20 things to do in Calgary this weekend: December 29 to 31

Dec 27 2017, 10:58 pm

The only thing better than the weekend is a weekend that ends with New Year’s Eve!

That doesn’t mean that you need to save all the partying until Sunday, of course; there’s still plenty to do around the city in the days leading up to the year’s biggest (and last) bash.

Friday, December 29

Charlotte’s Web

  • What: Have your heart warmed by this beautiful story about a cherished friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a Spider named Charlotte. This classic story will bring back feelings of childhood nostalgia as you show your children and grandchildren this magical story.
  • When: Now to December 31
  • Time: Varies per day
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 220 9 Avenue SW
  • TicketsOnline, $26 to $75

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

  • What: This two-kilometer drive through in Spruce Meadows is lit up so festively that it’s undeniably special for anybody to see. Also free, this Christmas lights event will leave you feeling as though Christmas day is just one sleep away.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 7
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • Admission: $10 per carload

Watch the Calgary Roughnecks Play the Colarado Mammoths

  • What: Get out of the house, grab a dome beer and cheer on the Calgary Roughnecks!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Friday, December 29
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $23 to $64

Bundle up and head to Zoolights


Calgary Zoo/Flickr

  • What: Experience an authentic Calgarian love story by grabbing a cuppa hot cocoa and strolling hand-in-hand through ‘lovers lane’ and the other 1.5 million dazzling lights at the zoo this holiday season. If you get chilly, just cuddle up to one of the many fires or head into the Enmax Conservatory to check out the Mad Hatter in Wonderland.
  • 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

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!

Saturday, December 30

Go Tubing at Canada Olympic Park


WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park/Facebook

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and now boasts 12 lanes, a four person tube option, and a dedicated magic carpet. A village including a food trailer, a deck with heaters, a fire pit, and washrooms have also been added for the 2017 season.
  • When: During the winter season
  • WhereWinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, The Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Admission: Tickets cost $28 for an adult to slide for two hours, and senior, youth, and family discounts are available.

Go skating on Lake Louise

  • What: Lake Louise was rated as the World’s most Beautiful Skating Rink in 2014 and trust us, it definitely lives up to its reputation. Glide hand in hand with your special someone as you enjoy the tranquil views and take in the fresh mountain air. The lake is even lit during the evening so you can skate under the stars and then warm up by a cozy campfire. Skate rentals are available.
  • Where: 111 Lake Louise Drive
  • Admission: Email or call the Concierge Team for prices and ice conditions before heading up.

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!

Mountain Top Christmas

  • What: Nothing is more magical than celebrating Christmas in a wonderland of snow on the top of a mountain. Help out at Santa’s workshop, experience the Elf Interactive Centre, write Santa a letter, participate in a Christmas Treasure Hunt, stargaze with astronomers, watch Disney’s ‘Prep and Landing’ Christmas short film, and so much more. It’s truly a magical wonderland that the whole family can enjoy.
  • When: Now to January 7 (Varies per event)
  • Time: Varies per event
  • Where: 100 Mountian Avenue, Banff
  • TicketsOnline, Adult – $62, Child – $31

Above and Beyond 

  • What: Calling all electronic fans, this is a concert you won’t want to miss. Pre-New Year’s Eve party, perhaps?
  • When: Saturday, December 30
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Big Four Building – 1801 Big Four Trail SE
  • TicketsTicketmaster, $79 to $100

Watch the Calgary Hitmen Play Lethbridge


The Calgary Hitmen/Facebook

  • What: Let’s cheer on our boys and end the year off with a big win!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, December 30
  • Time: 7 pm
  • TicketsTicketmaster, $13 to $26

Sunday, December 31

Watch the Flames play the Chicago Blackhawks

  • What: 2018 is going to be a good year for our boys on the ice – we can just feel it! Cheer them on and start the new year off right as we head into the red mile… fingers crossed.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • TicketsOnline, $68 to $346

The Better New Year’s Bash

  • What: If you’re looking to really party, come join some of the hottest DJ’s as you ring in 2018! Drum N DJ, Brett Jones & DJ Kav with DJ AL. V and Kay L, along with the illFX Entertainment dancers will be pumping the beats all night long.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 9 pm to 2 am
  • Where: The Palace – 219 8th Avenue SE
  • TicketsOnline, $19.03

Unmasked 2018


Masquerade party / Shutterstock

  • What: Seductive and decadent is the best way to describe this masked affair! Head under the red neon symbol on 8th Avenue for a VIP experience, featuring bottle service, line bypass, champagne, party favours, and more. Don’t forget to unmask when the clock strikes midnight!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 8pm
  • Where: Sub Rosa – 200 8th Avenue SW
  • TicketsOnline, $40

British New Year

  • What: Enjoy all the best that Britain has to offer as you ring in 2018. Of course there will be hats and tooters – no questions asked!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: The Ship and Anchor – 534 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Admission: FREE

Noon Year’s Eve

  • What: There is no reason why the kids have to miss out on a New Year’s countdown just because of an early bed time. Bring your littles down and count down to noon to the tune of hydrogen balloon explosions, and then join in on a bubble wrap dance party!
  • When: Sunday, January 31
  • Time: Arrive before 11:45 am
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Included in admission to the centre

City of Calgary Outdoor Celebration


Calgary Fireworks (Nghi Le / Flickr)

  • What: Sip on delicious hot chocolate from Good Earth as you enjoy an amazing line-up of local performers, Canadian themed ice cavings, roaming mascots, line-dancing from Chinook Country Line Dancers and so much more. If you have kids, don’t miss out on the glow-in-the-dark dance party being held in The Municipal Building that will finish with a countdown at 9 pm. And, of course, you can’t miss the ENMAX fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 7 pm to midnight
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: FREE

Selkirk Grille New Year’s Eve Dinner

  • What: This will be a timeless New Year’s experience like no other! Enjoy tunes from a bygone era as you’re whisked away from the everyday grind to a world filled with vintage details, elegant table settings, and a New Year’s Eve that will surely be one for the history books.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: The Selkirk Grille, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Reservation: Call 403 268 8607, $94 per person

A Luminous New Year’s Eve

  • What: Listen to the beautiful voices of this remarkable choir as you celebrate the holidays and ring in 2018.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Bella Concert Hall – 18 Must Royal Circle SW
  • TicketsOnline, $32 to $42

Calgary Firefighters New Year’s Eve Gala

  • What: Grab your black tie attire and a date and join the Calgary Firefighters for an evening full of gourmet food, a champagne reception, The Station 54 Disco (downstairs), exciting entertainment, and more. Ring in the New Year while also helping to support 13 local charities, including the Calgary Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary – 700 Centre Street SE
  • TicketsOnline, $150 to $500

Find the full list of New Year’s Festivities here!