Downtown Midnight Madness takes over the Esplanade, TREX Space and the Monarch Theatre

Medicine Hat – The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is pleased to present an array of free activities during Downtown Midnight Madness on Friday, Nov. 18 from 4 p.m. until late.

Midnight Madness at TREX Space | #2 516 Third Street SE | 4 p.m. to late

The TREX Space hosts an opening reception of Pretend Foraging in Sleeved Blankets, a collection of imaginative drawings, colourful animations, and cozy mini quilts by Lethbridge artist Grace Wirzba. Get creative at a drop-in art station where there will be a Pinwheel Quilt Block workshop inspired by the exhibition. Warm up with some hot coco from the complimentary Hot Chocolate Bar.

Midnight Madness at the Monarch Theatre | Frozen II | Two shows | 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Esplanade is bringing a FREE viewing of Frozen II and sing along to some Anna and Elsa songs with the help of Glass Slipper’s frozen princess sisters. The cold won’t be a bother in the cozy historic Monarch theatre where patrons may also get the chance to meet the Frozen royalty and mark a new Monarch memory with a photo. Themed concession snacks are available for purchase. Those who don't have the time to check out the full movie but would still like to meet the Frozen sibling duo can check out the ice carving event on the Esplanade front lawn between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Frozen on First | 4:30-9:30 p.m. 

Join local artist Marina Cole and Calgary based ice sculptor Andrew Zoller on the front lawn as they carve holiday magic from over two thousand pounds of ice. Drop by from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to see Glass Slipper’s frozen princess sisters between their appearances at the showings of Frozen II at the Monarch Theatre.

XMAS at the Ewart Duggan House | 4:30-9:30 p.m. 

The historic Ewart Duggan House is decked out for the holidays. Enjoy the warm glow and charming atmosphere of one of Medicine Hat’s most beloved historic houses over a complimentary seasonal cider and cookies. Marvel at the decorations and get a peak into past holiday celebrations.

Public Reception with artist and curators | 7-9 p.m. 

Celebrate two amazing exhibitions: The Hand and the Letter and Petra Malá Miller: Living in the ZoneEnjoy live music by Logan Straub, hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments, bar service, plus exhibition curators and contributing artists will be present. In conjunction with The Hand and the Letter, there will be a desk for children to write a letter to Santa, drop it in the antique mailbox in the gallery and receive a small present.

Please note that the tree lighting ceremony will be viewed from Towne Square this year with Mayor Clark to lead the way.

Stay up to date on all exhibitions, events and programs by following the Esplanade on Instagram and Facebook, and visit their website. For show tickets, or to register for programs and Pay What You Will experiences, visit

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