Yes it’s cold, but no that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do around town to cheer you up.
Check out one of these events happening around Calgary and help yourself get yourself out of the winter blues.
- What: This is not your typical ballet, as you will leave feeling thoroughly entertained and full of laughter! The Trockadero is an all-male ballet company that has toured all over the world and even cracked a smile on the Queen. In this performance they will dance on point, in beautiful costumes and large wigs, to a satirical and cleverly choreographed show that takes a humorous point of view on many of the most popular ballets of all time.
- Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 1415 – 14 Avenue NW
- When: January 12 to 14
- Cost: $24-$124
- What: Renovating your house can be a tricky ordeal, which is why the Calgary Renovation Show is bringing some top talent into the city to help. Jillian Harris from Love It Or List It Vancouver and her partner Justin Pasutto will appear on-stage for the first time at the Calgary Renovation Show on January 13 and 14. Harris and Pasutto will be joined by another renovation all-star, Mike Holmes Jr., from Holmes + Holmes, as well as designer Danielle Bryk from A Bryk at a Time. Both of these TV stars will be bringing different kinds of advice to Calgary homeowners and renovation junkies from the Main Stage at the Renovation Show.
- Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW
- When: Friday, January 13 to Sunday, January 15
- Cost: $9
- What: See the critically acclaimed professional actor and musician, Chase Padgett perform his award winning solo show, ‘6 Guitars.’ He initially performed this show in 2010 and it quickly became the most successful show in the history of the North American Fringe Festival circuit. During this 85-minute show Padgett will become 6 different guitar players, ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man, all with their own unique voices, views and musical styles. You will leave feeling so in love with music!
- Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9 Avenue SE
- When: Now until January 28
- Cost: Adult – $25, Student + Senior – $20
- What: Give the Calgary Hitmen some love this season and come cheer them on in their 8 home games this month!
- Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
- Saturday, January 14 at 7pm vs. Prince George
- Sunday, January 15 at 4pm vs. Lethbridge
- What: One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada, featuring theatre, music, dance and more.
- Where: Various locations around town
- When: Now until February 2
- What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings majestic frosty views, fun activities a beautiful memories at all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows and activities that combine history, culture and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Check the website for daily events and activities!
- Where: Throughout Banff National Park
- When: Now until February 5
- Cost: Varies per event
- 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
- What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
- Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Dog Sledding in Canmore
One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.
Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.
They can be reached by phone at:
- Howling Dog Tours – (403) 678-9588
- Mad Dogs and Englishmen Expeditions – (403) 609-3670
- Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours – (403) 678-4369
- What: If you love R&B and want to hear music from some of the genre’s greatest legends, then this show is something you wont want to miss. Watch Ellis hall, a master of classic R&B and hear hits from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations Earth, Wind and Fire and more of your soulful favorites through the ages!
- Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 – 8 Avenue SE
- When: January 13 and 14
- Cost: $25-$85
Hit the Slopes
- Begin your New Year by crossing off that pesky “get in shape” goal that seems to weasel it’s way onto your list of resolution’s every year, by hitting the slopes and spending some time in the good ol’ outdoors. There is no better feeling then coming home with rosy cheeks and lungs filled with fresh mountain air as you spend quality time with friends and family. Take a road trip and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Alberta’s best hills, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska or Mount Norquay, or make a weekend out of it by renting a cabin in the heart of the mountains. Be sure to check the websites to see what exciting events are happening on each hill throughout the month.
- What: WinSport is celebrating it’s 3rd Annual World Snow Day. Kids 12 and under will be able to ski for free with a paying adult. All participants are asked to make a nominal donation with all money raised going to help WinSport’s programs. Participants will also have the chance to win prizes throughout the day. In addition, underprivileged youth and new Canadians will be introduced to snow for the first time with help of WinSport sponsors.
- Where: 88 Canada Olympic Way SW
- When: Sunday, January 15
- What: Killarney is kicking off the New Year the way it should be, with a party. Head on over and expect to receive free hot chocolate and snacks while lacing up your skates, because the party begins on the rink. If that hasn’t convinced you to check it out, there will also be face painting, a movie, and an appearance from the Calgary Flames’ very own, Harvey the Hound. A guaranteed great time for all ages, this skating party is the perfect way to ring in the New Year with some loved ones.
- Where: Killarney-Glengarry Community Association – 2828 28th Street SW
- When: January 15 from 4 to 7pm
- What: The Wedding Fair brings you the latest trends and gives you the opportunity of connecting with the service providers you need to create your special day. You will also experience a professionally choreographed fashion show displaying the latest wedding fashions. Bring your girlfriends, mom, and even your fiancé and enjoy the day. Each bride will receive a complimentary copy of Calgary Bridal Guide & WeddingBells Magazine and have the option to purchase the latest edition of Luxe by Calgary Bride for only $2!
- Where: BMO Centre (Halls A, B & C) – Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW
- When: Sunday, January 15 from 9:30 am to 5 pm
- Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
- What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
- Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
- When: December 5 to February 27
- Cost: FREE
If you’re new to the world of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing or don’t feel comfortable venturing out on your own, book yourself on a tour or find a group of friends and reserve a private outing. A certified guide will lead you through the mountainous winter wonderland and provide you with hot chocolate and cookies, along with snowshoes and skis if you don’t have your own.
- Where: Kananaskis Village Center – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cresent
- Group: $69.00/person; $39.00/6-14 years old; Free for 5 and under.
- Private: $89.99/adult; $64.99/youth 6-14 years; Free for 5 and under. Minimum booking of 2 adults or $180/tour. 20% off for private tours of 4-6 people.
There are a number of hills around Calgary that are perfect for sledding! Grab your crazy carpet, (or the more intense, GT racer) some friends, and head to a hill for some fun!
Where: Check out a hill close to you or go to a local City Maintained hill
Things to remember: Tobogganing is an activity that you do at your own risk, and helmets are always recommended!
St Patricks Island has set up a curling lane for public use so everyone can try their hand at the game. You can play in teams, as pairs, or even make up your own rules (just don’t tell anyone)
Where: St Patricks Island – 430 8th Avenue SE
When: Daily 9am to 7pm until the end of March
Go for brunch!
- You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.
- Ten Foot Henry
- Alforno Bakery and Café
- Phil and Sebastians on 8th Ave SW
- OEB Breakfat Co. on 5th Ave SW
- Bridgette Bar
- Native Tongues Taqueria