The Winter Light festival is a winter celebration featuring events that showcase our beautiful winter city. The festival was created to encourage Edmontonians to get outdoors and enjoy winter events.
Common themes running through each event are fire and warmth, light and darkness, community, heritage, recreation, and art.
The festival includes several events taking place between January and March. The 10-week celebration kicks off with Deep Freeze on Alberta Avenue, a celebration of winter activities including skating, curling, snow carving, street hockey and more!
Ice on Whyte has dozens of ice carvers creating an impressive installation of frozen sculpture. This family-friendly event has so much to offer including a huge ice slide for children.
Illuminations, a spectacle of fire, music, and performances lights up a winter wonderland in Churchill Square. And in Mill Creek Ravine, artists transform a snowy walk into a magical adventure at the popular Adventure Walk. Other favourites include the Family Day celebration and Common Ground, a multicultural inner-city feast.
The Star Party is the last Winter Light event and takes place at Elk Island National Park. The National Park features one of seven dark sky preserves in Canada, making it optimal for star-gazing. Family-friendly activities include sky viewing, aboriginal storytelling, constellation crafts and more.
In the video, meet Pamela Anthony (wearing the red scarf). She’s the Director of the Winter Light Festival.
Photo credit: Epic Photography