Getting back to the daily grind and working off all that holiday stuffing can be a serious struggle, but don’t forget to head outdoors in your spare time for some good old fashion fun in the snow – bundle up!
Here are a ton of things to do in Calgary this January that will kickstart the year off right, while keeping you so busy you won’t notice just how cold it really is outside.
What: Ski Mt. Norquay for only $2 on January 10 – yes that is less than a cup of coffee! If you thought this deal couldn’t get any better, then think again. Not only do you ski for $2, but your money is also donated to a local charity at the end of the season. Help them beat their $20,000 total from last year!
What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and now boasts 12 lanes, a four person tube option, and a dedicated magic carpet. A village including a food trailer, a deck with heaters, a fire pit, and washrooms have also been added for the 2017-18 season.
What: Lake Louise was rated as 2014 World’s most Beautiful Skating Rink and trust us, it definitely lives up to its reputation. Glide hand-in-hand with your special someone as you enjoy the tranquil views and take in the fresh mountain air. The lake is even lit during the evening so you can skate under the stars and then warm up by a cozy campfire. Skate rentals are available.
Where: 111 Lake Louise Drive
Admission: email or call the Concierge Team for prices and ice conditions before heading up.
Hit the Slopes
What: Getting snow early this year means that our mountainous backyard is waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in during this great pre-season, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer.
What: Located in the heart of Lake Louise, this charming European-inspired hotel boasts picturesque mountain scenery, complimentary access to skating on the lake, ice walks, snowmobile tours, and, of course, lots of opportunities to enjoy a cozy fire. Their restaurant, Fondue Stübli, features their famous traditional Swiss fondue along with other speciality eats that will have you wanting to spend the entire holiday season at this snowglobe-esque resort.
Where: 200 Pipestone Road, Lake Louise
Take in the crisp outdoor air and the picturesque views as you march your way through the many trails in and around the Calgary area – plus, it’s a great workout! If your are of an inner city roamer check out Fish Creek Park Or Nose Hill for some fantastic trails close to home. If you’re interested in taking a drive out to the Rockies, Canmore, Bragg Creek, and Banff all boast unreal trail paths that lead to some magical destinations. Be sure to check trail reports before heading out and dress for the weather!
What: With an interpretive guide, take a moonlit walk through the forest and feast your eyes on the beauty of the Northern Lights and a sky full of stars, while sipping on steamy hot chocolate – it really doesn’t get much better than that. All photography levels welcome.
Looking for a new winter activity to try your hand at? Test the waters with ice fishing. In the city try spots like Chestemere Lake, Bearspaw reservoir, Bruce Lake Ghost Lake and MORE! If you’re looking for more of an epic adventure try out one of the many lakes up in the rockies, or book a guided tour to show you the ropes!
What: This fun outdoor winter activity is one that the whole family can enjoy – no one said it was reserved for children! Bundle up and grab your sled to head to one of the many city-maintained hills for a fun, snowy adrenaline filled afternoon. Don’t forget your helmet!
What: Cross Country Skiing can be wildly underestimated as a sport, but it is really a great workout and can be a great way to be active while enjoying the beauty of the snow-covered landscape. The best part is that you don’t even have to go very far to go on a snowy cross-country skiing adventure.
Where: Check out one of the many popular cross-country skiing areas within the city, such as Fish Creek Park, Confederation Golf Course, Lakeview Golf Course or South Glenmore Park. If you are interested in travelling a little bit further check out areas just outside of the city limits, such as West Bragg Creek, Ribbon Creek, Canmore Nordic Centre, Mt. Shark Trails or Sand McNabb. Explore more great cross-country skiing locations within the city and outside Calgary here.
What: Did someone say road trip? Grab some pals and your camera and go cruising on this stretch of highway between Jasper and Lake Louise. The views are tremendous, just make sure you don’t limit yourself to one single destination. It’s all about the drive and what you’ll discover!
What: Work on creating the perfect space to clear your heart and your mind to properly set your goals and intentions for the New Year in this one day Yoga event. You’ll get the opportunity to practice under the guidance of master teachers in two physical yoga practices, a guided meditation, mantra, and more!
What: Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to try something totally out of your comfort zone, or to pick up an old hobby that has fallen by the wayside? Come move with DJD and try out some of their unique dance and workout classes for only $5 per class all week long. Try some of the classic styles, such as ballet, jazz, tap or hip hop, switch it up a bit with West African, Soca, Dance Hall, and Krump, or shake it like Beyonce in their fun Diva Style Hip Hop class. There is something for everyone!
When: January 2 to 4
Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12th Avenue SE
What: This beautiful lodge has no TV or cell phone reception and very limited wifi, so you’ll have no other option but to unplug and set your mind on enjoying some snowy activities. Strap on a pair of snowshoes, go for a high-speed dogsledding course, head out on the ice for some fishing, or glide through the frosty meadows on cross country skis. No matter what your activity of choice is, you can rely on a delicious gourmet family-style meal waiting for you when you get back. Talk about the ultimate winter wonderland!
What: Come see a feel good classic in the best little waffle shop in town. Treat yourself to a freshly made waffle, paired with a cocktail and unlimited (buttered) popcorn all night long. Date night just got turned up a notch!
When: Every second Friday
Time: 6 pm
Where: Buttermilk Fine Waffles – 330 17th Avenue SW
What: Experience an authentic Calgarian love story by grabbing a cuppa hot cocoa and strolling hand-in-hand through ‘lovers lane’ and the other 1.5 million dazzling lights at the zoo this holiday season. If you get chilly, just cuddle up to one of the many fires or head into the Enmax Conservatory to check out the Mad Hatter in Wonderland.
When: Now to January 6
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Drive NE
Tickets: General (16+) $14.95, Child (3-15) – $11.95
What: Nothing is more magical than celebrating Christmas in a wonderland of snow on the top of a mountain. Help out at Santa’s workshop, experience the Elf Interactive Centre, write Santa a letter, participate in a Christmas Treasure Hunt, stargaze with astronomers, watch Disney’s ‘Prep and Landing’ Christmas short film, and so much more. It’s truly a magical wonderland that the whole family can enjoy.
What: This yearly event is always a fun time and a great way to get the entire family out of this house for an afternoon! Enjoy an international adventure by experiencing winter around the globe. Participate in games, workshops and activities true to many cultures and traditions that help beat the cold (or the heat) around the world. Bon Voyage!
What: This festival of lights is the largest drive-by Christmas lights event in Calgary (and it’s free!). With over 300,000 lights and opening fireworks to start the celebration, this is a light show you won’t want to miss.
When: Now to January 8
Time: Opening day 5 pm, then 6 pm to midnight daily
Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary
What: This “rodeo” is a fantastic showcase that animates the city with some of the best live performances from around the world and is essentially known as Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. View this year’s exciting lineup here!
What: This is your chance to see the current exhibitions at the Glenbow, for free at 2018 first Free Thursday event! It’s also your last opportunity to see the exhibitions, Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries and One New Work – DaveandJenn: The Wellspring before they close on January 7.
What: This year’s motorcycle show features all the latest accessories and products direct from the manufacturers themselves. The show will also feature “SHE Rides” an extreme MX Freestyle show, riding retailers, riding clubs, celebrity racers, associations and the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids 6 through 12.
What: Come see the world’s best mogul skiers from over 15 different countries, compete for the 2018 FIS Freestyle Ski Moguls World Cup. Viewing the action is free, but for an elevated experience grab tickets freestyle fan zone, where you will have the opportunity to met members of Team Canada, enter to win exciting prizes and enjoy a tasty BBQ and beer gardens all centred around outdoor heaters and fire pits to keep you warm throughout the day. Click here to view the full schedule!
What: Looking to do a few upgrades around your home? The Calgary renovation show is the perfect place to get inspiration, learn 2018’s hottest interior trends, find the perfect products and learn how to do your renovations the right way. Be sure not to miss special guests on The Calgary Herald MainStage, HGTV’s Sarah Richardson of ‘Sarah off the Grid’ and Sabrina Smelko of HGTV Canada’s ‘Save My Reno’ to get some tips and tricks from the pros.
When: January 12 to 14
Where: BMO Centre – BMO Centre – 1410 Olympic Way SE
What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings majestic frosty views, fun activities a beautiful memories at all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows and activities that combine history, culture and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to check out the website for daily events and activities!
What: Lake Louise’s Ice Magic Festival is a truly magical and unreal experience that Canadian’s look forward to year round. This event boasts over 20 years of history and it gathers talented ice artists from around the world to compete and create artistic masterpieces out of ice, within 34 hours. During this time you can watch the process in action and see the detailed sculptures unfold, while you get the unique opportunity to talk to the carvers, asking them questions and vote for your favorite masterpiece. If you miss the action you can still view the sculptures the following weekend and even get the chance to try your hand at some ice carving yourself!
When: January 18 to 28
Where: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise
Tickets:Online, Adults $12.50, Youth $5 (3 to 12 years), Seniors $7.50 (55 + years), Family $30 (2 adults + up to 4 children aged 3-17 years)
What: Join country heartthrob, Brett Kissel, at the 24th annual Stars and Spurs Gala in support of STARS Air Ambulance. Get fancied up and enjoy a champagne reception, plated dinner, dancing, a virtual reality experience, and the opportunity to win big in a live and silent auction.
What: Looking to be inspired while planning your magical day? The Bash is known as Calgary’s most trend setting wedding event where you will have the opportunity to peruse over 30 local vendors, such as Pretty Sweet, Distilled Beauty Bar, The Teatro Group, Pearl & Dot, Paperdoll events and more. The event also features a Village Ice Cream “Social” and a door prize that includes Dinner for two at River Café, Cookware set from Hudson Bay, and Jewelry from Joanna Bisley.
What: “Happy Birthday!!” They were Frosty’s first words, so naturally it would be rude not to celebrate! Join the Calgary Farmers Market for some indoor winter fun, as they raise awareness for Project Warmth and collect donations of winter gear for shelters and families in need throughout the city. Bring a donation of gently used winter clothing and receive a voucher to decorate a doughnut at Jelly Modern, between 10am-1pm. There will also be a live Frosty magic show, photobooth and more!
When: Saturday, January 20
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
What: Join Astronaut Terry Virts and learn about his experience in the International Space Station, where he eventually became the commander and broke a record for taking more photographs than any astronaut that came before him. According to Virt’s, no photo can truly capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise in outer space, but to us his photos capture the magic perfectly!
When: January 21 to 22
Time: Sunday – 2 pm, Monday – 7 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: Welcome to the first hang of 2018. Come mingle with some fellow boss babes, learn some tips and tricks from veteran entrepreneurs and get reinsured to launch your side gig into a full time operating business!
What: Grab a mimosa and a two-course brunch and settle in for a stimulating presentation by featured speaker, Amber Romaniuk a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, holistic health food expert and speaker dedicated to educate on healthy eating and overcoming self-sabotage with food. You will get the opportunity to do some speed networking, have amazing conversations and get motivated slay your dreams and ignite your grind.
What: Be prepared to be blown away with delectable food as six top chefs from across Canada interrupts each other’s signature dishes. This event is not only delicious, but many of the proceeds go towards Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids in which they have already managed to serve over 75,000 children thus far. Come hungry and eat the highest quality eats while raising money for an important cause – it’s a win win!
What: Come along on a journey of discovery with Lunch Box Theatre’s new production as part of High Performance Rodeo. This one woman show, created by award-winning Calgary actress Michelle Thrush, uses real moments and real memories to tell the story of how her Grandmother impacted her life as she transforms from a child to an elder throughout the show.
What: In this one-man, autobiographical show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematu, you’ll travel from Hiroshima after the Second World War to London in the 1960s. Along the way you’ll learn about the incredible history of Shigematu’s father and the rocky relationship the two had trying to create a connection and express their love for each other.
What: On it’s grand tour, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is stopping in Calgary to give us a taste of some of the best films that were screened at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival last November. Expect films that truly capture the essence of adventure and the great outdoors throughout the world.
What: Come see a electrifying mash-up of dance styles and music genres in this lively number done under the artistic director of Emmy Award Winner, Travis Wall from ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ Allow yourself to feel the heart-wrenching emotions heartbreak in this uplifting story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the tragic death of his one true love.
When: January 19 to 20
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: In the effort to promote grassroots hockey and support the minor hockey league, Canada’s National Women’s Team will be playing 24 games agains the AMHL. Come see them on their road to PyeongChang where they will hopefully bring home their 5th Gold Medal in the Winter Olympic Games
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