11 things to do in Calgary today: Sunday, December 23

Dec 21 2018, 5:46 pm

The weekend may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to!

Check out any one of these wonderful events to keep the party going right up until Monday.

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Music Calgary 3rd Annual Christmas Party

What: Music Calgary’s 3rd Annual Christmas Party features free food, free gifts from Santa JP, and free entry before 11 pm. With special guest DJ Joe Swell alongside Newboy and Amante.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: Doors 9:30 pm
Where: Music Calgary – 1140-10th Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free before 11 pm

The Nutcracker

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Alberta Ballet Facebook

What: Acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest renderings and celebrated as a delightfully traditional depiction, Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker celebrates its 10th anniversary this season. The Nutcracker features a cast of more than 120 performers, with sets and costumes designed by Emmy Award winner Zack Brown.

When: Now to Monday, December 24, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Holiday Hangover Matinee

What: Celebrate the season and cure your holiday hangover with Christmas cocktails and classic flicks at Confluence Distilling. Featuring screenings of Die Hard and Batman Returns, with plenty of Christmas cocktails, treats and happy hour pricing all day long.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Confluence Distilling – 507 36 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Vegan Holiday Bake Sale

What: A vegan holiday bake sale in support of Calgary’s local farm animal sanctuaries (split between TAS, Robins Refuge, and Free Spirit) we are throwing a Christmas/holiday themed vegan bake sale. Enjoy vegan goodies, vegan milk chocolates, and more treats. Cash only.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 12 to 3:30 pm
Where: 508 24th Ave SW, third floor, Studio 307
Admission: Free

The Mayor’s Holiday Storytime

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Naheed Nenshi/Facebook

What: Join Mayor Naheed Nenshi for a special storytime at New Central Library. Enjoy holiday fun, treats and more.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: New Central Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas 2018

What: Christmas has truly come alive at the top of Sulphur Mountain, all thanks to Banff Gondola’s stunning Mountaintop Christmas event. From now until the end of December, the Banff Gondola has turned its sky-high destination into a Winter Wonderland, complete with visits from Santa, cookie decorating, star gazing, and a mulled wine bar.

When: Now until December 30, 2018
Time: 10 am to 8:30 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, and any day after December 20; 10 am to 4:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff
Tickets: Available online, $58, or $64 at the gate. $49 admission after 5 pm

Art Acoustic Sunday Series

What: Hang out with a few of Art on 9th’s favourite art instructors for an informal discussion and hands-on activity that explores the basic elements of art and design.

When: Every Sunday to December 23, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Art On 9th – 1211 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Miracle on First Street YYC

What: Inspired by quirky office Christmas parties, the halls are decked with kitschy Christmas decor. Guests are encouraged to dress in their most festive gear as they sip on seasonal cocktails, so take this opportunity to dig out your most cringe-worthy Christmas sweater and reindeer head-gear. The over-the-top atmosphere, which will be hosted at Proof Cocktail Bar, will have even the biggest Grinch feeling goofy. Whether you choose the classy Christmaspolitan or the decadent Run Run Rudolf as your drink of choice, this bar is sure to bring the holiest and jolliest of times.

When: Now to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 4 pm to 1 am daily
Where: Proof Cocktail Bar – 1302 1st Street SW
Admission: Free

Calgary Christmas Market

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Calgary Farmers Market / Facebook

What: Dine with friends as live holiday entertainment fills the market and indulge in treats while you find the perfect gift. Featuring favourite market and seasonal vendors, Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and more. There will also be visits with Santa, cookie decorating, roaming Grinch, live ice carving, viewing Santa’s Reindeer, and more.

When: Now to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Jazz Orchestra: Perfectly Frank Christmas 2018 Calgary

What: Calgary Jazz Orchestra performs the music of Sinatra and the holidays. Featuring and directed by Johnny Summers. All ages are welcome.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 3 pm and 7 pm
Where: River Park Church – 3818 14A St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Glendale Community Carnival

What: A family-friendly carnival at Optimist/Blundun Arenas with free public skating, DancyPl3y (interactive dance program), classic games, photo booth and hot chocolate.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 12 to 2 pm
Where: Optimist/Blundun Arenas -5020 26 Ave. S.W., Calgary
Admission: Free

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