Calgary is home to a lot of things. A beautiful red bridge, an insanely huge parade celebrating cowboys and an arena that’s the shape of a saddle. But one thing that it’s not home to is a Santa Claus parade. Yup, it surprises people every year, but Calgary hasn’t had a Santa Claus parade since 2006. Sigh. Many people have asked Mayor Nenshi why and he’s always insisted that it’s a volunteer initiative and that if people want one, they should organize one. Earlier this week, I made the suggestion that a neighbourhood BRZ should take on the parade. It’s pretty much guarenteed to be hit, because, you know, Santa!

Until then, I’ll continue to make my annual list of nearby towns and cities that do have Santa Claus parades. If I missed any, let me know.


Santa Claus Parade of Lights
November 29th
Caluori Pavilion, Olds Exhibition Grounds, 5223 – 54 St
Parade at 5 pm
More info

Fort Macleod

2nd Ave & Main Street
November 29th, 2014
Starts at 11:00am
Fun fact: The parade features more than 10,000 spectators and eight large marching bands.
More information

High River

website_banner_mockupChristmas in High River
Friday December 5th
Downtown High River
More information


Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 8.42.23 PMSanta Claus Parade of Lights
Banff Ave
Saturday, December 6th
Starts at 5:30pm
More information



Image via Airdrie CityView

Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, December 6th
More information


Saturday December 13th
Downtown Cochrane
More info

Mike Morrison