Every winter since 1996, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is held in Nose Creek Park, in Airdrie, AB. For the whole month of December, this community event is providing affordable, family-friendly Christmas entertainment for the people of Airdrie and Southern Alberta. The festival features miniature train rides, hot chocolate and carolling 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 p.m. On New Year's Eve there are fireworks close by in Ed Eggerer Park, then join the family-friendly DJ Dance Party back at the Festival of Lights in their heated tent.
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 that is made of locally sourced handmade, home-based gifts priced under $10 to keep it affordable for a kid's budget.
Special events of the festival include theTree 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.