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.

Light Up Okotoks
November 18, 2022 | 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.

Cochrane Light Up
November 26, 2022 | 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 hot dogs, and firepits.

Winter Lights Festival – Chestermere
November 26, 2022 | Don’t hibernate – come celebrate winter at the official lighting of the Christmas lights in John Peake Park in Chestermere on . There will be fun outdoor activities for the family and fireworks will end the night.

High River Santa Claus Parade and Light Up
December 2, 2022
| High River is celebrating Santa’s return to the town with a light-up ceremony at George Lane Park, entertainment (plus a pop-up skating rink!), 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 3, 2022 | 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.

Okotoks Santa’s Christmas Eve Parade

December 24, 2022 |
Once again Santa will be taking a break from delivering presents to make an escorted tour of Okotoks this Christmas Eve with Okotoks Emergency Services, as part of the annual Santa’s Christmas Eve Parade from 5 – 7 pm. The parade will depart from Fire Station No. 1 at 132 Milligan Drive at 5 pm.

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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.

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.

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!