18 places to visit with Santa Claus in Calgary this Christmas

Nov 18 2021, 6:28 pm

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Christmas is fast approaching, and it might be time to have a chat with the big man himself. Whether you’re asking for world peace or just a few new pairs of socks this year, no one can grant wishes like Santa Claus.

Santa will be popping at several malls, markets, and events in Calgary this season (how does he do it?!), so you have plenty of opportunities to track him down and give him your wish list.

Hopefully, you’ve been nice this year, but if not, perhaps an in-person visit with Saint Nick will allow you to talk your way off of the naughty list and ensure you don’t end up with a piece of coal in your stocking.

It’s important to note that these venues and events may have public health protocols in place due to the pandemic, such as distanced visits, plexiglass, or photos by appointment only. Be sure to check individual websites and social media to ensure you’re up-to-date on details before planning your visit with Father Christmas.

Here’s where you can visit Santa Claus in Calgary this holiday season.

Southcentre Mall’s Enchanted Forest

 

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When: November 12 to December 24
Time: 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays (Children with sensory sensitivities and mobility issues can experience the magic of visiting Santa in a sensory-friendly environment from 9:30 to 10 am, Monday through Saturday)
Where: Centre Court, Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary)
Cost: Photo prices start at $7

CF Chinook Centre

When: November 19 to December 24
Time: 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm on Christmas Eve
Where: Near Hudson’s Bay, CF Chinook Centre (6455 Macleod Trail, Calgary)
Cost: $5 to reserve your spot, photo packages starting at $39.99

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (CrossIron Mills)

When: November 13 to December 24
Time: Various time slots are available each day
Where: Bass Pro Shops, CrossIron Mills (261055 CrossIron Boulevard, Rocky View County)
Cost:Ā Free

Santa’s Sleigh at Sunridge Mall

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from December 4 to 19
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Sunridge Mall (2525 36th Street NE, Calgary)
Cost: Sunridge Mall requests cash or non-perishable food donation to The Calgary Food Bank in lieu of payment for photos

CF Market Mall

When: November 19 to December 24
Time:Ā 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm on Christmas Eve
Where:Ā CF Market Mall (3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary)
Cost: $5 to reserve your spot, photo packages starting at $39.99

CORE Shopping Centre

 

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When: November 15 to January 1
Time: Mall hours are
Where: Santa photos at the Maison Birks Holiday Truck, CORE Shopping Centre (324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost:Ā Free

Deerfoot City

When: November 27 to December 24
Time: Various time slots are available each day
Where: Food Lodge, Deerfoot City (901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary)
Cost: Photo packages starting $25

Sparkle Sparkle at TELUS Spark Science Centre

When:Ā Wednesday through Sunday from November 25 to December 19, daily from December 20 to January 2 (closed December 24, 25, and 31)
Time:Ā 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre (220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: Event tickets are $19 for adults, $13 for youth (ages three to 17), snap a photo with Santa in his robot workshop during Sparkle Sparkle

ZOOLIGHTS

When: Visit with Santa at ZOOLIGHTS from November 19 to December 23
Time: Event runs 5 to 9 pm
Where: Inside the Karsten Discovery Centre, Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: Included with your event ticket; $21.95 for adults, $14.95 for children aged three to 15

Aspen Crossing’s Polar Express train ride

When: Starting the last weekend of November throughout December. For available dates and times, visit the website for details.
Where:Ā Box 30,Ā Mossleigh, Alberta (one kilometre west of Mossleigh on Highway #24)
Cost: Santa will visit riders during the train experience; tickets are available onlineĀ now, starting at $66.67 per guest

Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

 

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When: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, and 20 to 23
Time: Event runs 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Drive DW, Calgary)
Cost: Included with event admission; $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children age three to 15

A Christmas to Remember at Granary Road

When: Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 to December 19
Time: Event runs 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road
Cost: Free market admission; $25 for professional photos with Santa

Christmas in Kensington

When: December 2, 9, 16, and 23
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Village (Kensington Road and 10th Street NW, Calgary)
Cost: Free

Whole Earth Christmas Market

When: November 28
Time: Market runs 11 am to 4 pm, with Santa visiting at select times
Where: Shawnessy Barn (224 Shawmeadows Road SW, Calgary)

Crescent Heights Christmas Market

When: December 4
Time: Market runs 11 am to 6 pm, with Santa visiting between 2 and 4 pm
Where: Crescent Heights Community Centre (1101 2nd Street NW, Calgary)
Cost: Market entry is $2 or a canned food donation

Santa’s Holiday Homestead at Calgary Farmers’ Market

When: November 26 to 28 and December 3 to 5
Time: Various time slotsĀ  are available each day
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market South (510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: $20 for a private visit with Santa, take-home surprises, and a North Polaroid photo

Killarney Glengarry Merry and Bright Christmas Market

When: December 4
Time: Market runs 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Christian Life Assembly Church (3214 28th Street SW, Calgary)

Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association Holiday Craft Fair

When: December 4
Time: Market runs 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association (277 Strathcona Drive SW, Calgary)
Cost: Free admission

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