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Holiday Light Up launches festive season in downtown Edmonton

Weekends especially festive in downtown Edmonton, with free Saturday events through December
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Enjoy downtown Edmonton this holiday season with events on the Square. Photo: Epic Photography

Downtown Holiday Light Up is back and bigger than ever this holiday season at Sir Winston Churchill Square from November 20 to January 2. This year’s celebrations, presented by the Edmonton Downtown Business Association (EDBA) will feature multiple days of live entertainment, new art installations, festive experiences, food trucks and more.

“We are so excited to create something extra special in Downtown Edmonton this year with our most ambitious Holiday Light Up festival yet,” said Puneeta McBryan, EDBA Executive Director. “This event will bring much needed foot traffic back to our downtown businesses and vibrancy back to our streets and public spaces. We look forward to welcoming thousands of Edmontonians and visitors into the Square over the holiday season."

The Christmas tree is already up on Churchill Square and it’s an impressive 65 feet (19.8 metres) tall. Over the next couple of days, it will be decorated with 14,500 LED lights.

Along with the tree, the Square will be animated with two additional installations. The Works gateway arch returns with a new design by mixed-media artist Rebecca Eckard, and Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan return to Downtown Edmonton with Winter Solstice, a new illuminated installation that explores the importance of winter solstice to Indigenous Peoples.

The tree and art installations on the Square can be visited anytime during the six-week run, and the Square will come to life every other Saturday ( Nov 20,Dec. 4 and Dec. 18) from noon to 8pm. Free programming and activities include a video screening of A Christmas Carol by The Citadel Theatre, The Great Canadian Kitchen Party by the Flying Canoe festival, miniature train rides, kids crafts, maple taffy on snow and more. 

Free parking will be available at Edmonton City Centre Mall – East Main Parkade (102A Avenue between 100 Street and 101 Street), west of Edmonton City Hall on Dec 4 and Dec 18 from noon to 8pm.

Visitors are also encouraged to visit neighbouring businesses in the Arts District and Rice Howard Way for special Downtown Holiday Light Up programming.