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.

Make the most of the season

Starting Sunday, November 21, 2021, 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.

Please note COVID-19 protocols are in effect which includes social distancing. no one will be seated across from, in front, or behind your group, the use of a provided compulsory protective mask, enhanced cleaning including electrostatic disinfectant fogging before, between and after each trip, and staff and guest health checks. Guests will not be required to wear mask during hot chocolate service but staff and performers, with the exception of Santa Clause, will be masked and gloved at all times.

Santa with Tree

If there was one weekend to experience Christmas in Stettler, the weekend of November 26th 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. Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic but jump on board one of the tractor taxis to make your way around the street. Stop and enjoy some entertainment and treats along the street in between popping into unique boutiques.

There will be plenty of room and entertainment to enjoy outside to be respectful of social distancing requirements inside each of the stores. 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!

Santa on Main
Stettler Santa

December 23

The annual Stettler tradition continues. We invite you to come home for the holidays and catch up with family and old friends!

  • Free train rides sponsored by Alberta Prairie Railway will be held at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. These mini excursions do not go as far as the North Pole but they are filled with childhood memories all the same. A ticket will be required to ride the train and donations to the Stettler Food Bank will be graciously accepted. Running under the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) program; proof of vaccination or a privately-paid negative rapid test result within 72 hours previous to boarding will be required. Masks will be mandatory at all times.


  • free showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be held at the Jewel Theatre beginning at 1:30pm co-sponsored by Think Local, Shop Stettler businesses and the Jewel Theatre. The theatre is ran under the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) meaning proof of vaccination or a privately-paid negative rapid test result within 72 hours is required to enter. Masks will be required unless eating or drinking while seated. Donations to the Animal Haven Rescue Society will be accepted in lieu of admission.


  • Free hayrides will be once again bring delight to our main street from 6:00 – 8:00pm sponsored by Brandt Cervus Equipment Stettler. Social distancing within cohorts and masks will be required during the rides. Stopping points will be determined and placed on a map which will be available on the website and through social media.

In Store Sales and Promotions and many additional offerings at participating businesses throughout town! Grab those last minute gifts before it’s too late!

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