In Banff and Lake Louise, the holidays bring a diverse array of shows, events and festive gatherings for all. Here are nine must-visit holiday happenings in Banff and Lake Louise:
Santa Claus Parade of Lights
The Banff Santa Claus Parade is the official kick-off of the holiday season. Grab a blanket, fill a Thermos and celebrate with friends on Banff Ave. It’s a must-visit, family-friendly activity featuring floats, performers and Santa Claus himself.
Where: Banff Ave.
When: Saturday, November 18th | 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Photos with Santa
A true holiday classic! Bring the little elves in your family for a photo with Santa at the Banff Heritage Train Station.
Where: Banff Heritage Train Station
When: Saturday, November 18 | 10 a.m - 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free Holiday Wagon Rides with Banff Trail Riders
Nothing says Christmas like a holiday wagon ride! Banff Trail Riders bring you an authentically Canadian afternoon of fun with free wagons rides every Sunday. *All rides are weather dependent.
Where: The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Parking Lot
When: Sundays between November 19 and December 17 | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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 Santas Anonymous. Check out our blog for details.
Where: 1 Sundance Road (Warner Stables)
When: November 24 - 26 | Friday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, Children 10 and under are free.
Christmas Choir with Bow Valley Chorus
A staple of the community, the beautiful sounds of the Bow Valley Chorus will bring Banff Ave. to life this holiday season. Run through your vocal scales and join them in the Banff Avenue Square throughout December.
Where: Banff Ave. Square
When: Friday, December 1, 8 & 22 | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A Whyte Christmas
Celebrate the season with a Banff classic at The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy crafts, cookies, carols, and of course, a visit from Santa. Don’t forget to scope out the great gift shop for some last minute shopping!
When: December 2, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Spirit in the Mountain with Canmore Cave Tours
Turn on your headlamp and head into the centre of the earth for a magical, musical experience. Part of Canmore Cave Tours unEarthed series, guests and musicians will descend into the cave for a holiday concert to remember.
When: December 15-18, 2017
Cost: $129 plus tax.
Theatre at The Banff Springs Hotel
Start a new holiday tradition this year with a trip to see Banff Live Theatre’s Christmas Mavericks of the Mountains and A Christmas Carol at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Local tip: come early and explore all of the amazing holiday decorations in “The Castle” .
Where: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
When: Various dates - visit Banff Live Theatre for tickets.
Holiday Shows at The Banff Centre
Christmas isn’t complete without a holiday shot at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. There are several shows in the line-up this season including The Barra Macneils , The Jerry Graneli Trio: Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas , Tom Jackson: Christmas 150 and The Debaters Christmas Show.
Visit Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for tickets.
For more information about Christmas in Banff National Park, including a complete event listing, sample itineraries and more, please visit Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise.