Holiday Light Up
Downtown Holiday Light Up returns November 27 and runs until January 8
Experience a safe and reimagined Downtown Holiday Light Up this festive season. First, get ready to continue the 20-plus year tradition of a giant holiday tree on Churchill Square. Visit Churchill Square and snap an Instagram-worthy photo of your family in front of the tree. Share the spirit and tag your photos of the tree #HolidayLightUp. For every #HolidayLightUp tag used until January 8, the DBA will give $5 to the Edmonton Food Bank, up to maximum $5,000 donation.
New this year, Downtown Holiday Light Up has been expanded to include six outdoor light installations designed by local artists. Six installations will be rolled out at different Downtown locations and lit every evening until January 8, 2021.
Edmontonians are encouraged to safely visit these Downtown Holiday Light Up installations at their own leisure with their cohorts from November 27 until January 8. Visitors are reminded to follow public health guidelines and stay two metres apart from others and wear a face covering or mask if physical distancing is not possible.
Downtown Holiday Light Up is presented by the Downtown Business Association, and sponsored by Millar Western, EPCOR, and The Works Art & Design Festival
Scroll down for new locations and check back frequently for announcements of new installations.
Downtown Holiday Tree
For more than 20-plus years, the Downtown Business Association, with help of sponsors EPCOR and Millar Western Forest Products, has kicked off the festive season by putting up a giant tree on Churchill Square. This year’s holiday tree stands 23.5 metres (77-feet) tall and weighs 6,200 pounds (5,200 kilograms). The white spruce comes from the Millar Western Forest Management area near Whitecourt. The tree is decorated with 22,000 LED lights, sparklers and globes supplied and hung by EPCOR.
Transformation: Promise and Wisdom
Designed by artists Sharon Rose Kootenay and Jason Symington for The Works Art & Design Festival, the two sides of “Transformation” represent the promise of what is yet to come, and the wisdom of the ancestors who have passed before us. As certain as the turning seasons, this process is eternal, and as old as time.
“Promise” guides us to a bright and beautiful future. Pink blossoms and climbing vines reach toward the beckoning rose buds of the keystone flower. We walk softly upon the earth, and give thanks to all that springs anew — welcoming new babies into our families, the newborn beings of the animal kingdoms, and the plants and medicines that return year after year.
“Wisdom” reminds us of the wonders and mysteries of our human experience. Violet and blue flowers float through the ethereal realm of the Grandmother Spirit. She is kind, benevolent, and ever-present. We look to the heavens and listen to her calm and guiding energy, so that we may share it with others.
Edmonton-based artist Vicky Mittal is a photographer and videographer with nearly ten years of experience in digital content creation, film making, video editing, commercial art directing and video game capture.