The Magic of the Holiday Season

Stettler knows how to put the magic into Christmas! From Alberta Prairie‘s THE POLAR EXPRESS™ to the lighting of the Main Street Christmas tree and every little thing in between we’re sure you’ll believe. Visit the Heart of the Holidays this season and experience all the magic!

Make the most of the season

The magical story of The Polar Express comes to life as the train departs Stettler, Alberta, for a one hour long round-trip journey to the North Pole.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, passengers are served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs, will be presented with a souvenir golden The Polar Express ticket, and everyone receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug. Santa will board the train at the North Pole, and during the return trip will walk through each car giving out the “first gift of Christmas” – a silver sleigh bell – to each and every guest who wants one. Please note: There are no bathrooms on board the train. The train ride is one hour long, so please plan accordingly.

Watch for 2024 Polar Express schedule to come available at, book your spots early as this popular Christmas adventure can sell out fast!

Santa with Tree

If there was one weekend to experience Christmas in Stettler, the weekend of November 27, 2024 would be it. Join the locals in the kick-off to Christmas with the annual Main Street Christmas tree light up along with oodles of shopping specials and treats during Moonlight Madness. Stores around town hold amazing sales and a special market is set up at the Stettler Mall.

Moonlight Madness is a great night to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. The magic of the season will be alive and well! Make Stettler your Christmas destination for shopping, holiday memories, new traditions and more!

December 23, 2023

The annual Stettler tradition continues. We invite you to come home for the holidays and catch up with family and old friends! With train rides, entertainment, store sales and late night shopping it’s the perfect way to start off Christmas holidays!

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With half a kilometre of the light display, you don’t want to miss this magical event! It also plays host to The Annual Gingerbread House Contest. Come in to vote for your favourite!

This event runs every Friday and Saturday in December until Christmas, plus December 21-24 from 5:30 pm – 9 pm. You don’t want to miss it.

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