The Town of Ponoka will be kicking off this holiday season this upcoming Friday (November 18th) with their annual Santa Claus Parade and Almost Midnight Madness.  

The parade will be happening at 5:30PM through the downtown area. The parade will feature colourful, holiday themed floats decorated by local businesses and community groups. Watch for the Town of Ponoka’s float once again this year that will feature members of Town Council and festive Christmas decorations. You can find a parade route below. 

The Santa Claus parade will be followed immediately by the Town of Ponoka’s annual ‘Light Up Ponoka’ Christmas tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the lot beside the old library building at 48 Avenue and 51 Street.  

The tree lighting ceremony will feature greetings from Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson and hot chocolate will also be served on site. This year the town will be lighting up a brand new 25-fooot spruce tree which will now serve as the Town’s new Christmas Tree.  

“This new Christmas tree will serve the community for years to come and will grow with us as our community grows,” said Andrew Jones, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Facilities. 

For those who cannot attend the tree lighting ceremony in-person, there will also be a livestream available on the Town of Ponoka’s Facebook page. 

The Ponoka Community Market will also be welcoming visitors next door from 3 – 8 p.m. on November 18.  

Parade route