There is so much going on during the holiday season, and Christmas Light-Ups and Parades are a great way to combine the magic of sparkling lights with some seasonal fun. Whether it’s a community event, a parade, or an all-out party, we’ve compiled a list of wonderful holiday fun! If you’re looking for Christmas light displays to drive by or walkthrough, instead of events, see our Christmas Lights Guide.

Inglewood Christmas Light Up Shopping Event

Inglewood is kicking off the holiday season with a late-night shopping event on November 18, 2021. You can expect Green Fools Theatre stilt walkers, carolers, Rosso Coffee Roasters hot chocolate, light displays and more.

Read more about it here.

Light Up Okotoks

Light Up Okotoks is on November 19, 2021. Okotoks sure knows how to get into the holiday spirit! Join them as they launch their annual light tour as part of Light Up Okotoks. Come out to enjoy the lights and festive decorations.

Read more about it here.

Nanton Lights the Way

Nanton Lights the Way, the kick-off to the Christmas season, takes place on November 27, 2021, with festive shops and boutiques open with seasonal goodies for you, and special inventory and great deals to make your shopping list a snap to complete. Check out the Christmas Market, A Ranch Christmas, and the hay ride.

Read more about it here.

Winter Lights Festival – Chestermere

Don’t hibernate – come celebrate winter at the official lighting of the Christmas lights in John Peake Park in Chestermere on November 27, 2021. There will be fun outdoor activities for the family and fireworks will end the night.

Read more about it here.

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Banff Santa Claus Parade of Lights – CANCELLED in 2021

As one of the many highlights of the Banff/Lake Louise Winterstart Festival, November 20, 2021, features family-friendly, fun-filled activities including photos with Santa himself during the day. The day is capped off with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights at 6 pm on Banff Avenue and Carols in the park from 7 – 8 pm.

Read more about it here.

Airdrie Santa Claus Parade – CANCELLED IN 2021

Parades are made for families, and what could be more fun than a parade that brings Santa Claus to town?! Santa Claus to coming to Airdrie on December 7, 2019. Get into the festive spirit when the parade rolls down Main Street, with Santa Claus himself as the guest of honour and enjoy the festive atmosphere and Christmas lights.

Read more about it here.

Cochrane Light Up – Virtual in 2021

Cochrane Light Up ushers in the Christmas season in Cochrane on November 23, 2019. The townspeople and welcomed guests will turn out to watch the lighting of the 30 ft. Christmas tree and enjoy other festivities, including roaming entertainers, Christmas carols, a visit from Santa, the Mrs Claus shopping area for kids, ice carvings, hayrides, kids’ crafts, and complimentary hot chocolate and hot dogs served around the firepots. The evening will be capped off with fireworks by GlobalFest (dependent on snow cover for safety reasons). Read more about it here.

High River Light Up and Santa Claus Parade – Virtual in 2021

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On December 6, 2019, High River is celebrating Santa’s return to the town with a Christmas market, light-up ceremony at George Lane Park and carol sing, and live entertainment at the Stampede Stage. The light-up starts at 5 pm and the parade is at 6:30 pm. The theme of the parade is Winter Wonderland.

Read more about it here.

Cancelled in 2019 Cochrane Parade of Lights

Cochrane Light Up is proud to bring the Parade of Lights to Cochrane on December 7, 2019! Bring the family for a parade of twinkling lights and free family fun for the entire town! Plus, you can get your shopping finished.

Read more about it here.


Community Light Ups

Some Calgary communities also do light ups where they welcome the community, so check your area.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!