13 things to do in Calgary this week: December 26 to January 1

Dec 26 2022, 5:18 pm

It is the last week of 2022 and there are lots of fun things to do in Calgary with festive events happening in and around the city.

It’s hard not to get into the spirit with so many fun displays and events to enjoy.

Here are 13 things to check out this week in Calgary.

Light up your week with ZooLights

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What: A staple of the holiday season returns this weekend as ZooLights is back in Calgary for its 28th season.

The Calgary Zoo will be lit up with stunning lights everywhere you go with over 200 light figures along with interactive and choreographed light displays. This year’s event will feature some fun, themed areas and activities including a new story in Prehistoric Park, a new Polar Wonderland, a multi-sensory experience in the gorilla amphitheatre, The Nutcracker in the Enmax Conservatory, and a brand new dining experience in snow globes.

Of course, the zoo is bringing back all the classic activities everyone has come to love, such as the Tunnel of Light.

When: November 18, 2022, to January 8, 2023
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo — 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: $21.95 for adults, $14.95 for children

Watch the Flames take on a Canadian rival on NYE

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The Flames welcome the Vancouver Canucks to Scotiabank Saddledome for a New Year’s Eve tilt. Spend the last couple of hours of 2022 cheering on the Flames in their push towards the playoffs against a long-time rival.

When: December 31
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Tickets: Starting at $88.56

Have your mind blown at The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle

Holiday classic

The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle (Lighthouse Immersive/Patrick Hodgson)

What: Guests are placed in the middle of the classic Nutcracker story as dazzling projections swirl around the room and dancers from the Bolshoi Theatre twirl to the music of Tchaikovsky.

Produced by Lighthouse Immersive, the team behind Immersive Van Gogh, The Immersive Nutcracker whisks audiences into five fantasy-filled worlds accompanied by classical scores like “The March of the Toys,” “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and more.

When: December 1 to 28, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $30, children under three are free when accompanying a paying adult.

Ring in the New Year

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There are parties across the city for people to ring in 2023 in Calgary.

When: December 31
Time: Various times
Where: Various Locations

Take in the beautiful displays with Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows 

Christmas Lights

Spruce Meadows

What: If you’re into the idea of looking at festive displays but aren’t so into walking around outside freezing, this one is for you. The lights at Spruce Meadows are to be viewed entirely from the comfort (and warmth) of your car, so you can get in the holiday spirit while staying cozy.

The Christmas lights display is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from December 9 to December 18. Then it opens up from Thursday, December 22 to Saturday, December 24. The following weekend it is back to its regular Friday to Sunday schedule with the display open from December 30 to January 1.

When: December 9 to 11, 16 to 18, 22 to 24, 30, 31, and January 1
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary

Sparkle up your week at Telus Spark

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Telus Spark (sparkscience.ca)

What: You can enjoy the Goodnight Moon immersive digital experience that turns the great green room into a 3,000-square-foot interactive playground for everyone.

There is also an illuminated, enchanted winter forest, snowy ice cave and candy cane lane to experience. The infinity dome offers an out-of-this-world twist on a holiday classic with The Alien Who Stole Christmas. Of course, the big guy will be there as well. You can get your picture taken with Santa in the Earth and Sky ice caves and have fun with the elves.

When: December 1, 2022, to January 2, 2023
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Telus Spark Science Centre — 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: $26 for adults, $19 for youth (ages three to 17)

Go tubing down the hills at Winsport

Winsport tubing


What: If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, try a different way of flying down the hill this season with the tube park at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. Located at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, the Servus Tube Park boasts eight lanes, a dedicated magic carpet, and the option for sliders to link together and go down at the same time — weather permitting, of course, because safety first!

When: Saturdays, Sundays, and select Fridays through the winter season
Time: Two-hour time slots are available at 10 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4 pm, and 6:30 pm on select Fridays
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park — 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available now; tickets cost $20 for morning tubing and $25 for afternoons on weekends, $25 throughout the holiday season, and $16 on select Friday evenings

Head north and enjoy the Airdrie Festival of Lights

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Airdrie Festival of Lights

What: Head down to Nose Creek Park in Airdrie to check out this beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars worth of displays and other special features. Light up your social media with some amazing displays like North Pole, Candy Land, Penguin Village, Poinsettia Arch, Santa Takes Flight, Skating Party, Woodland Fantasy, and Winter Wonderland.

When: December 1 to 31
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Nose Creek Park, Airdrie
Tickets: Free; donations gratefully accepted

Add some glow to your week with the Glow Christmas Festival

Glow Christmas Festival

Glow Christmas Festival

What: This holiday fest is a major annual event in Edmonton, so it’s amazing it’s making its way to YYC this year. Visitors will be dazzled by a million Christmas lights, including a light tunnel and possibly even a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Held at the massive 70,000-square-foot Nutrien Western Events Centre in Stampede Park, this is shaping up to be one of the largest indoor holiday festivals of the season. If you are looking to find the perfect gift for the holiday season, stop by the Merry Makers Market which is set to have a ton of local vendors. There will be plenty of food and drinks here as well, with licensed bars and food trucks like Happy Fish serving grilled cheese sandwiches and tacos.

When: November 25 to December 31, 2022
Where: Nutrien Western Events Centre
Tickets: $16.99 to $25.99; tickets can be found here

Test your skills at Potion Putt

Potion Putt

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What: This boozy experience offers the chance to have some golf fun even in the winter months. This is from the same team that has brought similar pop-up adventures to Calgary, like the Alice Cocktail Experience and the Peter Pan experience Neverland.

This “crazy golf course” is inspired by a certain famous wizard who can’t be named for copyright reasons. There will be nine holes to play as you come across bubbling cauldrons filled with tasty potions that may even help you cast a few spells to help you complete some of the mystical tee-off challenges.

When: November 3, 2022, to May 31, 2023
Where: Springbank Links Golf Club – 125 Hackamore Trail, Calgary
Price: $15 per person; buy here

Walk into a parallel universe at Calgary’s science centre

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Quantum Sandbox exhibit (Elle McLean/Daily Hive)

What: Fascinated by the idea of parallel universes? If so, you can now take a deeper trip into the world of the subatomic in an exhibit at Telus Spark Science Centre’s digital immersion gallery.

The team at Calgary’s science centre has taken what many consider the hardest science subject – quantum physics – and turned it into a floor-to-ceiling visual adventure everyone can relate to.

When: Open as of March 1
Time: Science centre hours (9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday)
Where: Telus Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: Included with general admission ($26 for adults, $19 for children)

Check out a parody of a legendary sitcom

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What: Check out this pop-rock parody of The Office at Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Have a great meal along with some laughs as you follow along with this unique look at the legendary show and its iconic characters.

When: From now until January 14, 2023
Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre — 37th Street SW
Cost: Starting at $69.95

Laugh along with Elf the Musical

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Elf The Musical

What: Elf The Musical is a modern-day holiday classic that is sure to make everyone
embrace their inner elf. It is the perfect night out for the whole family.

When: November 25 to December 31
Where: Storybook Theatre — 375 Bermuda Drive NW
Price: $27 for children, $32 for adults

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