As previously mentioned, I absolutely love Christmas lights. The sparkle of colors reflecting off the snow definitely warms my heart. Even at 41 years old, Christmas brings out the kid in me… my eyes glisten and my jaw drops in astonishment when I see a beautiful display of lights. As we drove around last night, I was both happy and sad. Happy to venture to see Christmas lights in areas we haven’t been, but sad to think the season is coming to a close.
Each year, Clive and I make a plan for what our Christmas lights display will look like ‘next year’, however like many other people, next year has yet to happen. Who knows, maybe 2019 will be different.
Here’s our favorite Christmas light displays in the Parkland and Edmonton region of Alberta.
Central Park – 454 King Street, Spruce Grove
At Christmas, Central Park is the heart of Spruce Grove. Over 150 000 lights bring the small park to life. This is where our favorite tree, the tree we’ve named ‘The Christmas Wish Tree’, is found. It is definitely a sight to see and a favorite amongst those who experience the park. To add to the beauty, the perimeter of the park is transformed into a skating rink and a big campfire heats up the parks nightly guests.
Castrol Raceway – AB-19, Leduc County
Canada’s Premiere Motorsport Complex wakes up for the month of December showcasing a variety of animated Christmas light displays. Tuning the radio to 88.7 FM, puts visitors into the festive mood while driving 5km/hour through the 30 minute route. At $25/vehicle, vehicles are lined up back to back through the entire loop. Our favorites included the motorcycle jumping through the air, the Edmonton Eskimos football display, the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ tribute and finally, the led tunnel of flashing lights that led us to the exit. Absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth the entrance fee.
Leduc Country Lights – Township Road 492, Leduc County
We heard about this place years ago but for some reason, never went. I’m so happy we finally went this year. But sadly, it’s their last year. This acreage is something like you’d see on TLC’s Great Christmas Lights Fight. It’s amazing! Each of the pathways around the acreage are named after Santa’s reindeer and just when you think you’ve seen everything and you’ve been down each path, you’re quick to realize you’ve only made a dent. This place is huge! I’m guessing there’s a few hundred thousand lights, and definitely way too many deer to count. The cozy campfires to keep visitors warm were a nice bonus as Alberta temperatures at this time of year are notoriously cold. Definitely my new favorite place!
The Singing House – 9549 167 Street, Edmonton
Turn your radio to 107.5 FM and enjoy the computer programmed Christmas light show. This house is sure to put a smile on your face!
Candy Cane Lane – 9915 148 Street, Edmonton
Picture it, house after house after house, on both sides of the street, decorated for Christmas. The lights wind to the top of the tall evergreens and candy canes accent many peoples homes. The kids decided to count the candy canes, but lost count after 200. Whether you want to enjoy the lights by walking the street, driving in your vehicle or by taking a horse drawn sleigh, Candy Cane Lane is sure to impress!
Alberta Legislature – 10800 97 Ave, Edmonton
The Alberta Legislature is a place I find breathtaking all year long. The grounds, gardens and wading pools are nicely maintained and during the Christmas season, they go above and beyond to ensure the lights are meticulously hung bringing great joy to those who visit. Christmas music is heard from the loud speakers around the outside of the building while onlookers enjoy the beauty of the lights. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, local choirs and orchestras perform free of charge on the Legislature rotunda’s grand staircase. Christmas is in the air!