The trees have been decorated and the lights have been strung, all in preparation for what is to come. The holiday season brings joy into the lives of families around the world and for the residents of St. Albert and surrounding area, it’s certainly no different. The holidays are a time to celebrate family and friends, and an excuse to curl up underneath the softest blanket. However, if you’re looking to spend some time with your family and friends outside the house, there are quite a few activities going on this holiday season!
Zoominescence (Every December Weekend + December 26 & 27)
Fondly known as the “Zoo Lights,” Zoominescence is a fundraiser hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society. Each year, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is decorated with lights that create a magical atmosphere. Unlike other light displays, the design of the Valley Zoo’s exhibition changes each year as artists from around the country come together to create their version of a masterpiece. Zoominescence allows families to see the zoo animals at night, amongst an imaginative light display. All proceeds from Zoominescence help look after the animals who call the Zoo home and build better facilities to keep them safe.
Glow Gardens (November 22 – January 19)
In 2017, Darvonda Nurseries created a winter wonderland out of their greenhouses by decorating it with lights. That magic has spread to the rest of Canada and this year, the Glow Gardens have come to St. Albert. The Enjoy Centre plays host to a spectacular display of 50,000 lights. The Gardens are separated into individual areas, which include the icicle cavern and a beautiful carriage that looks like it’s right out of Cinderella. There’s something for everything at the Glow Gardens and even if you think you’re too old for a photo with Santa Claus, we promise you’re not! Ask Santa at the Glow Gardens for a selfie and he’ll be able to oblige.
Magic of Lights (November 16 – January 5)
Located at Castrol Raceway, Magic of Lights is a vibrant light display spanning two kilometres. Unlike Zoominescence or the Glow Gardens, you can experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your vehicle! As the racetrack goes unused for the better part of the winter season, Castrol Raceway has turned it into captivating wonderland. While you’ll see the typical snowmen and Santa, Magic of Lights also includes creatures from fairy tales and some notable sports heroes! A portion of proceeds goes toward supporting 630 CHED Santa’s Anonymous and Canadian Tire Jump Start.
Candy Cane Lane (December 7 – 31)
Like Magic of Lights, Candy Cane Lane allows you to enjoy the wonderful sights from inside your vehicle. Candy Cane Lane began as an informal festival of lights in the late 1960s and has grown into the beautiful light display it is today. Each year, Candy Cane Lane serves as a beacon of Christmas joy and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people. The light and decoration display showcases the creativity and dedication of the residents who spend countless hours arranging the lights. If you want to feel a little more festive, consider booking a sleigh ride through the lane! When visiting Candy Cane Lane, please bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank and share some Christmas joy with those less fortunate.
This holiday season, take the time to enjoy the festivities going on around the city. Drive through the magical light display of Candy Cane Lane or take a selfie with Santa at the Glow Gardens. Regardless of what you choose, we’d like to say, “Happy Holidays!”