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Cold weather not stopping 29th annual Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: It's Edmonton's largest and longest winter festival but there are also ways to keep warm during this fun, family-friendly event. Margeaux Maron has the details.

As Albertans buckle down for a second weekend of extreme cold, Edmontonians are bundling up to embrace winter culture.

The Silver Skate Festival is kicking off its 29th season this weekend and will run from Feb. 8 to Feb. 18 in Edmonton’s scenic river valley.

The winter extravaganza celebrates all things winter with a combination of sports, arts, culture and recreation. Fire sculptures, ice sculptures, and theatre performances will be displayed over the 10-day festival.

Watch below: Edmonton is a winter city and the frigid temperatures aren’t stopping one local winter festival. The annual Silver Skate Festival focuses on getting outside and embracing winter. Mike sits down with Erin DiLoreto, Maxim Van Besien and Gautier Grouselle to learn more.

Edmonton’s Silver Skate Festival forges ahead amid cold snap
Edmonton’s Silver Skate Festival forges ahead amid cold snap

Guests can warm up around the outdoor fire, or inside a heated tent featuring live music, signature cocktails and specialty foods.

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A number of family-friendly recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and helicopter tours can also be enjoyed. The full schedule of events and activities can be found on the festival’s website.

READ MORE: Helicopter rides taking Edmonton’s Silver Skate Festival to new heights

ETS will provide shuttle services to Hawrelak Park from the University of Alberta LRT station, and from the Windsor Park Plaza parkade.

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