When we were planning our Banff trip one of the main reason we wanted to be in Banff over holiday season was being in Banff on Christmas parade day. The whole Banff Ave is decorated and lit up. My daughter thought she at the North Pole. Being from Melbourne Australia it was quite magical for kids to experience as Christmas in Australia is in summer. There’s nothing more Canadian than spending time in the Rocky Mountains over the Christmas holidays.
In mid-November, a flurry of family-friendly activities kick-start the season in Banff bringing holiday cheer to a whole new level. During the day, kids can have their photo taken with Santa and tell him all of their Christmas wishes! At dusk, the streets come alive with the magic glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights. Get into the holiday spirit as a procession of floats, performers, and Santa himself, traverse Banff Avenue. After the parade, follow the performers to Cascade Gardens for the Carols by Candlelight concert. Kids loved receiving lollies and sweets form each float as it passes by. They were very excited as the giant Santa Cluse arrived in front of them.
Breathtaking Things to Do in Banff in winter:
- Walk through town & discover the best of Banff shops and restaurants
- Ski the Big 3
- Banff Ice Skating Two Jack Lake
- Banff Gondola for most amazing Rocky Mountain views
- Icefields Parkway road Trip!
- Experience frozen Lake Louise
- Lake Louise Sleigh Rides
- Johnston Canyon ice hike
- Banff National Park wildlife spotting
- Banff natural hot springs
It was absolutely magical for kids and both Isaac and Anisah TOTALLY loved it.