Red Deer Lights the Nights

Red Deer Lights the Nights brings four weeks of festive fun to kick-off the holiday season.
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Red Deer Lights the Nights has grown from a single event to a series of activities over several weeks. Through December 17, fun and festive activities are taking place downtown and throughout the city. Options include twinkle tours, art markets, hot chocolate booths, special guests, and more! Activities are free to attend and everyone is welcome  to join the fun.

Santa’s Bus Tour returns to share Christmas joy through the city. On four different December evenings, you can see him cruising through neighbourhoods on a Red Deer Transit Bus. Be sure to check the schedule below to find out when he’ll visit your neighbourhood!

Schedule of events

Below is a list of the various events and activities that make up Red Deer Lights the Nights. Scroll down to read activity descriptions below and click the links to learn more.

Follow The City of Red Deer and Downtown Business Association on social media for updates throughout the season.

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Activity Date Time Location
North Pole Plaza Party - cancelled December 1 4 - 6:30 p.m. Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza
Neighbourhood light contests December 1 – 17 Daily Red Deer Community Associations
Seasons Treatings photo contest December 1 - 24 Daily Canada 150 Square in Capstone
Live on Location with Big 105.5 FM December 8 4 - 7 p.m. Ross Street Patio
Twinkle Tour 5 - 8 p.m. Starting at Ross Street Patio
Free Hot Chocolate in City Hall Park   5 - 6:30 p.m. City Hall Park
Late Night Shopping Until 8 p.m. (or later) Downtown and Capstone
Winter Market December 9 & 10 3 - 7 p.m.
12 - 5 p.m.
Millennium Centre
4909 49 Street 
Frozen Photos on Frost Street Patio December 15 4 - 7 p.m. Ross Street Patio
Free Hot Chocolate & Roaming Elves December 15 5 - 6:30 p.m. City Hall Park
Santa’s Bus Tour December 9, 10, 16, 17 5:30 - 8 p.m. Red Deer neighbourhoods
North Pole Plaza Party - cancelled
December 1

December 1: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza

Festive games and activities, fire pits, carolers, free hot chocolate (while supplies last), nature crafts with Kerry Wood Nature Centre and free candy canes from CUPE. Plus, take home a free craft bag courtesy of FCSA (Family Services of Central Alberta).

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Free candy canes and hot chocolate in City Hall Park
December 8

RDAC logoDecember 8, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
City Hall Park

Enjoy a cup of free hot chocolate while strolling through beautiful City Hall Park and take in the spectacular light display. Free candy canes courtesy of AUPE. (While supplies last)

Seasons Treatings holiday photo contest
December 1-24

Capstone’s giving you the chance to strike a pose to win a special holiday gift!

It's a fun and easy way to get together and have some fun this holiday season: all you have to do is gather your friends, family, or pets at the holiday vignette at Canada 150 Square for a fun photoshoot together.

Post your photo on social (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and tag @liveincapstone #CapstoneCurious to enter our draw for a chance to win 1 of 2 incredible gift baskets.

The gift baskets are stocked with items from small businesses in Capstone, so you can feel merry about supporting local and spreading even more cheer with your neighbours this year.

The holiday vignette studio area is open every day from Dec 1-24!

Neighbourhood light contests

Many local community associations are hosting decorating contests in their neighbourhoods. Check with your community association for more information on what’s happening in your neighbourhood.

Winter Nights in Capstone - cancelled
December 2 – 4

December 2 – 4: 4 – 9 p.m.
Canada 150 Square, Capstone

Unfortunately, due to the extreme cold temperatures forecasted for this weekend's Winter Nights event, this event is cancelled.

While the interactive holiday art installation and hot cocoa will not be on site at Canada 150 Square, the holiday decorations and lights will still be shining bright for those who wish to brave the cold and get their Season's Treatings photos at the new festive light tunnel display.

We look forward to sharing more cool moments of togetherness in Capstone with every one soon! But, hopefully not this cool.

Late Night Shopping - Capstone and Downtown Red Deer
December 8

December 8: until 8 p.m. or later
Downtown and Capstone

For one night many downtown and Capstone businesses remain open until 8 p.m. or later to help Red Deerians with their holiday shopping and to encourage the support of local businesses. Most participants have special offers and there will be free hot chocolate available on the Ross Street Patio, so it’s a great time to enjoy some holiday cheer.

Winter Market
December 9 & 10

Downtown Market logoDecember 9: 3 - 7 p.m.
December 10: 12 - 5 p.m.

Every winter, the farmers’ market makes a special appearance in downtown Red Deer to help you finish your holiday shopping. You can purchase tasty food and baked goods to feed the  family, local beers and wines for that holiday party and beautiful handmade gifts sure to impress that special someone at this accredited Alberta Farmers’ Market. This year we will be joined by live music from local entertainer Curtis Labelle and the Red Deer Community for Jazz. Check out the pop-up photography studio for that last minute Christmas card!

Vendors are still needed for this curated, local market. Learn more and register at https://downtownreddeer.com/downtown-red-deer-market/.

Frozen Photos on Frost Street Patio
December 15

December 15: 4 - 7 p.m.
Ross Street Patio

Head to the Ross Street Patio with the kids for some frosty photos with Anna & Elsa and Christmas carols! Stay warm by the fire with free hot chocolate from the Downtown Business Association.

Santa’s Bus Tour
December 9, 10, 16, 17 starting at 5:30 p.m.

 December 9, 10, 16, 17 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Click below to view route maps for each date. Santa’s elves will live tweet his journey each night to help ensure that no one misses his visit. Follow @TheCityofRedDeer on Twitter for updates on his location throughout each tour. You can also use the MyBus website or app to see the location of the bus.

We’ve done our best to help ensure Santa can visit every neighbourhood, but due to his busy schedule he cannot visit every street. Please choose the route closest to your home to catch a glimpse of Santa and his team as they cruise by.

The tour will reach the first stop at 5:30 p.m.

  • Friday, December 9 – Route 1 (red line): North Red Deer (Pines, 67 Street, Johnstone Park, Kentwood, Oriole Park, Riverside Meadows, Highland Green)
    Santa's Bus Tour Map - Route 1 (pdf)

  • Saturday, December 10 – Route 2 (green line): South Red Deer, Downtown (Bower, West Park, Downtown, Gaetz Avenue North)
    Santa's Bus Tour Map - Route 2 (pdf)

  • Friday, December 16 – Route 3 (blue line): South Red Deer (Sunnybrook, Inglewood, Anders, Morrisroe, Eastview, Clearview Meadows, 55 Street, Downtown, Gaetz Avenue North)
    Santa's Bus Tour Map - Route 3 (pdf)

  • Saturday, December 17 – Route 4 (yellow line): East Red Deer (Vanier, Lancaster, Deer Park, Rosedale, Timberlands, Clearview Ridge)
    Santa's Bus Tour Map - Route 4 (pdf)

Be sure to stand safely on the sidewalk or wave from the window as Santa drives by.

Santa's Bus Tour Map - All Routes (pdf)

Check out the Facebook event.

For more information:

If you have questions about Red Deer Lights the Nights, please contact our Community Development team at 403-406-8820 or culturemailbox@reddeer.ca.