12 Days of Christmas 2018

Glow Edmonton 2018

Hello everyone! Welcome to the second instalment of my 12 Days of Christmas series! Today I will be telling you about the Glow Gardens in Edmonton that we attended a few weeks ago!

Now, I wasn’t one of the ambassadors for this event, but my goal is to grow my Instagram following so I can be selected next year! So this is a free of charge, we had a great time so I wanted to blog about it sort of event. Follow me on Instagram to help me achieve that goal!

Glow is an indoor display of Christmas lights, Christmas music and fun! Being completely inside, it is very warm and perfect for little ones who may not be able to stay outside long. We also go the first time slot for a Thursday and it was a very manageable crowd, so G was able to walk around most of the time we were there!

The floor is covered in turf, which G found so cool! But could make for dirty clothes if your little one falls or plays around on the ground, which is why we dressed him in darker clothes!

There are several different sections to explore through, as well as a scavenger hunt to find Santa’s missing presents – which we didn’t do this time as G just wouldn’t have been interested in it!

We spent a lot of time in the ‘Light Cavern’ with the hanging lights that you see in a lot of people’s Instagram posts, G really liked running in there!

While some kids would definitely be overwhelmed by the amount of lights, G really loved all of the lights!

It was also a great place to get some cute pictures together with G!

Another feature we really enjoyed was the Glowcamotion, a little toddler train for ages 12 and under (and their parents), it does a few laps and it’s perfect for a train lover like G! The lines for this are fairly quick! We checked it out twice!

Other features:

– Santa pictures: Santa is over by the Light Cavern in the back right corner, we chose not to wait in line as we would have used up some of G’s happy evening time waiting to see a person he doesn’t like yet!

– Children’s play area with Castle play structure, farm area with bouncy unicorns and cows, tables and letter to Santa activity over by the Marketplace

– Local vendors with their goods for sale

– Carnival type food available on site

– Bar with special Glow cups and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale (minimum price $8)

– Performers on stage signing Christmas carols

– Lots of great spots for Instagram or Christmas card worthy pictures!

Some tips:

– Tickets are based on an hourly entry rate (so we had a 4pm entry time), but guests are not required to leave after that hour, we found the crowds started to get a little crazy at about 5:30pm when we left. If you get tickets for the first slot, the crowd will be smaller, your chances of parking at the venue are greater and getting home for a reasonable bedtime is more likely

– All of the food on site is carnival type food, if your family doesn’t eat that type of food, make sure you have a big meal before you go and bring snacks for little ones

– There is coat check for $2, but if you have a stroller, you can put everything in there

– Washrooms are outside of the main Glow area, but you can get a stamp for re-entry

– The Light Tunnel does a light show several times an hour, it’s a great time to take a quick pause with your little one!

– and most of all, have fun!

Glow Edmonton runs until January 19th at the Enjoy Centre in St Albert, as well as other locations in Canada! For more information and to get tickets, go here!

Have you been to Glow or other lights display? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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