Winter Holidays Celebration

The winter holidays are here! Join us in celebrating all winter long!

Here are our storytime videos, crafts, activities, programs, and resources to celebrate winter holidays from across the world. Everyone is welcome!

Activities at the Library

Crafternoon at the Library

As part of the Light Up at Central Park celebrations:

SGPL presents Crafternoon at the Library

Come by the library to make a holiday craft. We’ll be offering 3 craft options to make:

  • Christmas Card Pasta Trees OR Hanukkah Menorah
  • Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet
  • Yarn Hat Ornaments

When: Saturday November 26, 2022

Time: 12:00-3:00pm; All ages

We'll also be at the Light Up for winter holiday storytimes throughout the event, see you there!

Seasonal Community Craft

Pick up one of our limited Take & Make winter holiday kits* at the library front desk. Crafts include: 

  • Winter terrarium/snow globe
  • Grinch tree ornament
  • Cardboard gingerbread house
*starting December 1 while supplies last

Special Holiday Cyber Tales Storytime

Join us live online for a seasonal holiday read with Sarah on December 9 at 4pm: video recording for "The Great Hibernation" by Tara Dairman.

Cyber Tales Lives on Facebook: Storytime for Big Kids (and All Ages)

Holiday Bingo

Enjoy holiday bingo throughout the library throughout December. Fun for all the family!

Solstice Giving Tree

TAWOW! Welcome to the Solstice Giving Tree, set up to celebrate Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year. After December 21st, the light comes back and Indigenous people know the days are getting longer.  

Under this tree, you will find a Giving Bowl. If anything speaks to you in this bowl, please take it. In the Indigenous way, giving is the same as receiving because if you are one who cares about other people, everything you give comes back to you – a beautiful Circle in life.  

Years ago, a poplar tree on a riverbank may have had all of its branches removed except for a few at the top. This was called a “lobstick” and signified a place where you could stop in your journey and rest. Maybe there was a fire pit built there, and an old kettle for you to boil water in and have tea. That’s the traditional Indigenous inspiration for naming this the “Giving Tree”. 

The bowl under it is a new idea and to signify the importance of giving in Indigenous culture. Please allow the bowl to stay in place to hold gifts from Dec. 1 to Dec. 21. 

First Peoples gave up much when settlers came to Canada, most significantly land, waterways, and their children – who were taken away from parents and placed in residential schools. Many never returned.  

There is a bison on this bowl to signify this animal also gave everything to the people, sacrificing its life so the First Nations of this country could use its meat, hide, bones and hooves for food, shelter, clothing and implements. If you want to know more about this animal-people relationship, scan this QR code. 

In the spirit of Giving, this Giving Tree and Bowl here at the library is meant to help heal the past, and move into the future in the best way possible – honouring the gifts and culture of All. 

Outdoor Nature Storytime

Join us for this special event to celebrate the Winter Holidays Celebration! We'll be celebrating the season through songs, stories and rhyme, and a cup of warm apple cider (snacks provided).

Tuesday 13 December 10:30-11am

2-6 years with caregivers (siblings and friends are welcome)

FREE, In-person, registered

Outdoors at Central Park, dress for the weather! (weather permitting)

Rock Painting Program

Join us for this family-friendly program and paint rocks together at this after school special event.

Thursday 8 December 3:30-4:30pm

All ages, in-person, registered

Seasonal Events In and Around Spruce Grove: 2022

(activities/events may require a fee)

  • Join the Town of Stony Plain: Dig out the decorations and get the eggnog ready – a month of winter festivities are on their way! This year’s Winter Light Up on Thursday December 1 will feature a Town Tree lighting to welcome in the New Year.

  • Zoominescence, a Festival of Light (Friday December 2, 2022 to January 1, 2023) at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

  • Candy Cane Lane in Edmonton opens up December 9 for the 2022 holiday season and sleigh rides are back this winter!

  • This winter, the legendary sell-out event, Luminaria at University of Alberta Botanic Garden (the largest botanical garden in the province) from November 23, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

  • Canadian Tire Magic of Lights (November 24, 2022 to January 1, 2023) - drive-through holiday experience at Castrol Raceway (aka RAD Torque Raceway).

  • One of Edmonton’s favourite kids’ theaters is back just in time for the holidays. Jubilations Junior kids shows include A Christmas Toy's Story, a two act musical kids comedy (November 19, 2022 to January 14, 2023).

  • Glow under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore the gardens and illumination of Glow Edmonton from December 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023.

Winter Holiday Books

Find some great kids books for every holiday* at the library!

*holidays listed chronologically by date they are celebrated

Kwanzaa (December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023)

Learn more about Kwanzaa here

New Year's Day (January 1, 2023)

Three Kings Day/El Dia de los Reyes (January 6, 2023)

Lunar New Year (January 22, 2023)

Read, Watch, Listen, Enjoy!

Find some great holiday content on Hoopla, available FREE with your library card!

Get your FREE library card here!

Happy winter holidays from everyone here at SGPL!