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Santa Claus Parade Day

Santa Claus Parade during the Winterstart festival held in Banff and Lake Louise, AB

Santa Claus Parade Day in Banff

November 16, 2019

As fall retreats and winter emerges, so does the wonder and joy of Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. In mid-November, a flurry of family-friendly activities kick-start the season in Banff bringing holiday cheer to a whole new level. During the day, kids can have their photo taken with Santa and tell him all of their Christmas wishes! At dusk, the streets come alive with the magic glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights. Get into the holiday spirit as a procession of floats, performers, and Santa himself, traverse Banff Avenue. After the parade, follow the performers to Banff Avenue Square for the Carols in the Park concert.

Check out all of the other Christmas events going on this year to help plan your trip. 

Photos with Santa

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Banff Christmas Market
Cost: Included with entry to the market - $7.50 per day or $15 for a weekend pass. Children under 12 are free.

Mountaintop Christmas

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Banff Gondola
Cost: Included with gondola admission

CP Mini Train Rides

Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Cost: Free

Banff Gallery Hop - In The Holiday Spirit

Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Various museums and galleries
Cost: Admission may apply 

Santa Claus Parade of Lights

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Banff Avenue
Cost: Free

Carols in the Park

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Banff Avenue Square
Cost: Free

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