Canada’s largest indoor light park and Christmas market coming to Calgary

CALGARY – Calgarians are getting their first look at a new holiday experience, unlike any other, arriving at the Stampede Grounds this December. 

Noel Christmas Light Park and Market is transforming the 100,000+ square foot Nutrien Centre, located in the heart of the Stampede Grounds, into a magical holiday wonderland. The event features nearly one million sparkling lights, festive food, and an artisan market. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer will be there too.

“We are only two months away from sharing Noel Christmas Light Park with Calgary,” said Jonathan Houweling, Calgary resident and co-founder of Noel Christmas.

“Our design team is busy receiving, constructing and testing our custom-designed light structures as they arrive from Europe, Eastern Canada, the USA and Asia. We’re also excited to announce a hiring fair, where we aim to hire approximately 100 Calgarians to help celebrate the holiday season.”

Noel Christmas will host more than 90,000 Calgarians between Nov. 28 – Dec. 31 to enjoy the holiday season.

Guests can explore the light displays, enjoy festive food and drink, shop for artisan gifts within the market, and take in traditional carols and live music entertainment, all within the warmth of an indoor venue. The event features a family-oriented Santa’s Village, live music, a walkable, fully licensed artisan vendor market, and many more activities on a grand scale.

Guests of all ages will be in awe of the Christmas light array at Noel. Noel features an immersive 250-foot light tunnel, two 50 foot Christmas trees, larger than life arctic animals and unique displays, illuminated with nearly one million twinkling bulbs.

Noel Christmas is currently accepting vendor applications for the market and details on the hiring fair will be released shortly.

“The beauty of this event is that everyone from students to grandparents are welcome to attend or to apply and help make holiday magic happen,” said co-founder Stephen Verhoeff.

“Working at Noel Christmas is the perfect holiday position; it’s fun, festive, and rewarding.”

Guests can register now for early bird opportunities. They will be notified when tickets go live Oct. 15 and gain a first look at the best family value opportunities available to attend.

A key value of Noel Christmas is to support Calgary’s local charities.

“We are putting great care into accomplishing partnerships with non-profit causes,” said Houweling.

“We are working with organizations focused on giving and caring for others through community support and memorable experiences. Noel Christmas Light Park aims for our fellow holiday lovers to share these values with us and embrace the giving spirit of Christmas.”

Noel Christmas is an annual Christmas festival held at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary, Alberta. It is a family-friendly, 30-day festival running throughout November and December. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 15. For more information, please visit

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