A Few FREE Festive Outdoor Light Experiences in the Edmonton Area (2020)

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‘Tis the season! 

Nothing gets you in the spirit quicker than dazzling holiday lights, am I right? 

And there’s plenty of those shiny lights adorning the Edmonton area for you to experience outdoors, for FREE this season (2020—safely with your households/co-horts). 

I worked with Travel Alberta on some promotion for Edmonton’s iconic Candy Cane Lane, but thought—why stop there?! So I made sure to visit a few more outdoor holiday light experiences so I could share some recommendations here for you! If you’re reading this after 2020, the locations likely still apply for having some kind of festive installation, it just may not look exactly the same.

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday! 

Guide to a Few FREE Festive Outdoor Light Experiences in the Edmonton Area (2020)

Free Festive Outdoor Christmas Holiday Light Experiences - Explore Edmonton
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1. LeMarchand Mansion (Downtown Edmonton)

You’ve got to visit the stunning Christmas tree at LeMarchand Mansion in downtown Edmonton this year! (11523 100 Ave.)

Wow! Just as stunning in the daytime as it is at night, a stop here gazing at this tree makes me wonder briefly if I’m doing Christmas in New York—the tree and the heritage building, it’s a *vibe.* 

Notes: Free to visit. First 30 minutes free downtown parking.
Some parking areas are free after 6 p.m. or 9 p.m., and free on Sundays. 

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - LeMarchand Mansion Downtown
Is this New York City, or Edmonton?! So beautiful!
2. Churchill Square (Downtown Edmonton)

This year’s holiday tree in Churchill Square stands at 77-feet tall and weighs 6,200 pounds. The white spruce tree comes from the Millar Western Forest Management area near Whitecourt, Alberta. The tree is decorated with 22,000 LED lights, sparklers and globes supplied and hung by EPCOR. And this year there’s also art installations on the Square (and around downtown) too, as part of the Downtown Business Association’s 2020 Holiday Light-up.

The main art piece on Churchill Square is entitled to ‘Transformation: Promise and Wisdom’ by artists Sharon Rose Kootenay and Jason Symington for The Works Art & Design Festival.

“The two sides of ‘Transformation’ represent the promise of what is yet to come, and the wisdom of the ancestors who have passed before us. As certain as the turning seasons, this process is eternal, and as old as time.” 

Notes: Free to visit. First 30 minutes free downtown parking.
Some parking areas are free after 6 p.m. or 9 p.m., and free on Sundays. 

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Downtown Churchill Square
Churchill Square's tree is stunning!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Downtown Churchill Square
All the lights all the lights.
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Downtown Churchill Square
Art by Sharon Rose Kootenay and Jason Symington for The Works Art & Design Festival.
3. Legislature Grounds (Downtown Edmonton)

The Alberta Legislature Grounds are a must-visit during the holiday season. 

Enjoy the lights and the view from 98th Avenue then head down to the star of the show—the stunning tree. Plus, there’s so much space to distance yourself from others! 

Notes: Free to visit. Free parking. Free skating on the south grounds (weather permitting).

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Alberta Legislature
A lovely evening checking out lights at the Legislature!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Alberta Legislature
The Legislature is always so lovely at Christmastime!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Alberta Legislature
Lots of excellent decor on the Legislature grounds.
4. Victoria Park IceWay (Edmonton River Valley)

The rainbow kaleidoscope-esque Victoria Park IceWay may not be lit for official Christmas purposes but I always feel festive skating on it, and it’s become a spot I visit almost exclusively every holiday season. They’ve also expanded the IceWay, so if you haven’t been in a couple of years, it’s much longer now! And still connects back to the Victoria Park Oval as well. Enjoy your skating!

Notes: Free to visit. Two different parking lots (free).
 
P.S. I’m also told that the Rundle Park Skating Rink + IceWay would be a fantastic (and less busy) spot for holiday skating!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Victoria Park IceWay
Love the rainbow-lit IceWay at Victoria Park!
5. Candy Cane Lane (West Edmonton)

This year’s Candy Cane Lane is a drive-through experience, which I know was disappointing for people to hear but you can still have a lovely time taking in the festive decor from your vehicle! Just be prepared for line-ups, and factor in time to wind back to get a better view of the other side of the lane too. It’s so impressive the lengths homeowners along Candy Cane Lane will go to decorate! There’s some great inflatables, elaborate light installations, and really creative Christmas scenes. 

Don’t forget to donate to the Edmonton Food Bank if you’re planning to visit! 

Notes: Free to visit. Food bank donation encouraged!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Candy Cane Lane
So impressed with the houses along Candy Cane Lane!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Candy Cane Lane
Love this big guy on Candy Cane Lane!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Candy Cane Lane
Some people get real extravagant!
6. Central Park (Parkland County / Spruce Grove)

Central Park in Spruce Grove (just west of Edmonton) is a very special place for Mike and I because it’s where he proposed to me many years ago! I will always remember how picture perfect that evening was—a winter wonderland, bright lights, skating. If you’ve never been, this is a beautiful spot. Bring your skates and hot chocolate! And order pick-up from Italian restaurant Porta Romana right across from the park—so good! 

Notes: Free to visit. Ample parking lot (free).

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Spruce Grove Parkland County Central Park
Central Park is very special to us!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Spruce Grove Parkland County Central Park
Central Park is a wonderful place to skate and enjoy the lights!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Spruce Grove Parkland County Central Park
Visit Central Park in Spruce Grove!
6. Musical Lights (Parkland County / Spruce Grove)

While you’re in the area, just north of Spruce Grove (still in Parkland County) is a neighbourhood with big houses, big lawns, and BIG Christmas lights (they’re not “big” necessarily, there’s just a lot of them lol—I just wanted to write “big” three times). 

The whole neighbourhood is decked out in Christmas lights but the pinnacle is at #27 Falcon Drive (27320 TWP Road 534)—which has its Christmas lights dancing to music on 88.9FM (nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) 

Notes: Free to visit. Lots of street parking.

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Spruce Grove Parkland County Musical Lights House
Olive enjoying the musical lights house in Parkland County!
Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Spruce Grove Parkland County Musical Lights House
The lights dance to the music on 88.9 FM at this Parkland County home!
7. Elliot Place (St. Albert)

A small neighbourhood in St. Albert called Elliot Place is a must-visit for holiday lights. Each year the whole street transforms into something you’d see out of Christmas with the Kranks! Walk underneath the lit-up archway and take in the beautiful decorated homes on either side. 

Thanks to @edmontonmama for sharing this photo and the Elliot Place insights!

Notes: Free to visit. Find free street parking. 

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Elliot Place St Albert Candy Cane Lane
St. Albert's "Candy Cane Lane" is on Elliot Place! Photo credit: @edmontonmama
7. Festival Place (Sherwood Park)

East of Edmonton in Sherwood Park you’ll need to visit Festival Place. Lit-up trees (some set to music on the radio!), neon ‘Stray Strong and Be Merry’ words, and a nearby skating path make it a perfect spot to celebrate the season in Strathcona County!

Thanks to @mirkruk for sharing this photo!

Notes: Free to visit. Parking lot / nearby parking available (free). 

Free Festive Outdoor Light Experiences - Christmas Lights - Edmonton Area - Strathcona County Sherwood Park Festival Place
Lots of great lights at Festival Place in Sherwood Park! Photo credit: @mirkruk

For more festive lights: 

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Linda

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