Light up the Night 2018

This five-day event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a good old fashioned Christmas Festival. Each year the festival is growing in size and scope, with fantastic activities including the Annual, Tim Horton’s Santa Claus Parade and a Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off the holiday season. This year there will be several new surprises so be sure to check this website early and often for updates.

If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions please contact: Guy Lapointe (403) 782-1263 or email glapointe@lacombe.ca.

Lacombe Santa Claus Parade

Lacombe Community Lights Contest

Lacombe Tree Lighting

Additional Special Events

Festival of Wreaths – starts Nov. 29th
Twinkle Lights Tours – starts Nov. 30th
Christmas Lights Contest & Christmas Geocache

December 21st, Fireworks

8:00 p.m.- Cranna Lake. Fireworks, skating & tobogganing

Event Information

Festival Schedule

Singing Swinging Christmas featuring Flatiron Jazz

7:30pm- Trinity Lutheran Church/Lacombe Performing Arts Theatre

Kick off the festival with a peppy Holiday show that is sure to get you smiling.

Tickets are $10/each or $25/family.

Mingle & Jingle Market

4 p.m. – 10 p.m. -Lacombe Memorial Centre

Always a festival favorite! A collection of home based businesses that have come together in one convenient location so that you may peruse their offerings.

Festive Musical Performances

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Lacombe Memorial Centre

The Fireside Lounge will come alive with some fantastic free Christmas music.  Come in from the cold and get into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Farmer’s Market

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.- Lacombe Memorial Centre

Warm up at the LMC and peruse the many vendors who will have their very best products for sale.  A wide variety of local food and seasonal crafts is available; a perfect time to stock up for the holidays, or shop for unique gifts!

Book Sale

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.- Lacombe Memorial Centre

Check out the great selection of previously loved books, movies, music & magazines. Something for everyone!

Charity Gift Wrap

5 pm-10 pm- Come drop off your gifts in the basement of Nowco Home Hardware during Moonlight Madness for wrapping. Small gifts $2, large gifts $3, all proceeds will be donated to Lacombe FCSS.

Beef on a Bun

5 pm (while quantities last)- Lacombe Memorial Centre

Grab a warm spot of food before the parade.  All proceeds go towards supporting Lacombe Victim Services.

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Fire Dancers

5:30pm- Lacombe Memorial Centre/Main Street

Check out a performance or two while you are waiting for the parade to arrive!  Dancers use a range of fiery props and even do some fire breathing!

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Tim Horton’s Santa Claus Parade

6 p.m.- Santa Claus is coming to town!  Come check out Lacombe’s 8th annual parade, but be sure to get there early as the streets are going to be busy.  Please dress warm in case St. Nick gets delayed.

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Letters to Santa

Make sure to bring along your letters to Santa as Canada Post will once again be collecting them along the parade route.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:45 p.m.-Lacombe Memorial Centre

What do 60,000 lights look like when you flip the switch?  Come down to the LMC and find out!  Also check out the beautiful ice sculptures that recognize our fine tree lighting sponsors.

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Selfie with Santa

7 p.m.- Lacombe Memorial Centre

Back by popular demand!  After the parade join Santa on the upper floor of the LMC for a not-so-traditional photo.  Bring your camera and your smiles.

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Cookies & Carols

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.- St. Andrew’s United Church

The church invites everyone to come down to decorate cookies, sing some traditional Christmas carols and decorate the blessing tree with your wishes/hopes for the upcoming year.  Refreshments will be provided and freewill offerings will be accepted.

Moonlight Madness

Lacombe Centre Mall and Downtown Lacombe

We encourage you to visit our unique collection of community merchants throughout the evening.  Participating businesses have exclusive draw prize forms that can be found in this year’s Light Up the Night guide.

Name that Carol Challenge

Join Lacombe Businesses for some festive fun in the Name that Carol challenge. To celebrate the season, participating businesses will set up displays (November 29-December 14) depicting a Christmas Carol or Song. Using the provided ballot form answer 10 or more correctly to be entered in a draw to win: 1 family mini-session (20 minutes) with resident photographer Cedar Lane Weddings (value $199).  Prize announced on Dec 15.  Watch Lacombe Tourism Facebook for contest updates and details or email info@lacombetourism.com.

Christmas Farmer’s Market

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.- Lacombe Memorial Centre

Warm up at the LMC and enjoy the many vendors who will have their very best products for sale.  A wide variety of local food and seasonal crafts will be available; a perfect time to stock up for the holidays.

Mingle & Jingle Market

9am – 1 p.m.- Lacombe Memorial Centre

A selection of merchants have come together to offer a special sale of at least 30%.  Shop local & save!

Festive Musical Performances

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lacombe Memorial Centre

The Fireside Lounge will come alive with some fantastic free Christmas music.  Come in from the cold and get into the holiday spirit.

Story Time at the Library

1– 3 p.m.- Mary C. Moore Public Library

Stop in, grab a cookie, cozy up and listen to your favourite Christmas stories at the Library.

Christmas Skate

6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.- Can Pak Ice Complex #2

Take the family for a little jaunt around the rink while listening to a sweet selection of Christmas tunes.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Radio Play

Time – 7pm- Trinity Lutheran Church/Lacombe Performing Arts Theatre

This beloved holiday classic comes to live as a live 1940s radio broadcast.  With the help of an ensemble cast provided by very our own Homegrown Theatre, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve.

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Burman University Choral Union Christmas Concert

Time – 7pm

College Heights SDA Church

The internationally renowned Choral Union is happy to invite everyone to this year’s concert entitled A Tale of Two KingsThis event is free to attend, however free will offerings will be accepted.

Lacombe Christmas Faire

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.- Lacombe Memorial Centre

The 21st annual Christmas Faire features an abundance of tables with homemade crafts, gifts, art and home-based business items.  Find those one-of-a-kind gifts and get your Christmas shopping done early!

Festive Musical Performances

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lacombe Memorial Centre

The Fireside Lounge will come alive with some fantastic free Christmas music.  Come in from the cold and get into the holiday spirit.

Free Movie: The Polar Express 3D

10 a.m.- Lacombe City Cinemas

Enjoy this matinee showing on the house. This is an opportunity to the Polar Express in the original 3D format!  Rush seating is in place, and the concession will be open to handle your holiday snack cravings.

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Christmas at the Michener House

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.- Michener House Museum

Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas with warm apple cider and roasted chestnuts.  You can also swing by throughout the day for Christmas Crafts, writing letters to Santa and board games including the original 1980s Lacombe Board Game.

Burman University Choral Union Christmas Concert

Time – 4pm

College Heights SDA Church

The internationally renowned Choral Union is happy to invite everyone to this year’s concert entitled A Tale of Two KingsThis event is free to attend, however free will offerings will be accepted.

Free Christmas Swim

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.- Kinsmen Aquatic Centre

Ignore the plummeting temperatures and have a beach night on us!  The Wibit will be on hand for some extra holiday fun.

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Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long

7 p.m.

Canadian Baptist Bible Church

Join in some good old fashioned carolling and enjoy cookies and hot beverages afterwards.  There are also some special performances planned so don’t miss out!

It’s A Wonderful Life – Radio Play

Time – 7pm- Trinity Lutheran Church/Lacombe Performing Arts Theatre

This beloved holiday classic comes to live as a live 1940s radio broadcast.  With the help of an ensemble cast provided by very our own Homegrown Theatre, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Brunch

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.- Best Western Lacombe

Back by popular demand!  Take in a great holiday spread for a budget price.  Space is limited and advance tickets are available at the hotel front desk or at Cilantro & Chive.  You can also purchase tickets the day of the event (while quantities last); $5 per person.

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Hay Rides

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.- Michener Park

Horse drawn rides will be available for those interested in enjoying the festive outdoor scenery.

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Selfie with Santa

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.- Best Western Lacombe

A second chance to get your picture with the big guy!  After fueling up on festive treats join Santa for a not-so-traditional photo.  Bring your camera and your biggest smiles.

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Fireworks

8:00 p.m.- Cranna Lake

That’s not a typo!  Cranna Lake will be set aglow with a spectacular fireworks display set against a wintery backdrop.  The lake should be frozen by then, so we should be able to allow some skating and tobogganing – weather permitting, of course.

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Light Up The Night Photo Gallery