20 things to do in Calgary this week: December 17 to 20

Dec 13 2018, 4:25 am

The official start to winter is just around the corner, so warm up your week with these 20 events in Calgary from Monday, December 17 to Thursday, December 20. Jazz Cartier, WSOxYYC Open Mic Night, and more.

Monday, December 17

Miracle on First Street YYC

What: Inspired by quirky office Christmas parties, the halls are decked with kitschy Christmas decor. Guests are encouraged to dress in their most festive gear as they sip on seasonal cocktails, so take this opportunity to dig out your most cringe-worthy Christmas sweater and reindeer head-gear. The over-the-top atmosphere, which will be hosted at Proof Cocktail Bar, will have even the biggest Grinch feeling goofy. Whether you choose the classy Christmaspolitan or the decadent Run Run Rudolf as your drink of choice, this bar is sure to bring the holiest and jolliest of times.

When: Now to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 4 pm to 1 am daily
Where: Proof Cocktail Bar – 1302 1st Street SW
Admission: Free

Elf Trivia

What: Binge-watch the 2003 classic starring Will Ferrell and test your knowledge at Elf Trivia.

When: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Hudsons Canadas Pub Shawnessey — 16061 MacLeod Trail SE
Cost: $11

Canmore Cave Tours Spirit in the Mountain series 2018


Rats Nest Cave/Canmore Cave Tours

What: Canmore Cave Tours are hosting their Spirit in the Mountain concert series, which will see various music groups performing live 100 metres underground. The venue is Rat’s Nest Cave, and the Monday performance features Canmore native Seth Anderson.

When: Now to Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: All concerts/tours start at 5 pm, with performances beginning at 8 pm.

  • 5 pm Meet your guide and pack up
  • 5:45 pm convoy to the cave parking lot
  • 6 pm hike to the cave
  • 7:15 pm let’s go caving
  • 8 pm the performance begins
  • 10 pm exit the cave
  • 11:15 pm arrive back at the office

Where: Rat’s Nest Cave – 202-129 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore
Tickets: Online, $130

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam featuring Cobra Collins

What: Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam and Open Mic welcomes Cobra Collins, a Calgary-based Metis poet who was the captain and coach of Calgary’s 2016 Slam team. Cobras has performed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and is a member of Calgary’s Inkspot Spoken Word Collective, home of Calgary’s official poetry Slam.

When: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: Sign-up 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $10 cash at door, on a sliding scale for those who identify as low income or students

Seton Library Presentation

What: Join Copperfield & Mahogany Community Association at the Copperfield Community Center for a presentation and Q&A session for community members about what you can expect from their new public library. Attendees can also sign up for library cards after the presentation.

When: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Copperfield Community Center – 6 Copperstone Way SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tuesday, December 18


What: Experience how 2+ million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, and fun-filled activity zones (with many new additions), transform the Calgary Zoo into a magical winter wonderland.

When: Now to Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 ST. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, General (16+) $19.95, Child (3-15) – $14.95

Dinner & A Movie – Miracle on 34th St

What: Put a twist on the traditional go-to “dinner and a movie.” Grab a seasonal, candlelit dinner at one of the many delicious eateries in Calgary’s downtown core and then head to the theatre for Miracle on 34th St.

WhereGasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
When: Tuesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 7:45 pm
TicketsOnline, $44.95 + GST per person (includes dinner + film), $8 (Film only)

The Office Trivia Night


The Office/Facebook

What: Prove your mettle when it comes to the happenings at Dunder Mifflin, though this time it will encompass everything The Office — not just the Christmas episodes!

When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Wurst — 2437 4th Street SW
Cost: $15

So You Think You Can DJ

What: Think you have what it takes to be Calgary’s next top DJ? Show off your skills at Knoxvilles Calgary’s So You Think You Can DJ competition. The winner receives a $500 Long and Mcquade gift card along with the chance to open for a headlining DJ in the new year. Everyone is invited to cheer on the DJs.

When: Now to Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Knoxville’s YYC – 840 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

A Bright Magical Christmas

What: ABM College presents “A Bright Magical Christmas” a free event for Calgarians in Olympic Plaza. ABM College will be spreading Christmas cheer by providing Calgarians with free hot chocolate, sweet snacks, and joyous carolling of the staff and students who are organizing the event.

When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, December 19

Find Christmas Downtown 2018

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Christmas trees decoration / Pixabay

What: The third-annual Find Christmas Downtown at the CORE Shopping Centre decorates and provides Christmas trees to local families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. Corporations, non-profit organizations, and media partners will come together to decorate 150 trees throughout the space, and the trees will remain at the mall for the holiday season until December 19. After that, they will be delivered to local families in need across the city. The CORE is also hosting a free Santa photo session from now until Christmas. Monetary donations, toys, and gifts are appreciated and will go towards The Magic of Christmas charity.

When: Now to Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: 324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Queerly Festive Dinner & Show

What: Local non-profit and charitable organizations have come together to curate a holiday dinner and show hosted by the Palomino Smokehouse, which is by donation. Connect with friends, meet new ones and celebrate diversity. All ages.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: The Palomino Smokehouse – 109 7 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Willows & George Koller – Wintery Dreams

What: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks presents The Willows, with award winning bassist, George Koller in an evening of original tunes and holiday classics from their albums “Tea for Three” and “This is Christmas.” This is their second annual Food Bank Fundraiser.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

December Cats & Yoga

What: Laugh, play, and stretch with Regal Cat Cafe’s yoga instructors and their fuzzy assistants. Take great photos posing with the kitties as you test your concentration skills, or just relax and giggle at all the fun these kitties have trying to distract the instructor. Includes a yoga with the kitties, and a complimentary small loose-leaf tea or brewed coffee. All skill levels welcome. Guests must be 18+.

When: Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Regal Cat Cafe – 303-10 ST NW, Calgary
Price: $25 per person, more info online

All that Sparkles: A bubbly festive dinner

What: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant hosts a festive Cork & Cuisine edition, with delicious food by Chef Jenny Kang, wine selection by our sommelier and a presentation by a Willow Park Wine & Spirits.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant – 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $85

Thursday, December 20

Aspen Crossing Polar Express 2018

What: All aboard the Polar Express! The magical train from the book and movie will be rolling into town this holiday season. Hop on the train and journey to the North Pole, complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and dancing waiters. As the journey begins, passengers will be entertained by a reading of the Polar Express.

When: Now to Thursday, December 20, 2018. Select dates and times, check website for details
Where: Box 30, Mossleigh (1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Highway #24)
Tickets: Available online, $72 per guest (sold in sets of two or four)

Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning

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Calgary Flames / Twitter

What: The Flames take on the Lightning at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

WSOxYYC Open Mic Night

What: World Sikh Organization invites you to join local artists from across Alberta for an open mic event and evening of exploring and sharing stories of resilience and the human spirit. This event is in partnership with the World Sikh Organization, The Sikh Family Helpline, and the University of Calgary Sikh Students Association.

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: New Calgary Central Library – 802 3 Street Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, free

Jazz Cartier

What: Toronto born rapper and two-time Polaris Prize Nominee Jazz Cartier makes his return to Calgary with guests Lex, Da Kid T, Enzee and Joash Charles.

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

AWA After Hours: Pints & Peaks

What: Join Alberta Wilderness Association staff for an evening of winter brews, wilderness and holiday whimsy. The evening will feature a crashcourse in Alberta’s Wild Spaces, ornament painting and a letter writing campaign in support of Alberta’s protected areas network. Beer, egg nog, hot cider and festive homemade cookies will be available for sale.

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Hillhurst Cottage School – 455 12 Street NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5

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