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Every winter since 1996, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is held in Nose Creek Park in Airdrie, AB, about a 30-minute drive from Calgary. For the whole month of December, this community event provides affordable, family-friendly Christmas entertainment for the people of Airdrie and Southern Alberta. The festival features miniature train rides, hot chocolate, and caroling around bonfires. Santa visits are possible on certain dates. Nose Creek Pond is also a great place for skating.
Airdrie Festival of Lights major highlight is a beautiful holiday display. Altogether there are more than 1000 displays with over 500,000 bulbs. The lights are on from 6 to 9 pm.
Make sure to stop by Santa’s Gift Shop to do some holiday shopping. The little ones can enjoy a Kid's Only shopping section selling locally-sourced handmade, home-based gifts priced under $10 to keep it affordable for a kid's budget.
Special events of the festival include the Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony, Santa Claus Parade, CP Holiday Train, FortisAlberta Onsite With Free Hot Dogs, Kids Activities With Community Links, Airdrie Community Choir performance, Star Bound Dance Company Performance, live music concerts, and much more.
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. (suggested contribution is $10–$20 per family and $1–$5 per person on a bus).