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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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