This Edmonton Christmas tradition started in 1968, when a few homes on 148 Street in Edmonton’s Crestwood subdivision decorated their homes with Christmas ornaments, many of them, hand painted wood decorations.
Since then the tradition has grown year by year to be one of the largest Christmas light draws in the city. Horse drawn sleigh (wagon) rides are offered, food trucks offer beaver tails and coffee/hot chocolate and contributions can be made to the Edmonton Food Bank. This event, that runs from December 7 to January 1 is the 2nd largest food drive for the Food Bank, after only Edmonton Heritage Days.
We had not been here since 2016, so after our visit to the Edmonton Christmas Market and eating our fill of schnitzel at Haus Falkenstein, we opted to walk the street to gain some Christmas spirit.
My wife remembers coming here as a child, but my first experience likely occurred in 1990 with our two sons.
There are a few of the old original painted wood decorations remaining, a few empty lots and a whole bunch of new infill homes in the neighbourhood. Nonetheless, Christmas Spirit still shines brightly.
While walking the street is the best way to see the lights, many still drive, creating traffic jams and exhaust fumes, which hamper viewing. If you decide to visit, go right around 6 PM when the lights are first turned on and before it becomes crowded. If you forget your Food Bank donation, like we did, you can either make a cash donation by text or in the available donation boxes. Merry Christmas.
The sleigh (wagon) rides
The decorated houses
The decorated yards