5 Things To Do In Edmonton: December 16 to 20

This week is filled with fun, song and light

Courtesy Edmonton Valley Zoo

Hits and holiday songs

Alberta-born (and Country Music Hall of Famer) Paul Brandt joins the ESO December 17 to 19 for three evenings of holiday music magic mixed with his classic tunes. And $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to #NotInMyCity, a movement started by Brandt to prevent and end sexual exploitation and trafficking.

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

Wander through a holiday market

Seasonal merriment will be alive and well each weekend on Jasper Ave, with the first-of-its-kind indoor and outdoor Edmonton Christmas Market. The German-style Christmas Market will have brightly lit wooden outdoor huts, live entertainment, mugs of delicious Glühwein, festive light displays, Christmas Carnivals and fun activities.

ATB Place, 10025 Jasper Avenue NW, wearewildheart.com

See the zoo in a whole new light

Zoominescence: A Festival of Light returns to the Edmonton Valley Zoo each weekend in December (and December 26). It’s a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations among animals, plus skating, hot chocolate and a whole lot of family fun!

Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road & 87th Avenue NW, 780-496-6924, buildingourzoo.com

Rock around the Christmas tree

The 35-foot holiday tradition returns for its 50th — and final — year, December 19 to 22. A 38-piece orchestra and 60-voice children’s choir will get your feet tapping and spirit soaring with your all-time favourite Christmas classics.

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

Top of the Christmas pops

The ESO will close the season with a holiday favourite: A Very Merry Pops, December 20 to 22. Enjoy the sounds of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Sleigh Ride, selections from The Nutcracker and more!

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

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