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Santa Claus Parade, Banff Avenue, Banff National Park
Kelly MacDonald
The Real Banff / Published: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:07

Guide To Christmas Events in Banff and Lake Louise

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Things may look a little different in 2020, but we’ll still be celebrating the holidays in Banff and Lake Louise! Stay tuned for more information – we’re working on the best way to keep visitors and locals safe this festive season.

In Banff and Lake Louise, the holidays bring a diverse array of shows, events and festive gatherings for all. Here are all of the must-visit holiday happenings in Banff and Lake Louise

Make sure to share your holiday event photos with #MyBanffChristmas for your chance to win a return trip to Banff National Park!

Carols In The Park

Ignite your festive spirit at one of these celebratory concerts filled with traditional holiday music. The warm, crackling fires welcome you to cozy up and roast a marshmallow or two! The concerts are free and everyone is welcome to stay as little or long as they like. These are outdoor events so be sure to dress warm!

Where: Banff Avenue Square

When: December 7, 14 & 21, 2019

Time: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Santa Claus Parade of Lights  

The Santa Claus Parade is the official kick-off of the holiday season. Grab a blanket, fill a thermos and celebrate with friends on Banff Avenue. It’s a must-visit, family-friendly activity featuring floats, performers, and Santa Claus himself. 

Where: Banff Avenue

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free   

Santa Claus Parade Banff
Noel Hendrickson

Photos with Santa 

A true holiday classic! Bring the little elves in your family for a photo with Santa at the Banff Christmas Market.    

Where: Banff Christmas Market 

When: November 15 - 17 and 22 - 24, 2019

Cost: Free with the price of market admission.

Christmas in Banff National Park
Kelly MacDonald

Banff Christmas Market  

Get out ahead of your Christmas shopping with some handcrafted, artisan goods at the Banff Christmas Market. Looking for a photo with Santa Claus? You’re in luck! He will be at the market on Friday and Saturday. He’ll be stationed in his own little house outside, so don’t forget to bring a toy or make a donation to support the hamper drive for Santa's Anonymous. 

Where: 1 Sundance Road (Warner Stables) 

When: November 15 - 17 and 22 - 24, 2019

Cost: $7.50 per day or $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free. 

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Banff Christmas Market, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham

Mountaintop Christmas

Load up in your mountaintop sleigh and visit Santa's workshop at the summit of the Banff Gondola. Enjoy Christmas delights and explore the Elk Interpretive Centre straight from the North Pole. 

Where: Banff Gondola 

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 16 - December 22; December 23 - 30, 2019  

Cost: All activities are free with gondola admission

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Christmas At The Castle 

Experience Christmas in a castle at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel​. From delicious dining to meetings with Santa Claus himself, Christmas at the Castle has a wide variety of activities for all ages. The friendly Concierge team in the main lobby can provide information on what activities are open to the public. Don't miss out on a classic holiday tradition with a live performance of The Christmas Carol, running December 7 - 25, 2019. 

WhereFairmont Banff Springs Hotel

When: November and December 

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Christmas, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff National Park

Banff Centre Christmas Events 

Don't miss out on a Banff Christmas tradition at Banff Centre For Arts And Creativity, including A Charlie Brown Christmas feat. The Jerry Granelli Trio, An East Coast Christmas with The Ennis Sisters, and The Sultan of Strings - Christmas Caravan

WhereBanff Centre

When: Various dates

Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on the show  

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Country Christmas Dinner 

Head to Lake Louise for a Christmas dinner that you'll never forget! Start with a horse-drawn sleigh ride to a cozy barn where you'll dance the night away with a live band.  

Where: Brewster Barn

When: December 23, 26, 28 & 30, 2019 

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Spirit In The Mountain

Travel more than 100 feet underground for a Christmas concert unlike any other with Canmore Cave Tours. Join a guided tour through the cave into the grand gallery where one of several great acts will treat you to an evening of holiday music. 

Where: Canmore Cave Tours

When: December 20 - 23, 2019 

Cost: $149 per person including guide, equipment, and concert. 

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Christmas on Skis 

Looking to hit the slopes for Christmas? A wide variety of events across all three mountains will have something for all snow lovers. 

Don your best holiday costume and check out Santa Shreds For Free at Mt. Norquay. Or head to the Lake Louise Ski Resort for several events, including Skiing with Santa and a magical Christmas feast.  

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Santa, Mount Norquay, Banff National Park
Tyler Parker

Banff Gallery Hop  

Explore the best of Banff's arts and culture scene during the Gallery Hop Series.

Where: Multiple locations - see the complete listing

When: November 16 and December 7, 2019 

Cost: Admission may apply at some venues 

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Canada
Devaan Ingraham

For more information about Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise, including a complete event listing, sample itineraries and more, please visit Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise

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