11 things to do in Calgary today: Sunday, December 15

Dec 13 2019, 3:02 pm

We’re exactly halfway through the most festive month of the year, so you’d better believe that there are plenty of amazing events to check out this Sunday!

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

WestHills Towne Centre: Snapshots with Santa

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Snapshots with Santa/Westhills Towne Centre

What: Bring your favourite people along to WestHills Towne Centre for Snapshots with Santa. Warm up and enjoy the ambiance at the firepit area. Starbucks will be providing hot chocolate and coffee, and there will be treats from Safeway and popcorn courtesy of Cineplex.

Providing the Christmas soundtracks to your day at WestHills Towne Centre will be the fantastic and uber talented Cowtown Opera. The kids can get face painting done and have balloon art created by the Terrrrrific team, and of course, visit Mr. Claus. MasterMind Toys will also be handing out toys on the day.

Be sure to look out for WestHills Towne Centre ambassadors circulating the event with gift cards and coupons that you can use towards your holiday shopping. Special retailer promotions include Aldila Boutique, JoyDrop, Tommy Hilfiger, Urban Barn, Petland, and Skoah.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Where: WestHills Towne Centre — 250 Stewart Green SW
Price: FREE 

Calgary Hitmen vs Lethbridge Hurricanes

What: Calgary Hitmen hit the ice versus Lethbridge Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

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

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: 12 to 4 pm
Where: At all Canadian PetSmart stores
Price: 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 15, December 17 to 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: West Village Theatre — 2007 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Market Collective Holiday Markets

What: Market Collective Holiday Markets at BMO Centre features over 150 vendors, plus workshops, live music, food and beverages, and more to enjoy.

When: December 15, December 20 to 22, 2019
Time: 4 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre Hall C – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
Admission: $6 for the weekend, children under 12 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

Workshop Theatre Presents: The Kids Cushion Cabaret – Stocking Stuffer Stories

What: Workshop Theatre’s first ever Kids Cushion Cabaret features three different short stories for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees can also purchase a snack to eat while the performance is happening.

When: December 15, December 21 and 22, 2019
Time: 11:30 am (Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Marda Loop Communities Hall (December 14 and 15), Haysboro Community Centre (December 21 and 22)
Tickets: Online