The City of Lacombe is celebrating their popular holiday festival Light Up Lacombe. On Thursday night (November 23, 2023), thousands of central Albertans lined the streets in anticipation of the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade. 

Just outside of the Flat Iron Building, there was some preparade entertainment including the Burman University’s Acronaires. People could also get cozy by the fire and take in the Lacombe Museum’s Indigenous storytelling and maple sugar shack.

Several of the City’s local businesses were open late and offering special deals to mark the occasion while others took in markets at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. 

City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey led the countdown to light up Lest We Forget Park with several students from Terrace Ridge School who sang Christmas carols on the Echo Energy Stage. 

Overall, Creasey was very pleased with the turnout of the night. 

“I'm ecstatic about tonight. The parade was unbelievable. I think the best yet. The turn out here was unbelievable. When you look around here, how can you not help but feel festive?” said Creasey. 

If you find yourself at Lest We Forget Park you may notice a few more lights than usual. 

“We try and add each and every year to the lights to make it just a that much better each and every year and this thisyear our friends at perfect lights have done such a spectacular job,” explained the Mayor. 

He said he could not estimate the number of volunteers and hours spent planning the event. 

“I’m grateful for each and every one of them,” he added. 

Light Up Lacombe is not over yet, more events and activities are happening all weekend long. You can find the full schedule here.