Talk about what happened during the school day
  •  Talk about successes (and disappointments) at school
  •  Create a notebook to organize schoolwork
  •  Write a story together
  •  Discuss strategies for taking tests and effective study habits
  •  Discuss managing time effectively
  •  Make a collage that illustrates the mentee’s values or goals
  •  Plan a service project (either for the school or out in the community)
  •  Build a Web site together
  •  Make a mentoring journal about your time together
  •  Research some interesting or unusual careers
  •  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about a topic of interest to your mentee
  •  Learn about a country your mentee would like to visit someday (plan a fantasy vacation)
  •  Talk about your family heritage and research your roots
  •  Pick a foreign language neither of you know and learn some basic words   and phrases
  •  Take pictures to create a school “scrapbook”
  •  Talk about the best (and the worst) parts of their school day
  •  Work on spelling—and how to use a dictionary and thesaurus
  •  Study for a test or complete homework (sparingly)
  •  Review previous tests and homework