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 specific events, see our Christmas Lights Guide. Then take a look at our Christmas Event Guide.

Light Up Okotoks | November 17, 2023
Light Up Okotoks 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.

Banff Santa Claus Celebration of Lights | November 18, 2023
Christmas in Banff is magical and you can enjoy a festive day of holiday fun. Enjoy performers on the main stage, street performers, and “Santa’s Workshop.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead their dancing elves and other performers down Banff Ave at sunset to host the lighting up of Banff.

Cochrane Light Up | November 25, 2023
Cochrane Light Up ushers in the Christmas season in Cochrane. 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, free food, and firepits.

Nanton Lights the Way | November 25, 2023
Nanton Lights the Way, the kick-off to the Christmas season, brings you festive shops and boutiques, the Christmas Market, and lights.

High River Santa Claus Parade and Light Up | December 1, 2023
High River is celebrating Santa’s return to the town with a light-up ceremony at George Lane Park, entertainment, and a Santa Claus Parade. Entertainment begins at 5 pm, the Light-Up is at 6 pm, and the parade is at 6:30 pm.

Airdrie Santa Claus Parade | December 2, 2023
Parades are made for families, and what could be more fun than a parade that brings Santa Claus to town?! Get into the festive spirit with the Airdrie Santa Claus Parade, with the man in red as the guest of honour.

East Village Light Up the Square | December 2, 2023
It’s time to Light Up the Square in East Village! Head to the 5th St Square to celebrate, laugh, and be jolly. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 pm and you can enjoy carolers, wagon rides, treats, and a visit from Santa.

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!