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 out of the holiday withdrawal.
- What: Is one of your New Years resolutions to try something totally out of your comfort zone or to pick up an old hobby that has fallen by the wayside? If taking a dance class fit’s under one of these categories be sure to check out DJD’s $5 class week, as it is the perfect opportunity to try out a few dance classes without committing to an entire season. You will have the opportunity to try some of the classic styles, such as ballet, jazz, tap or hip hop, switch it up a bit with West African, Soca, Dance Hall and Krump or shake it like Beyonce in their fun Diva Style Hip Hop class. There is something for everyone!
- Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12th Avenue SE
- When: January 2 to 7
- Cost: $5
- What: The 2017 Motorcycle Show – Calgary presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance kicks off the new year. Check out all the new models of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and side-by-sides from the biggest names in the industry, before they hit the showroom floor.
- Where: BMO Center – 20 Roundup Way SE
- When: Friday January 6 to Sunday, January 8
- Cost: $15
Women kickstart 2017
- What: Lorna Jane is hosting a New Year’s event to help Calgary women kickstart 2017 in a fun, healthy and energizing way. The morning’s activities include free fitness classes by HIGH Fitness and Barre Belle, a goal-setting presentation from Erin Skye Kelly (along with an attempt at creating the world’s largest vision board), nutrition advice, swag bags and more.
- Where: Southcentre’s Inner Circle – 100 Anderson Road SE
- When: Saturday January 7 at 8:30am
- Cost: Free
- 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: 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: January 5 to February 2
- 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: 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
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: Wear your new jersey that you got for Christmas and help the Flames make it to the playoffs by cheering them on at the dome this January!
- Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
- When: Saturday, January 7 at 8 pm
- Cost: $40+
- 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
- What: Who needs pants? If you think they’re overrated then join forces with like-minded Calgarians on Sunday, January 8 for the annual Calgary’s No Pants C-Train Ride. Step outside your comfort zone and join this event to redefine the concept of traveling via transit. The no pants party is part of an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York.
- Where: The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club – 109 7th Avenue SW
- When: Sunday, January 8 at 2 pm
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.
- What: Diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, motivational speaker, punk rocker, spoken word poet, actor, author, and radio DJ Henry Rollins is coming to Calgary performing his spoken word poetry this weekend.
- When: Saturday, January 7 at 7 pm, show 8 pm
- Where: Jack Singer concert hall, 0K9 – 205 8th Avenue SE
- Price: $29.50-$162.75 via artscommons.ca
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