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It’s been 12 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 six 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.


Saturday, November 18
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Banff Avenue

Info from website:
“As fall retreats and winter emerges, so does the wonder and joy of Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. On Saturday, November 18th, a flurry of family-friendly activities kick-start the season in Banff bringing holiday cheer to a whole new level. During the day, kids can have their photo taken with Santa and tell him all of their Christmas wishes! At dusk, the streets come alive with the magic glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights as a procession of floats, performers, and Santa himself traverse Banff Avenue. After the parade wander a decorated Banff Avenue for unique gifts and treats.”


Info from website:

“Christmas season is upon us, the wonder of winter is near, Celebrate the glow of lights and express your Christmas cheer. The arrival of Santa Claus and his bright, sparkly sleigh, Is sure to bring smiles to everyone’s day. Bundle up tight and gather downtown To see the magic of Christmas erase any frowns. The more the merrier, so bring everyone you know, To stand under the lights and the fresh fallen snow!”

Santa’s Parade of Lights
Jasper Avenue
November 18th, 2017


Santa Claus Parade of Lights
Olds Regional Exhibition
(Caluori Pavilion – 5223 – 54 Street, Olds)
Saturday, November 25th
5:00 p.m.

Fort McLeod


Info from website:
“Save the date to come out to this years Santa Claus Parade…the biggest and best West of Toronto! This years theme is Celebrating Canada’s 150. Last year we had beautiful weather and our turnout was fantastic, with over 12,000 spectators! We are hoping the weather cooperates again and we can have another great parade.”

2nd Ave & Main Street
Saturday, November 25th
Starts at 11:00am

High River


Friday, December 1st
Downtown High River

Info from website:

“Light Up George Lane Park” will be officially ‘turned on’ prior to the parade, with ceremonies getting under way at 5:00 PM at the entrance to George Lane Park. The Lions Club of High River will be on hand with hot dogs and hot chocolate and The Rotary Club of High River will have light wands for the first 1000 children. There will also be a chance to meet Elsa, Anna & Olaf along with other activities before the switch is thrown!

The Stampede Stage will be set up shortly after 6:00 PM until the start of the Parade. Local businesses will be open late to find those special gifts! The United Church has their ‘Gifts of Hope Christmas Market’ from 4:30 – 8 pm and hot chocolate and hot dogs from 5 – 6 pm. SNAPS is putting on the ‘Winter Craft Fair’ in the Memorial Centre and along 4th avenue this year!

Plus, Santa will be in the Museum of the Highwood following the parade, so bring the kids and your camera! There are lots of things to see and do in High River!”



Image via Airdrie CityView

December 2nd, 2017
Fletcher Park and will proceed southbound on Main Street.

Info from website:
“Come and enjoy the great floats and entertainment at the 2017 Santa Claus Parade, Santa Claus is coming to town.”


Saturday, December 9th

Mike Morrison