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White Christmas Attractions & Entertainment

If you’ve ever wanted to live the life of a gingerbread man, Alberta at Christmas is your best chance ever. Lodges frosted with a thick layer of white snow, toasty fires, and actual one-horse open sleighs give new reason for the season. • Cozy up: For two weeks leading up to Christmas, Fairmont Banff Springs becomes a festive castle delivered straight from the North Pole. The experience is complete with craft workshops, wintry walks and plenty of hot chocolate. • Retail therapy: Shop big city malls and holiday craft fairs to make Christmas morning even merrier and brighter. 

Spruce Meadows | Calgary

Spruce Meadows | Calgary

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Christmas at the Castle

Come celebrate the joy of the festive holiday season at Fairmont Banff Springs your Christmas Castle in the Rockies. We have lots of exciting activities to fill your days dining experiences to tempt your taste buds and time-honoured traditions to share with your loved ones. Rates vary subject to availability.

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Christmas Package in Banff

Gorgeous decorations, beautiful surroundings and no clean-up afterwards equals the best Christmas ever! Buffalo Mountain Lodge offers events and activities during the Holiday Season. Package includes one night accommodation for two, gourmet Christmas dinner for two and buffet breakfast for two. Valid December 25, 2017 only.

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Mountaintop Christmas at the Banff Gondola

Visit the Banff's #1 attraction for the ultimate holiday experience. Ride the Banff Gondola to the mountaintop and step into Santa’s Workshop. Included with admission: decorate your own freshly baked cookie, hand-make your own gift, take and receive a family photo; this, and more awaits! See website for details.

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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a Banff based, locally operated business offering custom designed tours, workshops and seminars in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We are knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about developing your photography skills and enjoyment of our amazing scenery in this world-class travel photography destination. We are passionate about the wider photography community and actively engage in educational, environmental and wildlife events and projects, both independently and through partnerships. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a proud sponsor of the iconic Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a Banff based, locally operated business offering custom designed tours, workshops and seminars in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We are knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about developing your photography skills and enjoyment of our amazing scenery in this world-class travel photography destination. We are passionate about the wider photography community and actively engage in educational, environmental and wildlife events and projects, both independently and through partnerships. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a proud sponsor of the iconic Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

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Brewster Sleigh Rides

Banff, Alberta

Brewster Adventures brings a Christmas card image to life at Lake Louise with a sleigh ride that follows the lake-side trail beneath Victoria Glacier. Enjoy views of the Ice Falls at the end of the lake by day, or the glow of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on evening rides. There is no better way to spend time together than drinking in the beauty of sparkling snow and blue sky, bundled beneath a blanket together on a horse drawn sleigh! The season for sleigh rides starts mid-December and goes to early April, weather and snow cover permitting.

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The Polar Express Train Ride

Stettler, Alberta
2017-11-24 to 2017-11-26 MST | Show All Dates

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once on board, passengers are served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs and everyone receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug. During the first leg of the journey to the North Pole passengers read along with the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa will board the train at North Pole and walk through each car giving out the “first gift of Christmas” – a silver colored sleigh bell.

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Northern Spirit Light Show

Grande Prairie, Alberta
2017-11-24 to 2017-12-31 MST

The annual Northern Spirit light show is set for Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 at Evergreen Park, just outside of Grande Prairie. This is a light show that is added to each year. Spectacular light displays that you can drive through or ride through on the wagons pulled by mighty Draft horses. Warm up by the fire, have hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies, or put your skates on and shred the ice on the outdoor rink.

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Celebrate the Season

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-12-13 to 2017-12-23 MST

For over 30 years, the Legislative Assembly has celebrated the holiday season by inviting musical ensembles from all over the province to perform festive music in the beautiful Legislature Rotunda. This year, close to 50 ensembles will perform from the Grand Staircase throughout the month to help usher in the spirit of the season. Weekdays: begins at noon. Evenings: Daily at 6:30 p.m.

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