Christmas is coming early to Banff National Park, join us this Saturday, December 5th!

The Winterstart Festival offers a variety of FREE events and activities catered to the young and young at heart.

Christmas in the Courtyard 
11:30am – 3:00pm –  Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St.
Holiday jubilation fills the streets of Banff with fun activities on Bear Street the whole family can enjoy, such as dancing, stories & Christmas carols.

Holiday Wagon Rides
11:00am – 4:00pm – Banff Trail Riders Store, 132 Banff Ave.
Take a memorable tour through the streets of wintery Banff by horse and wagon. Tours are free however first come first serve & weather dependent.

Holiday Magic in the Mall 
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Cascade Shops, 317 Banff Ave.
Face Painters, Balloon Twisters and other magical friends spend the afternoon with you in Cascade Shops. Enjoy festive songs from Christmas Choirs or “Take an Elfie” or family photo in our Photo Booth!

Santa Stops by the Train Station! 
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Banff Train Station, junction of Railway Ave. & Elk St.
Santa takes a break from his workshop to take a photo with you! Proceeds go to support Santa’s Anonymous. Get cozy in Storybook Corner, get crafty or get silly and pose with a festive ice sculpture.

A Whyte Christmas 
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Whyte Museum, 111 Bear St.
Start your holiday season off in grand style with carols, crafts, treats and a visit from Santa.

Santa Claus Parade of Lights
5:30pm –  Banff Ave.
Watch as colourful Christmas characters come out to play alongside Santa himself as brilliantly lit floats parade down Banff Ave.

Festive Fun continues after the Parade
5:00 pm7:00 pm – Banff Ave Square.
Still need more festive cheer? Warm up next to roaring fire and toast a marshmallow all while taking in the joyful caroling of a choir.