All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton, Alberta is not to be missed. 124 Street is one of Edmonton's most vibrant shopping and dining districts, so you know that when they host a festival it is going to be a good one. I have always enjoyed exploring the unique shops and eateries in this area. The All is Bright Festival seemed like a perfect excuse for an urban adventure.
The All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton is a heart-warming celebration kicking off the winter season. There is something about cool weather, dark nights, and community celebrations for creating memories with friends and family. Even though, 124 Street is in downtown Edmonton, the festival really felt like a quaint main street community celebration. The All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton is a free festival put on by the local business association. It is an inclusive festival which includes a Sensory Sensitivity Hour ensuring everyone in the community gets to participate.
Local businesses and eateries come together to create a special festival. The All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton launches with the official lighting up of 124 Street. Winter fun at the festival includes traditional family activities like cookie decorating, crafts and photos with Santa. However, there are also plenty of unique features in keeping with the personality of 124 Street. Businesses participate in a storefront light up contest and stay open offering special activities. Local eateries offer special features and treats. And there is live music and an ice carving workshop too. Pop up vendors and street performers entertain the festival goers. Whereas fire pits provide warmth and a great way to roast marshmallows.
124 Street in Edmonton is a neighbourhood full of creatives, makers, artists, and people that are experts in their crafts. To a foodie's delight, there are over fifty eateries to choose from making 124 street an ideal location for a food crawl. There are thirty boutiques and shops too. 124 Street is home to Canada's oldest gallery walk and several live music venues too. When exploring Edmonton be sure to include one of the city's most vibrant neighbourhood's, 124 Street.
We started off our evening at All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton with a stop at Partake. This is a cozy restaurant serving rustic French cuisine has a welcoming neighbourhood atmosphere. In fact, while we were there is seemed as is every second person through the door was meeting friends, family or knew the staff. It is a place, where everyone knows your name. Saving our appetites for later, we popped by for an expertly crafted cocktail before making our way down the street to the All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton.
Like many places on 124 Street, the staff at the Duchess are experts at their craft. One might even say they are artists; however, their medium isn't paint, it is gingerbread. They have created a beloved Edmonton Christmas tradition by building elaborate and incredibly detailed gingerbread scenes. In the past they have recreated Hogwarts Castle, a cathedral and even an accurate replica of Whoville. This year's creation was none other that Arendell Castle, home to Frozen's Elsa and Anna. The craftsmanship is exquisite. The final product takes months to build. In fact, the construction begins in August!
- Nuovo Bistro is another Italian Bistro. I haven't been here yet but now that I have discovered it that problem will soon be fixed.
Most of the shops stayed open late for the All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton. We popped into Makers Keep. This is a neat concept that has a marketplace vibe but in a boutique setting. Makers Keep specializes in providing shoppers with the best locally designed and handmade products. In fact, Makers Keep has been so successful in creating a welcoming environment connecting local artisans and business owners with customers that they are several Makers Keep locations around the region now.
With so many great restaurants it was hard to choose our dinner spot. We eventually landed on Northern Chicken and even lucked out and found a table. This Edmonton original serves up southern classics but with a modern twist. The atmosphere is wonderfully comfortable too. This is likely inspired by the owners love of hanging out in their basement rumpus rooms as kids while listening to music and enjoying great food. The chicken was fantastic and so much better than fast food alternatives. We spoke to one of the owners while we were here. He was very warm and hospitable and truly passionate about the restaurant. He was a solid down to Earth guy. I have been craving Northern Chicken ever since.... if only I could convince him to open one closer to home.
Always a fun place for an urban adventure, 124 Street is one of Edmonton's most vibrant districts. Combining a neighbourhood full of creatives, makers, artists, and expert craftspeople with a winter festival is a magical combination. If you are visiting Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in November, then be sure to include the All is Bright Festival on 124 Street in Edmonton your urban adventure list.
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I need to hear more about the Duchess Bake Shop, I hope you get through the doors someday and I need to visit there!
I promise to go to Duchess Bake Shop, to try so many things and to share the experience! Too bad we can't create scratch and sniff posts yet.
I miss Edmonton sometimes! Even though the city life isn’t for me I really enjoyed the many festivals, activities and restaurants! And Northern Chicken is so good haha! Who doesn’t love a little chicken fried …cold beer on a Friday night… pair of jeans that fit just right …. LOL! If you know you know!