Christmas in High River

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Visit this page frequently during the holiday season for information on festive events and activities in High River!

Submit holiday events to [email protected].

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Light Up High River Contest:

Light Up High River is a Community-wide Christmas Lights Contest!  Public Voting will run Dec. 4-19.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 20th!

PRIZES: 1st – $250 Shopping Spree at Timothy Fred’s, 2nd – $100 Cash, 3rd – $50 Cash

Contact: email [email protected]

View the photo gallery of contest participants below:

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The High River Hospital Auxiliary will also host the annual Servus Bake Sale on Friday, December 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the lobby of the Servus Credit Union on Centre Street.

Small Business Christmas Party

Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Highwood Memorial Centre

Cocktails, Dinner, Dance, Photo-booth & Grand Illusion Show

Tickets are $45  – Contact the Highwood Centre at 403-652-4404

The Town of High River and the Light Up George Lane Park Committee are excited to announce that a temporary outdoor skating rink will be installed on the ball diamond in George Lane Park this holiday season.

The project has been organized with support from the Rotary Club of High River, the High River Kinsmen and the Highwood Lions Club; as well as High River’s Home Hardware, Canadian Tire and Lutes Timber Mart; with additional support from representatives of FortisAlberta Inc. and Clean Harbors Canada.

Skating will be available as soon as the weather is cold enough to properly install the ice surface.

Currently, the area is to be regarded as an active construction zone, and residents and other visitors to the park are asked to stay clear and obey construction signage for their safety.

Any entrance or activities in or near the construction area, excluding authorized personnel, are not encouraged or supported by the Town and users do so at their own risk.



Cookbook Club – Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

This month’s festive theme is RED & GREEN. Borrow cookbooks from the library and join us for a fun community potluck and discussion. New members always welcome! Free event.

Paint Night for Kids (ages 8-12) – Friday, December 15 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Create a winter wonderland painting with local artist, Sharon-Rose Fraser. Please register as there is limited space.

Contact: High River Library, [email protected], 403-652-2917

Cost: Free

Monday Night Book Club – Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Monday Night Book Club is reading David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice to get in the festive spirit. Copies can be picked up at the library. Free event.

Foothills Toy Tower & Pop Up Gift Wrapping Shop

Emerson Lane Mall in High River

December 1st – December 21st, 2017

11am to 7pm.

Drop off new, unwrapped toys, or monetary donations to help us build a tower of toys! In addition to that, we will have a “shop” setup as a gift wrapping center, where people can come and have their gifts wrapped for a donation.

Proceeds and toys collected from the Toy Tower event will be in support of the Foothills Salvation Army.

Proceeds from the Gift Wrapping shop will go in support of The Can Van.

It is our hope that this campaign will raise awareness, needed items and encourage people to shop and support locally.




Email: [email protected]


Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Magi’s Menagerie – Hidden Christmas Gems From Around the World”

Friday, December 15 at 7pm at the High River United Church – 123 MacLeod Trail SW, High River, AB

An evening of music featuring the Foothills Philharmonic Chorus with special guests – the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra

Contact: Email [email protected] for additional details

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; available online at, at High River or Okotoks Sobeys or at the door

A portion of the proceeds for refreshments will be donated to the Rowan House.

Photos with Santa at the Museum of the Highwood

Bring the kids and your camera for pictures with Santa at the Museum (406 1 Street S.W.)

Santa will be at the Museum Every weekend until Dec. 23 – please bring your own camera:

Dec. 1 : 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Dec. 2 : 1 – 3 p.m.
Dec. 3 : 1 – 3 p.m.
Dec. 9 : 1- 3 p.m.
Dec. 10: 1 – 3 p.m.
Dec. 16: 1 – 3 p.m.
Dec. 17: 12 – 2 p.m.
Dec. 23: 1 – 3 p.m.

High River Sobeys, Crawford Ins. Group and Coco Lux have partnered up in order to fill stockings for local seniors and veterans this holiday season.

The goal is for area residents and businesses to collect some items (ideas listed below), fill a stocking and drop it off at High River Sobeys, Crawford Ins. Group and Coco Lux. Ideally, donors will build their own stockings to gift to a senior or veteran, but monetary contributions or individual items listed below will be accepted.

The group is hoping to fill 500 stockings that will be delivered on the 16th, 24th & 25th of December to residents at Sunrise Village, Medicine Tree Manor, the High River Hospital, and Silver Willow Lodge in Nanton. Special deliveries can be made to individual residences in High River as well. If you know of a senior or veteran who would be brightened by a delivery, please email Sue at [email protected] or call 403-333-1296.

Stocking ideas:
What would make your grandparent smile? Candy, chocolate, note pad & pen, small stuffed animal, magazine, adult coloring book and felts (very therapeutic) game books, ornament, scarves, mittens, hat, gift card, cheery and cheesy something that lights up, a card wishing a Merry Christmas.

Monetary Donations:
Monetary donations will go towards filling stockings as well as direct requests. Last year, heating blankets, winter gear, and therapeutic pillows and socks were purchased with these donations, as well as comfortable pajamas, creams and other medicated items. Please contact [email protected] or 403-808-7816 to arrange e-transfer or drop off of monetary donations.

Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • High River Sobeys – 98 Centre St SE, High River
  • Crawford Ins. Group – 1035 Centre St SE Unit 2, High River
  • Coco Lux Beauty Bar Spa & Tanning – 104 3 Ave SE # 6, High River

Contributions from businesses and individuals will be recognized on the Crawford Insurance Facebook page and the High River Times.

Current Business Sponsors:
High River Denture – Gerard Mercier
Crawford Ins. Group
High River Sobeys
Coco Lux
Canadian Tire
Calico Farms
Pin High Construction
Century 21 –Laurie Allan and Tricia Leigh
Redline Real Estate
George Dearning
Ken Smith Coral Cleaners
Bottled Up
Olson Silver
AM Caldwell Professional Corporation
Ken Smith Coral Cleaners
Peter Neimans Water well Drilling
Karyn Lee Portrait
Arnold & Arnold
Country Home Kennels
Decor Diva
Lynnwood Ranch
John Barlow MP
Top Notch staffing solutions
Pixie Hollow

Special thanks to:
Daydreams and Sunbeams
Mrs Hanson’s Senator Riley grade 8 class
Holy Spirit Academy



On Saturdays until Christmas, Peculiar, Leather & Jewelry Artworks is offering workshops for children 9 to 12 years old on Making Christmas Bracelets for Mom and Friends.

Just in time for Christmas, come to Peculiar Artworks to make that special present for family & friends. Bracelets or necklaces will be made with that special one of a kind touch. This workshop is open for adults and children 9 years old and up. Supplies are included, $45 dollars per piece.

Call the studio for more info: 403-477- 4237. or visit 

Located at Unit 2, 127 – 3rd Avenue, SW High River