Here for the Holidays

Here for the Holidays

Activities for a full week of festive fun

Stay the week and celebrate the holidays in the winter paradise this December! Play outside, gather together, and take in the festive magic of the holiday season at the lake. Add these must-do's to your holiday hit list


Sylvan Lake Winter Village

This Winter Village takes over the Sylvan Lake Pier with over 300,000 twinkling lights from December to March each year. Glittery walks under twinkling and dancing lights are the perfect place for a festive photo underneath a lit archway. 

The Winter Village is home to the Christmas Tree Planter Parade, sponsored by businesses and organizations that compete with their unique decorating skills. Vote for your favorite decorated mini Christmas tree using the QR codes attached to the planters. 

On the weekends, sponsored bonfire nights are a great way to cuddle up after your Winter Village walk and enjoy some entertainment around the fire. 

FIND IT: At Lakeshore Drive and 50 Street on the Sylvan Lake Pier



Ice Fishing

Sylvan Lake is home to whitefish, walleye, perch, burbot, and pike. When the lake freezes over, fishing shacks in every style and color take over the ice, creating cozy shelters for those who are hoping to catch a bite!

Ice fishing adventure rentals are available from several providers in Sylvan Lake, or bring your own equipment and try your luck. There are even a few providers who do overnight ice fishing adventure rentals for a truly unique winter experience.

Keep an eye out for The Big Jig ice fishing event February long weekend - ice fishers at all skill levels will have the chance to snag the Longest Catch and win great prizes.



Lake Skating

Nothing says winter wonderland like lacing up your skates and twirling around on the lake rinks! Circle the Christmas tree and stay until dusk when the lights under the ice surface come on to the glittery backdrop of the Winter Village in the distance. Pro tip: bring your own skates, skate rentals are not available in Sylvan Lake.

FIND IT: Lake Skating Rinks at Lakeshore Drive and 49 Street


Boutique Holiday Shopping

Giving heartfelt gifts is just as much fun as shopping for treasures from boutiques that carefully curate and hand-select the wares they keep in store. Spend an afternoon hunting down the perfect holiday gifts at many of the boutiques around town. Downtown boasts many small boutiques with many other fantastic shops scattered throughout the town.


Snow Karts

Snow karts are a ton of fun to race around the lake. Head out for a rip on the lake and let the powder fly!

FIND IT: At Sun Sport Recreation



Pond hockey and ODRs

Grab your buds for a round of pond hockey out on the Lake! There are several lake rinks that are meant for shooting and hockey games. There are also many outdoor rinks throughout town to practice on as well

Outdoor Skating Rinks


A classic winter activity the whole family will love! In Sylvan Lake, Leader Field is the favorite tobogganing spot. Nearby parking lots make it easy to access. Be sure to bundle up for a whole afternoon of sledding fun.

FIND IT: Leader Field at Memorial Trail and 60 Street

Axe Throwing

Get your lumberjack on and let the axes fly at Wood Shed Axe Throwing. A fun activity for groups and all ages 10+, their super helpful staff will coach you through to the bulls-eye! They're also home to Canada's first digitally interactive targets.

FIND IT: Wood Shed Axe Throwing at 56 Cuendet Industrial Way

Coffee Culture
There's no better excuse for a piping hot cup o' joe or a sweet specialty beverage than the cool northern climes. Sylvan Lake has an abundance of coffee houses and cafes that carry drinks, baked goods, lunch items, locally roasted beans and local art. Stop in or stop by for a hot drink to take on your winter walk.

Snowmobiling, Quads, and ATCs

If you live for the rush of driving a snowmobile, quad, or ATV - don't miss the winter season in Sylvan Lake. The lake ice is the perfect playground for adventure and spraying powder!

Cozy Up at the Cabin
Winter weekends may just be the best time to cozy up in a little lakeside cabin for the holidays with the people you love the most. Vacation rental cabins are available in Sylvan Lake and can be an awesome way to escape the winter cold!
Stay Overnight



The perfect place for snowshoeing is in Jarvis Bay Provincial Park, just a couple minutes drive outside of Sylvan Lake. Woods surround a series of trails that weave through the campground and along the bluffs overlooking the lake

Jarvis Bay Provincial Park


Steam and Spa

Escape the winter entirely at a steam and spa and let the others brave the cold without you! Sylvan Lake has a history of Finnish settlement that brought the traditional steam baths to the area with them. While today's spas and steam baths are much more modernized, they celebrate rejuvenation in the winter season.


New Year's Fireworks

Ring in the New Year with fireworks over the lake! To stay cozy and have a front-row seat, find a restaurant on Lakeshore Drive with a view overlooking the Pier. Dinner and fireworks - the best way to end off the holiday season in Sylvan Lake!

FIND IT: Sylvan Lake Pier at Lakeshore Drive and 50 Street

Event Calendar