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Santa Claus Parade

The High River Santa Claus Parade is a tradition for many families to begin their Christmas season. We look forward to coming together again to celebrate a magical evening for our 35th annual parade.

Santa and reindeer in Christmas tree

the fun begins

December 03, 2021
5:00pm

3 Elves in Christmas tree

Until then, welcome to the

34th (Virtual) High River Santa Claus Parade

Sit back and enjoy memories of Santa Claus Parades past and present to remember for Christmases to come.

Light Up George Lane Park

The much anticipated tradition of driving or walking through George Lane Park to see the lights dates back to 2013. Organizations, residents and businesses came together to brighten up a dreary post-flood downtown High River with Christmas lights for the Santa Claus Parade.

Inspired by brilliant light displays in other towns across North America, a grant was submitted and received in 2014 for displays, power cords, contractors, etc. Light Up George Lane Park was ignited.

Winter village in the pine forest

Light Up Ceremony

Starts the Virtual Santa Claus Parade
December 04, 2020
7:00pm

Lights in the park will be on each evening from 4:30pm - 11:30pm until end of January, 2021

Polar bear skating while snow falls

Skating

Each holiday season brings the excitement of seeing favourite light displays along with discovering new ones. 

The outdoor pop-up skating rink in the park's NW corner is the newest addition holiday activities bound to become a tradition too - weather co-operating.

The continued support of sponsors and volunteers keeps the park fresh and glowing along with spreading cheer around town.

Light Up High River

If George Lane Park full of lights could create such joy, imagine what the whole of High River dressed up might cause!

That was the spark behind this friendly town-wide contest to determine the favourite display of the season. Everyone is welcome to participate and share their love of Christmas and the holiday season.  No decoration or string of lights is too small.

Prizes Surprises

Top Votes: Residents

Bragging rights until next Christmas
Trophy (not as shown)
Other prizes surprises

Top Votes: Business

Bragging rights until next Christmas
Trophy (not as shown)
Other prizes surprises

Reindeer-Wrapped-Lights

Participants' Draw

A lucky winner is chosen from all resident and business entrants

Eligible Voters' Draw

A lucky winner is chosen from all voters who wish to be part of the draw

Light Up High River Timeline

November 14 - December 1, 2020

Register

Sign up for Light Up High River and your home or business will be added to the map and list of entrants for people to view. Feel free to enter even if you plan to decorate after December 4th. 

Share your favourite "must see" decorations as a Reindeer Recommendation.

December 4 - 20, 2020

Find Your Favourites

Grab your online participant map or download the PDF to print.  Head out with the family to take in the lights around town. There is plenty of time to vote. Multiple outings extends the holiday cheer!

December 4 - 20, 2020

Vote

Once you have your selections in mind, head over to the voting form. One vote per person. Update your scores by submitting the voting form again until December 20, 2020. Only your LAST entry will be counted in the final results.

Light Up High River Winners

Thank you to all our participants, viewers and voters for making Light Up High River such a bright spot in our holiday season.

Top Votes: Residents

MERRY Homemade Christmas

Darlene Fernell

Participants' Draw

Adam Langenhoff

Voters' Draw

Natasha Fuller

Top Votes: Business

Fresh Air Furnace Cleaners

3 geometrical snowflakes in candy cane red

Visit With Santa

Santa has a special spot in his heart for High River and rearranged his schedule with the elves to have as much time as possible visiting with children.

Santa At The Museum

The Museum was chosen as a special workshop for Santa. Children can chat with the jolly old fellow while he tinkers away on toys and such. Keep on the watch for elves popping in and out from the North Pole. Schedule by donation for your family to see Santa in his workshop with the Museum of the Highwood.

Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19 : 11:30am - 3:30pm
Sundays, December 6, 13, 20 : 11:30am - 3:30pm

Notes:

  • Walk-ups can't be accommodated, 2020 Santa visits by booking only
  • Only one family per booking
  • Social distancing will be maintained. Hugs, sitting on Santa's knee, etc will not be possible
  • Bring your own photo device
Two happy elves holding present
Santa and reindeer cute cartoon with greeting behind white banner winter landscape background. Christmas card

Santa In The Park

During Santa's pre-Big-Day test flights, one of his rest stops this year will be in George Lane Park! While the reindeer are snacking, Santa is excited to visit with families and stay warm with smiles.  This is a once-in-never-before chance to see Santa's sleigh up close!

To make sure the reindeer aren't scared off by crowds, the elves requested parents schedule a time to visit with Santa in the park using the form below.

* CANCELLED * to help Santa be ready for The Big Day

Thursday, December 10: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fridays, December 4, 11: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays, December 5, 12: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Notes:

Step 1: Schedule Santa In The Park Visit

Santa's visits in the park have been cancelled.

Markets

Markets have become part of the traditions of the holiday season in High River. Talented crafters and makers offer shoppers a wide range of gifts with the personal touch to choose from.

Inclusion Foothills Winter Market

High River Winter Market

Inclusion Foothills

The annual 2020 Winter Market will be hosted at the Highwood Memorial Centre once again. This is a showcase for incredible local vendors and artisans

Friday, December 4: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday, December 5, 12: 10am - 4pm
Sunday, December 13: 10am - 4pm

The Winter Market may have been cancelled but you can Christmas shop from the comfort of your home. Contact the vendors and artisans through the Winter Market Directory.

One World Market

High River United Church

High River United Church is hosting an ongoing One World Market. Jewells are now available. The book table is expanded. More items will be added over the coming weeks with handmade goods, soaps, Mexican vanilla, etc.  Small silent auction as well. This will be much smaller than our usual Christmas market, but much of what you love will be available.

Weekdays until December 21:
9am - 4pm, closed 12pm - 1pm

Notes:

  • Please wear a mask
  • Come only with those in your own bubble
  • Only small groups will be allowed at a time
  • Please bring your own bag for purchases. Bags will not be supplied
Gift Shop
Sheep-At-Night

Christmas Market

High River Agricultural Society

Please join the High River Ag Society at the indoor arena at the rodeo grounds for the annual Christmas Market. Be sure to grab your free ticket to see over 50 vendors.

Friday, December 5: 11am - 7pm
Saturday, December 6: 11am - 7pm

Notes:

  • masks must be worn
  • wear appropriate footwear for the packed dirt floor
  • arrive close to your designated time to avoid waiting outside
  • please bring a non-perishable food item or donation for the High River Food Bank

High River Nativity

Each year the High River Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a creche display with over 100 nativities. 

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the display will not be held in 2020.

Nativity Scene

Santa's Salute

Pickup Truck With Christmas Tree
Overview of three Santa's Salute routes

Wave your Christmas Spirit

Santa Claus had to miss a parade, but that doesn't mean High River won't celebrate! Grab your coats and head out the front door to make a whole lot of noise as Santa's Salute passes by.  Take in one night, two or all three as it winds it way around town!  

Thursday, December 17: NW
Friday, December 18: SE and Montrose
Saturday, December 19: SW and downtown

December 17, 2020 @ 5:30pm

Thursday

View / download printable NW Santa's Salute route map (pdf)

December 18, 2020 @ 5:30pm

Friday

View / download printable SE Santa's Salute route map (pdf)

December 19, 2020 @ 5:30pm

Saturday

View / download printable SW Santa's Salute route map (pdf)

Volunteer Elves Found

Thank you all the VIE ground crew volunteers.

Santa's elves requested help with the landing and take off his sleigh before and after the Santa's Salute. Be part of the VIE (Very Important Elf) ground crew. These shifts are short, but critical to Santa being part of the Santa's Salute.

Small town main street in winter

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