Celebrate the start of Banff's ski season with festive resort openings, cozy movies and a chilly foot race. Then end the festival with a bang and watch the Lake Louise WinterStart World Cup ski competition. Prices vary; phone the venue or see the website for more info.
Part of what makes the holiday season so special is the joy that radiates from the children as they see Santa Claus himself leading a magical parade filled with festive floats. The parade runs from Elk Street to Buffalo Street.
Held at the 7th Avenue Pond in downtown Canmore, this family friendly, and alcohol-free event is a highlight of the holiday season. Join the Canmorites for a night filled with music, hot chocolate and hot dogs, ice skating, waggon rides, roving entertainers and an all-night bonfire. There are plenty of activities for children, including a mini-fireworks display among other things. The big booms come at midnight, however, when the Fireworks Grand Finale at Millennium Park kicks off. Admission is free. Check the town's website for more details.