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Luminaria: A Winter Wonderland Attraction

This whimsical event truly embodies the notion of “walking in a winter wonderland”! WHERE Edmonton Magazine named Luminaria as one of our Top 20 Things to Do Before 2013, so it’s a definite must-see attraction! (What other 19 things must you do in Edmonton before 2013? Find out in the digital edition of our November/December issue!)

Thousands of candles light up the night at Luminaria.
Photo courtesy of Devonian Botanic Gardens

On Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 5 pm – 9 pm nightly, the Devonian Botanic Gardens will transform with thousands of glowing candles lighting its outdoor pathways. Walk along and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the snow-covered gardens by candlelight, accompanied by the sounds of festive carollers. Be on the look out for some impressive ice sculpture carvings and, if your eyes are really sharp, you might just see some magical “snow sprites” frolicking about.

Hot Tip: Bring along a reusable thermos, and you’ll be able to fill it up with complimentary hot apple cider.

A special section of the pathway will be reserved for visitors to light and place a candle in memory of a loved one.

Make sure to bundle up before you head out — most of the activities are outdoors and it is bound to be chilly this time of year! If things get too cold to handle, take a break next to one of the crackling bonfires stationed alongside the pathways, or head inside The Crafters Workshop to shop for holiday gifts and decor.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 780-987-3054 ext. 2223, or at the gate. Adult $10, Seniors $8, Child (7-12) $3, Children 6 and under are free.

 Hot Tip: Purchase tickets before November 30, and save $2 off admission!

The Devonian Botanic Gardens are located in Parkland County, 5 km north of Devon on Highway 60 (Range Road 263), within 30 minutes of downtown Edmonton; turnoff near Township RD 512A.

Parking will be limited on-site, so visitors are encouraged to use the Park-and-Ride shuttle service, located on 17 Athabasca Ave. in Devon in the parking lot next to the Devon Public Library.

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