Airdrie is home to the largest outdoor Christmas light display in all of Western Canada, and if you haven’t yet seen the amazing display, it’s an absolute must for the holiday season.
The Airdrie Festival of Lights is completely volunteer-run and made possibly by generous community donations and sponsors, which makes this holiday event even more fantastic. Besides the hundreds of glowing (and flashing) holiday bulbs to awe at, there’s also plenty of activities to take part in:
- Miniature train rides: these train rides are fun for the whole family and run every night, for only $2 a person.
- Fire pits: if you get a little chilly at any point in the evening, you can warm up at either one of the two fire pits located near the event tent.
- Hot chocolate: warm up with a cup of hot chocolate for only $2.
- Outdoor skating: Nose Creek Pond is available for public skating every night, permitting it is safe to do so. Because the pond is run by the City, you’ll have to contact the City of Airdrie to find out about skating conditions.
- Nightly events: there are a number of events happening at the event tent each night at the Festival of Lights, check here for the full calendar.
Where: Nose Creek Park in Airdrie, directions from Calgary and north of Airdrie are on their website here.
Cost: admission to the lights display is based on cash donation amount, donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.
When: running every night until December 31 from 6 to 9 pm.
The Festival of Lights has ample handicap access, and dogs on leashes are welcome as well.
To find out more about the Festival of Lights in Airdrie, check out their website here. If you have any photos of you or your family at the display, please share with us on Twitter.