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In Search of Christmas Spirit

Banff and Lake Louise Christmas Lighting Couple
Devaan Ingraham
Cascade Gardens

Follow Banff's Christmas Lighting Trail

December 3, 2020 - January 3, 2021. Please check back for any event updates before your visit.

In this year of uncertainty, we're all seeking that sparkling sensation of Christmas spirit. Banff & Lake Louise Tourism is proud to present: In Search of Christmas Spirit - a live Christmas story told by the wildlife of Banff National Park and delivered by a sensory extravaganza of light and sound.

Meet Owl, a stunning lantern puppet with a twelve-foot wingspan - your guide on this outdoor, night-time experience. Embark on a quest that will refresh your optimism, courage and joy… just in time for Christmas. 

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the forest, feel the crunch of snow under your feet and gaze up at the stars through the sparkling branches of the illuminated trees.  

On your journey, you’ll meet a glowing Mama Bear and her cubs as they play in a field beneath a sky bright with the Aurora Borealis. You’ll also hear the excited chatter of the Pine Marten family and watch as Fish leaps for joy in a magically flowing pond. Feel goosebumps rise on your neck as Wolf howls to a giant moon and marvel at Bison as he majestically emerges from the snow to join Owl’s quest. 

This spell-binding experience celebrates the incredible animals who live in Banff National Park, speaks to the cherished healing and restorative powers of this land, and tells an inspiring story of hope and unity.  

Event Details

Tickets available soon for a holiday experience that will thrill and delight visitors of all ages. 

Starting from Banff Avenue Square, In Search of Christmas Spirit is a free experience available on select nights of the holiday season. The experience is ticketed for your comfort and safety, with bookings staggered by 15-minute intervals from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 

We estimate that you and your loved ones will need one hour to complete the story journey – an easy walk through a live Christmas story told by the wildlife of Banff National Park. 

Please consider that this is an outdoor event and dress appropriately, including proper footwear. There is limited access, with an uneven walkway and irregular steps. You are welcome to bring walking poles with metal tips. 

See Event Map


Alberta Health Services guidelines for COVID-19  

  • Stay home if you’re unwell 
  • Wear a face covering in the event site and when walking downtown sidewalks
  • Practice physical distancing 

Check the Travel Information Page prior to visiting Banff National Park to ensure you understand any public health measures in place. 


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