2016 Holiday Events
- Sunday Nov. 20 - 31st Annual Santa Claus Parade
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 4:30PM
Santa Claus is coming to town! The 31st Annual Santa Claus Parade begins at Albert St. and 25th Ave. at 1PM and travels south on Albert St. before dispersing at the Southland Mall.
After the parade, join us at the Southland Mall for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.
- Tuesday Nov. 22 - Downtown Tree Lighting
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Gather downtown on the Scarth St. Mall to light a Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols with the Dickens Yuletide Singers. There will be free hot chocolate & cupcakes, and photos with Santa (he arrives at 6:15pm).
- Mon. Nov. 28 - Th. Dec. 1 - 76th Annual Regina Rotary Carol Festival
Dates: Mon. Nov. 28 - Thurs. Dec. 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 9:30PM
It was started by Rotarian Rev. Len Outerbridge who wanted to bring Christmas joy and hope to the city during the uncertain war years. The objectives were to: bring joyful diversion to a city anxious about the war; introduce the Christmas season, and to provide food to the less fortunate at Christmas time and to give local school and adult choirs an opportunity to showcase their talents.
The focus of the festival remains the same, but due to its popularity, has grown to four nights showcasing dozens of choral groups, is broadcast over Access Communications on its community channel and raises over $20,000 annually through the generosity of the choral groups, the Rotary volunteers, the Knox Metropolitan hosts, the congregations and the telethon donors.
It is the 76th anniversary of the event and the festival continues to be one of those traditions that gives to everyone; the choirs, the volunteers, the charities, and the citizens of Regina and area. The purpose of the festival remains to showcase local choral talent, to signal and to celebrate the arrival of the Advent Season, to provide some uplifting free entertainment to our community, and to exemplify Rotarians “Service to others”.
- Thurs. Dec. 1 - Christmas Lights Across Canada
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Join us at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building as we officially kick off the holiday season. The Christmas Lights program was launched in 1985 to brighten the Ottawa winter. At first, the lights were only on Parliament Hill, but over the years the program expanded to all 13 provincial and territorial capitals, becoming Christmas Lights Across Canada. Throughout the country, Canadians come together each year to brighten their wintery capitals with thousands of holiday lights. The event starts with the official illumination ceremony in the rotunda of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building at 7:00PM.
Entertainment and activities are planned for the entire family to enjoy. There will be caroling, face painting, craft-making, and door prizes. Refreshments will be served, and of course Santa will be here too! There will be hot chocolate and cookies for everyone!
Everyone is welcome to attend this family event. It’s free and it’s fun!
For further information, please call Visitor Services at 306-787-5358.
- Sun. Dec. 4 - Mackenzie Holiday Celebration
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: Begins at 1:00PM
Join us for our annual fun-filled family-friendly holiday celebration with exhibition tours, hands-on holiday and exhibition-themed art activities, choir performances, storytelling and a performance by the Regina Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players!
- Mon. Dec. 5 - CPR Holiday Train
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
Time: Train arrives 5:45PM; Entertainment 6:00 - 6:30PM (Dallas Smith and Odds)
Every year, the CPR's Holiday Trains travel through Canadian and American communities, raising food and cash donations for food banks.
Think of them as brightly-decorated railcars full of Christmas cheer. The Holiday Trains make stops in communities across our service area, offering free concerts and seasonal festivities from a boxcar we've turned into a travelling stage. This year we are lucky to feature the star talent of musicians such as Dallas Smith and Odds.
The concerts are free, but you're encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank—either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within your local community.
- Tues. Dec. 6 - Light the Lights
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 8:00PM
Bundle up for an evening of holiday cheer and festivities! The lights outside City Hall will be lit up, and there will be cookies and hot chocolate, face painting, wagon rides, ice sculpture demonstrations, and a special appearance by Santa Claus!
- Th. Dec. 8 & Sat. Dec. 10 - Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas
Date: Thursday, December 8 & Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
An evening of free family fun, this event features Victorian-style festivities such as Christmas carolling, cookie decorating, horse-drawn wagon rides through the Edwardian Gardens and a special visitor from the North Pole. The Amédée Forget Museum is also open to visitors. An evening for the young and old alike, this event invites all to celebrate the holiday.
There are no tickets to purchase or reservations to make, simply show up! This event is free but we encourage visitors to bring a non-perishable food donation for Regina’s Food Bank.
Dress for the weather and come early in the evening to ensure you have time to participate in all the activities.