Starting the week off with Christmas and ending it with New Year’s Eve is the best way to spend the last week of 2017!
Between family get-togethers, holiday shenanigans, and New Year’s festivities, this week will surely have a jam-packed schedule. Regardless, be sure to spend some time relaxing, reflecting on the year, and heading out of the city for some much needed solitude.
This is the perfect week to get outside and have some fun in the snow – welcome to a white Christmas!
Here’s what you’ll can catch us doing this week during our time off this holiday season in Calgary.
What: Head to all your favourite local shops on the ave and get in on all the great Boxing Day deals happening all day long!
When: Tuesday, December 26
Where: All along 17th Avenue SW
What: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
Thursday, December 28
Hit the slopes
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What: Take advantage of the fresh POW and get some great ski days in this upcoming season. Each hill also has a variety of Christmas themed activities happening throughout the holiday season, be sure to check the websites before heading up so you don’t miss the festivities.
What: Have your heart warmed by this beautiful story about a cherished friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a Spider named Charlotte. This classic story will bring back feelings of childhood nostalgia as you show your children and grandchildren this magical story.
What: This two-kilometer drive through in Spruce Meadows is lit up so festively that it’s undeniably special for anybody to see. Also free, this Christmas lights event will leave you feeling as though Christmas day is just one sleep away.
When: Now to Sunday, January 7
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
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: If you’re looking to really party, come join some of the hottest DJ’s as you ring in 2018! Drum N DJ, Brett Jones & DJ Kav with DJ AL. V and Kay L, along with the illFX Entertainment dancers will be pumping the beats all night long.
What: Seductive and decadent is the best way to describe this masked affair! Head under the red neon symbol on 8th Avenue for a VIP experience, featuring bottle service, line bypass, champagne, party favours, and more. Don’t forget to unmask when the clock strikes midnight!
What: There is no reason why the kids have to miss out on a New Year’s countdown just because of an early bed time. Bring your littles down and count down to noon to the tune of hydrogen balloon explosions, and then join in on a bubble wrap dance party!
What: Sip on delicious hot chocolate from Good Earth as you enjoy an amazing line-up of local performers, Canadian themed ice cavings, roaming mascots, line-dancing from Chinook Country Line Dancers and so much more. If you have kids, don’t miss out on the glow-in-the-dark dance party being held in The Municipal Building that will finish with a countdown at 9 pm. And, of course, you can’t miss the ENMAX fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight!
What: This will be a timeless New Year’s experience like no other! Enjoy tunes from a bygone era as you’re whisked away from the everyday grind to a world filled with vintage details, elegant table settings, and a New Year’s Eve that will surely be one for the history books.
When: Sunday, December 31
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: The Selkirk Grille, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
What: Grab your black tie attire and a date and join the Calgary Firefighters for an evening full of gourmet food, a champagne reception, The Station 54 Disco (downstairs), exciting entertainment, and more. Ring in the New Year while also helping to support 13 local charities, including the Calgary Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society.
When: Sunday, December 31
Time: 8 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary – 700 Centre Street SE
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 season.
What: Lake Louise was rated as the World’s most Beautiful Skating Rink in 2014 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.
What: Downtown Calgary shop windows will be getting a makeover this December, and it’ll be more than just a bit of paint. Using an Augmented Reality enabled app on your phone, you’ll be able to interact and experience each painted window destination, that will reflect various Christmas stories and memories of local artists. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite window through the app!
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: Friday, November 24 to January 6
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: General (16+) $14.95, Child (3-15) – $11.95
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: Saturday, December 2 to Monday, January 8
Time: Opening day 5 pm, then 6 pm to midnight daily
Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary
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Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.