What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings majestic frosty views, fun activities a beautiful memories at all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows and activities that combine history, culture and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Check the website for daily events and activities!
What: Decidedly Jazz is known for their extraordinarily creative performances that allow their audiences to experience dance and music in a different, fluid and collaborative way. Join them for their second show in the new spectacular DJD Dance Centre, that will take on a unique perspective of the passionate and tragic tale of Shakesphere’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.”
What: If you saw the Netflix Original, “The Crown” you’ll be familiar with the Queen’s famous weekly meeting with the Prime Minster, called an audience. This spectacular performance will replay some of the most famous audience’s throughout Queen Elizabeth’s reign, with many familiar political faces making an appearance, such as Churchill, Thatcher, Cameron and more. Take a peak at the woman behind the crown, the most famous and influential yet private woman in the world.
What: Presented in partnership with Sled Island, the Canadian music Icon Joel Plaskett makes his debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In this live performance Plaskett’s charisma will light up the stage in celebration of his twenty year long Juno award-winning career with the help of the powerful orchestral arrangements. You will get the unique opportunity to hear music from his first albums, ‘Light of the Moon and ‘Nowhere With You’ to his most recent album ‘The Park Avenue Sobriety Test.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
What: Lake Louise’s Ice Magic Festival is a truly magical and unreal experience that Canadian’s look forward to year round. This event boasts over 20 years of history and it gathers talented ice artists from around the world to compete and create artistic masterpieces out of ice, within 34 hours. During this time you can watch the process in action and see the detailed sculptures unfold, while you get the unique opportunity to talk to the carvers, asking them questions and vote for your favorite masterpiece. If you miss the action you can still view the sculptures the following weekend and even get the chance to try your hand at some ice carving yourself!
Where: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise- 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
When: January 19-29
Cost: Adults $10 (18 – 54 years), Children $5 (3 – 17 years), Seniors $5 (55 + years), Family $25 (2 adults + up to 4 children aged 3-17 years) Tickets can be purchased here!
What: See the critically acclaimed professional actor and musician, Chase Padgett perform his award winning solo show, ‘6 Guitars.’ He initially performed this show in 2010 and it quickly became the most successful show in the history of the North American Fringe Festival circuit. During this 85-minute show Padgett will become 6 different guitar players, ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man, all with their own unique voices, views and musical styles. You will leave feeling so in love with music!
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
Winter Workshops with MakerYYC
Take the opportunity to learn something new this January while bonding with old friends and making new ones. Choose from a variety of different workshops happening around the city this month that will either tantalize your taste buds or give you something fun to take home that can represent the beginning of a fabulous year.
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.
One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.
Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.
What: With the assistance of a professional guide you will snowshoe through a frosty forest to a dazzling starlit meadow, where you will enjoy a hot drink and be awed by the beautiful northern lights. Snow shoes and head lamp is included in the cost of the tour.
Where: Kananaskis Village Center – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cres
What: The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is having their biggest event of the year, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year – the Year of Rooster. The annual celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday over 4 weekends, attracting 20 to 30 thousand people with traditional Chinese food, lion dance, firecrackers, fun games, and professional dance performances.
Where: TheCalgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
What: Yes you read that correctly! YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is back again for another year, raising money for Calgary Meals on Wheels, while giving you the opportunity to sip upon a variety of creative hot chocolates throughout the city. Join them for the launch at the Calgary Farmers Market, where you will get the chance to taste test some hot chocolate, see a showcase of participating businesses and witness the inaugural sip that will officially start this fun month-long festival of our favourite warm beverage!
Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
When: Saturday, January 28
19th Annual Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit
What: Help raise money for the fight against prostate cancer by attending the 19th Annual and FINAL Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Gala. This year the event will be themed after the Billy Horror Picture Show and be held at the infamous Hotel Arts. All ticket purchases will include cocktails, food, live music and the chance to participate in an unreal silent auction to raise additional money for the cause.
What: This unforgettable musical performance is done by a group of individual performers from the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, who call themselves the New North Collective. They come together to share their stories, influence each other and collaborate in order to paint a picture for the audience about the ideas of the ‘north’ and what it really means, through music and lyrics.
Where: Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff Centre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)