(Photo via Banff Lake Louise Tourism)

It’s been ten years since Calgary hasn’t had a Santa Claus parade. You’ll remember that it closed so the city could build the Bow Tower, which has now been open for five years.

But even though Calgary doesn’t have a Santa Claus parade, that doesn’t mean you can’t take part in one of the most festive of moments. There’s lots of nearby towns and cities that do celebrate! Here’s my up-to-date list. As always, confirm with each of the locations before you make the drive.


Santa Claus Parade of Lights
November 18th
6:00pm, Banff Ave.
“As fall retreats and winter emerges, so does the wonder and joy of Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. The anticipation and excitement during the countdown to Christmas becomes oh so real. This year, ignite your spirit early by welcoming Santa under the twinkling lights of Banff Avenue for a festive gathering like no other.”



“Celebrate the glow of lights, the wonder of winter and the arrival of Santa Claus, outdoors at twilight!

Bundle up, sip on hot chocolate and gather with friends, family and community members on November 19 at Jasper and 99th street to kickoff the holiday season. Stop in Churchill Square to grab a bite at one of the food trucks or visit Santa’s Letter Writing Table before you head to the parade route. Afterwards, warm up at a bonfire in the square.”

Santa’s Parade of Lights
Jasper Avenue and 99th Street, Edmonton, Alberta
November 19 2016, 4:00p.m. to 7:00pm


Santa Claus Parade of Lights
Olds Regional Exhibition
(Caluori Pavilion – 5223 – 54 Street, Olds)
Saturday, November 26th
5:00 p.m.

Fort McLeod

2nd Ave & Main Street
November 26th, 2016
Starts at 11:00am

High River


Friday, December 2nd
Downtown High River
“The 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade will travel through High River’s beautifully decorated downtown on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 starting at 6:30 p.m. There parade will feature over 60 entries and include family-friendly events like hay rides, live music, craft fair and more. Fire pits, hot dogs and hot chocolate along the parade route will ensure everyone stays warm while watching the parade.”


December 3rd
Time: 5:00pm
Main Street

Mike Morrison