25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: December 6 to 8

Dec 5 2019, 1:00 pm

Keep the wintertime fun going with our picks of 25 things to do in Calgary on December 6, December 7 and December 8. Check out CP Holiday Train, Calgary Flames, and more.

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

Friday, December 6

Calgary Hitmen vs Edmonton Oil Kings

What: Calgary Hitmen take on the Edmonton Oil Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 6.

When: December 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

High River Santa Claus Parade


Santa Claus/Shutterstock

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

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre, then join the group activity with special guests from Alberta Parks at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:30 pm and discover how wildlife has adapted to city life. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will also be hosting an investigation station about furry and feathered friends found in the city. Note: Hands-on activities are designed for learners two-years and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – December 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

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

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

Saturday, December 7

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. ft. 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

East Village Tree Lot, brought to you by 31st Scouts

What: An urban Christmas tree lot is popping up in East Village! The 31st St. Cyprian’s Scout Group is bringing their annual tree lot to EV for one day only on December 7th. Invite friends or family to come search for the perfect tree.

There will be a holiday selfie station, fire pit, and free hot chocolate or apple cider for guests to enjoy. Both apartment-sized and full-sized trees will be available, but be sure to have cash on hand.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 439 8 Avenue SE, Calgary (aka The Bounce Games Park)
Admission: No admission, tree prices range from $20-$65

Pre-Christmas lulupalooza 2019


lululemon logo (lululemon/Instagram)

What: Put on by local consigner Jeans Addition, the Pre-Christmas LULUPALOOZA consignment event will be held on December 7, giving Calgarians the chance to pick up a few gently-used bargains and to potentially made a few dollars from their own lululemon outfits. The event will be held from 10 am to 5 pm, though it is noted that only cash will be accepted.

According to the event’s Facebook page, thousands of items will be up for grabs, from jackets to bras and everything in between. Past sales have seen items go for less than half retail value at around $20 to $45, while some specialty items (such as jackets) are sold at around $75.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Lake Bonavista Promenade mall — 755 Lake Bonavista Drive SE. Inside the mall, top level, opposite end from Safeway
Cost: Entrance is free, and most items will be valued at less than half their retail price. Cash only

Johnny Reid

What:  Scottish-Canadian country musician Johnny Reid brings his “My Kind Of Christmas” tour to Calgary on December 7.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Flames vs LA Kings

What: The Calgary Flames face off with the LA Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 7.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

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 four), additional family members $5. Skate rentals $2, email [email protected] for sizing and availability.

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

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

A Whyte Christmas – Open House

What: Whyte Museum hosts its annual open house event, A Whyte Christmas. Attendees will enjoy crafts, carols, cookies, a storytime, and a visit with Santa. Part of Banff Gallery Hop.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Whyte Museum – 111 Bear Street, Banff
Admission: Free

Sunday, December 8

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 at 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

CP Holiday Train Calgary

holiday train

CP Holiday Train/ Facebook

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

Calgary Hitmen vs Everett Silvertips

What: Calgary Hitmen face off with Everett Silvertips at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 8.

When: December 8, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on the Arrow II project. There will be a flight simulator on-site, used in AVRO’s design and testing, which will be open for the public to take for a spin.

When: The second Sunday of every month – December 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free. Small donation when using the flight simulator to help maintain its operation

Granary Road Christmas Market

Christmas tree decorating/Shutterstock

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 14, 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

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

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

Youth Singers of Calgary: Holiday Road

What: The Calgary Youth Singers presents Holiday Road: A Christmas Vacation Yule Never Forget, with over 250 young singers and dancers onstage at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on December 8.

When: December 8, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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: Now 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

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 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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