Nothing makes the cold nights of winter feel merrier and brighter than grabbing a mug of hot chocolate and bundling up to take in the twinkling lights, sights, and sounds of a Santa Claus Parade. Although the City of Calgary no longer has an official event of its own, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the man in red at one of the many incredible Santa Claus Parades in and around the city.
Santa Claus Parade Day in Banff
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018. Activities take place all day; the parade starts at 6:00 pm.
Where: Banff Avenue between Elk Street and Buffalo Street
An incredible mountain backdrop makes this Parade of Lights complete with live performers, beautiful floats, and a glimpse of the one and only Santa Claus truly one of a kind. Spend the day exploring shops, family-friendly activities, and getting photos with Santa at the Banff Train Station between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (with a break from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm). A minimum $10 donation is required with all proceeds benefitting Santas Anonymous. Finish the day by finding the perfect spot to get cozy and watch the parade!
2018 Airdrie Santa Claus Parade
Presented by Cam Clark Ford
When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Main Street, Airdrie from 6th Avenue to Ridgegate Way
The City of Airdrie welcomes Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and all of their helpers as they parade down Main Street in a display of lights and music. Make sure to get there early, as road closures begin at 4:30 pm. Be sure to check out the Airdrie Festival of Lights after the parade!
High River Santa Claus Parade & Light Up George Lane Park
When: Friday, December 7, 2018, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Downtown High River
This will surely be an event not to miss, as High River presents its Santa Claus Parade for the 32nd year running! The event has grown to include art markets and food trucks, as well as the Light Up of the George Lane Park, which takes place prior to the Santa Claus parade. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be provided by the Lions Club of High River, and carolers and other activities will be sure to entertain everyone in the family. Don’t miss your chance to meet Santa Claus after the parade at the Museum of the Highwood!
Cochrane Santa Claus Parade
When: Saturday, December 8, at 5:00 pm; the parade starts at 6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Cochrane
Round up the family for Cochrane’s first annual Santa Claus Parade! Enjoy family-friendly activities and entertainment at 5:00 pm before grabbing a spot for the parade that starts at 6:00 pm.
Mahogany Parade of Lights
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Parade starts at Divine Mercy Catholic Elementary School and ends on Masters Boulevard
Mahogany’s second annual Parade of Lights will be led by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and will feature floats from local groups and businesses and a few surprise guests. Who will have the best float this year? A celebrity guest judge will help to decide! Residents of the community of Mahogany are invited to an after-party at the Mahogany Beach Club park where carollers, hot chocolate, and a bonfire will help to make spirits bright while watching the lighting of the Mahogany Tree of Hope.
Donations of unwrapped gifts will be gratefully accepted for the children and families at the Ronald McDonald House. Non-perishable food items or cash donations for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank will also be accepted at the Beach Club.