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If winter returns to Edmonton, here are 12 things you could do with it

Love winter? Then this recent warm spell may have you longing for the real deal. But take heart. In Edmonton, winter is always just around the corner. Here's 12 things to do when it returns.

Soaring temperatures and melting snow is leaving many longing for a real Edmonton winter

Edmonton has a ton of winter events. Here's a list of five we wanted to share. 1:35

1. Candy Cane Lane

Get into the spirit of the season with lights, decorations, sleigh rides and tradition along this stretch of 148th Street between 92nd and 100th Avenues in support of the Edmonton Food Bank from now until Jan. 2.

2. The Ice Castle

Edmontonians storm this Hawrelak Park attraction in a big way — more than 100,000 visitors last winter alone. Check the website before heading to the park. They're hoping to stop the dripping and have it open by Jan. 1.
This is the third season for the Ice Castle in Edmonton. (CBC)

3. Celebrate the season at the legislature

The legislature grounds showcases 500 trees adorned with 180,000 festive lights and until Dec. 23 more than 50 ensembles will perform on the grand staircase. It's also where the New Year's Eve bash will take place Dec. 31. 

4. Zoominescence

The festival of lights at the Edmonton Valley Zoo includes a skating rink, maze, fire dancers and more on the weekends in December and between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31.
Decorations, lights and the warm glow of helping out the Edmonton Food Bank are all part of the Candy Cane Lane tradition. (CBC)

5. Deep Freeze

Alberta Avenue comes alive Jan. 13-14 with street performers, dancing and skating at Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival. A staple of the season for more than a decade.

6. The Flying Canoe 

Lights, canoe and action are all part of the adventure at La Cité Francophone in the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood. Channel your inner voyager and drink in this festival featuring culture, music and a ton of surprises on Feb. 2-3.

IceWays are being flooded at the Victoria Park Oval, Rundle Park and a neighbourhood park in the Kenilworth neighbourhood. (CBC)

7. Ice on Whyte

This hot festival always draws a crowd to Old Strathcona for ice carvings, slides and an ice bar are all part of the fun Jan. 25-28 and again Feb. 1-4.

8. Silver Skate Festival

You'll want to carve out some time to take in this 10-day February festival in Hawrelak Park. Snow sports and activities means this Silver Skate is always a golden time on Feb. 9-19.
There may be construction at the square, but the rink at city hall is still open for winter activities. (CBC)

9. The Berkie

Stride along at Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival on Feb. 9-11, one of Canada's premier cross-country ski festivals.

10. Sunday Swing N' Skate

Edmonton city hall gets hopping on Sunday's between 1 and 4 p.m. with jazz music and free skate rentals.
Edmonton has a ton of winter attractions. Here's a list of five we wanted to share. 1:03

11. The IceWays

With IceWays at Victoria Park Oval, Rundle Park and a family ice-trail in the Kenilworth neighbourhood, there are lots of free outdoor places to take a turn on your skates.

12. Crashed Ice

A showdown of the best Ice Cross Downhill racers in the world. Yes that's a thing. More than a thousand fearless skaters racing down an ice course for a two-day competition March 9-10.

You can get your winter fix on this week's edition of Our Edmonton Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. on CBC TV.
Athletes from around the world converge on Edmonton for the Crashed Ice showdown. (CBC)