Whether you don’t celebrate Christmas or you’re just tuckered out from all the festivities, here are some options for fun, holiday-free activities in Edmonton.
See a new film. Most movie theatres in Edmonton will be open for the holiday! New films released just before Christmas this year include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman, and Pitch Perfect 3. If you’re kid-free that day, visit one of the deluxe VIP theatres at Cineplex Odeon Windermere and lean back in one of their extra-wide, comfy seats!
Cineplex Odeon Windermere and VIP Cinemas | 6151 Currents Dr. | 780-822-4250
Share a coffee with a friend. Some of Starbucks’ downtown locations will be open on the 25th, but consider calling ahead to see if any coffee shops closer to you will be open!
Starbucks | 10387-112 St. | 780-424-2455
Enjoy a meal out. Take some work out of planning a holiday meal or just enjoy a night out at a great restaurant. Some good options are King Noodle House, where you can order a delicious bowl of homemade pho, or Chop Steakhouse for smoked baby back ribs or roasted mushroom ravioli!
King Noodle House | 10613-97 St. | 780-428-8983
Jumbo Dim Sum | 10451-170 St. | 780-481-3838
Columbus Pizza & Donair | 10443-82 Ave. | 780-486-3865
Chop Steakhouse & Bar |10235-101 St. | 780-441-3075
Take in an attraction (or several). Many of the attractions and stores at West Edmonton Mall are open holiday hours (12 pm – 5 pm). So why not test your nerve at Galaxyland, take a plunge at the World Waterpark, or sink a hole-in-one at Professor Wem’s Adventure Golf? Play arcade games at The Rec Room and then enjoy wood-fired pizza, poutine, and donuts in one of the on-site restaurants! There’s plenty of adventure and fun to be found in one place!
West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-444-5321
Trek the great outdoors. Take a peaceful walk in the city’s river valley, or head out to Elk Island National Park! Elk Island is free for 2017 and open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year, making it the perfect spot for wildlife spotting, hiking, snowshoeing (though you will need to bring your own equipment, as all on-site centres are closed on December 25), or checking out the dazzling northern lights.
Elk Island National Park | 35 km East of Edmonton on Yellowhead Hwy 16