Edmonton, Canada’s Festival City, Offers Music, Culture and A New Year’s Eve Celebration For The Entire Family

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Edmonton puts the festive into Festival City for the holiday season with musical entertainment, activities and cultural experiences for the whole family

Edmonton residents and folks visiting family and friends this holiday season can take advantage of all the spectacular Edmonton holiday events in Canada’s Festival City. Experience the true magic of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, now in its special 10th anniversary run at the Citadel Theatre until December 23. And for something truly memorable, the Alberta Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium December 10-13.

On New Year’s Eve, Edmonton celebrates with an unforgettable party. Party goers can take in the free indoor and outdoor events around Churchill Square, during New Year’s Eve Downtown, 9 p.m. until Midnight. “We have a great lineup of entertainment this year,” says Giuseppe Albi, General Manager, Events Edmonton, responsible for New Year’s Eve in Edmonton. Outdoors, New Year’s Eve Downtown will feature fantastic pop, rock and country acts onstage in Churchill Square, horse drawn wagon kids, bonfires, a ton of kids’ activities. Indoors at the CBC Centre Stage, the U22 showcase features music by amazing young singer-songwriters under the age of 22.

“Something special has been added to this year’s celebration. We’re partnering with the local committee of Chopin 2010, to celebrate the 200th birthday of Chopin,” says Albi. The night will feature piano recitals of Chopin’s rich classical works in the theatre of the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. Seating is limited and tickets will be available for purchase for this Edmonton holiday event. All other New Year’s Eve Downtown events are free.

The biggest draw of the night is the big, bright and bold fireworks show, which attracts thousands. The comfortable family atmosphere has people cramming the streets to see the show. Albi states, “At midnight, it’s great to see all the people out and being friendly and bonding. Indeed, it’s this sort of friendly charm that makes Edmonton the great city it is.”

New Year’s Eve Downtown is a family-friendly, non-alcoholic event.

For more information on the Edmonton, Alberta holiday season including Edmonton packages and promotions, visit http://www.edmonton.com

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