Don’t let the bitter cold of winter get you down this season. Attend one (or all!) of these fabulous markets instead and feel the coziness of the holidays with your friends and family. From magical winter wonderlands to brilliant enchanted forests, everything you need to embrace the spirit of warmth and giving is right here in your back yard — and we simply can’t wait to explore them all!
Glow Gardens YXE
What better way to beat the cold than to enjoy all the magic and splendour of an outdoor festival hosted entirely inside a cozy and spacious venue. Thousands of twinkling lights fill the World Trade Center at Prairieland Park in a gorgeous display of imagination, interactive light gardens, and illuminated structures.
Kids in the family will help the elves uncover Santa’s lost presents and frolic and climb on an impressive Magic Castle Playground. LED swings and hopscotch provide fun for the entire family, while an array of interactive hanging lights provide the perfect setting for that Instagram capture. Check out Glow’s notable Vendor Market for unique gift ideas from local artisans and vendors. Top the night off with a stroll through Glow’s exquisite Musical Light Tunnel, featuring over 50,000 twinkling lights.
BHP’s Enchanted Forest
This annual holiday-must returns for to delight young and young-at-heart. Produced by the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and City Hospital Foundation, BHP’s Enchanted Forest is noted for being one of the longest-running Christmas light shows in Canada, Over 80,000 people flock to this Christmas tradition event each year. Walk, drive, or take the trolley bus tour on this magical journey through nostalgia and wonder. Each year, this festival is an absolute hit with families of every kind.
In its 20+ year history, BHP Enchanted Forest has raised a total approaching $4,000,000.00 shared between the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and Hospital Foundation. Feel good about where your admission fee goes to while you explore this magical winter escape.
Mega Snow Christmas Show
Before Christmas Glow takes over Praireland Park, be sure to visit yet another seasonal kick-off that promises to be fun for the whole family.
The Mega Snow Christmas trade-show exclusively features local businesses, entrepreneurs, jewellers, crafters, and bakers not seen anywhere else providing you with the perfect opportunity to find that one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone. Over $2000 instant prizes are up for grabs, with swag bags and face painting for the little ones. 100 exhibitors will grace Hall B of the park this year in what is sure to be a festive and joyous weekend.
The trade-show is on for a limited time only so don’t wait to plan your trip. Get all your shopping done in one spot while soaking up the spirit of the season.
Festival of Trees
No Christmas event list is complete without Saskatoon’s Festival of Trees. This beloved annual event happens right next door at the Western Development Museum. Perfectly situated to kick-off the holiday season, the festival offers dozens of beautifully decorated trees to set the mood, while an incredible Gingerbread Lane display will capture your imagination. Kids can get their faces painted before visiting with Santa and grabbing that classic Christmas photo. Live storytelling also provides the perfect form of entertainment while you explore the museum attractions and an exciting Christmas Carnival with meet-and-greets and featured entertainer, Sprinkles the Clown.
Suitable for families with young children, this event is a wonderful way to get your kids in the spirit of the season, boosting exciting and fostering family bonding with charm, magic, and wonder.