20 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, November 23

Nov 22 2019, 5:00 am

Did that work week feel extra long or is it just us? Celebrate your much-deserved days off this Saturday by checking out one of these great events.

Zoolights

What: The 23rd year of Zoolights features millions of lights, new themes, classic activities, and special guests in 2019. Bundle up and check out Wizarding Wednesdays, fire pits, the Wishing Tree, ice skating, and more.

When: Now until January 4, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 ST. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, General (16+) $19.95, Child (3-15) – $14.95

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market 2019

What: The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market offers visitors to the market a dazzling display of lights, delicious treats, and the perfect place to get a few pre-Christmas-chaos presents. Live entertainment is also planned to be on scene, so be sure to expect a few of your favourite Christmas tunes alongside some more international songs.

When: November 23 to November 24, and November 29 to December 1
Time: Fridays, 10 am to 7 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 7 pm; Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Tickets: Available online for $10, or $12 at the door

Banff Christmas Market

What: The Banff Christmas Market at Warner Stables features a variety of gifts for everyone on your list. Shop for goods inspired by Rocky Mountain culture, plus enjoy festive entertainment and culinary treats throughout the weekend.

When: November 23 to November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Warner Stables – 1 Sundance Road, Banff
Tickets: $7.50 per day or $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free.

Free skate rentals at Olympic Plaza

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Grey Cup Festival/Twitter

What: As part of the four-day Grey Cup Festival, City of Calgary is offering free skate rentals at Olympic Plaza until November 23. Those who have their own pair of skates will be able to skate for free.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: Noon to 9:30 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Admission: Free

The Blue Jay Cafe – Holiday Edition

What: The Blue Jay Cafe, presented by Eat North and Calgary Country, supports the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary. Attendees can expect 12 returning performers from the inaugural Blue Jay Cafe pop-up plus over 20 new musicians from across BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

When it comes to food and beverage, attendees can expect festive holiday eats like a “Christmas Ham” club sandwich, a “Turkey Dinner” hot dog, whisky hot chocolate, spiked apple cider, craft beer, and more.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm, 8 to 10 pm
Where: Oak Tree Tavern — 124 10th Street NW, Calgary
Price: $25; buy 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 from now until December 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Dr SW
Tickets: Online

Banff Craft Beer Festival

What: Held partially outdoors, the #BanffBeerfest welcomes attendees to enjoy Alberta-brewed craft beer and spirits against the Rocky Mountains backdrop.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Cave and Basin National Park – 311 Cave Avenue, Banff
Tickets: Online

Aspen Crossing Polar Express 2019

What: Hop on the train and journey to the North Pole, complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and dancing waiters. As the journey begins, passengers will be entertained by a reading of The Polar Express. Once you get to the North Pole, you’ll be greeted by Santa himself. From carolling to holiday entertainment, the Polar Express is a magical holiday experience for the whole family.

When: Various dates from now until December 24
Time: Various times
Where: Box 30, Mossleigh (1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Highway #24)
Tickets: Available online, $75 per guest (sold in sets of two or four)

Know the Snow Weekend

What: MEC Calgary is hosting Know the Snow Weekend on November 23 and 24, with free winter workshops and clinics, experts on-hand, and prize draws. Learn new skills, safety tips, and more.

When: November 23 to November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: MEC Calgary — 830 10th Avenue SW Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mean One On Tour at Westbrook Mall

What: Get your photo taken with The Mean One from November 22 to November 24 at Westbrook Mall.

When: November 23 to November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Westbrook Mall — 1200 37 Street SW, Calgary
Photo pricing and more info: Online

Laid/e: The Toulouse-Lautrec Project

What: Theatre Encounter presents Laid/e: The Toulouse-Lautrec Project. The cabaret-style show showcases Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s renowned portrayals of Paris’ underbelly in a new light. Starring Sarah Haggeman, Amy Hinz, and Rico Pfeiffer, directed by Celene Harder, and designed by Kelsey Miller.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: cSPACE — 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Fort Calgary Presents: Black & White Movie Nights

What: Fort Calgary presents a screening of 1946’s Gilda in the Burnswest Theatre as part of their Black & White Movie Nights series. Snacks and a cocktail will be available at this licensed event, and complimentary museum admission included with ticket. Katie Wackett from Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers will also briefly discuss the role of the “femme fatale” in the film.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, movie at 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Nissan TITAN Street Festival

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The Grey Cup Festival/Facebook

What: Part of the Grey Cup Festival, the Nissan TITAN Street Festival features a variety of family-friendly activities. Go on the Jiffy Lube Tube Slide, check out the 360-degree projection in the ATCO Stratosphere, enjoy live music and entertainment, get your face painted, and more. Then stay for the fireworks at the end of each evening with music by Canadian musicians.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Stampede Park
Admission: Free

Norm MacDonald

What: Norm MacDonald was a cast member of Saturday Night Live for five seasons, starred in and co-wrote the film Dirty Work, and was the voice of Lucky the Dog in the Eddie Murphy hit Dr. Doolittle. Macdonald also appeared in Billy Madison with Adam Sandler, and in Milos Foreman’s Academy Award-nominated The People Vs. Larry Flint. He also hosted Norm Macdonald Has a Show on Netflix.

When: Now until November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

What: Alberta Theatre Projects presents C.S. Lewis’ classic tale at the Martha Cohen Theatre from now until December 29. Watch as Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy team up with Mr. Tumnus to save Narnia from the White Witch and set the stage for the return of Aslan the Lion.

When: Now until December 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre — 215 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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 23, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Find Christmas Downtown 2019

What: The fourth annual Find Christmas Downtown event at the CORE Shopping Centre has corporations, non-profit organizations, and media partners coming together to decorate 150 trees throughout the space. The trees will remain at the mall for the holiday season until December 18. After that, they will be delivered to local families in need across the city.

When: Now until December 18, 2019
Time: Mall hours
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre — 324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Broadway Across Canada – Waitress

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Lucie Jones from the London Production of Waitress (Rene Cervantes)

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the Tony-award nominated Waitress. Brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, Waitress features original music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and original direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

When: Now until November 24, 2019
Time: 2 pm and 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas 2019

What: From mid-November until the end of December, 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 from now until December 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
Tickets: Available online, $58 for adults, $29 for children