Calgary loves Christmas.
How can we not? Snow-cloaked streets, bundling up for winter excursions, and warming up by a crackling fire are all memories we associate with the most wonderful time of the year.
While things feel quite different this year, Christmas at Heritage Park is always a highlight during the festive season. Walking the decorated streets of Canada’s largest living history museum has become a favourite annual tradition for Calgarians.
Seeking to fill your holiday calendar? Here are some of the events and activities at Heritage Park that we’re most looking forward to this year.
This December, experience the magic of Christmas past. Once Upon a Christmas is a favourite annual event happening over three weekends (and a few days before Christmas). Take in a festive play at the Canmore Opera House, walk through the historic homes that are decked out for the season, or meet the big guy himself — Santa Claus!
This year, reservations are required for some of the individual activities to ensure physical distancing and safety. Every step is being taken so that we can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
When: December 5 to 20 (Saturdays & Sundays); December 21 to 23
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Tickets: Online — $11 (general), $5.70 (child), $7 (youth), $8.95 (senior)
If you miss nights out on the town, Market Nights at Heritage Park has you covered — no reservations required.
Stroll past the quaint shops and artisan vendor booths, grab a bite to eat, and make s’mores by the fire. Patio weather or not, you’re invited to grab a drink at the Selkirk Winter Patio. You can even book a photo session with Santa for you or you and your pet!
When: November 26 to December 18 (Thursdays and Fridays)
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Visit the Christmas Tree Lot
The holiday season isn’t complete without a Christmas Tree. Visit the new Tree Lot so that you can bring the celebrations home with you. It doesn’t matter which tree you end up choosing; you can feel good knowing proceeds go towards supporting Heritage Park, a registered charity.
When: November 26 to December 24
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
You can still enjoy a movie and dinner out at Heritage Park. Dinner and a Movie nights feature themed three-course meals and beloved movies, perfect for a date night. Dinner at the Selkirk, a big screen set-up in Gasoline Alley Museum, and the good company you bring will be a Christmas memory you won’t soon forget.
When: December 9 and 22
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Tickets: Online — $46.95 + GST (includes dinner and a movie)
‘Tis the season for holiday tea at the famous Wainwright Hotel — purchase tickets in advance! Sip, savour, and enjoy the assorted baked treats while you and your group relax in the beautifully decorated room. Tickets include an exclusive coupon valid at the Haskayne Mercantile Block gift shops, so you can bring home a souvenir, too.
When: December 28 to 30
Time: 11 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2 pm
Tickets: Online — $34.95 (adult), $23.95 (child)
Were you hoping for an opportunity to safely share holiday traditions with others and make cherished memories this year? Us too. Christmas spent at Heritage Park is your answer.
Visit the Heritage Park website to learn more, purchase tickets to various events, and plan a Christmas to remember.