The holidays are officially over for most of us, leaving us to face the inevitable clean-up that follows. But if you’re not quite ready to let go of the festive season, we’ve got a couple final ideas for you.

Brave the cold

What: The Edmonton Ski Club is hosting a free ski Friday this weekend, dropping the usual $35 adult lift ticket for four hours of fun, aimed at encouraging Edmontonians to embrace the cold. Ski rentals ($10) and lessons ($10) are also available, as are nightly dinner specials.

When? January 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.


The Edmonton Ski Club is hosting Free Ski Friday this weekend.

Ukrainian Christmas

What: The Vohon Ukrainian Dancers will be performing throughout the weekend at Londonderry Mall, with Ukrainian activities – including the chance to get your photo taken with St. Nicholas, wheat-weaving and picture-frame decorating – set up for Saturday afternoon from 12 to 5 p.m.

When? Performances will run from 12 to 8 p.m. on January 3 and 4, from 12 to 4 p.m. on January 5.

Butterbeer and candy bar

What: The Edmonton PotterWatch Institute for Charity is hosting a Rocking Charity Yule Ball Saturday night to support Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS). There will be live music, an open candy bar, butterbeer and booze, as well as a silent auction to raise funds for the not-for-profit group that helps provide emergency services and support programs for Edmonton youth. Tickets cost $60.

When? January 4 from 7 p.m. until midnight

Winter maintenance

What: While it’s not the most fun thing to do, it’s probably a good idea to take a look at your house this weekend. How’s the roof looking? Any ice dams forming? Piles of snow built up against your foundation or on your balcony? Anything you can do to reduce the snow will likely save you money and a big hassle down the road, so head out there and brave the cold (but sunny) temperatures and do what you can.

When? Whenever - but Saturday is supposed to be slightly warmer than Sunday

Ice dam

Homeowners are advised to get as much snow as they can off their roofs to avoid ice dams like this. (CBC)

Host a skating party

What: Whether you’re in the mood for indoor or outdoor skating adventures, we’ve got you covered this weekend. Head on down to City Hall on Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m. to dance inside or out with Swing’n’Skate. This weekend, Edmonton's big band veterans The Trocadero Orchestra will be joined by the Sugar Swing Dance Club as they perform in the City Room. The live music will then be broadcast outside to the ice rink for those who want to show off their best ice dancing.

If you’re more of an indoor person, however, the Sportsworld Roller Skating Disco has recently re-opened in a new location (12709-52 Street). The rink is open Friday night and all day on weekends, with lessons and equipment rental available. Not to worry if you’re not able to go this weekend – the rink is open daily, and even offers a weekly retro night on Thursdays.