Calgary Christmas Parades

Published Oct 29, 2018 | Updated Nov 7, 2018

Calgary itself may not have the Santa Claus Parade anymore, but there are some spectacular Christmas parades around Alberta that are worth taking a little trip for!

That cool crisp has landed — as have the snowflakes — and the undeniable presence of winter spirit! As we prepare for Christmas crafting, shopping, and baking, there are a few events to jot down between stewing apple cider and clove covered oranges — Christmas Parades!

You may have searched for Calgary Christmas Parades, however, unfortunately for those with small children (and those who love parades all the same), the annual Calgary Santa Claus Parade has not run since 2007.

We’ve done some searching and put together a list for you of nearby Santa Clause parades that are just a short drive away! You can prepare a warm picnic and make a full day family event of taking in these spectacular events.

Here are 8 nearby events you won’t want to miss:

Banff Santa Claus Parade & Christmas in the Rockies

Where: Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6pm, but there's more fun events all day starting at 10am

What: Beginning on Bear St., with Christmas in the Courtyard, an ice carver will be festively carving alongside a station specially set up for the little ones! A variety of holiday events are then planned to hit the main street of Banff, with activities such as face painting, caroling, photos with Santa, Christmas crafts, and the illuminating parade, there will be a hefty amount of holiday joy to pass around!

Light-Up the Night Winter Festival

Where: Lacombe

When: November 28 – December 2, 2018

What: This beautiful five-day event rolls in the Christmas season for those in Lacombe and area, offering fabulous activities including the Tim Horton’s Santa Claus Parade, tree lighting ceremony, free movies, and Lumenight, fire works display! With this event growing in size annually, (with those searching for Calgary Christmas Parades sure to be flocking), there will be a few new surprises this year. Be sure to check out the website for early updates! 

Santa Claus Parade of Fort MacLeod

Where: 2nd Ave. and Main St., Fort Macleod, AB

When: Saturday November 24, 2018 at 11am

There's also fun activities Friday night starting at 6:45pm, and stick around all day Saturday for pancake breakfast, pictures, family movie, and a dance in the evening.

What: Santa Claus has been making a stop in beautiful Fort MacLeod since 1982, greeting kids and adults alike during the annual parade. Only a short drive from Calgary, be sure to come out for the sights of not only this fun-loving parade, but the breath-taking backdrop of the Canadian Rockies you are sure to find here as well.

Parade of Lights

Where: 50th Ave. & 50th St., (Main Street) Rocky Mountain House, AB
The parade starts on Main St., travels down the street until 47th Ave., then over to Highway 11, and back to Main St.

When: Saturday November 24, 2018, parade starting at 7pm

What: With thousands of lights decorating these parade floats, this is one illuminating parade you’ll want to experience. Kids treats and hot chocolate will be sold along the parade route. Remember to dress warmly! 

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Where: Highriver, AB

When: Friday December 7, 2018 at 6:30pm

What: With the annual Calgary Christmas Parades no longer running, this festive Santa Claus parade in Highriver is perhaps your closest alternative! This year's theme is "Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Christmas" so it's sure to be spectacular! Be sure to dress warmly and get ready for a beautiful and festive parade. If you want to make a day out of it, there's two great markets in High River that day. The Christmas Craft fair at the Highwood Memorial Centre and The High River Artisans Market at Emmerson Lane Mall.

Grande Prairie Santa Claus Parade

Where: Traveling East down 102 St. & turn south on 100th Ave., the parade will proceed west on 99th Ave. to end at Revolution Place.

When: Sunday December 2, 2018 at 3pm (changed from the usual 1pm start)

What: The festive annual Grande Prairie Santa Claus Parade! For those living or traveling north this winter season, this is one not to miss. After the parade till 5pm is a celebration with hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, carolers, and the lighting of the Christmas tree at the arena!

Photo credit: Erica Fisher

Cochrane Santa Claus Parade

Where: Along 1st Street, from 5th Ave to Central Ave

When: Saturday December 8th at 6-7pm

What: Join in for an evening of family fun as we bring the spirit of Christmas to children, young & old! Santa Claus Parade is a family event which incorporates a family friendly parade. Followed by a week of community visits, the man in red to visits all the children of Cochrane to spread holiday joy & seasons greetings.

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December 5, 2015, 2:33 p.m. Flag

wondering who stops this parade in Calgary, the City?


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