It feels like the Halloween decorations came down yesterday, but somehow Christmas is around the corner. There are only a few short weeks left to take in all of the festivities and get that holiday shopping all wrapped up. Luckily, there are plenty of Christmas events in Alberta to get you feeling holly and jolly this season in no time.\nFrom grand ice castles and millions of twinkling lights to some of the cutest shopping opportunities in the province, you’re sure to find a few markets and events you'll definitely want to hit up.\nEvery year, Christmas seems of sneaks up on us, and before we know it the chance to get out and experience all of Alberta’s holiday magic comes to a sudden end.\nThis year, why not get on top of the fun nice and early so you don’t miss out on some serious festive action.\nWe’ve brought together some of the best and brightest holiday markets and events in the province so that you don’t miss a thing.\nNow, all that’s left to do is to rally the squad and start checking some of these spots off of your winter bucket list ASAP.\n\nBanff Christmas Market\nPrice: Starting at $7.50\nWhen: Friday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17 and Friday, November 22 to Sunday, November 24\nAddress: 100 Sundance Rd., Banff, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: This cozy outdoor Christmas market is full of holiday charm. Santa himself shows up with a sleigh full of handcrafted gifts. There's food, drinks, and a warm fire for you to enjoy as well. \n View this post on Instagram Wishing you all the happiest of holidays from Kelowna! #koyophoto (Thanks for the photo @desktoglory!) A post shared by KOYO PHOTOGRAPHY (@koyophotography) on Dec 24, 2016 at 10:53pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nLions Festival of Lights\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Saturday, November 30 until Wednesday, January 8\nAddress: Confederation Park, Calgary, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: You can drive through 500,000 twinkling lights at Alberta's largest free drive-by Christmas light showcase. This magical holiday display is sure to raise your spirits.\n View this post on Instagram Tis the season! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with memories you’ll always treasure. Merry Xmas!!! 😇 🌲 🇨🇦 . 📸 by munchkin @danil_mandrychenko 🙃 . . #christmas #happyholidays #holidayseason #xmas #xmaslights #smilesformiles #yyc #yycnow #beautiful #christmasdecor #bridge #christmasishere🎄 #brightside A post shared by Anya Altaeva (@zoozyaaa) on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:38pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nThe Spirit of Christmas\nPrice: Prices vary\nWhen: Open daily, hours change seasonally\nAddress: 133 Banff Ave., Banff, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: This festive store looks like it came straight out of a movie set. You can browse the decorations and maybe even find a special something for that special someone while you're at it.\n View this post on Instagram 7 more sleeps and then it's Christmas! 🎄 Our tradition- a week before Christmas I leave a stocking at my door knob and Salil fills it up with gifts and notes for me 😍 On Christmas Day, we watch movies together and pretty much lay in bed all day and laze around ☺️ What is your Christmas tradition? Share below! #tosomeplacenew -------------------🌏---------------- 📍Banff, Canada 🇨🇦 -------------------------------------- #explorecanada #travelalberta #loves_alberta #lovetotravel #wanderlustvibes #traveldreamseekers #exploretheworld #travellove #youmustsee #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #banff #travelbug #christmasdecorations #christmasmarket #christmastradition #thetravelwoman #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #travelgirl #travelgo #timetotravel A post shared by Mayuri ⚓️ #travelblogger (@tosomeplacenew) on Dec 17, 2017 at 1:16am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nCalgary ZooLights\nPrice: $19.95\nWhen: Friday, November 22 until Saturday, January 4\nAddress: 210 St. George's Dr. NE, Calgary, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: This long-standing event is a holiday tradition for many, and we understand why. The magical lights could put even Scrooge in the holiday spirit.\n View this post on Instagram Merry Christmas Eve from Frosty & I! ☃️🎄🎅🏻✨ . . . #merrychristmaseve #calgaryzoolights #yyc #wakeupyyc #frostythesnowman #lovelovelove #zoolights #dailyhiveyyc #kisses A post shared by Ida Isabel (@idaviani) on Dec 24, 2018 at 9:12am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWinter Lights Festival\nPrice: $9\nWhen: Friday, November 29 until Friday, January 31\nAddress: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Corner of 9th Ave. S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: This Japanese Garden transforms into the most spectacular oasis of lights. Once you're here be sure to try the maple matcha cookies and a tasty hot drink.\n View this post on Instagram Winter lights at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. #yql #Lethbridge #japanesegardens #winter #tourcanada #explorealberta #explorecanada #xf90mm #fujixt2 #xt2 #fujilove #myfujifilm #fujifeed #fujixseries #fujifilm_id #fujifilm #imagesofcanada #canadaonline #southernalberta #exploresouthwestalberta #special_shots #ig_today #justcanadathings_ #handheld A post shared by K.Mendoza (@k_dur83) on Jan 15, 2017 at 10:58am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nLuminaria \nPrice: $16.50\nWhen: Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8\nAddress: University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: A candlelit walk through a wintery garden? Um, yes, please. It doesn't get more romantic than this. There will be bonfires, hot apple cider, singing, and ice sculptures too.\n View this post on Instagram Luminaria tickets are selling fast! Check out the link in our bio for full ticket information ❄️🔥⭐️ #exploreedmonton A post shared by UofA Botanic Garden (@uabotanicgarden) on Oct 23, 2019 at 9:37am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nNoel Festival\nPrice: From $19.99\nWhen: Thursday, November 28 until Tuesday, December 31\nAddress: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: This is Calgary's only indoor light park and Christmas market. You can wander through a 250-foot interactive light tunnel, enjoy boozy drinks and shop for artisan gifts.\n View this post on Instagram Experience the warmth of twinkling lights and enjoy the sound of festive Christmas carollers while in search of unique gifts in the Noel Christmas Market. Make sure to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at their workshop before venturing to the food truck alley and food vendors for holiday cuisine. Continue your adventure with a hot chocolate or craft beer in hand and head into our stunning light park for photos, conversation, and play. Get ready for this and so much more! Noel is coming to town in just over four weeks. Get your passes online by following the link in our bio @NoelFestival A post shared by Noel Festival (@noelfestival) on Nov 2, 2019 at 12:02pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nVictoria Park IceWay\nPrice: Free\nWhen: TBD, the IceWay is weather dependant\nAddress: 11004-12004 River Valley Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB \nWhy You Need To Go: You can skate through a rainbow of lights on this incredible outdoor skating trail. It has not yet been confirmed if the rainbow lights will return again this year.\n View this post on Instagram 🤩 A post shared by Emily Carter (@emilyccarter) on Jan 13, 2018 at 9:33pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nCP Holiday Train\nPrice: By donation\nWhen: Thursday, December 5 until Wednesday, December 11\nAddress: Various Alberta stops\nWhy You Need To Go: The iconic Cp Holiday Train is a festive staple that you won't want to miss. And with multiple stops in Alberta this year, you won't have to.\n View this post on Instagram My Favourite Christmas Tradition #YQR #CPHolidayTrain @cpholidaytrain A post shared by Connor Chow (@connorchow) on Dec 5, 2018 at 7:29pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nIce Castles\nPrice: TBD\nWhen: January 2020\nAddress: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB \nWhy You Need To Go: You can wander through marvellous hand-crafted ice castles, down ice slides, through frozen tunnels and more. Many of the ice sculptures are illuminated by LED lights as well.\n View this post on Instagram You guys didn’t think I was done with the winter pics yet, did you?! ☃️ Couldn’t resist doing a jumping/dancing pic at the ice castles 💕❄️ A post shared by Rose (@thecompass.rose) on Mar 25, 2019 at 7:41pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nMountaintop Christmas\nPrice: Included with admission\nWhen: Saturday, November 16 until Monday, December 30\nAddress: 100 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: You can take in breathtaking rooftop views of snowy mountain tops, decorate festive cookies, take photos with Santa and more at Banff's famous Mountaintop Christmas.\n View this post on Instagram Work Perks.🔥⛰ #officeviews A post shared by Mel Lausch (@mellausch) on Dec 10, 2017 at 9:18am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nZoominescence\nPrice: Starting at $8.50\nWhen: Every weekend in December\nAddress: 13315 Buena Vista Rd. At 87 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB \nWhy You Need To Go: The unique light installations at the Edmonton Valley Zoo are something to marvel at. You can explore all the beautiful lights while you sip hot chocolate, admire the animals. You can even go for a nice winter skate.\n View this post on Instagram #yeg #edmonton #canada #yegzoo #zoominescence #zoominescence2018 #lights #christmaslights #christmas #kaledos #lietuvaite #explore #night A post shared by Roberta (@medine_feja) on Dec 22, 2018 at 7:25pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.