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19 things to do in Calgary this week: December 19 to 25

DH Calgary Staff Dec 19, 2016 4:03 am 1,514

Yes it’s cold, but no that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do around town to cheer you up. So make the most this week at one of these events happening around Calgary!

Visit the Calgary Farmers Market while it’s open 9 days straight

  • What: Get to the Calgary Farmers Market and do your holiday shopping before it closes between December 24 and January 4. The market will re-open and resume regular hours on January, 5th 2017.
  • When: December 15 to 23
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE

Go skating outdoors

  • What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
  • Where: Various rinks throughout Calgary
  • Cost: FREE

Zoo Lights

  • What: This Calgarian holiday tradition continues to live on year after year! Stay warm by dressing in layers and consuming delicious hot chocolate, as you roam through the 200 beautiful light displays, such as the all time favourite, ‘lovers lane’, and other unique light shows set up throughout the Calgary Zoo.
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until January 8 nightly from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $14.99 Adults, $11.99 Kids

Check out WinSport’s Acura Tube Park

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
  • Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • When: December 19 to December 30 open 9am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

  • What: Children of all ages will fall in love with this magical rendition of the original Disney Classic, Beauty and the Beast. Warm your heart with the beloved soundtrack of this holiday musical including everyone’s favourite, Be our Guest!
  • Where: StoryBook Theatre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW
  • When: Now until December 23
  • Cost: Child (3-17) $20, Adult (18+) $25

Cheer on the Flames at a game

  • What: Cheer on the Flames this holiday season in their 8 home games at the dome this month.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Friday December 23 at 7pm vs. Vancouver

Slipper: A Distinctly Calgarian Cinderella Story

  • What:  A Stampede talent show, a guitar playing teenager and handsome time traveler, could it get any more Calgarian than that? Well, minus the time traveller perhaps – but you get the point. Laugh along to jokes about life in #yyc in this modern day Calgary adaptation of this unique British fairy tale.
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8th Avenue SE
  • When: November 22 to December 31
  • Cost: $25-$72

Lions Festival of Lights

  • What: Help celebrate the 30 th annual Festival of Lights and come see 300,000 LED lights in a colourful 3km free holiday showcase. The most remarkable thing about this light show is that it is entirely put together by a team of volunteers and draws over 56,000 visitors per day. Now that’s the true meaning of Christmas – go yyc!
  • Where: 14th Street NW
  • When: November 26 to January 8
  • Cost: FREE

Christmas Skate at the Olympic Oval

  • What: Ever since the Oval was build in 1988 for the Calgary Olympics it has become a family tradition to skate the oval during the winter months. Not only are you indoors, so bundling up is not a worry, but they provide fun family inspired events to continue to keep the tradition alive. Join them on December 23rd and enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music and other exciting festivities as you race your friends and family around loop.
  • Where: The Olympic Oval – 2500 University Drive NW
  • When: Friday, December 23
  • Cost: $2 with a food donation to the Calgary Food Bank

The Nutcracker

  • What: Transport into the magical Kingdom of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in this authentic Russian Ballet, proudly performed in collaboration with the Alberta Ballet and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Watch as the stage comes alive in the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the battles they undergo with the mischievous army of life size mice. It’s a holiday performance you won’t want to miss!
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: December 16 to 24 – Weekdays at 7pm,
    Saturday and Sunday at 1pm & 6pm
  • Cost: Varies

Christmas in Kensington

  • What: Enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate and coffee as you roam the streets of Kensington enjoying local holiday shopping, Christmas carolers, horse and wagon rides, selfies with jolly old Saint Nick and more. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
  • When: Every Saturday until December 24
  • Where: Kensington
  • Cost: FREE

Kensington Movie Series

  • What: Every Saturday until Christmas enjoy 4 of your favourite Christmas classics up on the silver screen. The best part – it’s FREE! Start the series off with an old time favourite, ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ hang out with Buddy the elf in ‘Elf”, feel all the feels in the romantic drama ‘The Holiday’ and go on an adventure with Kevin McCallister in ‘Home Alone’
  • When: Every Saturday between December 3 and December 24
  • Where: Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW
  • Cost: FREE

A Heritage Christmas

  • What: Always wondered why we hang stockings? Or what is so special about trimming the tree? Learn about old-fashioned Christmas traditions and what a classic Christmas on the prairies used to look like at the turn of the century at this exhibition held at the Okotoks Art Gallery, throughout the month of December.
  • Where: Okotoks Art Gallery – 53 North Railway Street
  • When: Now until December 23
  • Cost: FREE

The Polar Express Train Ride 2016

  • What: Hop aboard the magical Polar Express and head to the North Pole to see Santa! You will receive hot chocolate and cookies on your journey along with caroling and holiday entertainment. Following the protocol in the movie guests are encouraged to wear their PJ’s and each child will receive a sleigh bell from Santa – to those who believe!
  • Where: Aspen Crossing – Highway #24 Mossleigh
  • When: November 25 until Christmas Eve
  • Cost: Economy Seating $57, First Class Seating $65, Coach Class Seating $75, Dome Class Seating $75

Snowshoeing or Cross-country Skiing

  • What: If you’re new to the world of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing or don’t feel comfortable venturing out on your own, book yourself on a tour or find a group of friends and reserve a private outing. A certified guide will lead you through the mountainous winter wonderland and provide you with hot chocolate and cookies, along with snowshoes and skis if you don’t have your own.
  • Where: Kananaskis Village Center – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cresent
  • Cost:
    • Group: $69.00/person; $39.00/6-14 years old; Free for 5 and under.
    • Private: $89.99/adult; $64.99/youth 6-14 years; Free for 5 and under. Minimum booking of 2 adults or $180/tour. 20% off for private tours of 4-6 people. 

 Go for a Sleigh Ride

  • What: Take a ride into your very own winter fairy tale! Pop champagne and drink steamy hot cider as you cuddle beneath a warm, cozy blanket of a horse drawn sleigh. Listen to the sleigh-bells jingle as the horses take you on a journey through glaciers, meadows, frozen waterfalls and other magical gems in the picturesque landscape of the Canadian Rockies – it doesn’t get more romantic than that. Don’t forget to check the weather report before you head out to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride!
  • Where: Banff National Park
  • Cost: Varies

A Christmas Carol

  • What: Relive this iconic Christmas favourite by Charles Dickens in Theatre Calgary’s 30th anniversary of the production. Laugh, cry and feel the joy as you follow alongside Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Stephen Hair, on his unique journey to discover the holiday spirit and the true meaning of Christmas. Bah humbug!
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Now until December 24
  • Cost: $34-$130

Santa Shreds For Free

  • What: If you love to dress up and you love to ski then you are in luck! Grab your Jolly St. Nick, Mrs. Clause, Reindeer or Elf costume and ski for free on Christmas at MT. Norquay. It’s truly the best Christmas gift of all!
  • Where: Mt. Norquay – 1520 Banff, AB
  • When: Wednesday, December 25
  • Cost: FREE

Torchlight Dinner & Ski Event

  • What: Escape the city for this unique opportunity to spend Christmas or New Years on the slopes and exploring after hours. You will begin the night in the Whitehorn Lodge enjoying drinks, appetizers and live music. Then you will get the explore the hill as you make your way down to the Sitzmark Lounge, where you will find a feast, live entertainment and drinks galore!
  • When: December 25 and 31
  • Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort – 1 Whitehorn Road
  • Cost: Adult (13+) $79, Children (6-12) $52, Kids (1-5) FREE

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