5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Whether you’re into crafts or Christmas, science or skiing, this weekend’s event listing has something for everyone.
The Festival of Trees started on Thursday and continues through to Sunday. (University Hospital Foundation )

Whether you’re into crafts or Christmas, science or skiing, this weekend’s event listing has something for everyone.

Crème de la crème of craft fairs

What: The winter edition of the Royal Bison Fair is happening this weekend at the Cosmopolitan Music Society in Old Strathcona (8426 GATEWAY BLVD), and will be bigger than ever before with 88 booths of crafts, woodwork, clothing and trinketry.

The twice-a-year show features some of the city’s best and quirkiest arts and crafts - with a special emphasis on trying to include items that will appeal to both guys and gals. Culina restaurant will also be on site to dole out snacks and beverages. Admission is $2.

When? Nov. 29 to Dec. 1


What: Ever wonder if a Great White Shark could actually take down a helicopter if push came to shove? Me too! Which is why you might want to try to snap up one of the few remaining tickets to the Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour which has a stop in Edmonton at the Jubilee Auditorium on Friday night.

Co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will let the audience in on some behind-the-scenes stories about the popular Discovery channel show, and will also be doing some of their unorthodox science experiments live on stage. But hurry - tickets are already looking scarce!

When? Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Hit the slopes

What: Snow Valley is holding its 65th annual Snowfest this weekend with three days of discount prices and activities for the eager ski-bunnies among you. On Friday night, a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank will get you a lift pass for $5 -- then, the hill reopens Saturday morning with a traditional hill stomp (?) and pancake breakfast. On Sunday, members of the Edmonton Fire Department, Police and other organizations will be on site for a safety carnival.

When? Nov. 29 to Dec. 1

Winter in Strathcona

What: Now I know it’s easy to get Christmas’d out this time of year so am trying to limit myself… but Christmas in the Heartland is more like a celebration of winter -- complete with sleigh rides, ice sculptures, sled dogs and demonstrations -- than a festival of Christmas (there will, however, be a Christmas tree light-up and festive fireworks as well). And… it’s free! So head on out to Strathcona County where events will be held across eight separate venues 

When? Nov. 30 to Dec. 1

A very Christmas-y event

What: And for those of you who are truly ready to embrace the festivity of the season — the Festival of Trees is taking place this weekend at the Shaw Conference Centre. Hosted each year by the University Hospital Foundation, the Festival of Trees has raised more than $15 million for the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic.

Admission to the centre gives you the chance to ogle more than 100 expertly-decorated trees and displays, pick up a few snacks or Christmas presents for loved ones and set the kids to work writing letters to Santa, among other planned activities.

When? Nov. 28 to Dec.1


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