20 things to do in Calgary this week: December 2 to 5

Dec 2 2019, 5:00 am

Welcome to the first week of December! Get the new month started with these 20 fun events in Calgary from December 2 to December 5, including Serena Ryder, Junior Claus, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Monday, December 2

Serena Ryder

What: Serena Ryder is a six-time JUNO Award winner, a MuchMusic Video Award winner, and a Canadian Screen Award winner. She brings The Christmas Kisses Tour to Calgary on December 2.

When: December 2, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Gary Meilke the iBrow Guy

What: Scottish comedy award winner Gary Meikle brings The iBrow Guy show to Calgary on December 2.

When: December 2, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

High River’s Annual Santa Skate

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What: High River’s annual Santa Skate features a whole afternoon of festive fun at Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex. There will be gingerbread decorating, hot dogs and hot chocolates, skating with the family, and photos with Santa by donation to Jumpstart (please bring your own camera). There will also be activities in the field house to check out. Bring a donation to the food bank.

When: December 2, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex — 228 12 Avenue SE, High River
More Info: Online

7 Cultural Society’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition

What: Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s second annual Indigenous Art Exhibition is being showcased at a number of venues around Calgary this fall and winter. The exhibition features work from 17 artists.

When: December 2, 2019 to January 18, 2020
Time: Various times
Address: Calgary Central Library — 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dungeons and Flagons

What: The D20 Initiative presents the third episode of their live D&D show, Dungeons and Flagons, at Dickens Pub. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own D20s.

When: December 2, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Dickens – 1000 9 Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $5

Tuesday, December 3

Sounds of the Season with Calgary Philharmonic 

What: Calgary Philharmonic gets festive with a series of Sounds of the Season concerts. Enjoy a selection of sacred and secular holiday favourites with friends and family.

When: December 3, December 18, December 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Magnolia Banquet Hall (December 3), Grace Presbyterian Church (December 18 and 19)
Tickets: Online

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

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What: Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Plaza has the only refrigerated outdoor ice surface in the city. You can rent skates down at the plaza if you don’t have a pair of your own. Helmets are strongly encouraged.

When: Open daily until mid-March
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free. Skates are also available to rent

Evening Birds

What: Canadian singer songwriter Kendall Rodney Bilan performs his alternative folk project Evening Birds at Ironwood Stage & Grill on December 3.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Ironwood Stage & Grill – 1229-9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: $15

Much Ado About Nothing

What: DIY Theatre presents a production of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Caleb Gordon.

When: Now until December 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 2:30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Motel Theatre — 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Christmas Star: An Astronomer’s Perspective

What: Roland Dechesne of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will lead attendees at Central Library through various potential astronomical interpretations of The Christmas Star.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Central Library — 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Register: Online, Free

Wednesday, December 4

Doc Soup: Picture Character

free screening

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What: Doc Soup Calgary is a monthly feature-length documentary series presented in partnership with the Calgary International Film Festival and Hot Docs. December’s film is Picture Character, a documentary directed by Ian Cheney and Martha Shane all about the world of emojis.

When: December 4, 2019. Upcoming films on January 8, February 5, March 4 and April 1, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas — 200 Barclay Parade Southwest #200, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Who’s in the Hall Wednesdays

What: Enjoy a free night at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. For the first time, the hall will be opening its doors on the first Wednesday of every month featuring free admission, cash bar, fun interactives, and a speaker series.

When: The first Wednesday of every month (December 4, 2019)
Times: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame — 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Fort Calgary Murder Mystery Dinner: Cut-Throat Christmas

What: Fort Calgary’s Murder Mystery Dinners are interactive evenings with food, live entertainment, and guests trying to solve a “who done it” mystery. Interact with the actors and the other guests while enjoying a locally sourced buffet dinner. Shows are created and performed by Pegasus Performances.

When: December 4, December 11, December 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Junior Claus

What: StoryBook Theatre presents Junior Claus, an all-ages story of the only son of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Junior is hesitant to take over the family business, and has more faith in his inventions than in Christmas magic. But when Christmas spirit levels drop, Junior must step up to grab the reins.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays until December 22, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm (Wednesday to Saturdays) 11 am and 3 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Vertigo Studio Theatre — 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary’s Entrepreneur Holiday Party

What: The third annual Calgary Entrepreneur Holiday Party is a chance for entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, contractors and more to mix and mingle for the holidays. Tickets include light appetizers, a complimentary beverage, and happy hour pricing.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Last Best Brewing & Distilling — 607 11 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Thursday, December 5

What: JUNO Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists The Tenors bring their Wonder of Christmas tour to Calgary on December 5. Enjoy a selection of songs from The Tenors’ two Christmas albums as well as other holiday classics.

When: December 5, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres

Image: Calgary Flames / Twitter

What: The Calgary Flames take on the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 5.

When: December 5, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for free on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month — December 5, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SE
Admission: Free

Mix, Mingle and Build Ideas

What: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking and Women’s Resource Centre hosts a mix & mingle for female entrepreneurs across all levels and faculties. The event includes a one-on-one mentoring session, free professional headshots, interactive innovation activities, and more.

When: December 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Women’s Resource Centre — 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Nettle’s Tale Calgary Pop Up

What: Vancouver-based swimwear company Nettle’s Tale creates swimsuits designed for everyday women’s bodies. They are holding their first ever Alberta pop up at The Livery Shop from December 5 to 8.

When: December 5 until December 8, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (Thursday to Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: The Livery Shop — 1119 10 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free