What to do for New Year’s Eve: 2014 Edmonton Event Listing

NYE list last updated: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Photo credit: Anthony P. Jones via www.photos.edmonton.ca.

Photo credit: Anthony P. Jones via www.photos.edmonton.ca.

Each year I try to compile a list of New Year’s Eve events to help myself and others plan out how they’d like to ring in the new year. This year my husband and I hope to be moved into our new home so we’ll probably spend NYE indoors but I still wanted to keep my list going for everyone else! (Though I have wanted to go to the Sugar Swing New Year’s Eve party 3 years in a row and still have yet to try it so maybe this is the year!)

This list will be updated as I find new events and as event information becomes available. Keep checking back for updates – usually more events are announced closer to the date.

Please leave me a comment below, send me an email or tweet me with any events you think should be added to the list! I’m always looking for new ideas!

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

New Year’s Eve Events in Edmonton for Dec. 31, 2014

New Year’s Eve Edmonton Downtown
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Churchill Square
Cost: Free
Details: It’s the annual New Year’s Eve festival in downtown Edmonton. There will be various family friendly activities, indoor and outdoor, performances, fireworks and more! Complete details to be announced.
Website: New Year’s Eve Edmonton Downtown

Sugar Swing Dance Club Good Old Hollywood: A New Year’s Eve Gala
Time: Beginner Swing Dance Lesson starts at 8 p.m. Gala from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Location: Sugar Foot Ballroom, 10545 81 Ave.
Cost: TBD (but similar to last year’s, which was $40 per person)
Details: Sugar Swing’s annual New Year’s Eve Party is the best way to bring in the New Year, Held every year since 2007, this incredible event is always sold out! This year the glitz and glamour of Hollywood comes to Sugar Swing as we present Good Old Hollywood: A New Year’s Eve Gala. On December 31st, we will immerse you in the fantastic world of celebrities, stars, and characters of classic Hollywood films from the 1920’s-1960’s. Our classic Hollwood-themed party will feature live performances, food and champagne, vintage fashion and cocktails, as well as Sugar Swing’s finest DJs playing your favourite tunes from the 1920s-1940s for your dancing pleasure.
Website: Sugar Swing Dance Club Good Old Hollywood: A New Year’s Eve Gala

Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala
Time: Cocktails 7 p.m. Dance & Cirque du Soleil-style show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Dance from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Location: Fantasyland Hotel, Beverly Hills Ballroom
Cost: $150 per person.
Details: A spectacular evening of food, fun and entertainment in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. One of the Top 10 New Years Eve Events In Canada. Our guests will experience an unforgettable evening of unparalleled entertainment at this highly exclusive event in the Fantasyland Hotel. Entertainment will include a beautiful, stylish and hypnotic circus performances and plenty of whoops and ahhhs….
Website: Edmonton International NYE Gala

15th Annual Latin New Years
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:45 p.m. Dance at 9 p.m.
Location: Delta Edmonton South
Cost: $60 (Dance only), $89 (Early bird Dinner & Dance)
Details: Latin New Year’s Eve 2014 at The Delta Edmonton South Hotel will be an extravagant NYE to remember. Sit Down and relax to the beautiful Latin rhythms of International Bachata Artist DOMENIC MARTE and TREMENDO from Puerto Rico. Local Artist Edgar Cruz will also open for the Headliners. Party this NYE away with Edmonton’s hottest Latin DJs, DJ LEO RL Playing the best in Latin, and Top 40.
Website: 14th Annual Latin New Years

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Comic Strip
Time: 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Location: The Comic Strip, West Edmonton Mall
Cost: $30, $56, $68
Details: Ring the New Year in laughing at the Comic Strip! Join us December 31 , 2014 for our New Years Eve Celebration, 3 great acts, 3 great packages and party favours! Featuring Mike Vecchione, Sean Lecomber and Paul Myerhaug.
Website: New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Comic Strip

A License to Thrill: New Year’s Eve Party (Northlands)
Time: Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Northlands Park (7410 Borden Park Rd).
Cost: Call 780.471.3380 for information (last year it was $60 per person)
Details: Park. Northlands Park. The place where New Year’s Eve leaves you shaken AND stirred! Choose from a variety of different packages and get ready for a night of glamour, prizes, intrigue and live racing action.
Website: A License to Thrill: New Year’s Eve Party (Northlands)

Jazz New Year’s Eve
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner/Show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Location: Delta Edmonton South
Cost: $110 (Early Bird Special Dinner and Dance), $125 (Regular Dinner & Dance)
Details: The perfect atmosphere with THE SWING KINGS with Sandro Dominelli & Shelley Jones. Over the years this event is the number one seller in Edmonton and brings you a four course plate service dinner and entertainment you don’t want to miss. This famous band will keep you on your toes all night and will showcase fireworks from Downtown. Book your tickets soon because this event is a SOLD OUT SHOW every year!
Website: Jazz New Years Eve

Funk in the New Year with the Super Band!
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: On the Rocks (11740 Jasper Avenue)
Cost: $40 (includes dinner) $25 (just the show)
Details: Dance yourself in to a brand new year with the Funkalicious SuperBand!! A 9 piece group that will keep you grooving right in to 2015!!
Website: Funk in the New Year with the Super Band!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with ABBA!
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Senior Citizens Recreation Centre (11113 113 St).
Cost: $100 per person
Details: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Abba again! includes delux buffet and complimentary champagne, with special guests the Rault Brother Bands.
Website: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with ABBA!

New Year’s Eve with Elvis!
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m., show & dancing at 9 p.m.
Location: APEX Casino (24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert)
Cost: $99 per person
Details: New Year’s Eve with Elvis! (Robin Kelly’s tribute to Elvis). Includes complimentary toast at midnight, door prizes and buffet dinner.
Website: New Year’s Eve with Elvis!

Rooster Davis Group with Ann Vriend at Blue Chair Cafe
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Blue Chair Cafe (9624 76 Ave).
Cost: $120 per person
Details: A rocking New Orleans-style party including an exquisite seven-course dinner! New Year’s Eve at the Blue Chair Cafe with Rooster Davis Group with Ann Vriend.
Website: Rooster Davis Group with Ann Vriend at Blue Chair Cafe

Top of the Rocks: A British Invasion New Year’s Eve
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mayfield Dinner Theatre (16615 109 Avenue)
Cost: $169
Details: Spend New Year’s Eve watching Top of the Rocks: A British Invasion at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre! Jumping to the other side of the pond, this year we celebrate all things British. From the original Invasion of the 60’s to the second wave of the 70’s, the new wave of the 80’s, right up to the superstars of the present day, TOP OF THE POPS captures it all!! With the music of the Beatles, the Stones, The Hollies, The Who, Adele, Amy Winehouse and everything in between, this year’s rock ‘n roll extravaganza pays homage to the British contribution to the world of popular music. An evening of high-energy hilarity awaits you with an ensemble cast that will knock your socks off!
Website: Top of the Rocks: A British Invasion New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve at the Melting Pot
Time:
Location: The Melting Pot (2920 Calgary Trail)
Cost: TBD
Details: Celebrate this New Year’s Eve at The Melting Pot! This unique New Year’s idea will be the best one you have made yet! From a burst of joy after a bite of fondue, or a satisfied sigh after a sip of wine, to the simple sparkle of a smile, or a twinkle in an eye—there will surely be fireworks. Only instead of just watching them, you’ll be creating them. Celebrate this New Year’s dinner with taste and style. Fruit-infused specialty drinks. Champagne. Chocolate covered strawberries.
Website: New Year’s Eve at the Melting Pot

Gotham New Year’s Eve Party at the Red Piano
Time: Dinner and show starts at 6 p.m. Show only begins at 9 p.m.
Location: The Red Piano (West Edmonton Mall)
Cost: $165 per person (dinner & show), $55 (show only)
Details: The Red Piano presents GOTHAM New Year’s Eve Party! Dinner, dancing, live duelling piano show.
Website: Gotham New Year’s Eve Party at the Red Piano

New Year’s Eve at the Edmonton Petroleum Club
Time: Dinner and show starts at 6 p.m. Show only begins at 9 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110 – 108 Street)
Cost: $70 per person
Details: Celebrate with us as we head towards our 65th year with a seven-course plated dinner, live band (Aura) and dancing!
Website: New Year’s Eve at the Edmonton Petroleum Club

Muttart Masquerade New Year’s Eve
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Muttart Conservatory (9626 96A St).
Cost: Regular admission
Details: Bring the family to Muttart and celebrate the New Year early! We’re putting on a masquerade ball, so come in costume and enjoy the live music, crafts, and fun activities for everyone. Enjoy hourly midnight countdowns with treats to ring in 2015!
Website: Muttart Masquerade New Year’s Eve

The Arterys New Year’s Eve Massive! Featuring the Collective West
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: The Artery (9535 Jasper Ave).
Cost: $12 (in advance), $15 at the door
Details: Ring in the new year at The Artery with Luke Thompson and the Collective West!
Website: The Arterys New Year’s Eve Massive! Featuring the Collective West

New Year’s Eve at Von’s
Time: TBD (2 seatings)
Location: Von’s Steak House & Oyster Bar (10309 81 Ave).
Cost: $90 per person (also more expensive packages available)
Details: Vons will be hosting an exquisite four course meal prepared by Executive Chef Shane Chartrand.
Website: New Year’s Eve at Von’s

Boodang New Year’s Eve with Tiesto
Time: Starts at 7 p.m.
Location: Shaw Conference Centre
Cost: $119 (Regular) $195 (VIP)
Details: This New Years Eve, we welcome you back to the Shaw Conference Centre for an event of epic proportions. The world’s biggest DJ returns to Edmonton after two years hiatus to perform on the most celebrated night of the year.. NEW YEARS EVE!
Website: Boodang New Year’s Eve with Tiesto

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New Year’s Eve at Home

Fondue night
Last year Mike and I invited some friends over to do a fondue party for New Year’s Eve! It was so much fun. We got three fondue pots and a hot stone grill, had way more food that we needed (that’s always better than not having enough), and had so much fun! Here’s some tips from Canadian Living on hosting your own fondue party.

Board game party
Mike and I are big fans of board games! This New Year’s we’re excited to crack open Telestrations, try Cards Against Humanity, and guaranteed fun Catchphrase, Settlers, Cranium, and more! Here’s a list of some popular board games you could try for a board game New Year’s Eve night.

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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Brunch at Edmonton Park
Time: Jan. 1, 2015: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Location: Hotel Selkirk, Fort Edmonton Park
Cost: $39.95 (adults), $32.95 (seniors), $18.95 (children 12 and under), free (children under 2)
Details: Start the new year with a bang. Bring the gang for a slap-up meal at the historic Hotel Selkirk. Enjoy some old fashioned hospitality and then take a stroll around the Park. Culinary Director Jasmin Kobajica has created a menu with everyone’s favourite brunch staples, a delectable carving station and luscious chocolate fountain.
Website: New Year’s Day Brunch at Fort Edmonton Park

* There’s usually a New Year’s Day brunch (buffet) at most Edmonton hotels! *

Linda


Holiday Events & Activities in Edmonton (2014)

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

You always hear people moaning about the cold winters in Edmonton but I’m of the mind that there is always something fun going on – even in the bitter cold – and if you’re bundled up then you should head out and take part in the winter activities! I love going to different holiday/festive events and activities with Mike and so I thought a compilation of some of the great (and really affordable/mostly free) winter activities coming up in the Edmonton area would make for a great blog post! I was also inspired by a Where Edmonton listing that’s being shared on social media – but everyone’s been sharing an old (last year)’s version!

So if you’re looking for fun winter events for 2014, you’ve come to the right place! :) Check out some of the great holiday events coming up (and some winter fun that continues into January) below:

20 Holiday/Festive Events & Activities in Edmonton (2014)

Christmas on the Square Holiday Light-up
Date: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Churchill Square
Cost: Free
Details: Kick off the holiday season at the Christmas on the Sqaure Holiday Light Up! Enjoy an afternoon of free family activities, delicious treats from local food trucks, and live entertainment to celebrate the holidays in Downtown Edmonton. Join Santa and his helpers in a countdown at 6:30 pm to light up the massive Christmas tree and launch a spectacular fireworks display.
Website: Christmas on the Square Holiday Light-up

Santa’s Arrival (West Edmonton Mall)
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: Activities start at 10 a.m. Photos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: West Edmonton Mall North Pole Place
Cost: Free
Details: Join us as we welcome Santa Claus to West Edmonton Mall’s North Pole Place, his home away from home during the holiday season. Enjoy a variety of entertainment, including a special improv performance of Disney’s Frozen, by Rapid Fire Theatre, while awaiting the jolly man in red’s arrival. The first 100 families to have their photo taken with Santa will receive a free holiday gift.
Website: Santa’s Arrival (West Edmonton Mall)

#YEGSNOWFIGHT
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: Free
Details: Join us for Edmonton’s biggest snowball fight! Connect with us on twitter @chase_jeff / @RobinMazumder, send us your digits at yegsnowfight@gmail.com for a text announcement, watch #yegsnowfight, and join us for THE snowball fight of all Edmonton snowball fights! Snowballs. Community. Edmonton. Winter. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Website: #YEGSNOWFIGHT

Snowflake Festival Light-up St. Albert
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: In the Perron District
Cost: Free
Details: Light up the holidays with a traditional Christmas celebration you won’t want to miss! Food vendors, Christmas treats, hot chocolate, Christmas music, storytelling, cookie decorating, Gingerbread Lane, Ice craving, visit Santa, and more!
Website: Snowflake Festival Light-up St. Albert

All is Bright (124 Street)
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. is the light-up!)
Location: 124 Street and 102 Avenue
Cost: Free
Details: All is Bright is a FREE festival celebrating the coming of the winter season. Taking advantage of the bridge closure, we’ll be playing all day in High Street, with activities for the kids during the day, and fun for the grownups at night! With light installations and ice scupltures, we will welcome the season with open arms and festive spirits!
Website: All is Bright

Festival of Trees
Date: Thursday, November 27 to Sunday November 30
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Sunday it’s 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Location: Shaw Conference Centre
Cost: $10 (adult), $5 (youth aged 13-17 an seniors), $2 (children aged 2-12), free for infants under 2.
Details: Check out over 100 decorated trees and seasonal displays. It’s a unique holiday shopping opportunity in the gift shop and sweets, treats, and entertaining shop. There’s a variety of children’s activites in Children’s Christmas Lane. Great local entertainment and more! All supporting the University Hospital Foundation.
Website: Festival of Trees

Royal Bison (Holiday) Art + Craft Fair
Date: Nov. 28-30 & Dec. 5-7, 2014
Time: Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10-5 p.m., and Sundays 10-4 p.m.
Location: 8426 Gateway Boulevard
Cost: Free
Details: The Royal Bison is an Edmonton-based, twice-a-year festival of the best and quirkiest art, craft and design this city has to offer. Two rooms of neat and sweet prints, books, apparel, toys, and more! While its roots are local, in 2014 it added a Canada-wide holiday edition to its roster.
Website: Royal Bison (Holiday) Art + Craft Fair

A Christmas Carol at the Citadel
Date: November 29 – December 23, 2014
Time: 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Citadel Theatre 9828 101A Avenue
Cost: $30-$85
Details: Edmonton’s favourite holiday tradition continues to delight audiences young and old. Now in our 15th consecutive year of performance, our audiences are larger and more enthusiastic than ever. With an unforgettable story, rich characters, and dazzling special effects, A Christmas Carol is exceptional entertainment for the whole family. Once again, we will be taking donations after each performance to give to the Edmonton Food Bank.
Website: A Christmas Carol at the Citadel

Legislature Light-up
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: Starts at 4 p.m.
Location: Alberta Legislature
Cost: Free
Details: December 4 signals the start of the holiday season at the Legislature. Light-up festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a free choral performance by the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. The evening will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of the grounds, which will boast over 300 sparkling trees.
Website: Legislature Light-up

Celebrate the Season (Alberta Legislature)
Date: December 5-23, 2014
Time: Noon and 6 p.m.
Location: Alberta Legislature
Cost: Free
Details: Following the Light-up the seasonal fun will continue through to December 23 with daily choral performances at noon and 6 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season set against the charming backdrop of our historic Alberta Legislature.
Website: Celebrate the Season

Festival of Light
Date: December 5 – 14, 2014
Time: Noon and 6 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Cost: Valley Zoo Admission
Details: Light is inviting. Light is vibrant. Light is energizing. The Festival of Light will spread light and illuminate the spirit of Edmonton again December 2014. Join us this winter, as we stage a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Winter crafts, scavenguner hints, skating rinks, photo booths and more!
Website: Festival of Light

Luminaria at the Devonian Botanic Gardens
Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Devonian Botanic Garden
Cost: $9.50 (Adult), $7.50 (Senior or FOG Member), $4.25 (Children aged 7-12), Free (Children 6 and under)
Details: Thousands of candles light the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden in a breathtaking display – a quiet oasis of peace and light. In addition to a stroll through the candle-lit pathways, visitors can sip hot apple cider beside the bonfires, enjoy the seasonal sounds of strolling a capella singers and catch a glimpse of the magical “snow sprites” and glittering ice sculptures. A special Memory Lane will be available for visitors who would like to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
Website: Luminaria at the Devonian Botanic Gardens

Sleigh Ride through Candy Cane Lane
Date: Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 18-23, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
Location: 148 Street between 100 Avenue to 92 Avenue
Cost: $16 (Adults), $14 (seniors & teens aged 13-19), $10 (children up to age 12), free for infants – free if you visit with no sleigh ride.
Details: Edmonton’s Candy Cane Lane is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors every Christmas season and it has become traditional for Edmontonians to flock to this West End Christmas Light and Decoration display every year. The sights and sounds of Candy Cane Lane instill the spirit of Christmas in all of us. The colourful light displays and unique decorations bring out the magic of the season for young and old alike. Christmas in Edmonton is not complete without a walk down Candy Cane Lane.
Website: Sleigh Ride through Candy Cane Lane

Christmas Reflections at Fort Edmonton Park
Date: Dec. 12, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015
Time: 5 to 9 p.m. or 2 to 6 p.m.
Location: Fort Edmonton Park
Cost: $18 (Adult), $16 (Student or Senior), $13 (Child)
Details: Feel the magic of a Christmas past. Step back in time and be part of a heritage Christmas. Gather your friends and family for some quality time in celebration of the season and unwind at the Park’s winter wonderland.
Website: Christmas Reflections at Fort Edmonton Park

A Prairie Christmas Weekend
Date: Saturday & Sunday Dec. 13-14, 2014
Time: Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10-5 p.m., and Sundays 10-4 p.m.
Location: 56311 Lily Lake Road Bon Accord, AB
Cost: $12 (Individual Ticket), $24 (Family of 2), $36 (Family of 3), $43.80 (Family of 4)
Details: Head to Prairie Gardens for A Prairie Christmas – a cheery bonfire to warm you in the crisp country air with free marshmallows to roast, Christmas magic shows, Mrs. Claus Christmas sing-along, puppet shows, Christmas Bluegrass Folk Music, Make & Take a Christmas Craft, Festive lunches, free family photos with Santa, Polar Express Train Rides with Santa, and more!
Website: A Prairie Christmas Weekend

Holiday Celebration at Snow Valley Ski Club
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: TBD
Location: Snow Valley Ski Club
Cost: Snow Valley Ski Club Day Admission
Details: Join us for holiday cheer and fun on the slopes at our Annual Holiday
Celebration. Have your photo taken with Santa Simon, sing some carols
by the fireplace, and enjoy holiday crafts. Proceeds from holiday treats at
the Downhill Grill will go to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton.
Website: Holiday Celebration at Snow Valley Ski Club

Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree
Date: December 18-21, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Cost: $35-$80
Details: The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree is a holiday tradition in Edmonton. More than just a tree full of carolers, the show itself has evolved over the years into an event the whole family will want to experience together, year after year!
Website: Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival
Date: Saturday & Sunday, January 10 & 11, 2015
Time: Noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday (fireworks at 6 p.m.) and on Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Location: Between 90-94 Street on 118 Avenue
Cost: $6 (Adults), $3 (Children aged 2-12), Free (Children under 2)
Details: This winter adventure celebrates the Russian/Ukrainian “Olde New Year” and embraces the cold northern climate by melding artistic panache with authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun. The Deep Freeze Winter Festival is a free family event that brings together the Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations, and Acadian/East Coast communities to revel in the magic and beauty of winter. This year’s theme The RETURN of the Vikings! will offer exciting opportunities for both patrons and artists creating unexpected experiences celebrating the community through its urban landscape and exceptional spaces.
Website: Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival

Ice on Whyte
Date: January 23 – February 1, 2015
Time: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. & Weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: End of Steel Park: Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way
Cost: $6 (Adults), $3 (Children aged 2-12), Free (Children under 2)
Details: During the Festival, visitors come to experience ten days of outdoor winter fun on the Giant Ice slide and the interactive Kids Zone and enjoy the International Ice Carving Competition, outdoor games, live music, cultural exhibits, food, fashion, hot beverages, skating and much more. Ice on Whyte has been rated by Readers’ Digest as one of the top 10 winter festivals in Canada and is also the winner of the 2012 Alberta Pride Alto Award from Travel Alberta.
Website: Ice on Whyte

Winter Cities Conference (Pre & Post Conference Activities)
Date: January 23 – February 1, 2015
Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Cost: $15 each
Details: As part of the Winter Cities Conference, there will be a number of pre & post-conference activities including bison tour at Elk Island National Park, skiiing and snowboarding, a starlight bike ride to the U of A Observatory, fun with snow sculpting and winterscaping, a Wacky Winter Challenge at Miquelon Lake, tour through the River Valley with Walkable Edmonton, and cross-country ski at Victoria Park Nordic Ski Loop!
Website: Winter Cities Conference (Pre & Post Conference Activities)

There are also a few different festive events throughout December supporting the Christmas Bureau! Click here to check out those Christmas Bureau events including Dec. 3’s Christmas Cabaret, Face Off Against Hunger Christmas Luncheon, Christmas Bureau Breakfast, and Christmas Carol Sing-Along! Events start Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 19!

Linda


Review: Dog Birthday Party at the Doggy Style Deli

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

For months now, I’ve been wanting to take our beagle Olive to the Doggy Style Deli – a dog restaurant/grooming/store in west Edmonton (15131 Stony Plain Road).

I’ve been driving by the place for years and remember it had been a part of Dragon’s Den and the unfortunate victim to a fire. Despite the fire, and what seems like constant construction on Stony Plain Road, the Doggy Style Deli seemed to persevere.

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Thank goodness for that! I think the Doggy Style Deli is an absolute gem for dog owners in Edmonton. When I started telling people we were planning on throwing a birthday party for Olive at a dog restaurant, everyone was so surprised that there was even such a thing here.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Along with the ‘eat-in’ dog restaurant idea (that includes hosting dog birthday parties!), the Doggy Style Deli sells their own raw dog food and acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

We had Olive’s birthday party at the Doggy Style Deli and I would recommend it to all dog owners! For $20 per dog, you get:

  • A dog meal (small size) for each dog
  • A dog party favour for each dog
  • A dog birthday place setting
  • Table decorated with birthday banners and balloons
  • A trivia game for dog owners (includes treats for dogs)
  • Birthday cake for each dog
  • A present for the birthday dog
Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

We invited Olive’s friends Flynn, Milo, Fang, and Bowie. None of us knew what to expect and I think we were all pleasantly surprised. Before the food came out, the dogs just ran around sniffing each other, wagging their tails and playing.

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The food options for the dogs are presented so adorably. Each dish name is a dog pun. We ordered the Pug Fried Rice for Olive and some of other dogs got Shih Tzu Stews and the Turkey Duck Lasagnage (off menu). Some other fun dishes included Maltese Meatloaf and Bulldog Spaghetti. Everything is made in-house.

Olive eats her 'hot dog wiener candle' from the birthday cake!

Olive eats her ‘hot dog wiener candle’ from the birthday cake!

The small (Yorkie Size) was enough for Olive. Normally it’s priced at $4. With the birthday package it is included for the dog meals. You can get a Mastiff Size (large) for $7 or additional dollars to upgrade within the birthday package meal.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

The owners are very friendly. The space is very clean and nice. There was some loud barking and growling from some of our bigger dog guests (Bowie and Fang lol) but I imagine that’s what would be normal happenings at a doggy daycare. Overall everyone got along quite well and Olive was very social, visiting with all of her friends!

Great turnout + time for Olive's birthday!

Great turnout + time for Olive’s birthday!

In total, the birthday party for 5 dogs (with some meals upgraded to large) was $113. I think this is totally reasonable, lol. But I’m also a crazy pet parent. :) But even just the normal price for dropping in with your dog though I think is totally reasonable and plan to do it with Olive way more now that we’ve tried the Doggy Style Deli for the first time!

Happy birthday Olive!

Happy birthday Olive!

I think this is such a neat, novel thing to do for your dog in Edmonton. A couple weeks ago I googled “dog-friendly stores in Edmonton” and got things like “Rona, PetSmart, The Movie Studio” and that was almost it. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your dog beyond the dog parks and outdoor markets (which there won’t really be much of now that we’re going into the winter season), then the Doggy Style Deli is a great destination!

It’s totally cute, and honestly, the pet industry is huge right now and pet owners are looking for fun things to do and buy for their animals, this is perfect for that.

Check out the Doggy Style Deli pitch on Dragon’s Den below:

I hope this place sticks around forever! They’ve already endured quite a bit, and have come out strong so I hope that continues. It’s also a great spot for the area. Stony Plain Road is trying to revitalize (all of the construction will help with that too so we just need to be patient lol). Something a lot of people might not be aware of as well is the dog-loving family who owns Doggy Style Deli also experience a lot of dogs being abandoned at their shop. They lovingly take the dogs in, keep them for a couple of weeks to figure out their personalities, and then try to find foster homes for the animals. On the day we were there, there were two chihuahuas and a couple of German Shepherds in need of homes too. So sad! But so great that the family cares for the animals and try to find them homes. Huge hearts here!

So have you been to the Doggy Style Deli?! What did you think?

Linda