AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

FAQs

27 Glowing Years of Family Tradition

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the AFOLS Off Leash Park Closed in December?

You may have noticed volunteers working in the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society Off Leash Animal Park, working at setting up the space for parking for this year's event. While we recognize that this is a bit of an inconvenience for pet owners in December, DID YOU KNOW;
This space has always been used by AFOLS for parking for their event. In 1997, a developer was looking to turn this space into town homes and condominiums. Recognizing the need to keep our green space, the AFOLS and the City worked out a deal where AFOLS was granted permanent access to the space by paying 75% of the purchase price for the land, in the form of debenture payments for 15 years. A cost of over $291,000 to AFOLS (a non-profit organization). We fulfilled that obligation in 2015.
Also recognizing there may be better ways to use this space year round, several years ago, AFOLS agreed to allow a portion of this space to be fenced off for off leash use 11 months of the year. We also added a second area to be fenced off, that still provides an off leash space within Nose Creek Regional Park, when our event is running. During the year, other events in Nose Creek Regional Park are also granted access to this space for parking, as needed.
More than 70,000 guests visit the Airdrie Festival of Lights in December each year, which brings to light what an incredibly GLOWing City we live in, and provides enormous economic benefits to many in Airdrie.
We still DO NOT charge admission or parking fees, because of our commitment to our organization, and arrangements such as payments for land use. We are also one of the few events that allow your furry friends to attend the lights as part of your family tradition! They can even ride the trains 🚂🚂🚂!
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in helping Keep The GLOW! #ShareTheGlow #cityofairdrie #getyourglowon #furryfriends #share #supportlocal

Do You Have Fire Pits For Warming Up?

YES! - We have two fire pits located close to our concession, and on busier nights, we will be opening the Large Fire Pit located by Penguin Village.

Pack your own roasting sticks and marshmallows to complete your evening!

We Heard You Have Riding Trains?

YES! - There are three miniature trains in the park for guests to ride! The trains will follow two separate paths through the park. Tickets remain $2 per person with Kids under 2 riding free with an adult purchase. Even your furry friends are invited to ride! Accepted payments are cash, debit or credit.

Tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE at our Genesis Land Train Station.

Is There A Cost To Enter The Park?

While there are no admission fees to enter the park, cash donations are gratefully accepted (suggested contribution is $10 - $20 per family, and $1 - $5 per person on a bus).  Festival ambassadors are located at our brightly coloured Guard Houses, as well as our various Mascots with Jingle Jugs to cheerfully accept your donations!

Are Pets Allowed?

Pets on leashes are always welcome at the Airdrie Festival of Lights.  Licensed Service Animals specifically trained to aid a person are welcome throughout the park, however, please be advised that Pets are not allowed in the Festival Tent, or near Santa's Reindeer, when they visit us December 23.  Please be a responsible pet owner, and kindly pick up after your pets.

When Does Santa Visit?

Santa will be here, from 7pm - 8pm on December 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 21 PLUS a special visit on December 23 when you can also meet his reindeer!

Do You Have a Gift Shop?

YES! Santa’s Gift Shop, is OPEN once again for all your holiday purchases!

Plus, we have a separate area within the store that is for Kids Only! We have sourced product from our local home made, hand made vendors, and what we’ve paid for these items, is what we sell them for, meaning zero profit to AFOLS, and affordable gifts for the kids. All items in this section are priced $10 and under. Our elves will help the kids shop and wrap their special presents to be placed under Christmas trees everywhere.

What Are The Cash Donations Used For? 

Along with general maintenance and upkeep of the displays and other attractions, portions of our proceeds are redirected back into our Community, benefiting other local non-profit’s and youth groups.

How Do I Volunteer? 

We LOVE our volunteers!  Visit our Volunteer Page for our Application Form, and our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch you.

Is There a Concession?

YES! - We will once again have hot chocolate, apple cider, bottled water, and coffee available for purchase. Price is still only $2 per cup!
NEW this year, we will have Candy Cane and Hot Chocolate flavoured cotton candy for $5 each.
Acceptable Payments are cash, debit, or credit.

Where Can I Park? 

We have parking available for vehicles, handi-cap (limited), and buses.  Follow the signs when you enter Nose Creek Regional Park for your vehicle type.  We also have a convenient Drop-Off point just before the entrance to the park.  There is no charge for parking. When permissible, we have golf cart assistance to guests with mobility concerns. Please speak to a Donation Booth Attendant for details.

What Are Your Hours of Operation?

The Airdrie Festival of Lights runs every night, December 1st to 31st, from 6pm to 9 pm each evening. This includes, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Eve. Please note: On nights where the temperature is below -25 degrees Celsius, including wind-chill, the Festival operates "lights only", meaning no additional services or events offered. We appreciate your understanding that weather conditions are not in our control.