13 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, December 15

Dec 15 2018, 4:13 am

It’s finally the weekend!

Get right into the spirits of the holidays at any one of these wonderful events in and around Calgary this Saturday — you surely won’t be disappointed!

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Market Collective Holiday Markets 2018

What: The 10-year anniversary of Market Collective Holiday Markets will take place at the BMO Centre. Attendees can expect artists, musicians, DJs, food, drinks, and many other special surprises. These two markets will also be an ode to the past decade for Market Collective, so expect some new things you’ve never seen before.

When: Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 16
Time: 4 to 9 pm (Friday, 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary, Alberta
Admission: $5 for the weekend, children under 12 free

Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker

What: For many, Clara and her Nutcracker bring back a warm childhood nostalgia as they brave the evil army of mice and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the motion of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music in an authentic Russian setting, this classic will have the whole family following along in awe.

When: Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
TicketsTicketmaster, $41+

Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise – Festive Wagon Rides

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What: Cuddle up with your special someone, as you sip on hot cocoa as glide through picturesque views of the Rockies — talk about holiday romance at it’s finest. Be sure to dress accordingly.

When: Weekends until January 1, 2019
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Where: The wagon leaves from the parking lot of the Whyte Museum – 111 Bear St, Banff
Admission: Free

Christmas in Kensington

What: Santa Clause and sleigh rides — that’s what you can expect at Christmas in Kensington. Grab the family and head down to spread Christmas cheer. Stay and catch a holiday movie at 3:30 pm as well!

When: Every Saturday to December 22, 2018
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Calgary — Kensington Rd and 10th Street NW, Calgary
Tickets: By donation

Canmore Cave Tours Spirit in the Mountain series 2018

What: Canmore Cave Tours are hosting their Spirit in the Mountain concert series, which will see various music groups performing live 100 metres underground. The venue is Rat’s Nest Cave, and the performances will be by Calgary’s own indie-rock group The Silkstomes (Friday), folk-rock band Elk Run & Riot (Saturday), western Canadian music duo Trundled (Sunday), and Canmore native Seth Anderson (Monday) over the course of four days.

When: Friday, December 14 to Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: All concerts/tours start at 5 pm, with performances beginning at 8 pm.

  • 5 pm Meet your guide and pack up
  • 5:45 pm convoy to the cave parking lot
  • 6 pm hike to the cave
  • 7:15 pm let’s go caving
  • 8 pm the performance begins
  • 10 pm exit the cave
  • 11:15 pm arrive back at the office

Where: Rat’s Nest Cave – 202-129 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore
Tickets: Online, $130

Words That Move Me

What: Poets and musicians are paired with dancers to brings their lyrics to life. Featuring Wakefield Brewster (Poet / MC) and Manria Sekhon (Punjabi Dancer), Sonia Deleo (Folk Musician) and Matthew Oliver Van Diepen (Drag Performer), BASK (Spoken Word + Acoustic Guitar) and Anastassiia La Musa (Flamenco Dancer), Mira Black (Musician & Poet) and Sarah Zizek (Hip-Hop/Contemporary Dancer), Maddie Arnason (Musician) and Krizia Carlos (Mixed Style Dancer), Josephine Lo Re (Poet) and Kunji Mark Ikeda (Mixed Style Dancer).

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Avenue Southwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, $15

Sled Island Gong Show

What: Sled Island is hosting a super fun, super weird talent show. If you have a bizarre or surprising talent, showcase it at the Sled Island Gong Show – a Sled Island fundraiser – at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club. Participants will compete in front of the panel of completely unqualified judges for one of several great prizes, including Sled Island 2019 Discovery Plus Passes. Hosted by John Frosst.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Palomino – 109 7th Avenue S.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

Spectacular Christmas Showcase

What: DC Dance Club presents a Christmas showcase of dance, music, food and fun for the whole family and guests.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Where: DC Dance Club – 1235 26 Avenue Southeast #223, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

The Funk Hunters – Funk The Halls

What: The Funk Hunters, an electronic DJ duo from Vancouver, bring Funk The Halls to Calgary with special guest Mat the Alien.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where:  The Palace Theatre – 219 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $30

Let It SHOW!

What: Let It SHOW! features incredible dancing, stunning vocals, and more, performed by the highly-skilled, talented artists of Calgary performing arts company, The SHOW. Featuring special guests The Moth and Santa Claus.

When: Saturday, December 15 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: DJD Dance Centre and Theatre – 111 12 Avenue Southeast Calgary
Tickets: Online, $21.25-$25

Once Upon a Christmas

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Once Upon A Christmas (Heritage Park/Facebook)

What: Experience the magic of Christmas past at Heritage Park. Enjoy a festive wagon ride, sing carols or visit with jolly old Saint Nick himself. Immerse yourself in an old-fashioned Christmas as some of the historical family homes and buildings open their doors to share their Yuletide traditions.

When: Weekends from now to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Holiday Radio Play: It’s an Okay Life, Considering

What: The Kinkonauts present a brand new family-friendly improvised holiday classic in the style of the radio plays of the 1930s. Featuring Mandy Morris and her jazz quartet, live off the floor sound effects, jingles, and more.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: The Rose Room – 922 9 Ave SE Calgary
TicketsOnline, $15

The Nutcracker (In A Nutshell)

What: The Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) takes children through the classic ballet The Nutcracker in just 30 minutes. Set to Tchaikovsky’s music, The Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and all her friends make an appearance. Make Christmas crafts before the show, and at the end of the performance, cast members invite all children from the audience to join them on stage in a ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ interactive character dance and creativity workshop.

When: Saturday, December 15 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge – 11300 Rocky Ridge Road Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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