The winter weather has taken over Edmonton, and while you may be feeling a bit cabin fever-y, don’t despair, as many fun winter festivals in the city are happening this season! If you’re looking to get out and about, meet some new people, appreciate special performances and cultures, or simply have an Insta-worthy experience, then we’ve got 3 must-see festivals in Edmonton perfect for shaking off the winter blues. So put on your scarf, coat and bravest of smiles because it’s time to explore all these unique festivals!

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Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival

Edmonton’s first winter festival is here! Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival includes ice sculptures, light and lantern installations, workshops, and more. The festival is proud to celebrate Ukrainian, French, Canadian, and Indigenous cultures in Alberta Avenue. The festival will also feature film shorts, artistic creations, musical celebrationS and tasty delights. 

The festival will take place on January 21st and 22nd, 2023!


Ice on Whyte

Ice on Whyte is known for its ice bar, but it’s also one of the best events to see Edmonton’s winter sunshine. With a focus on community, this festival is one of our city’s most popular winter celebrations. It has been named “Canada’s Best Winter Festival” by Travel + Leisure magazine and recognized as one of the top 10 festivals in Canada by Festivals & Events Ontario.

The International Ice Carving Competition will return from January 24 to 29, 2023, with over 30 world-class sculptors creating amazing works of art from blocks of ice while you watch them work their magic at close range. You can even get in on the action—carvers are looking for volunteers!


Flying Canoë Volant

If you want something fun to do in February this year, check out The Flying Canoe Festival! This cool event celebrates local history and everything about a long winter’s night. Inspired by the legend of The Flying Canoe and French Canadian, First Nations and Métis traditions, this event celebrates Edmonton’s beautiful Mill Creek Ravine and the new winter lights installed there. There will be musical performances, storytelling, fire pits, hot chocolate and more. So get ready to celebrate your inner voyageur with light, music, legends, and dance.

The festival will be held from February 1-4, 2023.


This city is full of great events and festivals throughout the winter! It can be hard to decide which ones to attend, but that means there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The best part is most of these events are happening not too far from Hat at Five Corners, just one more reason why life at the hat is great in the winter!