The holiday season is a time of joy when we connect with one another and look forward to a new year. However, when life in community is impacted by a crisis, like the recent wildfires, our experience of the holidays can be profoundly altered. For some, getting through the holidays can be stressful, especially as schools and community programs shut down for the season. For this reason, we created The Gift of Play, a multi-day family festival that enlivens the holiday season and strengthens the social fabric of our communities.

2nd annual gift of play

Festival Date & Time

The holiday festival will run from from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on December 28, 29, 30 and January 2, 3, 4.

Festival Location

Casman Centre (Multipurpose Room) 

110 Eymundson Rd 

Fort McMurray, AB 


Registration for the festival is free.

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why Gift of Play?

Promotes the health and wellness of children

With over 11,000 school-aged children in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo, we make it a fun-filled experience for those who spend the Christmas holidays at home with family.

Brightens the Christmas holiday season

As local schools and community programs shut down for the holiday season, we step up to brighten the holidays and help usher a new year of new hope and possibilities.

Embraces the rich diversity of our regional communities

We create a safe and inclusive space that embraces all sections of our diverse, multi-cultural communities. 

Provides opportunities for people to celebrate together

By creating an exciting destination for community members to celebrate together, we strengthen the spirit of our communities and the ties that bind us together.