60 things to do in Calgary in December

Nov 28 2019, 9:00 am

Thanks for the memories, 2019! Still time to make some new ones with our checklist of 60 fun things to do in Calgary in December, including Make It!, CP Holiday Train, and more!

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

Fun around the city

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Calgary

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Make It Happen (Make It Calgary)

What: Vendors from all over the country are coming to Calgary this month to sell their handmade wares at Northland Village’s holiday-themed Make It! Show. Shop from more than 80 vendors selling beautiful items made by hand, with love. With handmade clothing, art, accessories, gourmet goodies, home decor, children items, and more — conscious consumers will be sure to find gifts for everyone on their list.

When: Friday, November 29 to Sunday December 1
Time: 11 am to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Northland Village in the DO What U Love space — 5111 Northland Drive NW
Tickets: Available online at makeitshow.ca. Get 50% off early bird tickets until show day. Then it’s $6 at the door during the show. Kids 12 and under are free

Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss 2019

What: Attendees of the December 1 versus the Red Deer Rebels are encouraged to bring a new small- to medium-sized stuffed animal or toy to the game to throw onto the ice the first time the Calgary Hitmen goal horn sounds.

When: December 1, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Press-level tickets available online starting at $20 for adults and $15 for students and children; limited number of first- and second-level tickets available as well

Holiday Skate Pop-Up Roller Rink at New Horizon Mall

What: New Horizon Mall, Calgary Roller Skate and Alien In-Line present an afternoon of skating on December 7. The whole family is invited to groove to some great tunes under a disco ball, and glide over 10,000 sq. feet of skating space. Admission is free, and guests can bring their own skates or rent a pair of quad or inline skates for $10. Bring donations for the Airdrie Food Bank and receive free stickers. Note that signed waivers will be required to skate

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: New Horizon Mall — 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Rocky View County
Admission: Free. Skate Rentals are $10 (quad and inline skate rentals available) or guests can bring their own

Cineplex Community Day

What: Cineplex wants you to treat yourself to a free movie day on December 7. For the ninth consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day will treat guests to a selection of popular movies. All proceeds from donations and select concession sales will go toward supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Canada. Popcorn, drinks, and select candy will be available to purchase at $2.50, a reduced price. Film this year include: A Christmas Story, Elf, Gremlins, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Polar Express.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: Doors open at 9 am
Where: Participating theatres across Canada
Price: Movies are free, concession snacks at $2.50

Keep ’em Rolling Roller Nights

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What: Keep ’em Rolling hosts roller skate nights at Hounsfield/Briar Hill Community Hall, featuring skate music provided by DJ Plasma. All skates must have toe stops or jam plugs to prevent damage to the floor.

When: December 7, December 14, January 4, January 18, February 1, February 29, March 14, March 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Hounsfield/Briar Hill Community Hall – 1928 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: $10, $20 for a family (max of 4), additional family members $5. Skate rentals $2, email [email protected] for sizing and availability.

Scotiabank Backbeat presents: New Year’s Eve Family Bash at Studio Bell

What: Ring in an early New Year with the family at a New Year’s Eve party at Studio Bell. There will be a games room, family sing-a-long, and crafts to enjoy, plus an 8 pm countdown for everyone to enjoy. Guests can also explore Studio Bell’s galleries, activities, and more throughout the event.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 12 pm and 1:30 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

City of Calgary New Year’s Eve Fireworks

What: Enjoy a fireworks display from Calgary Tower to ring in the new year at midnight.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: Midnight
Where: Calgary Tower
Admission: Free

NYE 2020: Gatsby – The Roaring 20s

What: Cowboys Dance Hall hosts a glamorous New Year’s Eve party with a Gatsby and Roaring 20s theme.

When: December 31, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Cowboys Dancehall — 421 12th Avenue SE
RSVP: Online

Holiday and Christmas Events

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

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 (check status)
Time: 6 am to 11 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free. Skates are also available to rent

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market 2019

What: The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market offers visitors a dazzling display of lights, delicious treats, and the perfect place to get a few pre-Christmas-chaos presents. Live entertainment is also planned to be on scene, so be sure to expect a few of your favourite Christmas tunes alongside some more international songs.

When: November 29 to December 1, 2019
Time: Fridays, 10 am to 7 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 7 pm; Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Tickets: Available online for $10, or $12 at the door

Lion’s Festival of Lights 2019

What: The Lions Festival of Lights is back for their 33rd year to brighten up Calgary’s 14th Street NW with over 500,000 shining lights. The display is put together by volunteers who spend thousands of hours creating the shining assortment of Christmas figures and decked-out trees. This year’s festival is now 99% green, as it is created using LED bulbs connected by nearly three kilometres of power cords.

When: November 30, 2019 until January 8, 2020
Time: Opening day 5 pm, then 6 pm to midnight daily
Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary
Admission: Free

Airdrie Festival of Lights

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(Airdrie Festival of Lights)

What: The annual Airdrie Festival of Lights in Nose Creek Park features miniature train rides, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more. The festival is run by volunteers, with entry by donation. Donations are used for general maintenance and upkeep of displays and attractions, and portions of the proceeds go to support local non-profits and youth groups.

When: December 1 until December 31, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Nose Creek Park – 1701 Main Street S, Airdrie
Admission: By cash donation (suggested contribution is $10–$20 per family, and $1–$5 per person on a bus). Parking is free

Market Collective Holiday Markets

What: Market Collective Holiday Markets at BMO Centre features over 150 vendors, plus workshops, live music, food and beverages, and more to enjoy.

When: December 6 to 8, December 13 to 15, December 20 to 22, 2019
Time: 4 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre Hall C – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
Admission: $6 for the weekend, children under 12 free

Granary Road Christmas Market

What: Granary Road Christmas Market’s features festive fun each weekend in December leading up to Christmas. Get your photo taken with an alpaca, enjoy holiday treats, visit Santa’s workshop for holiday activities, shop for your Christmas list, and more.

When: December 6, 7, and 8, December 13, 14, and 15, December 20, 21, and 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm. Various times for activities
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

High River Santa Claus Parade

What: The 33rd annual High River Santa Claus Parade features the George Lane Park light up, live performances on the Stampede Stage, carolling, photos with Santa, and more.

When: December 6, 2019
Time: 5 to 8:30 pm
Where: Various locations in High River. Interactive map here
Admission: Free

2019 Santa Shuffle


Santa Shuffle (StockPhotosLV/ Shutterstock)

What: A festive-focused fun run to help the less fortunate in the community. The 2019 Santa Shuffle features a 5 km fun run and 1 km Elf Walk. The coast-to-coast event raises money for the Salvation Army. Each runner will also receive a finisher medal.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am (5 km run starts), 10:05 pm (1 km run starts)
Where: Eau Claire Market — 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
Register: Online

East Balzac Craft Market

What: New Horizon Mall and Century Downs present a weekend of unique craft vendors and free entertainment at the East Balzac Craft Market. Enjoy live music, visits with Santa, sleigh rides, and more.

When: December 7 and 8, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: New Horizon Mall – 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Calgary
Rocky View County
Admission: Free

Century Downs Christmas Market

What: Make your way to the new tent barns at Century Downs for a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, some mulled wine, and traditional German street food. Attendees can also shop a variety of local artisan products and fun craft vendors.

When: December 7 and December 8, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Century Downs Racetrack and Casino – 260 Century Downs Drive, Rocky View Country
Admission: Free

Pet Christmas Costume Contest & Fundraiser at New Horizon Mall

What: New Horizon Mall hosts a Pet Christmas Costume Contest and Fundraiser for ARTS Animal Rescue. Dress up your dog in a costume for a chance to win prizes, and also receive a free digital picture with your pet and Santa from 1 to 3 pm. Register in person New Horizon Mall on December 8 with all proceeds donated to ARTS Senior Animal Rescue.

When: December 8, 2019
Time: 10 to 11 am (registration) Pageant & Judging 11:15 am to 12:15 pm (pageant and judging), 1 to 3 pm (free digital photos with Santa)
Where: New Horizon Mall — 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Rocky View County
Admission: Registration fee $20 with all proceeds going to ARTS Senior Animal Rescue. Digital photos with Santa are free

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

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Spruce Meadows / Facebook

What: Drive or walk through Spruce Meadows this holiday season to enjoy over 90 kilometres of lights sparkling with over 305,000 individual light bulbs.

When: December 8, 2019 until January 5, 2020 (closed Christmas Day)
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

CP Holiday Train Calgary

What: The 21st edition of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will travel across Canada this holiday season and will be making its annual stops in Alberta this December. Bring non-perishable donations to support your local food bank, and enjoy live performances by Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo (Calgary) and Terri Clark and Dallas Smith (Okotoks, Blackie, Vulcan, Lethbridge).

When: December 8 (Calgary), December 10 (Okotoks, Blackie, Vulcan, Lethbridge), 2019
Time: Calgary between 5:45 to 6:45 pm, Okotoks between 12 to 12:45 pm, Blackie between 1:35 to 2:15 pm, Vulcan between 3:15 to 4 pm, and Lethbridge between 7 to 7:45 pm
Where: Calgary – Anderson C-Train Station; Okotoks – Along Dagget Street between Northridge Drive and Veterans; Blackie – Across from Post Office at 1201 Railway Avenue; Vulcan – CP crossing at 1st Avenue and 2nd Street; Lethbridge – 2nd Avenue North and 12th Street, behind Save On Foods
Admission: Free

Curated. Last Minute Holiday Market

What: Shop 70 handmade makers at Curated. Holiday Market. Plus enjoy live entertainment, prizes, food trucks, and more.

When: December 13 and 14, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Bowness Community Association – 7904 43 Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: $4 at the door and online

The Nutcracker

What: Alberta Ballet presents the holiday tradition The Nutcracker with a live orchestra, a cast of more than 120 dancers, choreography by Edmund Stripe, and stunning sets and costumes designed by Emmy-award winning designer Zack Brown. Follow Clara and The Nutcracker as they encounter The Mouse King, The Sugar Plum Fairy, and more.

When: December 13 to 15, December 20 to 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Children’s Christmas Party at New Horizon Mall

What: New Horizon Mall and Occasional Notes Candy Cane Kids Performance Group invites everyone to an afternoon Christmas party full of holiday fun and entertainment. The whole family can enjoy singing, dancing, and Christmas games on December 14.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: New Horizon Mall — 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Rocky View County
Admission: Free

Find Christmas Downtown 2019

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Christmas trees (CORE Shopping Centre/Facebook)

What: The fourth annual Find Christmas Downtown event at the CORE Shopping Centre has corporations, non-profit organizations, and media partners coming together to decorate 150 trees throughout the space. The trees will remain at the mall for the holiday season until December 18. After that, they will be delivered to local families in need across the city.

When: Now until December 18, 2019
Time: Mall hours
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre — 324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2019

What: Shop over 40 local vendors with everything you need for your Holiday gifting. There will be crafts, baked goods, and bath and body items on sale, plus live entertainment and a DJ to keep the party going.

When: Every Friday until December 20, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market Centre Court – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Christmas Family Sing-A-Long at New Horizon Mall

What: Bring the whole family down to New Horizon Mall on December 21 for a Christmas Family Sing-A-Long with 2019 Canadian Entertainers of the Year, Dueling Piano Kings.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: New Horizon Mall — 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Rocky View County
Admission: Free

Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

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Once Upon A Christmas (Heritage Park/Facebook)

What: The event will feature wagon rides, Christmas carols, and a visit by Mr. Claus himself at the historical village. Attendees will be able to learn about what Christmas was like back in the day as many of the homes and buildings will open their doors to the public. Shopping will be available at the gift shops at the front gates, hot drinks and snacks can be found at the Railway Cafe, Wainwright Hotel Bar Room, and the Club Cafe, and a Christmas breakfast buffet will be served each morning — for an additional cost.

When: Saturdays and Sundays until December 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Workshop Theatre Presents: The Kids Cushion Cabaret – Stocking Stuffer Stories

What: Workshop Theatre’s first ever Kids Cushion Cabaret features three different short stories for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees can also purchase a snack to eat while the performance is happening.

When: December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, December 21 and 22, 2019
Time: 11:30 am (Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Rosemont Community Association (December 7 and 8), Marda Loop Communities Hall (December 14 and 15), Haysboro Community Centre (December 21 and 22)
Tickets: Online

Calgary Christmas Market

What: Calgary Christmas Market features favourite market and seasonal vendors, holiday gifts, homemade crafts and more. Attendees will also get a chance to visit with Santa, decorate cookies, have tea with Mrs. Claus, enjoy Grinchmas, and more.

When: Thursday to Sunday until December 22, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Festive & Free Christmas in Kensington

What: Celebrate the holidays every weekend in Kensington Village. The annual Christmas in Kensington includes free Horse and Wagon rides, visits and selfies with Santa Claus, decorated storefronts, candy canes, and more.

When: Every Saturday until December 21, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Village
Admission: Free

Aspen Crossing Polar Express 2019

What: 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. Once you get to the North Pole, you’ll be greeted by Santa himself. From carolling to holiday entertainment, the Polar Express is a magical holiday experience for the whole family.

When: Various dates until December 24
Time: Various times
Where: Box 30, Mossleigh (1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Highway #24)
Tickets: Available online, $75 per guest (sold in sets of two or four)

Noël Christmas Festival

What: Noël Christmas is a month-long festival filled with live music, shopping, visits with Santa, and nearly one million lights. A perfect holiday outing for the whole family.

When: Now until December 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre — Stampede Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

A Christmas Carol

What: Theatre Calgary’s brand-new adaptation of the classic Dickens Christmas story A Christmas Carol, where Ebenezer Scrooge is paid a visit from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on Christmas Eve, and is forced to finally confront how his bad behaviour and attitude have affected others.

When: Now until December 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons
Tickets: Online

Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas 2019

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Banff Gondola (argenel/Instagram)

What: The Banff Gondola will turn its sky-high destination into a Winter Wonderland, complete with visits from Santa, cookie decorating, star gazing, and a mulled wine bar. Kids get free admission (one per adult admission) if they take the gondola up before noon, and all the Christmassy goodness that awaits at the top is built into the price of the ticket.

When: Weekends until December 30, 2019 (Daily for various events starting December 23)
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff
Tickets: Available online, $58 for adults, $29 for children


What: The 23rd year of Zoolights features millions of lights, new themes, classic activities, and special guests. Bundle up and check out Wizarding Wednesdays, fire pits, the Wishing Tree, ice skating and more.

When: Now until January 4, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 ST. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, General (16+) $19.95, Child (3-15) – $14.95

Tubing at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park

What: Acura Tube Park at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park is described as one of the fastest of its kind in Western Canada! Tubers can also check out the food truck and enjoy the convenience of washrooms on site.

When: Fridays until Sundays starting December 20, 2019 and throughout the winter season. Special times are offered during the holidays and on long weekends.
Time: Various times
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Admission Info: Online

Eat fresh at farmers’ markets

Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE

What: Check out 60 local farms, food-makers, bakers, brewers, distillers, and artisan vendors, food trucks, live music, kids arts and cultural activities, and more every Saturday at the Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE.

When: Every Saturday, year-round
Time: 10 am to 3 pm (June to October 12, 2019), 10 am to 1 pm (October 19, 2019, to May 2020)
Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewellery, art, and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year-round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods, and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lots of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road, Calgary
Admission: Free

Explore Arts and Culture

Making Treaty 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 until January 18, 2020
Time: Various times
Address: Calgary Central Library — 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Doc Soup: Picture Character

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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

Handel’s Messiah

What: Grammy Award-winner Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director and harpsichordist of acclaimed ensemble Apollo’s Fire, conducts Handel’s Messiah alongside Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and hand-picked soloists from her ensemble. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Calgary Food Bank.

When: December 6 and December 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Paul Brandt

What: Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Paul Brandt performs three shows alongside Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra this holiday season. Enjoy a mix of Brandt’s big hits with Christmas favourites.

When: December 10, 11, 12, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall (December 10), Jack Singer Concert Hall (December 11 and 12)
Tickets: Online

Cowboys Presents: The 8th Annual JINGLE BALLS Drag Show

What: Inspired by the gigantic holiday party featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Cowboys is planning on hosting a Yule Ball of its own this December. For the third year in a row, Cowboys will deck out their dancehall in HP-themed decorations, music, and costumes, and all attendees are encouraged to dress as their favourite Harry Potter characters.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm
Where: Cowboys Dancehall — 421 12th Avenue SE
RSVP: Available online, $10 to $15

Altitude: Next Level Festive

What: Set amongst the idyllic winter scenery of Banff National Park, party-goers will get to experience the beautiful snowy mountains — set to world-renowned DJs and performers — in addition to dinner, cocktails, and breakfast. To top it all off they’ll receive a night’s accommodation at none other than the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, starting at $299.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive
Price: Event packages start at $299 (plus fees) per double occupancy. Book online, call 1-866-540-4413, or email [email protected].

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse

What: The world premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse by R. Hamilton Wright. The world’s most famous detective returns to his childhood home to uncover the circumstances behind the death of his favourite uncle. He discovers an ancient family curse along the way and meets many more mysterious figures.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Playhouse – 115 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

What: Alberta Theatre Projects presents C.S. Lewis’ classic tale at the Martha Cohen Theatre from now until December 29. Watch as Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy team up with Mr. Tumnus to save Narnia from the White Witch and set the stage for the return of Aslan the Lion.

When: Now until December 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre — 215-8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Bon appetit

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

Miracle on 1st Street YYC

Miracle on 1st Street YYC


What: Proof, located at 1302 1 Street SW, will be offering its annual pop-up holiday cocktail bar, Miracle on 1st Street YYC, until Christmas Eve. The annual event will be serving up “merriment and Christmas themed cocktails and food in an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza.

When: Now until December 24, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 1 am
Where: Proof – 1302 1 Street SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Dinner & A Movie at Heritage Park

What: Heritage Park presents Dinner & A Movie Nights at the Selkirk Grille and the Gasoline Alley Museum. Enjoy a three-course movie-themed dinner at Selkirk Grille, then head to Gasoline Alley Museum for a big screen classic. Attendees are also welcome to only watch the movie, and a cash bar and popcorn will be available for purchase during the screening.

When: December 10, December 17, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Price: $44/person or $8 for movie only. Reserve dinner and a movie online, tickets for movie only are available at the door.

Craving Kensington

What: On this three-hour walking tour, you will eat your way through this inner-city village at some of the foodie hotspots while learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington — 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
Tickets: Online, $55

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Flames

Image: Calgary Flames / Twitter

What: The Calgary Flames continue their NHL season this December at Scotiabank Saddledome. Match-ups include LA Kings on December 7, Toronto Maple Leafs on December 12, and Montreal Canadians on December 19.

When: December 5, December 7, December 12, December 14, December 17, December 19, December 29 and December 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen

What: Calgary Hitmen bring WHL action to Scotiabank Saddledome this December. Match-ups include Red Deer Rebels on December 1, Lethbridge Hurricans on December 15, and Edmonton Oil Kings on December 30.

When: December 1, December 6, December 8, December 15, December 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Roughnecks vs Colorado Mammoth

What: Calgary Roughnecks take on the Colorado Mammoth in their National Lacrosse League home opener.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online