There has been no Santa Claus Parade in Calgary since 2006 (above).
“There was some city road closures and I think that there was some volunteer fatigue, as well, that went along with that,” Jennifer Andrews of Calgary’s Santa School told the CBC in 2015. “I don’t think they ever planned to stop it forever but just one year rolled into the next, as they do.”11 years later, and Calgary still doesn’t have a Santa Claus Parade.
Fortunately, the smaller towns around the city have picked up the slack. Depending on the weekend, within a short drive in any direction from the city, you can find a Santa Clause Parade near Calgary.
Here’s a fun fact: Calgary is the only major city in Canada without a Santa Claus Parade, but we are also the only major Canadian city with a Santa Claus school. Go figure. There were rumbles in 2015 of a generous elf stepping up to fund a parade, but 2 yrs later and we still don’t have one.
Well, we’ll always have Stampede, I guess.
Here’s the list of 2017 Santa Claus Parades:
6p, Saturday, November 18, 2017 along Banff Avenue, Banff
5p, Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Downtown Strathmore
5p, Saturday, November 25, 2018. The Olds Regional Exhibition at the Caluori Pavilion.
11am, Saturday, November 25, 2017 along Main St in Fort Macleod
630p, Friday, December 1, 2017 in Downtown High River
5p, Saturday, December 2, 2017 starting in Fletcher Park and then south on Main St, Airdrie
5p, Saturday, December 9, 2017. The parade is a loop beginning and ending on Railway St in Cochrane