TIX on the Square was created by the Edmonton Arts Council in 1999. Originally intended to operate as a rush ticket booth, it has developed into a vital hub connecting local artists and community groups with audiences. TIX supports the arts community with a variety of professional services including box office, media relations support, and social media promotion, all for a nominal fee.
In spring 2011, TIX extended its role to connect audiences with Edmonton's visual and craft artists and began operating a retail space, taking over the operations of The Edmonton City Store. The retail space features a wide range of unique, handcrafted products including pottery, jewelry, photography, fabric arts and more. TIX also showcases books from local authors, music by regional musicians, and historic prints from the City of Edmonton Archives.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s ETS Christmas lights tour time! Whether you’re Edmonton born and raised, new to the city, or just new to the tour, we’re sure you’ll love this magical night!
Photo: Explore Edmonton
So, where does this tour take us? While the tour takes you on many stops throughout the city and river valley, the two biggest highlights are Candy Cane lane and the Alberta Legislature grounds!
Did you know, Candy Cane lane has been a tradition in Edmonton for 50 years? The residents of 149 street go all out for eight beautiful blocks, transforming their houses and lawns into a Christmas light extravaganza! You’ll meet Santa, the Grinch, Rudolf and the other reindeer, and don’t forget to bring your donation for the Edmonton Food Bank!
Photo: Topher Seguin via Edmonton Journal
The Alberta government has been lighting up the Legislature grounds since 1985, and it has been mesmerizing people ever since then. You might even be lucky enough to catch a musical performance as you’re passing through! Many musical ensembles grace that grand staircase every year around the holiday season, with performances every evening starting at 6:30 pm!
Photo: Edmonton Christmas Lights
Some pro tips to ensure you snag tickets!
The ETS Holiday Christmas lights tours are super popular every year, and with limited seats on each bus they sell out quick! The wonderful drivers at ETS volunteer their time for these tours; they know this season is about giving and they love to give their time to you! To make sure to get your tickets for the tour this year, follow these tips!
Be prepared when they go on sale! The tour tickets go on sale at 10 am on Dec 1. Treat it like a Beyonce concert, and have yourself ready and waiting to call in, or be standing in line at our store! Make sure to have your payment ready to go, and know that we will require information to complete your order. This information will include your street address and a method of contact, either a phone number or email (we do not send out any form of solicitation, or share any of this information, it’s just for our records)!
Inform yourself! Much of the information about the Christmas lights tours can be found on the event page here. We at TIX are happy to answer any additional questions you have, but reading up in advance will make the whole process smoother for yourself and everyone else waiting to buy tickets! And don’t forget, there are no online sales for the tours this year! They will be in person and over the phone only!
Know the rules of the event Remember the limit is 8 tickets per person! If you require more than 8, we recommend you have someone else who will be joining you on the tour purchase those additional tickets through their own order. Are you children small enough to sit on your lap throughout the tour? Then they don’t require a ticket! A good rule to remember, if their butt is going to take up a seat, a ticket is needed!
Be kind, patient, and courteous We’re a small team here at TIX, and while we’re experts at selling events, The Christmas lights tours are a high volume event! We’re working our fastest to get everyone tickets, and we promise the whole process will be a smooth ride if you are patient and kind!
Photo: Edmonton Christmas Lights
Tours run from Dec 8th to 11th and 15th to 17th, at 6:00 pm, 6:15 pm, and 6:30 pm. Tickets for the Holiday Lights Tours will be sold in person and over the phone only. There are no online sales this year.