Plan to have the best parade experience!
How long is the parade?
The parade route is approximately 1.75 km in length and will take about 30 to 40 minutes from beginning to end.
How should I dress for the parade?
Embrace Edmonton's beautiful winter season and all it has to offer-including the temperatures. Be sure to check the weather forecast on parade day. Layer up, put on your toque and mittens, and don't forget your long johns!
Where is the best place to view the parade?
Wherever you stand along the route, you'll see Santa and the glowing entries. Just be sure to arrive early to find the best spots unobstructed by the crowd.
Will there be downtown street closures in effect?
Yes. Streets on the parade route will be closed to traffic. See the parade map to plan ahead your driving route and parking location.
Which LRT stops will get me to the parade?
Both Central and Churchill stations have street access to points along the parade route. Plan your route with ETS Trip Planner.
Will Santa be at the parade?
Of course he will! Santa is the grande finale in his Parade of Lights, arriving in his twinkling, glowing sleigh.
What should I do if my child gets lost at the parade?
Anyone reporting a lost child, or looking for a child who has become lost, can come to Santa's Letter Writing Table in Churchill Square. Please alert a Santa's Parade of Lights staff member (who will be wearing an identifying badge) of the situation. Parents, let your children know that if they become lost, they can approach these staff members along the route, and the proper steps will be taken to find their parents.
What else is there to do at the parade?
There is a ton of fun things to do before and after the parade from 5 until 7 p.m.! Stop in Churchill Square, beginning at 4, to grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks. While there, kids can visit Santa's Letter Writing Table before you head to the parade route. After the parade you can warm up at a bonfire in the square. All activities wrap up at 7 p.m.