Below is information from 2018. Please stay tuned for 2019 information!
Light Up Okotoks is brought to you in part by
Fireworks Sponsored by:
Join us for the kick off to the holiday season. Festivities typically include a visit from Santa, wagon rides, sugar shack, cookie decorating, craft sales, late night shopping, fireworks & much more! Don't forget your Food Bank donations for the 18 Wheels of Christmas.
Event day road closure: Elizabeth Street, McRae Street, and North Railway Street to Lineham Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 16.
Download a copy of the map and take it with you (or take a screen shot of it so you can see it on your smartphone).
At the Downtown Plaza Stage
- Live Choir Performance beginning at 6 pm and running until 6:45 pm
- Mayor and Council arrive-Welcome Ceremonies 6:45 pm
- Visit from Santa, 6:50 pm
- Lighting of Community Christmas Tree, 7 pm
- Foothills Philharmonic Choir performance, 7:10-7:40 pm
At the Landmark Site next to the Plaza
- Candy Cane Lane, by Okotoks GM - 5:30-9 pm
- S’mores Station by Save-on-Foods - 5:30-9 pm
- Light the Night illuminated float zone, 5:30-9 pm
- Blazing Fire Fountain- NEW
- Girl Guides Cooking Sales
Along Elizabeth Street
- Christmas Market, Elks Lodge, 4-9 pm
- Sugar Shack, Prairie Management & Realty - maple toffee on a stick ($1), 5:30-9 pm
- Miniature Ponies, McBride Career Group, 6-8:30 pm
- Free Glow Sticks, Dreams Car Wash 5:30-9 pm
At the Okotoks Art Gallery & Museum
- Photos with Santa (bring own camera), 7:10-9 pm
- Hot chocolate & crafts, 5:30-9 pm
- Spirit of Christmas Artisan Market, 5-9 pm
- Gingerbread Station with live voting!
- Museum Exhibits, 5-9 pm
Other Downtown activities
- Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, 5:30-8:30 pm; 4 teams of horse-drawn wagon rides west end only by Elks Hall
- Fire Pits, 5:30-9 pm
- Roaming Carollers, 6-9 pm
- Food Trucks! El Churro Treats & Il Forno Vagabondo, 5:30-9 pm
- Western Wheel Cares 50/50 & Photo Booth\
- Late Night Shopping until 9 pm
- Fudge and Kettle Corn for sale until 9 pm
Old Fashioned Christmas Party at the Okotoks Public Library
- All ages welcome!
- 4-6 pm Celebrate the days of yore with crafts and fun from the past. Snacks will be provided.
- 4-6 pm The Friends of Okotoks Library will be selling holiday gift bags in support of the Library.
- 5-7 pm Members of the Okotoks Library Board will be handing out chocolate milk and cookies
from Lineham Park @ 9 pm!
Incident Command Centre
Should you need assistance at any point during Light Up, the Incident Command Centre will be located beside the Municipal Centre on Veterans Way to serve as a central point for:
- Lost children or separated family members
- First aid
- Lost and found
- General information
Support those in Need!
- Drop off food/cash donation for the Food Bank at the 18 Wheels of Christmas!
- Okotoks Fire Dept Charity BBQ
- Western Wheel Cares 50/50 for local charities
- Drop off NEW scarves, mitts, toques and baby items at the Okotoks Art Gallery to decorate the Tree of Warmth for local charities
- Drop off food Bank donations for the Okotoks and Veterans Food Banks at the Elks Lodge. They are also accepting pet food and toy donations for Heaven Can Wait.
- Drop off new, unwrapped gifts and gift cards for children ages 18 & under at the Library--in support of the Salvation Army Foothills Community Ministries.
Thanks to our sponsors
S'mores Station brought to you by:
Free Glow Sticks
Dreams Car Wash
Prairie Management & Realty
Sun Belt Rentals