25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 24 to 26

Nov 23 2017, 10:33 pm

If you’re looking to get some Christmas shopping done early, now is the weekend to do it!

There’s plenty of markets being held all weekend, not to mention Friday’s crazy Black Friday sales.

Friday, November 24

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: Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • TicketsOnline, $12 (save $2 when you buy online)

Enjoy the kick-off weekend of Zoolights

  • What: 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

Dinner + A Movie at Heritage Park

  • What: Date night just got turned up a notch!
  • Where: Gasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, November 24 – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Time: 7:45 pm
  • TicketsOnline, $44.95 + GST per person (includes dinner + film), $8 (Film only)

Banff Christmas Market


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  • What: Head to Banff for a unique holiday shopping experience, featuring goods inspired by the Rocky Mountains.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to 26
  • Time:
    • Friday from 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday from 10 am –  6 pm
    • Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Warner Stables – 1 Sundance Road, Banff
  • Tickets: $5 Adults, Children 10 and under are FREE

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, children’s workshops, and more!
  • When: Friday, November 24 to 26
  • Time: Hours vary, check the schedule
  • Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE
  • Tickets: $5

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2017

  • What: On each Friday of November, shop for the perfect gift at this Holiday Night Market!
  • When: November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Admission: Free

Black Friday on the Ave



  • What: There are some great savings to be had all along the Avenue. A good excuse to begin your holiday shopping, perhaps?
  • When: Friday, November 24
  • Where: Various businesses along 17th Avenue SW

Saturday, November 25

Marda Loop Christmas Market

  • What: Come shop the many local vendors at this exciting holiday market and bring a food donation to support the Calgary Interfaith Foodbank.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Marda Loop Community Association – 3130 16th Street SW
  • Admission: Non-perishable donation

Little Modern Market: Holiday Edition

  • What: Get started on your holiday shopping at this exciting market featuring all of your favourite local vendors, makers, and artists.
  • When: Saturday,  November 25
  • Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Rally Pointe – 11511 35th Street SE
  • Admission: $5 entry

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

  • What: Get in the holiday spirit at this Christmas extravaganza. Stroll through the Nerdy Wonderland consisting of comic book vendors, toy dealers, collectible retailers, and so much more. Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will even be making an appearance.
  • When: Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, November 26
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: BMO Centre, Halls B and C – 20 Roundup Way SW
  • TicketsOnline, $10

Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

  • What: Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at this holiday market in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
  • When: Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, November 26
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Canmore Collegiate High School – 1800 8 Avenue
  • Admission: $3 in support of the Canmore Preschool Society

Artisan Winter Market

  • What: Holiday shopping made easy at this Christmas market in the heart of the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 11 am to 5 am
  • Where: Inglewood Community Hall – 1740 24th Avenue SE
  • Admission: $3 entry at the door

Holiday Pop Up Series at Greater Goods

  • What: Sip on a Lavender Earl Grey Tea Latte as you shop and get your loved ones a unique and local treasure this Christmas!
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm

Mission: Red Mile – Scavenger Hunt 

  • What: The construction on 17th is complete – for now. To celebrate they’re hosting an exciting scavenger hunt in partnership with many of the businesses on the Avenue. This is a family-friendly event, so sign up with the kids (teams of four) and come down for an exciting and challenging hunt.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Kick off is at McHugh House – 1515 Centre Street S
  • Admission: FREE

The Great Sweater Run

  • What: Grab the ugliest of Christmas sweaters and get ready to run the Tacky 10 km, the Festive 5 km or the Shih zTu 2 km, all while supporting the Calgary Food Bank.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Where: South Glenmore Park – 8415 24 Street SW & 90 Avenue, Calgary
  • RegistrationOnline

The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas

  • What: This beautiful Christmas concert will be sure to blow you away with seasonal melodies, entertaining stories, lush harmonies, and classic favourites done with a twist.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time 7:30 pm
  • Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • TicketsAvailable online: Adult $25, Senior/ Student $30

Watch the Calgary Hitmen Play Red Deer 


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  • What: The Hitmen are officially in their regular season, so come show them some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: November 25 vs Red Deer
  • Time: 7 pm
  • TicketsTicketmaster, $13-$26

Sunday, November 26

Movement U Turns 1!

  • What: On November 26 Movement U, one of Calgary’s favourite fitness studios, is turning 1! Celebrate with them on the day of and in the weeks leading up to the date with themed rides, deals, and one big exciting bash! Follow them on social media for more information.
  • When: Leading up to and including Sunday, November 26
  • Where: Movement U – #16 4th Street NE, Calgary

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 and 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!

Any Day of the Week

Hit the Slopes

  • What: Getting snow early this year means 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  – don’t forget to bring your camera!
  • Check the websites for SunshineMount Norquay and Lake Louise to see hours of operation and which trails are open!

Grab some warm gear at the newly opened Canada Goose Flagship Store

  • What: Now is the time to get your cozy goose down parka – we hear you may need it this winter. They have many original designs that are exclusive to the Calgary location for you to choose from.
  • Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail SE
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm

Lace up your skates 

  • What: Grab your skates and your significant other for an evening spent on gliding on the ice in the great outdoors. It’s officially ODR season so bundle up!
  • When: Mid-November to mid-March
  • Where: See list of free city-run parks here.

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

Kananaskis After Dark: Stargazing and Photography Tour



  • What: With an interpretive guide, take a moonlit walk through the forest and feast your eyes on the beauty of the Northern Lights and a sky full of stars, while sipping on steamy hot chocolate – it really doesn’t get much better than that. All photography levels welcome.
  • When: See the schedule here!
  • Where: Kananaskis Village Centre – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent
  • TicketsOnline, $69

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for a beautiful snowy view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.
  • Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult $62, child $31
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