Best time to go to Banff & Jasper National Parks

Santa Claus Parade of Lights 2019

Why not get into the Christmas mood in the Canadian Rockies

Santa Claus Parade of Lights in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2019 - Best Time
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Wilson Hui

As winter begins, the joy of Christmas comes to the Canadian Rockies. At dusk, on what is usually the third Saturday in November, the streets come to life with the magic of the family-friendly Santa Claus Parade of Lights. This procession follows a course from Elk St. to Buffalo St. via Banff Ave. The parade includes festive floats with Christmas lights and will no doubt be the highlight of the day for children. After the show, you can take a stroll along the decorated Banff Avenue for unique treats. This is where kids can have their photo taken with Santa, make crafts, twist balloons, get their face painted and even go on a wagon ride.

Santa Claus Parade of Lights in Banff & Jasper National Parks - Best Season 2019

At this joyful event, everyone has the opportunity to catch a prize or candy cane thrown to the crowd by Santa's elves.