11 things to do in Calgary today: Friday, December 1

Dec 1 2017, 1:50 am

November is done, the work week is over, and there’s nothing but good times ahead!

Plan something awesome this Friday at any of these events taking place around the city.

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The Polar Express Train Ride

  • What: Hop on the train and journey to the North Pole, complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and dancing waiters.
  • Where: Box 30, Mossleigh (1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Highway #24)
  • When: December 1 to 24, 2017. Select dates and times, check website for details.
  • Tickets: Available online, $60 – $82.50 per guest (sold in sets of 2 or 4)

The 31 Annual High River Santa Claus Parade

  • What: A town favourite, this annual event returns to celebrate 150 years of Canadian Christmas. Be sure to not miss George Lane Park light up, performances on the Calgary Stampede Stage, carolling, hot chocolate, and other family-friendly activities.
  • When: Friday, December 1
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: High River, Alberta
  • Admission: Free!

Northern Lights Window Exhibition

  • What: Downtown Calgary shop windows will be getting a makeover this December, and it’ll be more than just a bit of paint. Using an Augmented Reality enabled app on your phone, you’ll be able to interact and experience each painted window destination, that will reflect various Christmas stories and memories of local artists. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite window through the app!
  • When: Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 31
  • Where: In and around Calgary’s downtown core
  • Admission: Free!

Market Collective Holiday Series 

  • What: Market Collective is back for another year of holiday market cheer for three weekends in a row. Come shop your favourite local makers, artisans, and vendors, and make a point to shop local this holiday season. #locallove
  • When: December 1 to 3
  • Time:
    • Friday: 4 to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: The Yellow Warehouse – 1390 17 Avenue SE
  • Cost: $5

Curated. Holiday Market

  • What: Shop over 85 different vendors for four weekends leading up to the Christmas season. Come get your photo with Santa, while enjoying live entertainment, childrens workshops and more!
  • When: December 1 to 3
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Time: Hours vary, check the schedule
  • Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE
  • Tickets:$4 at the door

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

  • What: With over 300+ vendors, Spruce Meadows evokes a magical world of Christmas at Reindeer Alley, Candy Cane Lane, Founders Plaza, Twin Peaks, and so many more!
  • When: December 1 to  3
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • TicketsOnline, $12 (save $2 when you buy online)

Canadian Maple Shack: Make your own Maple Taffy

  • What: Eating maple taffy on snow is a Canadian culinary tradition and you can pour your own tire sur la neige at the Calgary Christmas Market!
  • When: Thursday to Sunday from November 16 to December 23 with the exception of November 23 to 26
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Free


  • What:  The Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo never fail to amaze. Each year, this unforgettable winter tradition of fun activities and stunning lights warms the hearts of many. See the Calgary Zoo light up for seven weeks straight and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of everyone’s favourite holiday experience.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to January 6
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 ST. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
  • Tickets: General (16+) $14.95, Child (3-15) – $11.95

A Christmas Carol

  • What: It’s not the Christmas season without Scrooge and this annual production of Dickens’ classic tale.
  • When: Thursday, November 23 to December 24
  • Time: 7:30 pm or 2 pm
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9 Avenue SE
  • TicketsOnline, $71-$135

Go on a holiday date night

  • What: Plan the perfect date night for that special someone by checking out our list of 16 different places in Calgary to go to get into the Christmas spirit!

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

  • What: Skate amidst the beauty of downtown Calgary at everyone’s favourite outdoor rink.
  • When: Monday, November 20 to mid-March
  • Time: weather dependent from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Cost: Free!
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