25 Things To Do In Edmonton This January

Start your year off right with ice castles, winter festivals, music and more.

December 21, 2018

Photography courtesy of AJ Mellor

Winter (castles) is coming

Step into the ultimate winter wonderland at Hawrelak Park's giant Ice Castles. The enchanting, acre-sized castle is hand crafted using only icicles and water. Runs until March 10th (standby tickets not guaranteed).

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, icecastles.com

True illusions

The Illusionists – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. See for yourself at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, January 1 to 6. 

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Glide among the Legislature lights

Hop on a segway and tour the lit-up Legislature grounds for Legislature Lights Segway Adventure, until January 31.

9735 Grierson Hill, 780-995-7347, rivervalleyadventure.com 

Hit the strip for a laugh

See Godfrey, one of the most dominant, well-traveled comics in the business, hit the Comic Strip stage January 3 to 6. 

8882 – 170th Street, Unit #1646 Bourbon St.​, 780-483-5999​, wem.thecomicstrip.ca

Socialize your pup

Introduce your puppy to different playmates and people, and to different objects, environments and sounds, all while learning valuable habits, practices and commands at the Edmonton Humane Society on January 8.

Edmonton Humane Society, 13620 163 St., 780-471-1774, edmontonhumanesociety.com

Feel the funk

Warm up and get your groove on as local funk band Funkafeelya takes the stage at Blues on Whyte, January 9 to 13.

Blues on Whyte, 10329- 82 Ave., 780-439-3981, bluesonwhyte.com

A musical tribute to remember

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra moves perfectly from reverence to mischief in this unforgettable tribute to a pair of WWI veterans, January 11 and 12, with Ravel, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com 

Get your freeze on

The winter adventure, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, celebrates the Russian/Ukrainian “Olde New Year” and embraces our northern climate by melding artistic panache with authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun. The festival runs the weekend of January 12 and 13.

Alberta Avenue, 118 Ave. and 91 St.​, 780-471-1580, deepfreezefest.ca 

Sweat it out 

Watch as tensions rise among a group of life-long friends when picket lines form at work, their bonds wear and the strength of their connection is tested in the struggle to stay ahead, in the Citadel Theatre's Sweat. See all sides in this powerful examination of a community that is formed and dissolved amid the changing landscape of America, running January 12 to February 3. 

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Hear the Nature Boy in Edmonton

Watch one of pro wrestling’s greatest legends, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (with guest moderator Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart), bring his best wrestling stories to life with the Off the Top Rope Tour at the Jubilee, January 12.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Enjoy the best of Tom Petty

Watch a touching and talented tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers by one of the best touring cover bands at the River Cree, January 12.  

River Cree Resort and Casino, 300 E Lapotac Blvd, 780-484-2121, rivercreeresort.com

Watch the Oilers' skill on display

See who has the hardest shot, the sickest stick handling and who's the second fastest skater on the team at the Oilers Skill Competition on January 13, with net proceeds benefiting the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund.

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave., 780-920-0555, nhl.com/oilers

Music, Chicago style

Watch Brass Transit, a Chicago tribute band, with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, bring the sophisticated and intricate rock sounds of Chicago to Edmonton, January 15, with The Musical Legacy of Chicago.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com 

Tell your story

Be one of 10 people to tell a five-minute story and see how it compares once the hat is passed around for a cash prize at Edmonton Story Slam, at The Mercury Room, January 16.

The Mercury Room, 10575 114 St., 780-819-9077, mercuryroom.ca 

Spend some quality time with Jim Gaffigan

Laugh along with the Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author and multi-platinum-selling father of five for his Quality Time Tour on Friday, January 18, at Rogers Place. 

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave., 780-920-0555, rogersplace.com

Feed your musical soul at the Citadel

Known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence, listen to Nuela Charles' distinct voice (and incredible band) heat up the Citadel Theatre stage on January 18 and 19.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Watch Ballet BC's return to Edmonton

After a 10-year hiatus, experience an evening of extraordinary dance in this tantalizing triple bill, created by some of the most celebrated choreographers of our time at the Jubilee Auditorium, January 22 and 23.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave. 780-427-2760, albertaballet.com

Tantalize your taste buds 

From the original British IPA to the newest, furthest west, haziest IPA, sample and learn everything IPA with James from Sherbrooke Liquor for the ultimate IPA experience on January 24.

Sherbrooke Liquor, 11819 St Albert Trail​, 780-455-4556, sherbrookeliquor.com

Burning Man in Edmonton

American country music singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley brings his Burning Man Tour to Rogers Place on January 24, with guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights.

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave., 780-920-0555, rogersplace.com

Two step the night away

After a 20-plus city, sold-out U.S. tour, Grammy-award winning foursome Little Big Town extend The Breakers Tour into Canada, visiting Edmonton on January 24. 

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave., 780-920-0555, rogersplace.com

Ice it up!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to see 96,000 pounds of ice in one place? Come to Whyte Ave January 24-27 (and January 31-February 3) for Boardwalk Ice on Whyte, where artists will carve it all up at the International Ice Carving Competition.

Ice On Whyte, 10208 82 Ave., iceonwhyte.ca 

Take a trip around the world with the Harlem Globetrotters

Watch the men and women of the most famous basketball team in the world show off their skills as the Harlem Globetrotters bring their electrifying moves and zany humour to Rogers Place on January 26.  

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave., 780-920-0555, rogersplace.com

See two entertains dive deep into a serious subject — in a comedic fashion

Inspired by real-life experiences, We Ain’t Terrorists is a fresh, truthful, passionate and hilarious collaboration by two established Canadian entertainers, Ali Hassan (Pakistani-Muslim) and Dave Merheje (Lebanese-Christian). Watch them explore the stereotypes, misconceptions and misunderstandings that they regularly face, inside and outside of their own communities, at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, January 27. 

100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-464-2852​, festivalplace.ab.ca

Rally Cry with ​Arkells

Watch high-energy, chart topping Arkells return to Edmonton with their Rally Cry Tour, with guests Lord Huron, on January 31.

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave., 780-920-0555, rogersplace.com

Don't get tired of waiting

Nova Scotia rockers The Trews bring their heavy and harmonic sound to the Starlite Room on January 31.

The Starlite Room, 10030 102 St., 780-428-1099​, starliteroom.ca


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