It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… or is it still too early?
By Katrina Turchin | October 28, 2021
A Grand Exhibit
November 4 (in-person), November 6 – 14 (online) Experience the grandeur of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and other luxe locations through artist Jennifer Annesley’s eyes. Annesley Studio is hosting Annesley’s 28th annual exhibition where her latest architectural, landscape and still life paintings will be on display.
Feel the Music
November 4 – 25 Cozy up on Cafe Bicyclette’s outdoor patio for La Cité Francophone’s Fall Music Series. Catch a concert every Thursday evening from artists like Joe Nolan, the Obsessions Octet, Shelley Jones and Tina Hartt.
The Swan Princess
November 5 – 7 Spend an evening at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium as Alberta Ballet presents Swan Lake. The reimagined show by Christopher Anderson makes its world premiere and will leave you believing in the magic.
Starting November 6 Explore the deep end of the ocean with James Cameron’s Challenging the Deep exhibit at the Telus World of Science. Explore the technologies that Cameron, explorer and filmmaker, created for his deep sea dives and the discoveries he made.
Geeky, Merry & Bright
November 6 & 7 Support local businesses this holiday season and shop for unique gifts for your family and friends at the Geeky Gift Holiday Market at the Alberta Aviation Museum. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel and everything in between – it’s sure to be a wonderful fandom-filled market for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.
Top 40 Under 40
November 8 Don’t miss the in-person celebration of Edify‘s Top 40 Under 40, Class of 2021 at the iconic Winspear. Buy your tickets to be part of a heartwarming and inspirational evening as you learn more about this year’s recipients and enjoy a post-program reception.
Rockin’ and Rollin’
Starting November 9 The Mayfield Dinner Theatre will have you dancing in your seats with Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits like “Peggy Sue,” “Maybe Baby” and “That’ll Be The Day.”
November 10 – 13 Head over to Farm Fair International, one of Canada’s top agricultural shows. Edmonton welcomes international guests to show and sell top-quality livestock, and participate in cattle shows, clinics and competitions. Take a break to shop at the Trade Show where vendors are selling a variety of western apparel, saddles, home decor and accessories.
Hot Boy Summer
November 10 – 21 Relive the wondrous feeling of being open for summer in this musical parody of the summer of 2021. Grindstone Theatre presents Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer: The Musical for your entertainment pleasure.
Lest We Forget
November 11 Take a moment to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Have a moment of silence or visit the Cenotaph Memorial in Churchill Square which honours those who fought in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and the Afghanistan War.
November 12 – 13 Edmonton welcomes PBR to Edmonton for the Canada National Finals at Rogers Place. This is the first time in league history that the event is being hosted in Edmonton. Catch the action to see who will be the number one-ranked cowboy and earn the coveted PBR Canada Championship.
Starting November 13 The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is celebrating Christmas early with 12 festive food experiences. Attend Nutcracker Afternoon Teas on Sundays or partake in a festive Sunday brunch. Don’t forget to check out the grand holiday displays in the lobby that are sure to send your Christmas spirit into overdrive.
November 13 Kick off your holiday shopping at The Market Off Whyte. The market is free to enter and you’ll find over 25 local vendors selling goods like handcrafted soaps, candies, accessories and home goods. Make your list and check it twice before shopping at The Market Off Whyte.
Swing into Winter
Anytime Escape the winter chill at The Yardbird Suite and enjoy the sweet sounds of jazz. The Yardbird Suite has a full schedule with performances every weekend from groups like the Craig Brenan Trio, the Dave Herrick Quintet and the Jivin’ Belles.
Oh What Fun!
Starting November 19 Go for a walk in a winter wonderland at The Winter Wonder Forest. The seven-acre RV Park transforms into a holiday fun fest with light displays, sleigh rides and a snow maze.
November 19 Discover new music at the Winspear Centre with Arrival. Seven modern composers came together for a unique orchestral program that includes poetry recited by Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, Titilope Sonuga.
Celebrating a Century
Anytime Edmonton Art Club celebrates 100 years with two fine art exhibitions in partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta. A Century of Mark Making features Edmonton Art Club’s contemporary works and features a 96-tile mural. Making Art and Building Community: 100 Years of the Edmonton Art Club commemorates the founding members of the club and their artworks.
Coming Up Next
Until November 20 Discover emerging Canadian craft artists at Alberta Craft Council’s Coming Up Next exhibit. Crafts made from a variety of mediums like wood, ceramics, glass, fibre and metal will be on display.
All is Bright
November 20 Light up 124 Street at the All is Bright Festival where the street will light up with twinkly lights. Celebrate the holiday season with live entertainment, a night market, food trucks and s’mores.
Get Your Glow On
Starting November 24 Experience the magic of Christmas without having to brave the cold. The Glow indoor light festival has impressive light displays, a Christmas market for your last minute shopping, food and entertainment, and plenty of Christmas cheer.
At the Station
November 26 Get back to live music as The Station on Jasper reopens with shows from Mike Plume and The Hello Darlin’s. Sit back, order delicious food and drinks, and enjoy the show.
Starts November 27 The University of Alberta Botanic Garden turns into a snowy paradise for Luminaria. Strap on your winter gear and spend a dreamy evening under the stars surrounded by thousands of candles and whimsical light displays.
November 27 Take a trip with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future during the Citadel Theatre’s rendition of A Christmas Carol. Enjoy this Christmas classic with the whole family.
Here Comes Santa Claus
November 27 Kick off the holiday season with a visit from Santa Claus during Leduc’s Santa Claus Parade. Sip on sizzling hot chocolate as you wait for Santa and his reindeer to come sleighing down Leduc’s main street. Don’t forget your cameras because Santa and his elves will be posing for photos after the parade, and he will definitely check his list twice to see if you’ve been naughty or nice.