Santa Sightings – Where You Will Find the Man in Red This Holiday Season! (updated December 7th)

Family Fun Calgary's guide to finding the Man in Red this holiday season.

There’s no need to check any lists – for families that celebrate Christmas, a visit (or two, three or four) with Santa Claus is a big highlight of the holidays. Here’s where you can find Mr. Jolly himself in Calgary!

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ at Aspen Crossing – click for details

When: November 25 – December 24, 2016
Time: dates and times vary – see website for details
Where: Aspen Crossing – 1 KM West of Mossleigh on Hwy 24 (39 miles SE of Calgary)

Free Santa Visits at Symons Valley Ranch

Santa is meeting boys and girls at the Symons Valley Ranch Christmas Market on December 10th, 11th and 23rd – and he’s bringing his reindeer with him (click through for detailed info on reindeer visits)! Bring your camera – visits with Santa are free!

When: December 10 & 11 at 12-3 pm and December 23 at 1 – 4 pm
Where: The Market at Symons Valley Ranch
Address: 14555 Symons Valley Road NW, Calgary AB

Christmas in Kensington – click for details

When: Saturdays, December 3 – 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 4 pm
Where: Kensington, Calgary
Address: 1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary AB
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Mall Santas

BassPro Shops at CrossIron Mills

Santa is offering a free 4×6 photo and a free personalized digital Christmas card when your child comes to visit him at his Wonderland in Bass Pro Shops, and other photo packages and cards are available for purchase. Your kids will also enjoy lots of free crafts and activities! When you arrive, swing by the Bass Pass Ticket Depot to get an assigned time for your Santa photo. For a complete Santa’s Wonderland schedule, visit the website.

When: November 14 – December 24, 2015
Address: 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View AB

Southcentre Mall

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is open during all mall hours and Southcentre has a schedule of anticipated high/low volume times on their site so you can plan your visit accordingly. Upon your arrival, register at centre court and then return at your assigned time. While they wait, kids can enjoy cookie decorating, holiday movies and Elfie Selfies!

Have gifts that need wrapping? Drop by the Cystic Fibrosis Canada Gift Wrap Centre (located in the Chill Lounge, on the Lower Level across from Santa’s Enchanted Forest) wrapping station for wrapping by donation! They also have a coat and parcel check.

When: November 19 – 3 pm December 24, 2016
Address: 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary AB

Market Mall

Santa is excited to welcome visitors at his Playland in Market Mall. A visit with Santa is free (photo prices vary) and you can book your time in advance on the website! Walkups will also be accepted.

When: November 20 – December 24, 2016
Address: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary AB

Chinook Centre

Santa arrives at Chinook Centre on November 25th, and would love for you to stop by for a visit. A visit with Santa is free (photo prices vary) and you can book your time in advance on the website! Walkups will also be accepted.

When: November 25 – December 24, 2016
Address: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary AB

Marlborough Mall

In addition to hosting Santa for the holiday season (beginning Nov. 19th), Marlborough Mall will be hosting free family holiday fun (Saturdays between November 26 and December 17, 1-3 pm). Until December 23rd, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy Angels holiday campaign. A complete Santa schedule is on the website.

When: November 19 – 3 pm December 24, 2016
Address: 3800 Memorial Dr NE, Calgary, AB

Westbrook Mall

Starting November 19th, visit with Santa by the fountain, and participate in free holiday crafts for kids (Saturdays between November 26 and December 17, 1-3 pm). Until December 23rd, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy Angels holiday campaign. A complete Santa schedule is on the website.

When: November 19 – 3 pm December 24, 2016
Address: 1200 37 St SW, Calgary AB

Deerfoot City

Deerfoot City’s Santa setup will once again be tastefully simple, with Santa greeting his guests in a setting of real trees strung with classic white lights. Between November 25th and December 24th, Santa will keep these visiting hours: Friday 2pm – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm, Christmas Eve 11am – 3pm.

When: weekends, November 25 – December 24, 2016
Address: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary AB

Northland Village Mall

This holiday season, Northland Village’s Centre Court will be transformed into a special place where kids get to visit with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera and a donation for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta to take your own photos (no photographer onsite).

When: December 1-24, 2016
Time: 11 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm; Christmas Eve: 10 am – 1 pm
Address: 5111 Northland Drive NW, Calgary AB

Sunridge Mall

Sunridge Mall is offering Santa photos free of charge; just bring your own camera, camcorder or smartphone. In lieu of payment, a monetary donation to Kidsport Calgary is gratefully requested.

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 7 pm; Sundays & Christmas Eve 10 – 6 pm, Christmas Eve 11 am – 5 pm; Santa takes a break every day between 2-3 pm.

When: December 1 – 24, 2016
Address: 2525 36 St NE, Calgary AB

Past Events

Preview Night at Bass Pro Shops

Help welcome Santa to Bass Pro Shops for the 2016 Christmas season! Head to the store on Preview Night to experience the magical unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland. The evening is filled with FREE family fun activities!

Free Activities:

  • Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies by the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation – from 4 pm until supplies run out
  • Santa’s Arrival at 5 pm- Santa will arrive outside the Front Entrance doors & then make his way into the store for the magical tree lighting!
  • Activities in Santa’s Wonderland – 6 – 8 pm:
    Free photos with Santa (receive a FREE 4×6 photo with photo packages available for purchase)
    Visit the Bass Pass Depot for a designated photo time *Please note: Bass Passes are given out on a First Come First Served basis while supplies last
  • Free Craft – decorate a stocking!
    Kids can write Letters to Santa
    Colouring, Laser Arcade, Shooting Gallery, RC cars, The Big Dig Demo
  • $25.00 Gift Card Drawings between 5:30 and 7:30 pm – Every 30 minutes the  emcee will announce a new winner (5 winners total) Note: must be 18+ to enter. Must be present to win. All unclaimed prizes will be redrawn at 7:45pm in the lobby.

For a complete Santa’s Wonderland schedule, visit the website.

When: Saturday November 12, 2016
Time: 5 – 8 pm (Santa arrives right at 5 pm)
Where: Bass Pro Shops, CrossIron Mills
Address: 112-261055 CrossIron Blvd

Light Up Okotoks – click for detailed info

When: Friday November 18, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9 pm
Where: Downtown Okotoks, AB

Cochrane Light Up – click for detailed info

When: Saturday November 19, 2016
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: First Street, Cochrane AB

Banff Santa Claus Parade of Lights & Festive Fun – click for detailed info

When: Saturday November 19, 2016
Time: events begin at 10 am; parade at 6 pm
Where: Bear Street and Banff Avenue, Banff AB

North Hill Centre – no Santa here in 2016

Santa is coming to visit North Hill Centre on December 12th and 19th. Bring a new unwrapped toy and you’ll receive a Santa photo for free!

When: December 12 and 19, 2015
Where: North Hill Centre
Address: 1632 14 Avenue NW, Calgary AB

Photos with Santa – Sheep River Health Trust

The Sheep River Health Trust is bringing Jolly Old St. Nick himself back to town for their 3rd Annual Photos with Santa. What child doesn’t want to share their secret wishes with Santa? What parent doesn’t want to capture the memory of innocence & belief? Avoid those long lineups at the Mall and pre-book a time with the Sheep River Health Trust.

What you get for your $50 admission fee:

  • Pre-booked time – No Lineups
  • USB Drive with all the photos captured (ranges between 20 -30 photos)
  • Joy of supporting a local charity who invests in Health & Wellness Initiatives in the Foothills region
  • Candy Cane after photos are done


  • Saturday: November 19, 26 & December 3, 10: 9 – 2pm
  • Sunday: November 27 & December 4: 12 – 4pm
  • Monday: November 21, 28: 4 – 7 pm
  • Tuesday: November 22: 4 – 7 pm
  • Wednesday: November 23, 30 & December 7: 4 – 7 pm
  • Thursday: November 24, December 1, 8: 4 – 7 pm

Where: Okotoks Recreation Centre
Address: 99 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks AB

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit The CORE

Take a FREE photo with Santa in front of the giant inflatable snow globe (located on the 2nd floor in front of the giant Christmas tree). You can also enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus at Café Trieste, and receive a free childrens milk hot chocolate upon purchase of any other beverage. There will also be entertainment from Fresh Blend A Cappella and Jackie Drew. All while enjoying one of downtown Calgary’s shopping centres!

When: Saturday December 10, 2016
Time: 11 – 2 pm
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre
Address: 324 8 Ave SW, Calgary AB

Lougheed House Christmas – click for details (Santa visits Dec 10th)

When: November 16 – December 18, 2016 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Time: Wednesday-Friday 11 am – 4 pm; weekends 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Lougheed House Museum
Address: 707 13th Avenue SW, Calgary AB

Christmas at The Hub Café and Wine in Cochrane – click for details

When: Saturday December 10, 2016
Time: open 6 am – 10 pm; Santa visiting 1-4 pm
Where: The Hub Café and Wine
Address: 4101 101 Sunset Drive, Cochrane AB
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Millican Ogden CA Winter Carnival – click for details

When: Sunday December 11, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Millican Ogden Community Centre
Address: 6901 20A Street SE, Calgary AB

ATCO Skate With Santa – click for details

When: Sunday December 11, 2016
Time: 2:15 – 3:15 pm
Where: Piper Arena, Okotoks Recreations Centre
Address: 99 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks AB

Sleigh Bells on St. Patricks Island – click for details

When: Sunday December 11, 2016
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Where: The Rise at St. Patrick’s Island (accessible from East Village)

Mountaintop Christmas at the Banff Gondola – click for details

When: Saturdays, November 26 – December 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 1:45 pm
Where: Banff Gondola
Address: 1 Mountain Ave, Banff AB

Santa Visits Cochrane’s Communities

Santa is going to spend the evenings of December 12-16 visiting a whole bunch of different location in Cochrane – go on out and greet him! His complete schedule is on the website!

When: December 12-16, 2016
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: Cochrane AB (many locations – see online schedule)

Skate & Craft With Santa at Trico Centre – click for details

When: Saturday December 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 2 pm
Where: Trico Centre for Family Wellness
Address: 11150 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary AB

Skate With Santa at Olympic Plaza – click for details

When: Saturday December 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB

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