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Radical reinvention for Alberta Ave's Deep Freeze festival

Bundle up and enjoy the outdoor entertainment, lights and ice sculptures for this year's Deep Freeze fete, in and around Alberta Ave.
Deep Freeze 2 by Epic Photography
Ice sculptures, light displays and entertainment along Alberta Avenue and neighbouring community leagues--check out Deep Freeze this weekend and next. Photo: Epic Photography

 Even though COVID-19 has altered the look of the event, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Fete makes its much-anticipated return across seven Alberta Avenue community leagues and Borden Park, February 5-14, 2021. This time around, embark on an Amazing Race through Alberta Avenue, weave through light installations or frolick with fanciful fairies.

 The traditional home of the festival--Borden Park--will be illuminated from dusk every night, with lights brightening walkways and trees to guide visitors on an exploration of a winter wonderland. Be sure to keep an eye out for a 30-foot whale flying high in the trees, and watch Deep Freeze on the main screen with the Deep Freeze Walk By winter reels. 

Seven community leagues not only play home to Deep Freeze, but they are also home to seven fanciful fairies. Using his magic music box, Fizzlewit the Fairy Finder discovered seven enchanting fairy houses scattered throughout the community. Although they wouldn’t normally reveal themselves to humans, these whimsical fairies have kindly frozen themselves in time for a short while to ensure that you will be able to find them too. Visit each community league to discover a new fairy finding!

A staple of Deep Freeze for more than a decade, incredible ice sculptures will once again be on display at all eight locations. Watch professional ice sculptors Barry Collier, Stephen Chung, and Kelly Davis as they hand carve blocks of ice into ephemeral art at various locations across the Alberta Avenue District.

Borden Park
February 5-7 | 2pm - 10pm | full schedule
February 8-11 | 4pm - 9pm | limited schedule
February 12-14 | 2pm - 10pm | full schedule
*Borden Park Illuminated will be fully animated after dusk!

Community Leagues (Alberta Avenue, Eastwood, Westwood, Delton, Parkdale/Cromdale, Spruce Ave, Elmwood)
February 5-7 | 1pm - 9pm 
February 8-11 | 3pm - 8pm 
February 12-14 | 1pm - 9pm

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Fête is a free family event uniting Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations, Chinese, Ukrainian, Latin American, and Acadian/East Coast communities to taste, share and experience the Olde New Year. 

The festival is working closely with Alberta Health Services, Environmental Public Health, to create outdoor winter opportunities that are safe for Edmontonians, and comply with current Provincial Orders and Guidelines.  

For more information and a downloadable program guide, visit deepfreezefest.ca