With the cold already here, there are tons of activities to brighten up your wintry days from jumping into cold water to drinking hot chocolate. Here is our list of the top events happening in Calgary over the winter season.
What: Incredible lights illuminate the Calgary Zoo in almost every colour imaginable. Along with beautiful scenery you can skate on their skating rink, visit Santa, do kids activities and watch the Calgary Zoo’s new interactive light display.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
When: Now until Saturday, January 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $14 for general admission, $11 for children, and $5 for parking.
What: Every evening a quarter of a million lights blanketing Spruce Meadows will glow. If you like skating there is a rink to skate on and if you get hungry they also serve hot chocolate, coffee and snacks.
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
When: Now until Sunday, January 3 between 5 and 10 p.m.
What: Bring your skates or borrow some from the onsite Skate Shack where the festivities start with ice sculptures, live carving demonstrations, storytelling, bonfire songs by the fire pit, music provided by a DJ and more! Fireworks are expected this year with synchronized music, if weather permits.
What: Feel like a celebrity and get glitzed up in your formal wear to go out for an evening of intrigue, interactive games and adventures. Both singles and couples are invited to this gala, one will wear a white rose if they are single or a red rose if they are in a relationship.
Where: Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Lobby – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: For 10 days, Calgary’s finest foodies will will come to downtown in celebration of world-class cuisine. Participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus, giving Calgarians the chance to try the best each restaurant.
What: Based on the book by Antoine de Saint and adapted by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid, The Little Prince – the Musical begins with a pilot who crashes his plane in the Sahara Desert and will capture your imagination.
What: Visit the many different vendors and explore what the Symons Valley ranch has to offer. There is also a special Friday customer discount of every Friday this winter from January 8 to March 18 be sure to ask the vendors about their deals.
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
When: Tuesday to Sunday, various times; Closed December 24 to January 7
What: Death Electronic Emo Protest Aerobics is a workout that hopes to destroy technique, because who needs that anyway. Costumes are encouraged there will be costume stylist at hand to make on-site costume adjustments if necessary.
Where: Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 – 116 7 Avenue SE
What: Vance Joy comes to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary January 17, as part of the Fire and the Flood Tour, with stops in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
What: Canadian classic rock sensations, The Sheepdogs, are taking their old school musical styling on a tour across Canada in 2016, with stops in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
When: Tuesday, February 16; Doors at 7 p.m.; Show at 9:30 p.m.
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Boulevard North West, Calgary
Sunday, December 27 – Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29 – Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 31 – Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5 – Lightning at 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 7 – Coyotes at 7 p.m.
Monday, January 11 – Sharks at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13 – Panthers at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 27 – Predators at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3 – Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 5 – Blue Jackets at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9 – Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.
Monday, February 15 – Ducks at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17 – Wild at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 19 – Canucks at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feburary 25 – Islanders at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 – Senators at 8 p.m.
Monday, March 7 – Sharks at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9 – Predators at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 11 – Coyotes at 7 p.m.
Monday March 14 – Blues at 7 p.m.
Wednesday March 16 – Jets at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 18 – Avalanche at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 – Blackhawks at 8 p.m.
Monday, December 28 – Kootenay at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30 – Lethbridge at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 3 – Brandon 4 p.m.
Friday, January 8 – Vancouver 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 13 – Edmonton at 6 p.m.
Friday, January 22 – Moose Jaw at 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 – Swift Current at 7 p.m.
Friday, January 29 – Prince Albert at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 31 – Brandon 4 p.m.
Friday, February 12 – Red Deer at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 – Lethbridge at 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 – Lethbridge at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 21 – Medicine Hat at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23 – Portland at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 26 – Victoria at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 – Red Deer at 4 p.m.
Tuseday, March 8 – Saskatoon at 7 p.m.
Saturday March 12 – Edmonton at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 – Medicine Hat at 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 – Kootenay at 1 p.m.