Light Up Okotoks returns tonight for its 30th anniversary.

It's a full return to the event as locals remember it being before the pandemic, complete with wagon rides, vendors, and a street market.

Community Events Specialist Connie Drake says the enthusiasm for the event is as strong as it's ever been.

"We have had just an enormous response from the community and our sponsors. The business community has really stepped up this year. Without them, this event is not possible... Service Credit Union is sponsoring the Fire and Ice Performers, we have an ice sculpture photo frame brought to you by Dreams Eco Car Wash, we also have a  glow stick station by the Okotoks Dawgs, and the night tops off with the fireworks at 9 p.m., and those are brought to you by Flemmer Real Estate at Century 21 and Fortis."

Events are spread across a few locations.

The Okotoks Art Gallery is hosting pictures with Santa, the Spirit of Christmas Market, Tree of Warmth, a gingerbread station, and takeaway crafts.

The Rotary Performing will feature performances from Trinity Drake and Jaden Stewart as well as Brettyn Rose. Goodger Pink Family Theatre will also be on hand for fun and activities.

One of the biggest traditions, the lighting of the big tree, will happen at the Old Towne plaza at 7.

Another returning tradition is the firework show finale at 9 at Lineham Park.

The Okotoks Food Bank has partnered with the RCMP for the Cram-a-Cruiser drive, where locals can donate money and non-perishable items. They'll be located at the corner of Veterans Way and McRae Street from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Monkey Mountain Toys & Games has also partnered with The Magic of Christmas for a toy mountain. They're accepting donations of unwrapped toys at Monkey Mountain (30 McRae Street.)

A full event schedule can be found on the Town of Okotoks' website.