It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in 2021 it will be even better for the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

Both cities were announced on Thursday as the hosts for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships. That edition of the tournament will mark the fifth time in the last decade that Canada has hosted the event.

"To return to Alberta is an incredible opportunity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship," said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. "The province of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer have a history of hosting successful, world-class events."

In 2012, Edmonton hosted the tournament along with their NHL rival Calgary. That year the Alberta cities drew a record 455,342 fans.

Red Deer, which is located about halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, has also hosted a previous World Juniors, seeing the 1995 championships there with some games played in other cities and towns in central Alberta.

During the tournament in 2021, the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels will be displaced as their arenas, Rogers Place and the ENMAX Centrium, play host to teams from around the world. Both will likely go on lengthy road trips during that time frame.

This year’s under-20 tournament will be played in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia and is the 13th time that Canada host hosted it. 2020 will see the Czech Republic host the event before it returns to Alberta.

The 2019 edition of the World Juniors will kick off on Boxing Day (December 26) and run until January 5, 2019.