Holiday Spirit Abounds in Cranbrook

November 23, 2023 |

As snow-capped peaks and snow-dusted scenes drape the landscape, the joy and anticipation of the holiday season grows larger by the day. In celebration of the season, you’ll find plenty of holiday spirit with Cranbrook’s many markets, parades, performances, and activities throughout the community leading up to Santa’s arrival on Christmas.

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, look no further than these amazing events happening around Cranbrook this season!

Sundays in December at Fort Steele

Movies, crafts, photos with Father Christmas and so much more are on tap for the annual Sundays in December at Fort Steele Heritage Town!

Entry is by donation, and the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Time travel back to a 19th Century Christmas experience at Fort Steele this December.

A Christmas Rockstory: A Holiday Circus Spectacular

A Christmas RockStory, an electrifying and heartwarming stage show that combines the excitement of rock music with the festive cheer of a Christmas circus stops in Cranbrook at Western Financial Place on Tuesday, December 5

Tickets are on sale now can be purchased in person at the box office at Western Financial Place or online.

CPKC Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific Kansas City is bringing their Holiday Train to Cranbrook on December 12!

The train is scheduled to arrive at 8:45 p.m. at the CPKC parking lot at 25 Van Horne Street, with the event scheduled for 9-9:30 p.m.

The Cranbrook History Centre will also be hosting a warm-up event prior to the train's arrival from 7-9 p.m. Come enjoy a hot chocolate and explore the centre's galleries prior to the arrival of the train! For the warm-up event, guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item donation for the Cranbrook Food Bank.

Christmas Choir Performances

There is no shortage of holiday choirs which will grace many stages across Cranbrook this season. Whether it be the Childrens’ Christmas Choir at the Alliance Church, or the Cranbrook Community Choir at the Royal Alexandra Hall, one’s musical fix will be met this holiday season.

Last Minute Christmas Market

Couldn’t attend the Special Winter Market? Fear not! The Cranbrook Farmer’s Market will be hosting their annual Last Minute Market at the Ktunaxa Gym on December 16. They’ve got you covered to find that local treasure for that special someone on your list, even if you are running a bit late 😉

Cranbrook Farmer’s Market – Special Winter Market

It’s the market you know and love, just brought in from the cold to Western Financial Place. Get your holiday shopping started off right by checking out local food producers, artisans, and makers all in one place. It’s truly a world-class market that is not to be missed!

The market goes 12-6 on Saturday, November 25 and 11-3 Sunday, November 26.

JCI’s 52nd Annual Santa Claus Parade

Pre-market or post-market, pop on over to downtown Cranbrook as jolly ol’ Saint Nick makes his annual pre-Christmas visit to Cranbrook to kick off the holiday season at the JCI Santa Claus Parade.

The parade starts at 5:30 on Saturday, November 25. The parade will run along Baker Street from 8th Avenue to 12th Avenue, turning south on 12th to 1st Street, returning to 8th Avenue along 1st.

Be sure to pop by Rocky Mountain Printers after the parade for some free hot cocoa and a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Memories with Santa

While in Cranbrook, Santa will also be visiting the Cranbrook History Centre for photos, holiday crafts and breakfast on November 25 and 26.

Proceeds from tickets sales for these year’s event will go to the Kootenay Haven House & Garden. Tickets can be purchased at Bumble Tree in downtown Cranbrook.

Looking for more events happening around Cranbrook this December? Check out our Events Calendar for all that is going on around the CBK!

Don’t see your event on our calendar? Feel free to submit your event here to be posted on our website.


Happy Holidays, one and all!