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21 places open in Calgary on Christmas Day 2017

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Guest Author Dec 23, 2017 11:00 am 1,709

Written for Daily Hive by Aly Khan


Christmas Day in Calgary offers a few destinations for sweet eats and entertainment.

If you’re not staying in and want to spend your holiday outside of the house, check out our list below!

Cineplex Movie Theatres

  • What: Cineplex Entertainment has their doors open for moviegoers that want to grab some popcorn, hot chocolate, and a comfy cinema seat.
  • Where:
    • Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas
    • Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas
    • Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas
    • Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
    • Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
    • SilverCity CrossIron Mills and XSCAPE Entertainment Centre

Restaurants

Fairmont Palliser

  • What: Have a seat in the opulent Rimrock Dining Room between 4:30 to 9:30 pm for a five-course meal or you can enjoy a festive dinner buffet in the Crystal Ballroom from 2 to 7 pm.
  • Price: Rimrock Dining Room; $99 per adult; Crystal Ballroom; $117 per adult
  • Address: 133 9 Avenue SW

Hotel Blackfoot

  • What: This dinner buffet that includes a over 20 bottomless dishes including whipped nutmeg potatoes, tender turkey, and even a shellfish tower of King crab legs, lobster claws, and shrimp. View the entire menu here. Reservations required.
  • Price: $50 per adult
  • Address: 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Ric’s Lounge and Grill

  • What: Featuring a three-course meal with selection of five starters and six different main options including a filet mignon in a cognac cream sauce and a grilled wild Pacific salmon. You can end it all on a sweet note with one of four options for dessert.
  • Price: $39 for three-course meal, $22.95 for turkey dinner
  • Address: 2875 Sunridge Way NE

Thomson’s Restaurant at the Hyatt

  • What: Enjoy this elaborate dinner buffet that includes over 10 stations with a full carving, seafood, charcuterie, dim sum, soup, and even a candy and dessert station. View the full menu here.
  • Price: $84 per person
  • Address: 700 Centre Street SE

Carriage House Inn

  • What: From bottomless prime rib to crab legs and plenty of Canadian cheeses, this dinner buffet will leave you jolly as can be. View the full menu here.
  • Price: $49 per adult
  • Address: 9030 Macleod Trail S

Ski hills

Mount Norquay

  • What: Mount Norquay is open on Christmas Day, and the best part is that you get to shred for free if you dress as Santa. Just a hat isn’t going to cut it, though, you’ll need the full red suit.
  • Where: PO Box 1520, Banff
  • Phone: 403-762-4421
  • Website: winter.banffnorquay.com

Lake Louise

  • What: Lake Louise is hosting its Torchlit Dinner and Ski event this December 25, complete with a day on the slopes and a delicious dinner.
  • Where: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise
  • Phone: 403-522-3555
  • Website: skilouise.com

 Skating rinks

Outdoor skating rinks are everywhere and if the weather permits they’ll be open to the public.

Thomson Family Park

  • Where: 1236 16th Avenue SW

Carburn Park

  • Where: 67 Riverview Drive SE

Bowness Park Lagoon

  • Where: 8900 48th Avenue NW

Olympic Plaza

  • Where: 228 8th Avenue SE

Big Marlborough Park

  • Where: 6033 Madigan Drive NE

Light Displays

Lions Festival of Lights

  • What: Check out this free drive-by lights display right here in Calgary!
  • Where: 14 Street NW, Calgary
  • Admission: Free

Airdrie Festival of Lights

  • What: Enjoy a beautiful light display up in Airdrie to top off your Christmas Day.
  • Where: Nose Creek Park – 1701 Main Street South, Airdrie
  • Admission: Admission by cash donation

Gas stations and convenience stores 

Most gas stations are open on Christmas Day, including Esso, Petro Canada and Shell, and convenience stores like 7-Eleven.

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