There were all kinds of floats for the crowds to enjoy during the parade. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

PHOTOS: Light Up Lacombe is off to a smashing start

Crowds gathered for an event-packed evening as the annual celebration kicked off Nov. 24

Downtown Lacombe was overflowing with festive spirit Nov. 24 as the annual Light Up Lacombe c

Light up Lacombe is described as the type of event that captures all of the tradition, heritage, and charm of a good old-fashioned Christmas festival.

This year’s presenting sponsor was Stantec.

Highlights on opening night included Midnight Madness shopping, the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the LMC.

The Lacombe Christmas Faire ran over the weekend at the LMC along with the Under $100 Art Market.

Other highlights included ‘Lift Someone into the Light’ at St. Andrew’s United Church, and fire dancers in the Lacombe Memorial Centre Courtyard.

Sponsored by Cilantro and Chive, the Breakfast with Santa was held on Nov. 27 at the LMC.

And right before Christmas, don’t miss the fireworks at Cranna Lale on Dec. 22.

Other events over the course of Light Up Lacombe included a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, a Scandinavian Papercraft Workshop, a showing of the classic holiday film Polar Express, and Selfies with Santa.

 

More sites from the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

More sites from the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

There was lots of live holiday music in the Fireside Lounge in the LMC.

There was lots of live holiday music in the Fireside Lounge in the LMC.

Downtown was the place to be as crowds gathered for the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

Downtown was the place to be as crowds gathered for the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

More sites from the parade on Nov. 24.

More sites from the parade on Nov. 24.

Downtown was packed for the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

Downtown was packed for the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

The Lest We Forget Park is now brightly lit for the holidays.

The Lest We Forget Park is now brightly lit for the holidays.

Mrs. Claus greeted visitors to the Lacombe Christmas Faire at the LMC.

Mrs. Claus greeted visitors to the Lacombe Christmas Faire at the LMC.

The Lest We Forget Park is now brightly lit with Christmas lights for the holiday season.

The Lest We Forget Park is now brightly lit with Christmas lights for the holiday season.

There were plenty of colourful floats featured in this year’s parade.

There were plenty of colourful floats featured in this year’s parade.

Lisa LaRose enjoyed displaying her gnome collection at the Lacombe Christmas Faire in the LMC.

Lisa LaRose enjoyed displaying her gnome collection at the Lacombe Christmas Faire in the LMC.

As always, the Santa Claus Parade was the highlight of opening night to this year’s Light Up Lacombe. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

As always, the Santa Claus Parade was the highlight of opening night to this year’s Light Up Lacombe. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Following the parade, crowds gathered at Lest We Forget Park for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Following the parade, crowds gathered at Lest We Forget Park for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

More sites from the parade.

More sites from the parade.

There was plenty of dazzling colour throughout the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

There was plenty of dazzling colour throughout the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade.

Sgt. Nicole Martin enjoyed taking part in the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Sgt. Nicole Martin enjoyed taking part in the Echo Energy Santa Claus Parade. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

One of the entries in this year’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest at the Flat Iron Museum - all part of Light Up Lacombe. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

One of the entries in this year’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest at the Flat Iron Museum - all part of Light Up Lacombe. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Performers with FireStorm put on an awesome display prior to the Santa Claus Parade.

Performers with FireStorm put on an awesome display prior to the Santa Claus Parade.

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