Guide: 2019 Calgary Area Christmas Light Up Festivals

The first time you switch on the Christmas lights during the holidays is magical, isn’t it? In Edmonton, you can feel this way many, many times, visiting the many different light up festivals not only in Edmonton, but in the surrounding areas. Filled with family-friendly activities, the light up festivals are a great way to […]

The first time you switch on the Christmas lights during the holidays is magical, isn’t it? In Edmonton, you can feel this way many, many times, visiting the many different light up festivals not only in Edmonton, but in the surrounding areas. Filled with family-friendly activities, the light up festivals are a great way to kick off the holidays.

Christmas Light up Festivals in Calgary

NOV 15: LIGHT UP OKOTOKS

Join us for the kick off to the holiday season.  Festivities typically include a visit from Santa, wagon rides, craft sales, fireworks & much more!

NOV 15: ZOOLIGHTS

ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back for the 23rd time! Calgary’s award winning, magical holiday tradition will be glowing for six weeks of perfect family-friendly fun. We’re committed to helping you enjoy this incredible event while supporting wildlife conservation.

NOV 15: TREE LIGHTING AT CHINOOK CENTRE 

Get ready to gather ’round for a moment of awe at CF Chinook Centre as we light up the night to kick off the holiday season! Join us on Friday, November 15 starting at 6:30 pm in Centre Court where Dave Kelly (host of Dave Kelly Live) will lead the city’s most iconic tree lighting.

In addition to a beautiful display of lights and holiday magic, guests can look forward to performances by DJ Joanna Magik and live music!

NOV 28: CORE LIGHT UP FESTIVAL

Get into the holiday spirit with The CORE for a special night of live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, fireworks, and of course, Santa. The night begins with opportunities to watch sponsors decorate Christmas trees. There will be entertainment and live music, and free Santa photos (monetary donations will be gratefully accepted by The Magic of Christmas). The night culminates with the lighting of The Core’s famous 45-foot tree.

DEC 1: AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 

Situated in the heart of Nose Creek Park in Airdrie, AB, we are Western Canada’s largest, free, outdoor walk-through Christmas Light Display.

DEC 6: LIGHT UP GEORGE LANE PARK 

32nd Annual Santa Claus Parade Enjoy ‘Light Up George Lane Park’ and meet Santa Claus after the parade at the Museum of the Highwood! The Lions Club of High River will be on hand with hot dogs and hot chocolate, and there is caroling and other activities before the switch is thrown!

DEC 7: MAHOGANY PARADE OF LIGHTS

The parade will start near the future Central Park and circle the inner Mahogany loop along Masters Ave. Santa & Mrs Claus will close out the parade which will also include local groups, businesses, blocks and special surprise guests! The Mahogany Parade of Lights is open to the public so any and all can come join in the festive atmosphere!

GLOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

This all-ages event welcomes everyone to warm up winter’s darkest days, and experience one-of-a-kind interactive light displays, art, entertainment, food trucks and activities. Come down and enjoy all of these things for FREE!

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