29 things to do in Calgary this week: November 27 to December 3

Nov 25 2017, 1:16 am


Oct 31
Nov 1

The Haunted Inn

Sat, October 31, 8:00pm
The Inn on Officers' Garden
Starts at $21.00

There’s officially just (over) one month left in the year, so let’s start it off with a bang!

From holiday performances and warm cozy dinners, to fun local markets, there’s no shortage of things to do in and around the city as November comes to a bitter-sweet end. Here are 29 things that we highly recommend checking out this week!

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Monday, November 27

Happy Chicken Dinner at The Nash + Notable

  • What: Looking for an easy alternative for an impromptu holiday family meal? The Nash and Notable Restaurant are offering a Happy Chicken Dinner, which includes a wood roasted whole chicken, veggies, and all the fixings!
  • Where: The Nash – 925 11th Street SE

BYOW Date Night 

  • What: Bring your own wine and enjoy it over your favourite board games – with no corkage fee! Monday night date night just got turned up a notch.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Where: Boxcar Cafe – 1215 1st Street SW

Movember Monday Comedy Night

Comedy Mic

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  • What: Raise money for our boys in staches by experiencing stomach-cramping laughs that will make you cry (in the best way possible). All proceeds from the event go towards the Movember Foundation of Canada.
  • When: Monday, November 27
  • Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Where: Broken City – 613 11th Avenue SW
  • Admission: $15 at the door

Tuesday, November 28

Watch the Calgary Flames Play Toronto

  • What: Goooooooo Flames!
  • When: November 28
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $77+

Check out Two Penny Resturant and Tea House

  • What: The wait is finally over! Check out this brand-new restaurant located in the heart of Vitoria Park serving up classic authentic Chinese dishes. They even have a  dim sum bar located in the basement where you can get delicious eats late into the night.
  • Where: Two Penny Chinese – 1213 1st Street SW

Discovery House Presents: She’s So Brave 

  • What: Enjoy some after-work drinks and enjoy a showcase of stories told by brave and fearless women through images and words captured by George Webber and Katherine Calnan.
  • When: Tuesday, November 28
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $100

Wednesday, November 29

A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • What: Learn the meaning of Christmas with Charlie Brown and the gang!
  • When: November 17 to December 17
  • Where: Vertigo Theatre – 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $28.35

Charlotte’s Web

  • What: Who knew the story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte could be so heartwarming. Relive this childhood classic in this special adaptation by Joseph Robinette.
  • When: November 21 to December 31
  • Time: Varies by performance
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $26 to $75

Thursday, November 30

Calgary Christmas Market – On the Table, Under the Tree

  • What: Indulge in local treats, shop for unique holiday gems, and enjoy the seasonal ambiance of the Calgary Farmers Market as they continue their annual holiday tradition.
  • When: November 16 to December 23
  • Time: Thursday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE

Watch the Calgary Flames Play Arizona

  • What: Cheer on the Flames in a sea of red!
  • When: November 30 vs Arizona
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Where: Ticketmaster, $24+

Late Night Shopping on 4th Street

  • What: Shop local on 4th Street! Shop and dine all night long, then present your receipt(s) of spending over $100 at one of the many participating 4th Street businesses and you will receive a FREE Christmas tree. Yes you read that correctly! ** Terms and conditions apply – only 40 trees available, first come first served.
  • When: Thursday, November 30
  • Time: 4 to 8 pm
  • Where: 4th Street between 12th Avenue and Elbow Drive
  • Admission: FREE

Granary Road Christmas Market 

  • What: Calgary’s newest market has a whole lot of festive fun planned for this holiday season. Get your photo taken with an alpaca wearing a festive scarf, enjoy delish holiday treats, let Santa and Mrs. Claus know what is on your Christmas list, sit back and enjoy a sleigh ride, and so much more!
  • When: Every Friday to Sunday until December 23
  • Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Granary Road – 226034 112nd Street W
  • Admission: FREE

Friday, December 1

The 31 Annual High River Santa Claus Parade


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  • What: A town favourite, this annual event returns to celebrate 150 years of Canadian Christmas. Be sure to not miss George Lane Park light up, performances on the Calgary Stampede Stage, carolling, hot chocolate, and other family-friendly activities.
  • When: Friday, December 1
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: High River, Alberta
  • Admission: Free!

Northern Lights Window Exhibition

  • What: Downtown Calgary shop windows will be getting a makeover this December, and it’ll be more than just a bit of paint. Using an Augmented Reality enabled app on your phone, you’ll be able to interact and experience each painted window destination, that will reflect various Christmas stories and memories of local artists. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite window through the app!
  • When: Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 31
  • Where: In and around Calgary’s downtown core
  • Admission: Free!

Market Collective Holiday Series 

  • What: Market Collective is back for another year of holiday market cheer for three weekends in a row. Come shop your favourite local makers, artisans, and vendors, and make a point to shop local this holiday season. #locallove
  • When: December 1 to 3
  • Time:
    • Friday: 4 to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: The Yellow Warehouse – 1390 17 Avenue SE
  • Cost: $5

Curated. Holiday Market

  • What: Shop over 85 different vendors for four weekends leading up to the Christmas season. Come get your photo with Santa, while enjoying live entertainment, childrens workshops and more!
  • When: December 1 to 3
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Time: Hours vary, check the schedule
  • Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE
  • Tickets:$4 at the door

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

  • What: With over 300+ vendors, Spruce Meadows evokes a magical world of Christmas at Reindeer Alley, Candy Cane Lane, Founders Plaza, Twin Peaks, and so many more!
  • When: December 1 to  3
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $12 (save $2 when you buy online)

Saturday, December 2

Lion’s Festival of Lights

  • What: This festival of lights is the largest drive-by Christmas lights event in Calgary (and it’s free!). With over 300,000 lights and opening fireworks to start the celebration, this is a light show you won’t want to miss.
  • When: Saturday, December 2 to Monday, January 8
  • Time: Opening day 5 pm, then 6 pm to midnight daily
  • Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary
  • Admission: Free!

Watch the the Calgary Flames Play Edmonton


Image: Calgary Flames / Twitter

  • What: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose! The Oilers don’t have a good record so far this season, so it should be an easy win for our boys, right? #GoFlamesGo
  • When: Saturday, December 2
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $67+

Shop Luxuy Consignment at Fond Boutique

  • What: Fond Boutique has recently settled into their new home in the always trendy Loft by Amanda Hamilton. Come grab a new look for the holidays and peruse through all of the beautiful items for both your home and life.
  • When: Saturdays
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: The Loft – 1122 3 Street SE (The Guardian Tower North, Tower 1)

Santa Shuffle – Fun Run and Elf Walk 

  • What: Grab the whole family and participate in this fun holiday-themed run/walk to support the Salvation Army in their fight against poverty.
  • When: Saturday. December 2
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where:  Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Register: Online, $70-$225

Sunday, December 3

Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park 

  • What: Decorate gingerbread cookies, get vintage photos taken, visit the alpacas, paint snow, enjoy a wagon ride, and sing Christmas carols as you experience Christmas from years gone by. You can also find some unique Holiday treasures as you peruse The Corner Emporium, Plaza Mercantile, Antiques and Collectables, Switzer’s Grocery & Confectionery, and the Toy Shoppe.
  • When: November 25 to December 17, 22 and 23
  • Time: 9:30 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
  • Admission:
    • General (16+) – $10.95
    • Senior (65+) – $8.75
    • Youth (7 – 15) – $6.95
    • Child (3 – 6) – $5.65
    • 2 & under – Free

Every Day of the Week

Canadian Maple Shack: Make your own Maple Taffy

  • What: Eating maple taffy on snow is a Canadian culinary tradition and you can pour your own tire sur la neige at the Calgary Christmas Market!
  • When: Thursday to Sunday from November 16 to December 23 with the exception of November 23 to 26.
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Free



Courtesy Calgary Zoo

  • What:  The Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo never fail to amaze. Each year, this unforgettable winter tradition of fun activities and stunning lights warms the hearts of many. See the Calgary Zoo light up for seven weeks straight and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of everyone’s favourite holiday experience.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to January 6
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 ST. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
  • Tickets: General (16+) $14.95, Child (3-15) – $11.95

A Christmas Carol

  • What: It’s not the Christmas season without Scrooge and this annual production of Dickens’ classic tale.
  • When: Thursday, November 23 to December 24
  • Time: 7:30 pm or 2 pm
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9 Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $71-$135

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

  • What: Skate amidst the beauty of downtown Calgary at everyone’s favourite outdoor rink.
  • When: Monday, November 20 to mid-March
  • Time: weather dependent from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Cost: Free

Festive Wagon Rides

  • What: Spend the afternoon sipping on a mug of hot cocoa as you tour around Banff in a snowy wagon ride with Banff Trail Riders. Be sure to dress accordingly.
  • When: Every Sunday between November 19 to December 17
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: The wagon leaves from the parking lot of the Whyte Museum – 111 Bear St, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Hit the Slopes


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  • What: Getting snow early this year means that our mountainous backyard is waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in during this great pre-season, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer. Each hill also has a variety of Christmas themed activities happening throughout the holiday season, be sure to check the websites before heading up so you don’t miss the festivities.
  • Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to check hours of operation and see which trails are open!

Try Ollia’s new “Holiday Collection”

  • What: There is nothing better than biting into a Candy Cane, Turtles, Mulled Cranberry, Tiramisu, or Eggnog flavoured macaron during the Holiday season.
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810C 16 Avenue SW