Holiday Light Up

Holiday LIght Up

Thank you for a great first year at Rice Howard Way!

This year’s Downtown Holiday Light Up was packed with art, activities, food and music. From 3-8 PM on December 3, Rice Howard Way was packed with people sipping on hot chocolate, munching on roasted chestnuts, taking selfies with the art installations, making lanterns to take home, shopping at the Christmas Market, humming along to the Christmas carols and rolling up sticks of maple taffy. We’re glad you came!

Good news! You can see GABS‘ Claire the Polar Bear and Bryson the Bison at Edmonton City Centre Mall until the end of December, 2022.

Claire is hanging out in the Pedway over 101 Street facing 103 Avenue. She’s all lit up and surrounded by icebergs by Tessa Stamp. You can see Claire the Polar Bear when you walk or drive by at any time, day or night.

Find Bryson at the former location of the Warming Hut, street level east near Guest Services. There, you’ll also be able to watch a projection wall by Sokaris Studios that features animals walking through a snowy forest

#YEGlightup photos

Lights, music, art.

and a whole lot of holiday cheer

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Location: A

Free skating at the Ice District Plaza

BYOSkates 10 AM – 10 PM daily

Ice District Skating Rink
10360 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

Location: B

Christmas lights at the Alberta Legislature Grounds

Enjoy musical perfomances on Fridays at noon & 6:30 PM and Saturdays at 6:30 PM.

Alberta Legislature Grounds
10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

Location: C

Christmas Markets at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market

More than 20 vendors on the second floor of the market.

Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market
10305 97 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0L9

Location: D

A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre

Celebrate the season with the timeless classic.

Citadel Theatre
9828 101A Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6

Meet the Light Up Artists


Vignettes™ is a full-scale design studio and public art agency that designs for experience. Generalists by nature, and multi-disciplinary at heart, Vignettes™ works across all aspects of the design industry through installation work, commercial design work, art direction, and public art to push design, art, and culture forward. Also known for their signature annual design festival, the Vignettes™ Design Series, the Vignettes™ team is constantly working to reimagine spaces across western Canada and bring engaging art and design to the masses.

Sokaris Studio

Sokaris Studio is an interdisciplinary design team that uses state of the art technology to create memorable experiences. With offices in Edmonton, Canada and Shanghai, China their multicultural team is a creative force in the arts and technology scene. Sokaris’ projects include using cutting edge technology and software to create 3D worlds and activations, motion detecting sensors that allow guests to manipulate digital art, and programable lighting and projections that turn spaces into experiences.


GABS is an Edmonton-based artist that has been creating glowing creatures over the last half decade. Her experience includes the creation of a 30ft baby humpback whale, a life-sized 10ft by 18ft woolly mammoth, now on display at the Royal Alberta Museum and her most recent personal piece Bryson The Sightseeing Bison, who travels the city on roller skates.


Holiday LIght Up

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