Join Tourism Lethbridge for a week-long celebration of Winter — January 14 – 19, 2022. We invite you to the downtown core to experience wonderous outdoor winter activities — concerts, outdoor skating, a winter walkabout and more!
Don’t miss our Gourmet Hot Chocolate Contest where you can sample the warm & delicious flavours from many local cafes and restaurants!
Dress warm and spend your time with us downtown at YQL WinterFEST 2022!
All week long!
Explore Downtown Lethbridge and discover beautifully painted windows by Another Pretty Face. Get in the winter spirit as you view winter wonderland windows and get excited for the brier with the winter sports window! Don't forget to grab a gourmet hot chocolate from a local cafe competing in the Hot Chocolate Contest to keep you warm while you wander!
About the Artists
Check back soon to learn more!
Please note that window paints are weather dependant — not all window paints may be done on the first day of WinterFEST
Express Employment Professionals — 524 6 St S
King of Trade/ Serious Music Centre — 317 St S
Poppin Tags — 327 5 St S
Downtown BRZ — 309 6 St S
Analog Books — 322 6 St S
4 Elements Massage — 518 5 St S
Downtown Orthodontics — 820 3 Ave S
Southern Alberta Ethnic Association — 421 6 Ave S
Decor out the Door — #20 316 7 St S
Streatside Eatery — 317 8 St S
Baby Laurel — Unit 10 316 7 St S
How Sweet Inc — 314 5 St S
Penny Coffee House — 331 5 St S
The Owl Acoustic Lounge — 606 3 Ave S
Faded Babershop — #2B4 315 5 St S
Urban Apothecary — 320 6 St S
Bread Milk & Honey — 421 5 St S
Hot Chocolate Contest
All week long — Free samples Saturday, January 15, 2022
This year 7 elite competitors have signed up to see who will be voted the best hot chocolate in Lethbridge! They have come up with their best, their fanciest and their tastiest hot chocolate to your tickle taste buds and win your vote! Every day during YQL WinterFEST 2022 you can go buy a delicious hot chocolate to see who will win your vote. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, you can try them all as the competitors hand out free samples at their stores! Learn more about the hot chocolates down below. Don't forget to grab a hot chocolate to keep you warm before you explore all the other amazing activities happening!
January 14 — 5:00 PM
Karen Romanchuk is a Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, folk, blues and country music singer and songwriter. Influenced by Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, her songwriting has developed into her own unique sound. She travelled the road with a cover band..now performs her own songs with passion and her only hope is to touch someone with her music.
January 15 — 2:00 PM
ADEQUATE! is a funk power trio from Lethbridge Alberta focussed on providing an excellent musical experience through high-quality showmanship and musical skill. Pulling you in with raw musicianship, tantalizing dance moves, mesmerizing lights, and high energy hi-jinx, ADEQUATE! is sure a smile on your face and some dance in your pants. Focusing on the fundamentals that made our funk idols' live shows so great, ADEQUATE! aims to be a source of entertainment for anyone listening. With the recent release of their debut album, ADEQUATE! is excited to add a layer of original material to their extensive catalogue of cover hits.
Winter Exhibitor Stations
January 15, 2022 — 11 AM – 4:30 PM — Rotary Square at Casa
Check out these local and regional exhibitor businesses and learn about all their winter activities! From the Winter Light Festival at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to the 2022 Tim Hortons Brier there is something for everyone to discover! Restriction Exemption Program is in place at CASA. Don't forget to stay for the outdoor concert at 2 PM in Rotary Square and listen to some great music! During the day we will be giving away prizes.
Ultimate Treasure Hunt
All week long
Can you solve the clues to discover the final location and enter to win a prize worth $100s of dollars? Solve the riddle to discover the next clue's location and become one step closer to the grand prize! Follow us on Instagram — @TourismLethbridge — to get hints on the clue locations!
Hint: All clues (except for the last one) will lead you to a new Downtown business to explore!
Saturday, January 15th —11:30 AM and 2 PM — Galt Gardens
Join the Be Fit for Life Centre for snowshoeing in Galt Gardens! On January 15 Be the Fit for Life Centre will be offering 2 – 30 minute free snowshoeing sessions for the public — Prepare for the outdoors and get ready to try something new! Please meet at the East side of the Galt Gardens North of the spray park area across from CASA.
All Week Long — Casa
Don't forget to take a selfie! Check out the 2 ice sculptures by Frozen Memories just outside of Casa and take a fun photo of the family! Post your photo to social media tag us and use the hashtag #yqlwinter for a chance to be featured on our page and a chance to win more local prizes!
Don't forget to check out the Gallery at Casa! Always free Casa showcases amazing local artists in their gallery spaces. Current exhibitions include:
Portrait with Protective Facemask — Petra Mala Miller (until January 15, 2022)
Between the Sidewalk and the Horizon — Kellen Spencer (until January 15, 2022)
Sky Palace — Craig Talbot (until January 15, 2022)
Diary of Earthly Things — Leah Koutroumanos (until January 15, 2022)
Data and Dirt — Sandra Cowan (until January 15, 2022)
re (Read) — Don Ahnahnsisi McIntyre (until January 15, 2022)
Casa is following Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Head over to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery to see many great exhibitions including:
Under the Vast Sky | Britta Marakatt-Labba
Body Longing | Mandy Espezel
Art Library Series | There Were Nothing But Pedigrees All Around Us | Luke Johnson
Head over to SAAG on January 15, 2022, Southern Alberta Art Gallery is following Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program.
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More Events Happening in Lethbridge!
There is always something happening in Lethbridge — check out what else is happening in Lethbridge this winter!
Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens Winter Light Festival
November 26 – February 27, 2021
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as you Experience the Friendship at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden's annual Winter Light Festival! Bundle up and take in our massive light display, ice sculptures, and other surprises throughout the garden! Learn about Japanese customs and traditions that they celebrate during the winter months.
February 11 & 12
The PBR brings, “The Toughest Sport on Dirt,” to major venues nationwide, where the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete week in and week out on the televised Built Ford Tough Series.
2022 Tim Hortons Brier
March 4 – 13, 2022
Get excited to feel the rush of the crowd as you watch one of Canada's favourite sports! The Tim Hortons Brier is coming to the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge 2 – 13, 2022! Hurry hard and get your tickets today — you don't want to miss out on this event!