25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 30 to December 2

Nov 19 2018, 7:35 am

Start your new month the fun way with these 25 events happening in Calgary from Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2. A Nat King Cole Christmas, Holiday Markets, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2018

What: On each Friday of November, search for the perfect gift at this Holiday Night Market. Shop at over 40 local vendors with amazing handmade products, plus enjoy live entertainment and a DJ.

When: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

What: Promoted by Telus, the market comes with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Enjoy over 300 vendors showcasing world-imported items and hand-crafted gifts, as well as great food and live entertainment, such as shows and choir presentations.

When: Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Time: Friday: 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Admission: $10 online, $12 at the gate, $72 multi-entry pass. Seniors (+65) and child (-12) are admitted free


What: The sixth annual CUFF.Docs showcases the best in non-fiction films during the Calgary Underground Film Festival’s five-day documentary festival. The festival screens 12 full-length features, as well as shorts, varying in subject, style and genres within the art form.

When: Now to Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations

Aspen Crossing Polar Express 2018

Aspen Crossing Polar Express (Aspen Crossing / Facebook)

What: All aboard the Polar Express! The magical train from the book and movie will be rolling into town this holiday season. Hop on the train and journey to the North Pole, complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and dancing waiters. As the journey begins, passengers will be entertained by a reading of the Polar Express.

When: Now to Thursday, December 20, 2018. Select dates and times, check website for details.
Where: Box 30, Mossleigh (1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Highway #24)
Tickets: Available online, $72 per guest (sold in sets of two or four)

Calgary Christmas Market

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

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Nat King Cole Christmas 2018

Nat King Cole (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

What: The music of the legendary Nat King Cole will be brought to life by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, with Canadian crooner Denzal Sinclaire taking on Cole’s unforgettable songs. Being a National Jazz Award recipient and a nominee for multiple JUNO awards, Sinclaire is more than up to the task of reviving Cole’s Christmas classics at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

When: Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $30 to $90

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

What: This market might be just perfect for you if you’re dreaming of a nerdy Christmas. Join the Expo Holiday Market and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in true geek-style, with comic books, artisan crafters, collectables, statues, and more. Costumes are definitely encouraged.

When: Saturday, December 1 and December 2, 2018
Time: 10 am to 6 pm(Saturday) and 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre — 20 Roundup Way SW
Admission: $10 per day or $ 40-weekend bundle (includes a sweater, holiday ornaments and admissions for both days). Tickets are available online and children under 12 years get in for free

Century Downs Christmas Market

What: Make your way to the new tent barns at Century Downs for a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, some mulled wine, and traditional German street food! You can also shop a variety of local artisan products and fun craft vendors.

When: Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Century Downs Racetrack and Casino – 260 Century Downs Drive, Rocky View Country
Tickets: Online, Free

Christmas in Kensington

What: Santa Clause and sleigh rides — that’s what you can expect at Christmas in Kensington. Grab the family and head down to spread Christmas cheer. Stay and catch a holiday movie at 3:30 pm as well!

When: Every Saturday from December 1 to December 22, 2018
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Calgary — Kensington Rd and 10th Street NW, Calgary
Tickets: By donation

Calgary Hitmen vs Edmonton Oil Kings

What: The Hitmen face off with the Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL action at the Saddledome.

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Happy Death Day

What: Confederation Theatre presents a thrilling murder mystery written by Calgary author Louis B. Hobson. Get ready for chills to run up your spine with Happy Death Day.

When: Now to Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Pre-Christmas lulupalooza 2018


lululemon logo (lululemon/Instagram)

What: Put on by local consigner Jeans Addition, the lululemon consignment event will be held on December 1, giving Calgarians the chance to pick up a few gently-used bargains and to potentially made a few dollars from their own lululemon outfits. According to the event’s Facebook page, thousands of items will be up for grabs, from jackets to bras and everything in between. It is noted, however, that there will be only two change rooms at the event, so if you’re not a fan of lines, “wear[ing] something that will make it easy to try on items on the floor,” is probably your best bet.

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Lake Bonavista Promenade mall — 755 Lake Bonavista Drive SE. Inside the mall, top level, opposite end from Safeway
Admission: Entrance is free, and most items will be valued at less than half their retail price. Cash only.

Find Christmas Downtown 2018

What: The third-annual Find Christmas Downtown at the CORE Shopping Centre decorates and provides Christmas trees to local families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. Corporations, non-profit organizations, and media partners will come together to decorate 150 trees throughout the space, and the trees will remain at the mall for the holiday season until December 19. After that, they will be delivered to local families in need across the city. The CORE is also hosting a free Santa photo session from now until Christmas. Monetary donations, toys, and gifts are appreciated and will go towards The Magic of Christmas charity.

When: Now to Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: 324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol

What: A father tells his young daughter a story of Ebenezer Scrooge on his terrifying and exhilarating journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. A unique adaptation by Matthew Thompson of the beloved Christmas classic, infused with popular Christmas carols.

When: Now to Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $22.50-$25

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lion’s Festival of Lights 2018


Lions Festival of Lights/Facebook

What: The Lions Festival of Lights is back for their 32nd year to brighten up Calgary’s 14th Street NW with over 450,000 shining lights. The display is put together by volunteers who spend thousands of hours creating the shining assortment of Christmas figures and decked-out trees. This year’s festival is now 99% green as it is created using LED bulbs connected by nearly three kilometres of power cords.

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, to Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: Opening day 5 pm, then 6 pm to midnight daily
Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary
Admission: Free

Airdrie Festival of Lights

What: The annual Airdrie Festival of Lights is set to illuminate more than a million Christmas lights in Nose Creek Park again, starting December 1. There will be miniature train rides available for $2 and two handcrafted fire pits to gather around.  Much needed cups of hot chocolate will also be $2. Santa will also pay a few visits to the park during the festival. The festival is run by volunteers, with entry by donation. All proceeds go to the Airdrie and District Hospice Society and their Tree Of Hope Campaign. At the festival, the Tree of Hope will be illuminated every night in memory of loved ones who have passed and greetings of hope will be left for those suffering.

When: Saturday, December 1 to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Nose Creek Park – 1701 Main Street S, Airdrie
Admission: By cash donation; parking is 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

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

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

skating rink

Olympic Plaza skating / Shutterstock

What: Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Plaza has the only refrigerated outdoor ice surface in the city. You can rent skates down at the plaza if you don’t have a pair of your own. Helmets are strongly encouraged.

When: Now to mid-March
Time: 10 am to 9 pm, Weather dependent
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
Admission: Free. Skates are also available for rent – $12 for adults

Christmas Tree Lighting Event

What: Bring the entire family and Genesis Centre as a special guest lights the Christmas tree in the commons area. There will be treats to eat, crafts for the kids, music, snowball fight, and more.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Blvd Northeast, Calgary
Admission: Free

Sunday Brunch at Fort Calgary

What: Enjoy a scrumptious brunch featuring fresh brunch classics like eggs benny, farm fresh sausage and bacon, house-made scones and more. Brunch includes admission to the museum.

When: Every Sunday to December 30, 2018
Time: 10 am
Where: Knox United Church – 506, 4th St. SW, Calgary
Price: Adults $30, children (5-12) $17, children under five free. Call 403-290-1875 to book.

Tis the Season: Kids’ Holiday Special

What: From Abigail Richardson, the UNESCO Award-winning composer that brought Canada’s beloved story The Hockey Sweater to musical life, comes the world premiere Making Light. Howard Blake’s classic wintry animation The Snowman, whose enchanting song Walking in the Air has captivated generations of children, is narrated by Heebee-jeebees star Jonathan Love. Arrive early for the Instrument Discovery Zoo at 2 pm.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $35-$40

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

What: This holiday season Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are back for another Celtic family celebration. The award-winning fiddle virtuosos will perform their intimate and unique Christmas album accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Winter Magic at Eau Claire Market

What: Celebrate the holiday season during a full day of fun at Eau Claire Market. This free, family event includes horse and wagon rides, ice sculpting, carolers, crafts, and more. Plus bring unwrapped toys for The Mustard Seed Toy Drive.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

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