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Banff Santa Claus Celebration of Lights 2023

Get into the Christmas mood in the Canadian Rockies

Dates: November 18, 2023

Banff Santa Claus Celebration of Lights
Banff Santa Claus Celebration of Lights
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As winter begins, the joy of Christmas comes to the Canadian Rockies. On the third Saturday in November, the streets come to life with the magic of the family-friendly Santa Claus Celebration of Lights, previously known as Santa Claus Parade. The reimagined festival kicks off the holiday season in Banff with a full day of merriments happening between 100 and 200 Block on Banff Avenue. Santa and Mrs Claus are the centrepiece of the Christmas party and kids' unbeatable favorites. Everyone loves to have their photo taken with Santa and whisper him all of their Christmas wishes.

The festive program embraces a true smorgasboard of activities. The fun starts with performances on the Main Stage, scheduled for 11 am to 4:30 pm. Then, follows the Big Santa Show from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Also, you can check out Storytelling Dome Performers between 11 am and 4 pm, and Roving Performers, including Beau Valley Circus, Green Fools Stilt Walkers, and Elfy Andy,—11 am to 7 pm. Lastly, bring your kids to Santa's Workshop available from 11 am to 6 pm so that they could try their hand at various holiday craft making. After the night falls on Banff, the streets become especially mesmerizing with the magic glow of the thousands of lights illuminating Banff Avenue.

Banff Santa Claus Celebration of Lights is free and open to the public, but take into account that Banff National Park fees apply. Book a stay nearby to experience live music, carols sing-alongs and plenty of various entertainment to the fullest and rest with comfort afterwards. Don't forget to try all the delicious treats sold along the decorated Banff Avenue.

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