16 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, December 14

Dec 13 2019, 3:05 pm

Get this Saturday in gear by taking a look at all the fun events going on this December 14 and heading out to any one of them!

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

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

Country Hills Village: Snapshots with Santa

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Snapshots with Santa/Country Hills Village

What: The Snapshots with Santa event takes place from 11:30 am to 2 pm next to Famoso at Country Hills Village. Upon arrival, warm-up and indulge in a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate from Starbucks as you listen to Christmas carols sung by Calgary’s signature artistic company, Cowtown Opera.

There will be free face painting and balloon art by Terrrrrific Face Painting and a free photograph with Santa printed on the spot. Global Pet Foods will also be serving up “DogNog” treats for furry friends. Country Hills Village ambassadors will be circulating the event with gift card coupons. Retailers offering up special deals on the day include Diva Salon and Rumble Boxing. There will also be free pizza samples from Famoso (while quantities last)!

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Country Hills Village — 5149 Country Hills Boulevard NW, Calgary
Price: Free

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, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Funk Hunters

What: Canadian electronic duo The Funk Hunters are made up of Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, and they will be performing at The Palace Theatre with Funk The Halls on December 14 with special guests.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Flames vs Carolina Hurricanes

What: The Calgary Flames face off with Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

OOMOMO Grand Opening at Pacific Place Mall

What: Calgary’s first-ever OOMOMO store opens in the Pacific Place Mall. Find gifts for everyone left on your list, as well as some chic household items.

OOMOMO’s doors open at 10 am, and if you’re one of the first 200 people, you’ll get a free $10 gift voucher. Plus, you’ll be in with the chance to win a gift card worth up to $100. Not forgetting the photo contests that will also be taking place.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 
Doors open at 10 am
Where:
 Unit 1075, Pacific Place Mall — 999, 36 Street NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Miracle on 34th Street

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

When: 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

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 14, January 4, January 18, February 1, February 29, March 14, March 28, 2020
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.

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

Nikka Yuko Winter Lights Festival

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Nikka Yuko Winter Lights Festival (Travel Alberta / Matt Snell/Instagram)

What: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden comes alight with intricately placed bulbs in the fourth annual Winter Lights Festival. Note that Nikka Yuko closes when the weather drops below -25ºC.

When: December 14, December 19 to December 23, December 26 to December 31, 2019, Every Friday and Saturday from January 3 until January 31, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden — 9 Avenue S & Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge
Tickets: Online

Indigenous Languages Day at Calgary Public Library

What: Calgary Public Library hosts a celebration to honour Treaty 7 Languages in recognition of 2019 as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. Guests can also meet the authors, illustrators, and translators of the Treaty 7 Book Collection, a group of 12 children’s books written in Indigenous languages. Attendees will also have a chance to try traditional foods.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: The Central Library — 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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

Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

What: The event will feature wagon rides, Christmas carols, and a visit by Mr. Claus himself at the historic 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, Calgary
Tickets: Online

PetSmart Photos With Santa

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What: Canadian pet parents can bring their favourite four-legged friends to PetSmart locations for free Santa photos on December 14, 15, 21, and 22. The annual event will be taking place at all Canadian PetSmart stores.

Pet parents can get a digital photo from PetSmart taken or take photos on their own mobile devices. From dogs, cats, guinea pigs, bunnies, lizards and more, all pets are welcome to meet Santa and let him know what is on their holiday wish list.

When: December 14 and 15, December 21 and 22, 2019
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Where: At all Canadian PetSmart stores
Price: Free

Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas 2019

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