Christmas in Ponoka

Celebrate the holiday season in the Town of Ponoka by participating in the following community events and activities listed below:

Santa Claus ParadeThank you to everyone who attended the Santa Claus Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony and Almost Midnight Madness festivities, which kicked off the holiday season in Ponoka on November 18.

Ponoka Festival of Trees from December 1 - 4 in support of the Ponoka and District Health Foundation.

The Town of Ponoka will be sponsoring the Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 3.

Learn more by clicking here.

Decorated HomeCitizens can once again enjoy the holiday season by participating in Ponoka’s annual self-guided Christmas Lights Tour starting on Monday, December 5. The tour will showcase and celebrate festively decorated homes and yards throughout the community.

Enter Your Home in the Tour

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Town of Ponoka by Sunday, December 4 if they would like to enter their home in the community’s Christmas Lights Tour.

To enter your home, please phone 403-783-0131 or email and provide your name and address.

Your location will then be added to the tour map that will be posted here on the Town’s website on Monday, December 5. The tour map will also be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TownofPonoka.

The Town of Ponoka and Ponoka County are partnering to light up the sky with a holiday season fireworks display over the Battle River Valley in downtown Ponoka on Thursday, December 8. 

The fireworks will begin shortly after the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train’s visit to Ponoka that afternoon.

The CP Holiday Train rolls into Ponoka on December 8 starting at 3:45 p.m. 

There will be a live concert from about 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. along the railway tracks at 50 Street and 47 Avenue in downtown Ponoka. The concert will feature musicians Tenille Townes and indigenous artist, Aysanabee. 

The fireworks will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. once the sky is dark enough for the fireworks display to begin. 

Please Bring a Food Bank Donation

The CP Holiday Train is free to attend and supports food banks across Canada. Attendees are encouraged to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation if they’re able for the Ponoka Food Bank.

For more information on the CP Holiday Train, please click here.

Temporary Road Closures During the Event

The Town of Ponoka will facilitate the event by setting up temporary road closures on 50 Street between 48 Avenue and 50 Avenue starting at 2:30 p.m. on December 8. The road closures will remain in place until the fireworks display has ended. 

Motorists are asked to please drive with caution and observe ‘No Parking’ signs and barricades.

Hand Warming Stations

Hand warming stations will be available during the event thanks to the Ponoka County Regional Fire Services East District Fire Department.

Lions Centennial Park Christmas Lights DisplayThe annual Christmas light display at Lions Centennial Park will be bigger and brighter than ever this year. Thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Ponoka Lions Club, the light display will expand once again this year. In fact, the actual number of Christmas lights will double compared to last year. 

The Christmas light display at Lions Centennial Park is scheduled to light up by Friday, December 9. 

At that time, citizens will be able to take a stroll and marvel at the beauty of the tens of thousands of festive lights throughout the park. The light display will continue throughout the winter until the end of February.

Skating Trail at Lions Centennial Park

Over the coming weeks, the Ponoka Regional Fire Department will be working with Town crews to build the outdoor skating trail once again this winter at Centennial Park (weather permitting).  When the skating trail opens, an announcement will be posted here and on social media.