19 things to do in Calgary this week: December 5 to 11

Dec 5 2016, 8:13 pm

Yes it’s cold, but no that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do around town to cheer you up. So make the most this week at one of these events happening around Calgary!

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The Paper Kites

  • What: This popular Australian indie rock band is joining us to experience a true Canadian winter – are they in for a treat!
  • Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • When: Tuesday, December 6
  • Cost: $20

Snowflakes & Mistletoe Calgary! Holiday Speed Dating

  • What: Head to Moxies Bar & Grill tonight for their annual Holiday Speed Dating Event. Calgary singles, ages 31-44, are invited to dash on over and enjoy a festive evening of romance and new connections. Tickets are available for $35-$39 and include speed dating, one cocktail and a professionally hosted event.
  • Where: Moxie‘s Bar & Grill – 888 7th Ave SW
  • When: Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30pm
  • Cost: $35-$39

Go skating outdoors

  • What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
  • Where: Various rinks throughout Calgary
  • Cost: FREE

Zoo Lights

  • What: This Calgarian holiday tradition continues to live on year after year! Stay warm by dressing in layers and consuming delicious hot chocolate, as you roam through the 200 beautiful light displays, such as the all time favourite, ‘lovers lane’, and other unique light shows set up throughout the Calgary Zoo.
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until January 8 nightly from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $14.99 Adults, $11.99 Kids

It’s a Wonderful Life

  • What: This Christmas classic is celebrating it’s 75 th year of spreading holiday joy on the silver screens! Allow the compassion and kindness that George Bailey embodies and the love he has for his family and the Bedford Falls community, to enter your hearts this Christmas season as you experience this live rendition of this wonderful holiday favourite.
  • Where: Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SE
  • When: Now until to December 17
  • Cost: $20-$25

Festival of Crafts

  • What: Four days of craft shopping at BMO Centre for one of Canada’s largest holiday handcrafted shopping events.
  • Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Round Up Way SE
  • When: Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11
  • Cost: $10 (Adults), $8 (Senior 65+), $8 (Youth 13-17), Children 12 and under are free

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

  • What: Children of all ages will fall in love with this magical rendition of the original Disney Classic, Beauty and the Beast. Warm your heart with the beloved soundtrack of this holiday musical including everyone’s favourite, Be our Guest!
  • Where: StoryBook Theatre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW
  • When: Now until December 23
  • Cost: Child (3-17) $20, Adult (18+) $25

Cheer on the Flames at a game

  • What: Cheer on the Flames this holiday season in their 8 home games at the dome this month.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Saturday December 10 at 8pm vs. Winnipeg

Xmas in Inglewood

  • What: Live music, hot drinks, and special offers at local boutiques combine for a fun night out shopping with friends.
  • When: December 3, 10, and 17
  • Where: Inglewood
  • Cost: Free

Christmas in Kensington

  • What: Enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate and coffee as you roam the streets of Kensington enjoying local holiday shopping, Christmas carolers, horse and wagon rides, selfies with jolly old Saint Nick and more. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
  • When: Every Saturday until December 24
  • Where: Kensington
  • Cost: FREE

Kensington Movie Series

  • What: Every Saturday until Christmas enjoy 4 of your favourite Christmas classics up on the silver screen. The best part – it’s FREE! Start the series off with an old time favourite, ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ hang out with Buddy the elf in ‘Elf”, feel all the feels in the romantic drama ‘The Holiday’ and go on an adventure with Kevin McCallister in ‘Home Alone’
  • When: Every Saturday between December 3 and December 24
  • Where: Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW
  • Cost: FREE

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

  • What: For the 18th consecutive year everyone’s favourite holiday train will be travelling from coast to coast to 150 different Canadian cities. Come support the Calgary Foodbank by bringing a healthy and nutritious food item to the show and see Country music star Dallas Smith, The Odds and Jonathan Roy light up the night on a stage in a modified boxcar!
  • Where: Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot
  • When: Saturday, December 10
  • Cost: FREE, donation to local food bank

A Heritage Christmas

  • What: Always wondered why we hang stockings? Or what is so special about trimming the tree? Learn about old-fashioned Christmas traditions and what a classic Christmas on the prairies used to look like at the turn of the century at this exhibition held at the Okotoks Art Gallery, throughout the month of December.
  • Where: Okotoks Art Gallery – 53 North Railway Street
  • When: Now until December 23
  • Cost: FREE

Market Collective Cheer

  • What: Local artists create a marketplace selling art, photography, clothing, glasswork, woodwork, and more
  • When: December 9 to 11, and 16 to 18 (various times, check website for details)
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
  • Cost: Free

The Polar Express Train Ride 2016

  • What: Hop aboard the magical Polar Express and head to the North Pole to see Santa! You will receive hot chocolate and cookies on your journey along with caroling and holiday entertainment. Following the protocol in the movie guests are encouraged to wear their PJ’s and each child will receive a sleigh bell from Santa – to those who believe!
  • Where: Aspen Crossing – Highway #24 Mossleigh
  • When: November 25 until Christmas Eve
  • Cost: Economy Seating $57, First Class Seating $65, Coach Class Seating $75, Dome Class Seating $75

Calgary Farmers Market Christmas Market

  • What: Calgary’s newest Christmas market with exciting holiday vendors, offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and more. Santa is on hand to meet with children
  • When: December 1 to 4, and 8 to 11
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • Cost: Free

A Christmas Carol

  • What: Relive this iconic Christmas favourite by Charles Dickens in Theatre Calgary’s 30th anniversary of the production. Laugh, cry and feel the joy as you follow alongside Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Stephen Hair, on his unique journey to discover the holiday spirit and the true meaning of Christmas. Bah humbug!
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Now until December 24
  • Cost: $34-$130

Elvis Costello

  • What: English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer Elvis Costello will be preforming in Calgary this week. Don’t miss your chance to hear this Grammy Award winner live.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: Saturday, December 10
  • Cost: $55-$150

Mistletoe and Mischief

  • What: Join the Calgary Wind Symphony in celebrating their 60th anniversary in this festive performance with special guests, The Heebee Jeebees!
  • Where: Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary – 2500 University Drive NW
  • When: Sunday, December 11
  • Cost: $20

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