Ride in a deep freezer, view stunning ice sculptures from international artists, and so much more at one of these fantastic festivals in Edmonton!
1. Deep Freeze Festival | January 11 & 12
This family-friendly festival is a winter adventure celebrating the Russian/Ukrainian “Olde New Year” and embraces the magic and beauty of winter with authentic cultural and heritage winter games and activities, including races in actual deep freezers, wagon rides, and a 3-on-3 hockey tournament.
118 Ave. between 91 St. & 94 St.
2. Ice on Whyte | January 23–February 2
In the heart of Old Strathcona is one of the city’s most popular winter festivals! Ice and snow sculptures by international artists line the outdoor venue, and there are fun activities for the whole family including a giant ice slide and a heated café.
End of Steel Park | 103 St. & Tommy Banks Way
3. Winterruption YEG Festival | January 23–26
The first annual Winterruption YEG Festival is a multi-venue music and arts festival, complete with live music, comedy, craft beer, and community. The lineup includes GZA, Ezra Furman, Jennifer Castle, No Age, and more, as well as free outdoor activities in the downtown core.
Various venues, including Starlite Room, Station on Jasper, and Cask & Barrel.
4. Winter Shakespeare Festival | Through February 2
Staged in unique site-specific locations, these performances offer Edmonton audiences a new way to experience Shakespeare in the theatre, in conditions consonant with those of the plays’ original productions. This year’s productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar. Festival passes available.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church | 10037-84 Ave.
5. Flying Canoe Volant | January 30–February 1
Discover the magic of French-Canadian, First Nations, and Métis heritage through light, music, and storytelling in the French Quarter. Start by wandering through the illuminated Mill Creek Ravine, hear the legend of the Flying Canoe, and participate in traditional bannock-making. Then hop on a horse-drawn sleigh and make your way to La Cité Francophone for dance, live music, a Kids’ Zone, and a winter patio.
Mill Creek Ravine, 96 St. & 76 Ave. | La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 St.