Airdrie Economic Development is in the early days of setting up a tourism development group within the city. We are asking residents and visitors who enjoy attending festivals and events their opinions and what other tourism experiences they would like to see offered here in Airdrie.
From December 1 - 30 stay at least one night in any of our Airdrie hotels, complete our online survey and be entered to win one of three Holiday Giveaways valued at $300. Qualified entries will be drawn randomly and notified by January 20 by email or phone call from the City of Airdrie. Prizes will be couriered to the home residence. Only one entry per household, per hotel night stay. Must be 18 or older and able to answer a skill testing question upon winning.
A list of our Airdrie hotels and amenities can be found here.
They are back for their 25th year, award-winning Airdrie Festival of Lights!
Go With the Glow
Located in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars worth of displays and other special features. You'll enjoy miniature trains ($2/ride) which carry the whole family around preset paths, as well as open bonfires where you can savour that cup of hot chocolate or apple cider ($2/cup).
Before you leave, be sure to stop into Santa's Gift Shop, located right beside the large Poinsettia Arch. Here you'll find high quality and whimsical gifts for yourself, your family, and your friends.
Your littles are covered with their unique Kids' Only Shopping experience, also located within Santa's Gift Shop. No adults allowed! Elves will help your little ones in a unique shopping section that is full of locally sourced handmade, home-based gifts. All items in this section are $10 and under keeping it affordable for your kid's budgets. And it's zero profit to AFOLS, because what they paid is what the kids pay!
Make the Airdrie Festival of Lights part of your annual Family Holiday Tradition!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Calling all good little boys, girls and furry friends. The big man is coming to town. Have your list ready and head out to any of these fine places to place your order.
December 21, 22 & 23 Airdrie Festival of Lights 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Don't Miss Out on These Magical Reindeer Visits
December 22 Airdrie Festival of Lights 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Santa’s Gift Shop is the only place on this side of the north pole where kids can shop for family and friends with everything under $10! No adults allowed! Festival elves will help your little ones learn the true spirit of Christmas is giving!
Kids Activities in Partnership with Community Links
Head to Nose Creek Park to enjoy kids activities under the heated tent at Airdrie Festival of Lights.
December 21 & 22 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. each evening
All Aboard! The Airdrie Festival of Lights offers three miniature riding trains and two separate paths to enjoy the lights from a different viewpoint. Suitable for all ages, including the young and young at heart, and even your furry-legged friends too! Tickets must be purchased in advance at the festival's Train Station.
Rides remain $2 each. Children under 2 ride free with an adult ticket purchase.
Our New Year’s Eve Fireworks are returning Dec. 31 at the family friendly time of 6:30 p.m.
Visit http://www.airdrie.ca/fireworks to view our fireworks zone map and plan a spot to check out the show!
POSTPONED: Roaring Twenties New Years Gala
Town and Country Centre
December 31 at 7:00pm - 1:00am
New Year's Eve Family Friendly Dance Party Airdrie Festival of Lights
December 31 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Canadian Brewhouse
December 31 at 6:00pm.
New Years Eve Dinner and Dance featuring Fraid Knot
The Maritime Pub and Eatery
December 31 at 6:00pm
Please check host website for COVID restrictions, ticketing fees, and changes to posted information. If you have an Airdrie special event or promotion that is open to the public and operating under a licensed business, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Your Way for some includes anything indoors! The cozy, the warmth, the door to door opportunties to relax, enjoy and be with the people we love.
For the Artisan
Holiday Markets are in full swing providing one-of-a kind unique products and artisan designs. Airdrie host three year-round markets always ready to welcome you in. Stop in to Squiggly Pig Marketplace, MukLuk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium, or Homegrown House and Pantry today.
For the Treasure Hunters
Love to browse the antiques and collectibles for that one-of-a-kind find, or new to you second hand treasures? Stop by Where On Earth Did You Get That, the Treasure Cove and Snap! Collectibles and Comics. Finish your hunt off with an ol' fashion dinner at Cheryl's Country Kitchen.
For Cozy Crafters
Always wanted to learn how to knit? Airdrie local fabric, yarn and knit specialty stores are here to help. Grab those spindles and yarn at Pinheads Quilting, Willow n' Wool or Polka Dot Creek. Supplies, courses and workshops offered.
For the Beer Lover
Airdrie is growing when it comes to sip shops. With four breweries now open, be sure to stop in for a flight, fill a growler or bring some back for later. Visit Angry Bear Growlers, Atlas Brewing, 948 Brewery, Balzac Craft Brewing, and Fitzsimmons Brewing.
For the Sweet Tooth Seekers
For the Thrill Seeker
Indoor fun is still possible this winter. Challenge your friends and family to a friendly competition at Rival Axe Throwing, improve your slice at Woodside Bunkers, or be rid of holiday angst with Smashin'Trash.
Friday Skate Nights
Lace up and hit the ice at Genesis Place Twin Arenas for public skating along to some favourite holiday tunes.
Fridays 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Find more drop-in times for Parent & Tot, Sledge Hockey and Youth Shinny here.
Looking for unique shopping experiences this holiday season? Check out these local favourites.
Gear up and head out this winter on a winterland adventure.
Disc' the Season
Try something new this winter with family disc golf. Located at Fletcher Regional Park, located off of First Avenue. You can park at the north side, off 6 Ave. NW or on the south, off 1 Ave.
Laces up, helmets on and find your ice. Airdrie is full of ODR's otherwise known as Outdoor Rinks available for public use. From snowbank rinks for the tots, or boarded rinks for the hockey enthusiasts, there are plenty of safe outdoor skating options. Check out our Outdoor Rink Map to see what's closest to you.
The City has three bookable fire pits available to the community, thanks to the contributions from local scout groups, businesses and the City of Airdrie. Bowen Park, which is located in the community of Reunion (Reunion GW & Reunion Blvd), offers small open grate barbecues (picnic style) for use without a formal booking through the Parks department. Load up on the marshmallows and settle in for a good ol' fashion roast.
Airdrie is proud to have recently erected a Dr. Jose Rizal bust at Nose Creek Regional Park. Alongside the bust is our six handcrafted totem poles from Gwacheon City, and the Canada 150 Legacy Art Project. Enhance the experience with a treat from Bubble Tea Brewers.
Enjoy a safe winter on one of Airdrie's three toboggan hills located in Chinook Winds Regional Park, Coopers Crossing at Coopers Cr. & Coopers Dr., as well as Osborne Park at Osborne Park SW and Windsong Drive SW/Windsong Blvd SW.
Strap on the snowshoes or just really really warm boots and enjoy the serenity of a nice long walk on a brisk winter's day. Visit all four of Airdrie's Regional Parks for a chance to see explore the city one step at a time. Don't forget to layer up!
Take on a new view of the city, on a winterized fat bike. Airdrie is now part of “The Great Trail” (Trans Canada Trail), created by Trans Canada Trail and partners in 1992. The trail is now 24,000 kilometres of multi-use recreational trail and is the world’s longest recreational trail. When completed, the trail will stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific and to the Arctic Oceans, linking over 1,000 communities and 34 million Canadians. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are now using the Trail. Airdrie's part of the trail connects to Irricana’s road network and Rocky View County’s proposed route.