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Your Guide To Edmonton’s Hottest End-of-December Events!

Just because Christmas wraps up on December 25, doesn’t mean the celebrating has to! If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do, we’ve gathered a list of events going on in the city from December 26 – 30:

View a variety of original props from the Star Wars films while discovering the secrets behind your identity.
Photo courtesy of LucasFilm

Star Wars™ Identities: The Exhibition 
When: Through April 1, 2013; Daily 10 am – 8 pm
Admission: Adult $26.50; Senior/Student/Youth (13-17) $23.50; Child (3-12) $16.50. Tickets can be purchased in advance; call 780-451-3344 or visit www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.com
Where: TELUS World of Science (11211-142 St.)
About: Suitable for all ages, this exhibit features over 200 original props from the Star Wars™ films and uses interactive technologies to help guests make interesting discoveries about their personalities. Admission also includes entry to the 6 permanent exhibits, so a visit to the Telus World of Science can easily be an all-day activity! Entry to the Star Wars™ exhibit is timed (entry takes place every 15 minutes), so reserve your ticket in advance if timing is imperative.

Theo Von
When: December 26 – 31
Admission: Adult $15.50 – $22.25 Dec 26 – 30; $30 – $65 Dec 31. Tickets can be purchased in advance; call 780-483-59999 or visit www.thecomicstrip.ca.
Where: The Comic Strip (West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St.)
About: After breaking into the mainstream comedy scene on the hit NBC television show Last Comic Standing, Theo Von continues to be well-known for his relatable humour about his dysfunctional family, the South, and his life as a college student-turned-struggling comic in Los Angeles.

Gerry Dee
When: December 28, 7:30 pm
Admission: General Admission $48.90 – $58.90. Tickets must be purchased in advance; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.
Where: Northern Jubilee Auditorium (11455-87 Ave.)
About: Last Comic Standing alumni and current star of the TV show Mr. D , Gerry Dee tells hilarious stories about his early career as a teacher, and the challenges of parenthood.

Oliver!
When: Dec 19 – 30, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Admission: General Admission $39.25. Tickets must be purchased in advance; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca
Where: Festival Place (100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park)
About: The musical tale of an orphan boy trying to survive on the streets of Dickens-era London comes to life in this family-friendly performance with a live orchestra, elaborate set, and intricate costumes.

The spirit of the season continues in this fun, contemporary musical A Christmas Carol Project. See it Dec 28-29 at the TransAlta Arts Barn!

A Christmas Carol Project
When: December 28 – 29, 8 pm
Admission: $35 in advance (780-409-1910) or $40 at the door.
Where: TransAlta Arts Barn (10330-84 Ave.)
About: Local musicians perform a contemporary interpretation of Dickens’ classic holiday tale with original music and lyrics in this witty, engaging production.

Salute to Vienna
When: December 30, 2:30 pm
Admission: General Admission $49.50 – $89.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance; call 780-48-1414 or visit www.winspearcentre.com
Where: Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
About: The beautiful sounds of the orchestra and vocals that comprise this musical series is a festive, traditional way to celebrate the New Year.

Royal Alberta Museum
When: Through January 2; Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Admission: Adult $11; Senior $8; Student $7; Youth (7 – 17) $5; Children 6 and under are Free
Where: 12845-102 Ave.
About: In addition to their regular galleries, view two amazing touring displays before they leave the museum in 2013! Discover the lost opulence and excess of Imperial Russia in The Tsar’s Cabinet exhibit, a breathtaking display of intricately- decorated porcelain and artwork. Then view a stunning collection of photographs in the Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee exhibit, which highlights the Queen’s life and legacy in her dedication to her family and commonwealth.

Candy Cane Lane
When: December 14 – January 2; Nightly beginning at 5 pm
Admission: Free; donations to the food bank are accepted, or book a sleigh ride for your tour (Adult $16; Child $10) at candycanelane.trav-graphics.com
Where: 148 St. between 92 Ave. & 100 Ave
About: Bundle up and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, a ten block stretch of impressive residential displays of colourful Christmas lights and decorations.

Casablanca
When: Dec 26, 2 pm
Admission: $10 Adult; $8 Student/Senior; $6 Child
Where: Metro Cinema (8712-109 St.)
About: Here’s a chance to watch one of the biggest cinematic classics — and one of the most epic movie romances — on the big screen!

Beer Prov Improv Show
When: December 28, 8:30 pm
Admission: $5 at the door
Where: Avenue Theatre (9030-118 Ave.)
About: Join Edmonton’s “working man’s theatre group” for a night of funny improv theatre, stand-up comedy routines, and ridiculously entertaining theatre-sports games.

The Buddy Holly Story
When: Through February 3; evening performances Tue – Sun, brunch performances Wed & Sun.
Admission: $69.00 – $104.99. Tickets must be purchased in advance, call 1-877-529-7829 or book online
Where: Mayfield Dinner Theatre (16615-109 Ave.)
About: Back by popular demand, this lively musical will have you dancing in your seat to the nostalgic tunes of Buddy Holly, as talented actors detail Holly’s short-lived but incredibly accomplished career as one of the world’s top recording artists.

Enjoy cross-country skiing and other fun winter activities in the beautiful Hawrelak Park.

Hawrelak Park (9330 Groat Rd.)
When: Daily 6 am – 11 pm
Admission: Free
About: Enjoy skating, tobogganing, and cross country skiing, or take a relaxing walk on the pathways through the snow-covered trees. Skate rentals are available Friday (6 pm – 9 pm), Saturday (12 pm – 9 pm), and Sunday (12 pm – 9 pm) for $5/hour. Skate sharpening is also available for $5. A sheltered pavilion houses food concessions and washrooms. The cross-country trail is appropriate for beginner and intermediate skiers.

Edmonton Oil Kings Hockey
When: December 27, 7 pm
Admission:$17.75 – $33.50. Tickets can be purchased in advance; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.
Where: Rexall Place (7424-118 Ave.)
About: Missing the NHL? Catch Edmonton’s WHL team in action against the Red Deer Rebels.

Art Gallery of Alberta
When: Tue – Fri 11 am – 7 pm; Sat – Sun 11 am – 5 pm; Closed Mon
Admission: $12.50 Adult; $8.50 Seniors/Students/Youth; Children under 6 are free; $26.50 Family
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Winston Churchill Square)
About: Five exciting exhibits are currently on display, each with a very different theme and featuring a variety of sculptures, sketches, paintings, and artifacts. This week is one of the last opportunities to view Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, and IMPRINT: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection, which are only on display until January 6. After viewing the exhibits, spend some time browsing Shop AGA for some unique, artisan-made decor, jewellery and accessories, as well as an interesting variety of books, toys, and novelties. Or, stop by Zinc restaurant in the AGA for a light meal, warm drink, or custom cocktail.

We still have to ring in 2013, and there are plenty of things to do on December 31 too!

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