Holiday Light Up

#YEGLightUp

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 #YEGLightUp. For every #YEGLightUp tag used until January 8, the DBA will give $5 to the Edmonton Food Bank, up to a 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. Click here to download a printable self-guided tour map.

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 

 

Downtown Holiday Tree
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

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
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

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.

Winter Wonder
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square (Three Bananas Café)

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. 

 

Night Break Lights
10072 Jasper Avenue (Empire Building)

Designed by Edmonton artists Adon Lee Clements, David Kaminski and Vasily Betin of About Light Inc., Kaleidoscope displays winter night patterns reminiscent of childhhood memories of looking through a kaleidoscope  or watching the reflection off the endless patterns of crystalized snowflakes. Kaleidoscope’s visuals were created using generative technologies that breath life into the artwork, and like snowflakes, create unique visual geometric patterns for us to enjoy.

Night Break Lights
10107 Jasper Avenue (Former RBC Building)

Designed by Henry Geskes, owner of Cerebral Sight Visual FX. Nightbreak Lights is a collection of winter and holiday scenes stitched together in a mind-bending fashion that one would normally see in clubs and festivals. Stop by for a visual trip next time you are strolling down Jasper Avenue. Henry has a long history in Alberta’s rave community as a skilled visual artist, having worked with acts such as Justin Martin, Kevin Saunderson, Refuge Music YEG, and events including the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival.

Frozen Moment (Temporarily unavailable)
10336 Jasper Avenue (Looby Block/Formerly TomKat Shoes)

Designed by Edmonton artists Adon Lee Clements, David Kaminski and Vasily Betin of About Light Inc., Frozen Moment is a light installation that tells a playful story of aurora spirits playing in the snow. Frozen Moment was made using a depth camera to record the playful movements while the artists interacted with the digital snow and ice. 

 

Amble Illumination
10406 Jasper Avenue (above Tiffin India’s Fresh Kitchen and A Bite of Brazil)

Designed by Kalli Melenius, owner of Freebird Entertainment, Amble Illumination is an large multi-window projection installation that will get you into the festive spirit. See toys fill the windows, be transported to a winter wonderland and watch snowflakes fall. 

Amble Illumination is designed by Kalli Melenius, owner of Freebird Entertainment. Kallis is an Edmonton-based projection mapper, visuals artist, broadcast producer and video technician. She loves creating unique visual landscapes that take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. 

Winter Dreams
10420 103 Avenue (Muse Building)

Designed by Edmonton artists Sokaris Inc. and Jericho Yang, Winter Dreams simulates a 3D environment where dancing particles and lights appear to be floating inside the building. This perspective piece plays on angles and illusions to give it a feel of depth and space. Get lost in the mesmerizing beauty that invites you into the winter dream world to dance with the lights.