Calgary’s Santa Claus parade met an untimely demise back in 2006, when its usual route was closed due to construction of the Bow Tower. Since then, the idea of thousands of Calgarians gathering to celebrate the big jolly old man has long been abandoned. But that doesn’t mean kids (and yes, some adults) can’t still see a Santa Claus parade, it just means that they can’t do it in Calgary.

So I did some digging around and found some other parades taking place all around us. If I’m missing any, just let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

The Santa Claus parade season officially kicks off in Red Deer on November 16th. The parade is a part of the Light The Night festival.

Festival Lights The Night & Santa Claus Parade
Ross St. (Downtown)
Saturday, November 16th
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On November 30th, you’ll have two parades to choose from.

pmoverOlds fashioned Christmas’ Santa Claus Parade of Lights
Olds, Alberta
Starts at Caluori Pavilion
Saturday, November 30th
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Photo via Fort Macleod Gazette

Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
Fort Macleod, Alberta
2nd Ave & Main Street
Starts at 11:00am
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As we get closer and closer to December 25th, the weather becomes more of an issue, especially if you’re not a fan of the cold. That’s why heading to Edmonton might be a good idea.

edmonton santaJingle On Indoor Santa Parade
Commerce Place, Manulife Place, Edmonton City Centre
Sunday December 1, 2013.
10:00 am to noon
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I can’t think of a place that feels more like Christmas than the mountains, so it makes sense that Banff plays host to a fantastic parade.

Christmas in the Rockies
Banff Ave
Saturday, December 7th
Starts at 5:30pm
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If you can’t make it out to the mountains, Airdrie is always giving Santa his very own parade on December 7th.

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Airdrie Santa Claus Parade
December 7th at 5:00pm
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Mike Morrison

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