20 things to do in Calgary this week: December 9 to 12

Dec 9 2019, 1:00 pm

A brand-new week equals new events to enjoy around Calgary! From Body Worlds to Paul Brandt, here are 20 events to check out from December 9 to 12.

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

Monday, December 9

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

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Body Worlds (Derek Dormer/I Am Calgary

What: Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out features over 100 preserved animal specimens ranging from the common pigeon to an expertly dissected camel. Visitors will be able to check out what’s under the skin of some spectacular animals and determine what makes us the same — and different.

When: Now until March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS Spark — 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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: Now 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

The Roast of Christmas

What: Overdue Comedy and Lukes Central Library present The Roast of Christmas, with performances by Bryan Moxon, Mollie Risa, Brad Trauzzi, Tommy Mellor, Brittany Lyseng, Leah Scheitel, and Pete Zedlacher.

When: December 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Lukes Central Library – 802 3 Street Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Bingo at The Mustard Seed

What: Enjoy an hour of Bingo at The Mustard Seed for a chance to win prizes.

When: December 9, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: The Mustard Seed Neighbour Centre — 6060 Memorial Dr, NE Calgary
Admission: Free

Last Christmas

What: Lunchbox Theatre presents Neil Fleming’s Last Christmas, a comedic modern look at the joys and challenges of the holiday season, and a reminder that family just may be the greatest gift of all.

When: Now until December 21, 2019 (no shows on Sunday)
Time: Various times
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9th Avenue SE, Calgary

Tuesday, December 10

Paul Brandt


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. And $10 from every ticket sold will be going directly to Not In My City, an anti-sexual exploitation and trafficking initiative created by Brandt’s own Buckspring Foundation.

When: December 10, 11, 12, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts (December 10), Jack Singer Concert Hall (December 11 and 12)
Tickets: Online

Jewish Book Festival Book Sale

What: Calgary JCC and Shelf Life Books host the Jewish Book Festival book sale, a curated selection of contemporary books by Jewish and Israeli authors, titles on Jewish thought, politics, humour, travel, history, and more. Attendees are also welcome to take part in the Sifriya Library – Hebrew Book Exchange.

When: Now until December 15, 2020
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Calgary JCC – 1607 90 Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dinner & A Movie at Heritage Park – Die Hard

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, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 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.

Print(ed) Word Salon Series

What: Print(ed) Word is a collection of 12 handmade artist books now on permanent display at Calgary’s Central Library. Each month, a different team of authors and artists present a talk on their process of collaboration.

When: December 10, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room — 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

CP Holiday Train – Okotoks, Blackie, Vulcan, Lethbridge

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 Terri Clark and Dallas Smith.

When: December 10 (Okotoks, Blackie, Vulcan, Lethbridge), 2019
Time: 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: 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

Wednesday, December 11

Miracle on 34th Street

What: Morpheus Theatre presents a holiday production of the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturday)
Where: Pumphouse Theatre – Victor Mitchell Theatre — 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

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Skating at Olympic Plaza (danielaislas/Instagram)

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

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

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: Now until January 8, 2020
Time: 6 pm to midnight daily
Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary
Admission: Free

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

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

Thursday, December 12

Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs

What: The Calgary Flames take on Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: December 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Spark After Dark


Photo: Telus Spark / Facebook

What: TELUS Spark hosts an adults-only experience the second Thursday of every month, with drinks in test tubes, music, and, new adult-programming each month. Guests can also visit the immersive dome theatre, the various Spark galleries, and more.

When: The second Thursday of every month (December 12, 2019)
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary

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 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Nutcracker: A New Adventure

What: A new comedic adaptation of the holiday favourite by K.L. Eveleigh and J.L. Dunsdon, presented by Calgary’s Young People’s Theatre. Directed by Jamie Dunsdon.

When: December 12 to 15, December 17 to 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Avenue Southwest Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

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