There are twinkly lights, wintry sights, and holiday music everywhere! We’ve got Holiday craft fairs galore, Christmas trains for a festive holiday ride, parades, parties, bake sales, skates, swims and even the location of The Man in Red! Now is the time to create family traditions amid the bustle and flurry of the season, and since ’tis the season for giving, many also support worthy charities. Pick one or two events, and take the kids every year. Maybe one day they’ll return with their own kids. Be sure to scroll down so you can pick your favourite events to enjoy this December! Watch for these events popping up in our OnTheGoKids app over the next week as well.
Of course, this is just the beginning – there are still more events to come. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening around town throughout the holiday season, so be sure to check back often and look for this little branch of holly, which denotes new listings.
Craft fairs & holiday markets:
International Christmas Market at Spruce Meadows
Fridays – Sundays, until Dec 1st, Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary, Cost: $10 general admission
One of the most popular Christmas Craft Markets in Calgary has gotten so big it is now being held over three weekends! Discover a magical world of scents, colours and lights as you wander along and chat with over 270 vendors and artisans. The perfect place to get into the festive mood.
Cranston’s 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, November 23rd, 9 am – 3 pm, Century Hall Gym and Banquet Room, 11 Cranarch Road SE, Calgary
Stroll through the Christmas Bazaar and visit over 80 local vendors. Find something special for those hard to buy for people on your holiday shopping list.
Beddington Co-op Christmas Craft Sale
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 2 pm, Beddington Co-op, 8220 Centre Street NE, Calgary
Avoid the rush and get all your Christmas shopping done early. Crafts, treasures and treats will be available for purchase.
DDRC Christmas Bazaar & Tea
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm, Developmental Disabilities Resource Center of Calgary Building, 4631 Richardson Way SW, Calgary
Drop by and visit several of our local vendors and exhibitors as they proudly display their wares and baked goods, just in time for Christmas. Lunch and hot beverage items will be available to purchase.
In-Definite Arts Holiday Art and Craft Sale
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm, In-Definite Arts Society, 8038 Fairmount Drive, Calgary
Come out and discover the IDAS Holiday Art Sale where you are sure to find some original and unique items. Be sure to browse the baking table, silent auction area and partake in the holiday art raffle.
New Brighton Christmas Craft and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm, The New Brighton Club, 2 New Brighton Drive SE, Calgary
Grab a special coffee or hot cocoa to go and come out to browse several of the communities local artists and vendors as they showcase their art, handmade crafts, jewelry, and decorations. Donations to the Calgary Food Bank will be accepted.
Christmas Craft Fair (pictured)
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 4 pm, Auburn House, 200 Auburn Bay Blvd SE, Calgary
The Christmas Craft Fair is back for another year of unique items and treasures. Donations to the food bank accepted in lieu of admission.
Silver Springs Annual Crafter’s Market
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 4 pm, Silver Springs Community Center, 5720 Silver Ridge Drive NW, Calgary
Browse several of Calgary’s local artists and crafters as they showcase their art, handmade crafts, jewelry, and decorations.
The Waldorf Faire Artisan Market
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 5 pm, Calgary Waldorf School, 515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW, Calgary
Be sure to check out the Artisan Market to find all kinds of goodies and Christmas gifts. This is your one stop shop to get all your Christmas Shopping done!
Distinctly Nanton Market
Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am – 5 pm, Nanton Community Centre, Hwy 2 South & 18th Street, Nanton
A short drive in the country will get you to the lovely community of Nanton. Enjoy a day browsing unique gifts and goodies, and enjoy the Nanton Lights. Concession on-site.
Christmas Fair Longview School
Friday, November 29th, 5 pm, High River Longview School, 101 Morrison Road, High River, Cost: adults $15, children $5
Purchase tickets at the door for this Christmas fair and dinner. There will be activities for the whole family, including games, a cake walk, and a bucket raffle. Please show your support for the community flood victims and drop off your extra Christmas decorations.
Handmade Parade Christmas Craft Sale
Saturday, November 30th, 10 am – 3 pm, St. Michael School, 4511 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
St. Michael School is hosting their annual Christmas craft sale, featuring several different vendors. Stop by to browse the tables, pick up some goodies to take home from the bake sale, and get to know the community.
Taradale’s Family Fun Craft Fair
Saturday, November 30th, 10 am – 3 pm, Genesis Center, 7556 Falconridge Boulevard NE, Calgary
Drop by and visit several local vendors and exhibitors as they proudly display their wares and baked goods, just in time for Christmas.
4th Annual Mall in the Hall
Saturday, November 30th, 10 am – 3 pm, Best Western Regency Hotel, 121 Edmonton Trail SE, Airdrie
Browse the vendors, enjoy the baked goods, and take part in the raffle draw. The kids will have fun visiting with Santa, getting their faces painted, and doing some secret shopping. All money raised will help create awareness for Hemophilia.
Holiday Gifts Fair
Saturday, November 30th, 1 pm – 6 pm, Marda Loop Community Association Hall, 3130 16th Street SW, Calgary
Come out and support your local community during this annual craft sale. All kinds of vendors from the area will be on hand to showcase their wares. Please register in advance to be included in the grand prize draw.
Holiday Market 2013
Friday, December 6th, 4 pm – 7 pm, Saturday, December 7th, 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday, December 8th, 10 am – 4 pm, Lycee Louis Pasteur, 4099 Garrison Boulevard SW, Calgary, Cost: $2, family $5
Avoid the last minute rush and get all your Christmas shopping done early. The Market offers all kinds of activities, including arts and crafts, gifts, food, and a photo opportunity with Santa.
Kids Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am – 1 pm, Lake Bonavista, 1401 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary, Cost: CA Members $15, Non-members $25
Drop by and discover all kinds of goodies for kids. Everything will be less than $10, so come early to see what’s available.
Cardel Place Gift and Craft Fair
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am – 4 pm, Cardel Place, 11950 County Village Link NE, Calgary
Festive shopping and kids activities are in store for you during this holiday gift and craft fair. Over 60 vendors will be on-hand to share a wide variety of gifts. Kids will enjoy crafts in the children’s workshop. Come out and get some Christmas shopping done.
Highwood Community Christmas Craft Fair
Friday, December 13th, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday, December 14th, 9 am – 3 pm, Highwood Outdoor Pool, 16 Harlow Avenue NW, Calgary
Be sure to check out the Highwood Christmas Craft Fair to finish up your holiday shopping. Find everything from books to decorations, to paintings, knitting, art, jewellery, and more.
Twinkly lights & other ongoing events:
North Pole Express!
Wednesday, November 20th – Wednesday, December 11th, Santa’s Mailbox at Auburn House, 200 Auburn Bay Blvd SE, Calgary
Drop off your letters to Santa, and they’ll be shipped express to the North Pole! All letters must be in by December 11th to ensure they get to Santa on time and he has time to respond.
Miracle on 34th Street
Friday, November 22nd – Saturday, November 30th, see schedule for times, The Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW, Calgary
Enjoy an enchanting and funny performance as Kris Kringle’s intentions of good will and holiday spirit leave some scratching their heads and wondering what is going on. A tender and charming classic the whole family will enjoy.
Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park
November 23rd – December 22nd, weekends, 9:30 am – 4 pm, Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, Cost: adults $8, children 3-17 $6, under 2 free
Take a step back in time when you visit Heritage Park this Holiday Season. From wagon rides, carolling, to visiting Saint Nicholas, the magic of Christmas will come alive during our annual Yuletide celebrations.
Once Upon a Christmas Breakfast Buffet
Saturday, November 23rd – Sunday, December 22nd, see schedule for dates and times, Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, Cost: adults $19.95, children $12.95
Take in a delicious brunch before picking up your tickets and heading over to Once Upon A Christmas. From Belgian waffles, to cheese and fruit platters, there is something to satisfy everyone. Advance ticket purchase required.
A Christmas Carol 2013
Thursday, November 28th – Tuesday, December 24th, see schedule for times, Theatre Calgary, 220 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Make the holidays extra special by taking in the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Stephen Hair delights audiences with his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who lacks Christmas Spirit until one night his whole world changes. Tickets go fast, so please refer to the website for pricing and advance purchase.
Festival of Crafts
Thursday, November 28th – Sunday, December 1st, Thursdays – Fridays, 10 am – 9 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm & Sundays 10 am – 5 pm, BMO Centre, 1420 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
One of the most popular Christmas Crafts Art and Craft Sale is back for another year. Browse over 250 unique gifts and treasures showcased by some of the best artisans Canada has to offer. Stay for lunch or grab a coffee, this family fun outing is not to be missed.
Lougheed House Christmas
Thursday, November 28th – Sunday, December 22nd, Wednesdays – Fridays 11 am – 4 pm & Saturdays – Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm, Lougheed House Museum, 707 13th Avenue SW, Calgary, Cost: adult $8.50, seniors & students $6.50, children 6-12 $5
Discover the past as you enter into an old fashioned Christmas experience. Delight in viewing the house decorated with old fashioned ornaments, and enjoy the Jewels from the Sky exhibition.
Calgary Zoo Lights
November 29th – January 4th, 6 pm – 9 pm, Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, Cost: adults $12, ages 3 – 16 $9
Be dazzled when you take in the Calgary Zoo’s annual Christmas lights display. You’ll see lights twisted around trees, tracing animals and dinosaur shapes and flashing to music. Warm up at the fire pits, have fun in the kids’ zone and pick up some hot chocolate. Be sure to Skype live with Santa and check out the ice carvings. Make sure you dress for the weather.
Christmas in Kensington
Weekends from Saturday, November 30th – Sunday, December 22nd, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, 201 10 Street NW, Calgary
Visit the shops in Kensington for some Christmas cheer and shopping. Visit with Santa, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Businesses will be offering special prices and promotions. See website for more details.
Lion’s Festival of Lights
Saturday, November 30th – Wednesday, January 8th, Confederation Park, 24th Avenue and 14th Street NW, Calgary
Pour yourself some hot chocolate and enjoy the comforts of your car as you drive along this popular light display on 14th Avenue. Or park around the corner and wander through the display to get a close up look at the lights. Bring your sled for a quick spin down the small hill.
12 Days of Christmas
Saturday, November 30th – Tuesday, December 24th, see schedule for times, Stage West Calgary, 727 – 42 Avenue SE, Calgary
Siblings Brittany and Johnathon get locked in a battle of wills as they try to out gift each other this Christmas. This modern day tale, based on a classic carol, will touch the holiday spirit of the entire family and be a reminder to all that the best gifts come from the heart. Purchase tickets in advance, and check website for pricing.
Calgary Carol Festival
Saturday, November 30th – Monday, December 2nd, 7 pm, Knox United Church, 506 4th Street SW, Calgary
Rejoice in song with a variety of local choirs as they sing classics and festive carols. Admission is non-perishable food donations for the Calgary Food Bank.
Sunday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 24th, see website for Mall hours, Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary
Visit Market Mall any time during the month of December up to Christmas Eve and if you’re lucky, you’ll get spotted and receive a special Christmas delivery from the Mailman!
Sunday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 24th, see schedule for times, Northland Village Mall, 5111 Northland Drive NW, Calgary
Come out and experience Sugarplum Lane, where kids can participate in several activities, enjoy a visit with Santa, and taste some delicious treats. Please bring a cash donation for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. While you are there, drop in to customer service between December 1st and 19th for the chance to win the Sweetest Stocking Ever.
Airdrie Festival of Lights
Sunday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 31st, 6 pm – 9 pm, Nose Creek Park, 1701 Main Street S, Airdrie, Cost: by cash donation
Entering into its 18th year, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a sight to be seen and an evening of magical fun for the whole family. A gorgeous outside walk through light experience that has crafts for kids, open bonfires and treat vendors, and for $2 you can ride the train around the park and enjoy the lights while singing carols. Enjoy a family skate on the outdoor rink. Dress warmly.
Sing and Skate
Monday, December 2nd – Friday, December 6th, Noon – 1 pm, Olympic Plaza, 228 8th Ave SE, Calgary
Pack a lunch or grab some coffee, and listen to the festival tunes of elementary school choirs from around the city. Choirs will be performing seasonal favourites on the Main Stage. A great event to spend lunchtime with your loved ones!
It’s a Wonderful Life
Friday, December 6th – Saturday, December 21st, see schedule for times, The Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW, Calgary, Cost: adult $20, seniors and students $15
This holiday classic follows hardworking George Bailey and his life, until one day he has a flashback and a visit from his guardian angel, Clarence, who helps put things into perspective.
Christmas at Spruce Meadows
Friday, December 6th – Monday, January 6th, 5 pm – 10 pm, Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Pack some treats, apple cider, tea or hot cocoa and take a 2 km drive through the spectacular display of magical, twinkling lights at Spruce Meadows. Play some Christmas tunes on the radio and get into the festive spirit.
Light Up Black Diamond 2013
Saturday, December 7th, 5 pm – 9 pm, Downtown Black Diamond, 102 Centre Avenue East, Black Diamond
Start or end your evening at Santa’s Tent, next to Grillios; take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon ride around town; have fun with the kids at the crafts tables; and join in the candy cane treasure hunt. From hot apple cider and poutine samples to gingerbread cookies, there is something for everyone.
Nutcracker in a Nutshell
Wednesday, December 11th, 10:30 am & 2 pm, Thursday, December 12th, 10:30 am & 2 pm, Friday, December 13th, 2 pm, Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Boulevard SE, Calgary, Cost: adults $12, seniors and children $10
This 30-minute performance will delight kids (ideal for ages 0-6)! The Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy and all her friends, make an appearance in this shortened, child-friendly version of the ballet. An interactive character dance and workshop follow the performance. Please purchase tickets in advance.
Snow Much Fun
Saturdays, December 14th, 21st & 28th, 10 am – 4 pm, Bow Habitat Station, 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Step into the Kid’s Craft Zone for some creative fun, join a speciality art session with a resident artist for a small fee to make a special gift, or have fun feeding the fish! Visit website for admission costs.
Thursday, December 19th – Tuesday, December 24th, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Transport the family back to 19th Century Russia with the magic of The Nutcracker. Arrive an hour before the show begins and enjoy a wonderland of activities, including arts and crafts, a storybook corner, and dress up fun. As well, the magic of the sugar plum fairies will enchant the entire family! Please buy tickets in advance. Visit the website for pricing and seat information.
The Calgary Nativity Pageant
Thursday, December 19th – Tuesday, December 24th, 7 pm – 9 pm, South Boat Launch, Glenmore Park, 7305 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary
Delight in this traditional Christmas Nativity pageant, which includes live actors, live animals, outdoor lighting and sound, and the telling of the story Jesus Christ’s birth. This is a non-profit, public service event, and has been a Calgary tradition for over 40 years.
Friday, December 27th – Sunday, January 5th, Heritage Park Gasoline Alley Museum, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, Cost: adult $9.99, child $4.89
Gather friends and family and head over to the Winter CARnival at Heritage Park. This family fun event is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors during the holidays. Enjoy crafts, puzzles, games, and more. Remember to pack your skates for some free skating!
Celebrations, parades & festivals:
Skate 17th Avenue Holiday Party
Saturday, November 30th, 11 am – 3 pm, Tomkins Park, 17th Avenue and 8 Street SW, Calgary
Bundle up the kids, pack a snack, and skate on over to help celebrate the opening of the new skating rink in Tomkins Park. Grab a hot cocoa on 17th before or after your skate, and enjoy live music by Local 510. A fun outing for the entire family!
Cochrane Light Up
Saturday, November 30th, 5 pm – 7 pm, Downtown Cochrane, 505 1st Street, Cochrane
Get into the Christmas Spirit during Cochrane Light Up, a 28-year tradition. Enjoy hayrides, the kids’ tent with crafts, Christmas carols, and a visit with jolly old Saint Nick himself. Lots of fun for kids of all ages. Please dress for the weather, and bring non-perishable donations for the Food Bank.
Horse drawn Sleigh Rides
Saturdays & Sundays, December 1st – 22nd, 10 am – 5 pm, Horsin Around, 3729 – 146 Avenue SW, Calgary, Cost: adults $12, ages 3-17 $10
Create a new holiday tradition when you try a horse drawn sleigh ride! Admission includes pony rides, a petting zoo, tobogganing, and complimentary hot chocolate.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Lighting of the Trees
Sunday, December 1st, 4 pm – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Join the lighting of the East Village Christmas trees! Sip on hot chocolate and munch cookies, all while listening to carollers singing Christmas tunes — a sure way to get everyone into the holiday spirit.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Gingerbread Day
Monday, December 2nd, Noon – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Check out the mini Simmons Building, made entirely out of candy and treats! Enjoy a cookie while visiting with the locals.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Food Bank Donation
Tuesday, December 3rd – Thursday, December 19th, Noon – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Drop off a non-perishable food donation for the Calgary Food Bank. Every little bit helps those who are less fortunate, and helps make everyone’s holiday a little more joyous!
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Fort Calgary Passes
Wednesday, December 4th, Noon – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Stop in and say “hi”, and we’ll give you free passes to Fort Calgary!
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Hot Chocolate
Thursday, December 5th, Noon – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Thursday is Hot Chocolate day! Warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate at the East Village Experience Centre.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Skating Rink Grand Opening
Friday, December 6th, 4 pm – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Lace up those skates and glide over to skate with Santa! The food trucks will be on hand for some good eats, and the East Village lights will be twinkling. East of the Simmons Building.
2013 Scandinavian Christmas Choir Concert
Friday, December 6th, 7 pm, Scandinavian Centre, 739 20th Avenue NW, Calgary, Cost: $10
Experience Nordic Culture with an entertaining evening of songs, dance, and some traditional Scandinavian Christmas food. Tickets go fast, so please buy in advance.
A Christmas Carol by Motus O Dance Theatre
Friday, December 6th, 7:30 pm, Margaret Greenham Theatre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Cost: $10
Follow anti-hero Ebenezer Scrooge, as he revisits his faded dreams and his chilling fears when three ghostly encounters propel him into situations that unveil the true spirit of the holiday season. Best suited for ages 5 and up.
Mount Pleasant Community Holiday Party
Saturday, December 7th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Mount Pleasant Community Center Upper Hall, 602 22 Avenue NW, Calgary
Crafts, snacks, and festive music will get you in the holiday spirit, and Santa will also be making an appearance! Please bring a donation for the Calgary Food Bank.
Christmas at the Hive
Saturdays, December 7th & December 14th, 10 am – 5 pm, Chinook Honey, Box 12, Site 15 RR1, Okotoks
Bring along the family for a wonderful afternoon of fundraising, and several free activities. Try snow candle or honey taffy making, do some cookie decorating, or take a horse drawn wagon ride. Have lunch by the fireside for a minimal cost, including turkey dogs, roasted chestnuts, and honey hot chocolate. A fun and festive adventure.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Elves in the Village!
Saturday, December 7th – Sunday, December 8th, 11 am – 5 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Take in the famous market in miniature form with vendors, ice carvings, hot cocoa, cookies, and a photo with Santa!
Shine FM Christmas Miracles drop off at Southland Leisure Centre
Saturday, December 7th, Noon – 3 pm, Southland Leisure Centre, Main Lobby, 2000 Southland Drive SW, Calgary
Bring the family out to Southland Leisure Centre and drop off a new gift or donation for Calgary families who need a Christmas miracle this year. There will be games, prizes, hot chocolate and Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with the kids.
Saturday, December 7th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Rocky Ridge Ranch, 10709 Rocky Ridge Boulevard, NW, Calgary
Crafts and treats are waiting for you at the party at the Ranch! Bring your skates for some ice skating, and be ready to visit with Santa. There will be lots of fun for the entire family to enjoy.
Fred Penner & Bow Valley Chorus – Family Series
Saturday, December 7th, 2 pm, Margaret Greenham Theatre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Cost: $10
Grab the kids and come out for an evening of “The Cat Came Back” and other classic songs from renowned family entertainer Fred Penner. Come early for a free pre-show, hands-on crafts session, and after the show, stay to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Saturday, December 7th, 4 pm, Anderson LRT Station, 11015 Anderson Station Way SW, Calgary
The Holiday Train will be arriving for one spectacular evening of festive fun. The North Pole Station will feature several family-oriented interactive activities, plus a visit with Santa. Sarah McLachlan, The Tenors, and Matt Dusk are the evening’s entertainment. Please bring a donation to the Food Bank.
Airdrie Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, December 7th, 5 pm, Airdrie Downtown, Main Street at 6th Avenue NW to Ridgegate Way SW, Airdrie
Bundle up, grab a hot cup of joe or hot cocoa, and join the Santa Claus Parade! There will be warm up spots and washrooms available at the Library and City Hall. A great way to get into the festive spirit.
Children’s Christmas Party
Saturday, December 7th, 7 pm, Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, Main Hall, 5600 Centre Street North, Calgary
Dress in your party best and bring the family out for some holiday fun. Enjoy activities, Christmas carols and maybe even a visit with Santa. Visit website for more information.
Kids Christmas Party
Sunday, December 8th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Glamorgan Community Hall, 4207 41 Avenue SW, Calgary, Cost: $3, family $10
Dress in your party best and celebrate the season, with cookie decorating, crafts, entertainment, and more. It will be fun for the whole family!
Inglewood Wildlands Tree Decorating Party
Sunday, December 8th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Inglewood Wildlands, 9th Avenue and 22nd Street SE, Calgary
Join in the fun during the second annual tree decorating party in Inglewood. Bring along a homemade natural or biodegradable ornament to hang on the tree, and enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas carolling by the fire.
Atco Presents Youth Singers of Calgary in Light Up Christmas!
Sunday, December 8th, 4 pm – 6 pm, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
A family festive show follows the joys of paying it forward as one family prepares for the holiday season through song. Please see website for ticket purchases and pricing.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Calgary Zoo Lights Passes!
Monday, December 9th, Noon – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
It’s true — 100 passes to the Calgary Zoo Lights are up for grabs! Come out early and grab a pair at the East Village Experience Centre.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Free Photos with Santa
Tuesday, December 10th & Wednesday, December 11th, Noon – 3 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Pack up the family, your pets, and your Santa Wish List, and come out for free photos with Santa. Digital photos will be uploaded for you to take home later on.
Christmas with Chantal Kreviazuk
Wednesday, December 11th, 7:30 pm, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Enjoy an evening of music with Juno Award winning singer songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk! She’ll be performing holiday favourites along with some of her greatest hits. See website for information and to purchase tickets.
A Traditional Christmas
Friday, December 13th, 7 pm, Saturday, December 14th, 2 pm & 7 pm, Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 15 Avenue SW, Calgary, Cost: adults, seniors, and students $27, children $19
Hear the spirit of Christmas come alive as you join the joyous carolling at this festive performance with the CPO. Located in the historical and timeless 100-year-old Grace Presbyterian Church, this is a lovely evening of song for the entire family.
Altius Brass Presents Holiday Brass
Friday, December 13th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Rotary Performing Arts Centre, 3 Elma Street, Okotoks, Cost: $20
Enjoy an enchanting evening of Holiday Music designed to charm even they youngest audience members. Delight in the joy of music.
On Cue Christmas
Friday, December 13th, 7:30 pm, Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Boulevard SE, Calgary, Cost: $25
Sit back and listen to the sounds of an award winning ensemble of 10 professional singers, as they get you into the Christmas Spirit with classics and new favourites. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.
Cochrane Humane Society Christmas Party Open House
Saturday, December 14th, Noon – 5 pm, Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Point, Cochrane
Stroll through the shelter and give some love to the residents. If you like, you can purchase a gift for the homeless pets that reside in the shelter. Pick up some baking at the bake sale and have your own pet’s photo taken with Santa.
Hark The Glad Sound
Saturday, December 14th, 2 pm, Sunday, December 15th, 3 pm, Knox United Church, 506-4th Street SW, Calgary, Cost: adults $25, ages 5+ $15
Hear the Angelic sounds of the Calgary Girls’ Choir as they perform a choral Christmas program. This concert will feature Prima, Bella, and Dolce choirs with a guest appearance by Brava choir.
Bow Valley Chorus Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 14th, 8 pm, Rolston Recital Hall, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Cost: adults $25, under age 12 $10
Join the 50-member Bow Valley Chorus as it continues its tradition of performing the Messiah at Christmastime. George Frideric Handels’ Choral masterpiece composed in 1741 is still one of the world’s most popular musical works. A lovely way to spend the evening enjoying music.
Bow Valley Chorus Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 14th, 8 pm, Rolston Recital Hall, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Cost: adults $25, ages 12 and under $10
The Bow Valley Chorus continues its tradition of performing Messiah at Christmas in Banff. Soloists Karen J Minish (soprano), Nan Hughes (mezzo), and Jason Earhardt (bass) will accompany a full orchestra at this lovely evening of music.
Youth Singers Choir
Sunday, December 15th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Cardel Place Piazza, 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary
Stop in for some Christmas music to help get you in the holiday spirit! A variety of classics will be played live in the Piazza.
Second Annual Santa Skate
Sunday, December 15th, 1:30 – 2:45 pm, Jack Setter Arena, 2020 – 69th Avenue SE, Calgary
Visit with Santa and skate with him too! Cookies and hot cocoa will be available. Helmets are mandatory. Admission is a non-perishable food donation or cash donation to the Food Bank.
The Snowman Film and Orchestra
Sunday, December 15th, 2 pm, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
The Snowman is a timeless Christmas classic and has been a family favourite for decades. The Orchestra performs this score and the popular song Walking in the Air, live with animated film. Before the performance there is an instrument petting zoo, so the kids can get up close and personal with the instruments. Please check the website for seating information and ticket pricing.
The Huron Carole
Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30 pm, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Come out to see Tom Jackson for a special Huron Carole Concert to raise money for the needy. Joining him on stage will be George Canyon, One More Girl, Beverley Mahood, and Shannon Gaye. Proceeds go to the Calgary Food Bank. See website for advance purchase and ticket prices.
Banff Community Christmas Concert
Wednesday, December 18th, 6 pm, Eric Harvie Theatre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
Join this annual tradition, as students from the Banff Elementary School and Banff High School perform holiday highlights. Tickets are free but everyone requires a ticket to attend, so please order yours in advance. Food and monetary donations will be collected at the door.
Crafts, storytimes & activities:
Paint With Santa
Saturday, November 30th – Sunday, December 15th, Noon – 4:30 pm, Color Me Mine Aspen Landing, 115 333 Aspen Glen Landing SW, Calgary & Color Me Mine, 334 14 Street NW, Calgary, Cost: per child $10, plus the cost of pottery Cost: per child $10, plus the cost of pottery
What’s more fun than an afternoon painting session with Santa? Bring your camera and the kiddos’ wish lists, and be prepared for loads of jolly fun. Advance registration is required. You can check the website for other locations offering this activity.
Deck Their Halls Christmas Drive
Saturday, November 30th, 10:30 am – 2 pm, Spitzee Elementary School, 409 Macleod Trail SW, High River
Bring your gently used or new Christmas donations, and show your support for those families who lost everything in the flood. From trees and ornaments, to lights and wreaths, all items will be accepted, but must be new, or clean and in good condition.
Holiday Toy Swap
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am – 2 pm, Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary, Cost: advance $10, at the door $15
Sort through your gently used but forgotten toys and drop them off at the Green Office by December 5th to receive your toy tokens. Show up at the Toy Swap to pick up some new toys for Christmas. Admission includes hot chocolate or apple cider.
Saturdays, December 7th, 14th, 21st, 1 pm – 3 pm, Westbrook Mall, 1200 37th Street SW, Calgary
Get into the Christmas spirit by participating in some holiday crafts and activities! Parents must stay with their children.
Friday, December 13th, 5:30 pm – 8 pm, Color Me Mine, 334 14 Street NW, Calgary, Cost: $37
Have a great time painting everyone’s favourite dog, Snoopy, on a box, bank, or mug! Enjoy dinner with juice and a movie to round out the evening. A great time for all kids! You can check the website for other locations offering this activity.
Once Upon a Midwinter
Friday, December 13th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Boris Roubakine Recital Hall, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Cost: adults $25, seniors and students $15, children $12
An enchanting evening of music is in store with songs and stories to call back the sun. Jeff Stockton, Celtic Harpist and Storyteller, will join special guests Barb Olorenshaw on violin and Trudy Hipwell on percussion to give you a magical night of sweet music.
Build A Snowman Napkin Holder
Saturday, December 14th, 10 am, Home Depot Country Hills, 2925 Main Street West, Calgary
Learn how to build a snowman napkin holder during this festive interactive workshop, and have fun using a hammer, glue, and paint. Check the website for other Home Depot locations offering this workshop. Best suited for ages 4-12.
Santa sightings at a mall near you
Santa at Deerfoot Mall
Friday, November 15th – Tuesday, December 24th, check website for times, Deerfoot Mall, 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Don your festive best and get ready to hang out and take photos with Santa. He’ll be looking for your Christmas wish list so come prepared! A craft area with a TV playing Christmas cartoons will help keep the kids entertained while waiting.
Santa at Westbrook Mall
Saturday, November 23rd – Tuesday, December 24th, see website for times, Westbrook Mall, 1200 37th Street SW, Calgary
Make sure you have your wish list ready and bring it along for your visit with Santa. He might even be able to tell if you if you are on the nice or naughty list!
Santa at Market Mall
Sunday November 24th – Tuesday, December 24th, see website for times, Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary
Santa Claus is coming to town … actually he’s already arrived! Check out Santa’s magical playground while you wait to tell him what’s on your Christmas wish list. Proceeds from Photos with Santa go to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta.
Santa at Chinook Centre Mall
Friday, November 29th – Tuesday, December 24th, see website for times, Chinook Centre Mall, Bay Court, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary
The Elves have arrived, and they’ve brought along jolly old Saint Nick. Take a peek at Santa’s elves hard at work through the Christmas Telescope in Centre Court before you go visit the big guy himself.
Santa at Sunridge Mall
Saturday, November 30th – Tuesday, December 24th, see schedule for times, Sunridge Mall, 2525 36th Street NE, Calgary
Santa has arrived at Sunridge Mall and you can have your photo taken for free! In lieu of payment, please bring a non-perishable or monetary donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Remember to bring your cameras or other photo-taking device.
Sunday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 24th, Bass Pro at Cross Iron Mills, 261055 Crossiron Boulevard, Rocky View County
Enjoy crafts, games, activities, and a free photo with Santa. Each day there is a different craft to make, so please check the website for more information.
Coming To The Market
Friday, December 13th – Saturday, December 14th, 11 am – 4 pm, Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
Bring your camera or smart phone and join the fun — enjoy cookies with Santa on stage in the food court, get your picture taken with the big guy in red himself, and then decorate some gingerbread cookies courtesy of Momstown.
Breakfasts with Santa:
Reindeer at the Market
Friday, December 6th, 1 pm – 5 pm, Kingsland Farmers’ Market, 7711 Macleod Trail South, Calgary
Ever wondered what Santa’s reindeer look like in person? This is your chance to meet them and have your picture taken with them by a photographer, with copies available for purchase. Be sure to also enjoy the hot cocoa, baked goods, treats, and music!
Brunch with Santa
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am – Noon, Lake Bonavista, 1401 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary, Cost: Bonafund $10, Non-Bonafund $15
Come early to enjoy a hot breakfast, games, and crafts. After breakfast, expect a visit from jolly old Saint Nick. Please register in advance, as spaces go quickly. Children under age 1 are free.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 14th, 9 am – 11 am, Scenic Acres Community Centre, 8825 Scurfield Drive NW, Calgary, Cost: community member child $2, non-community member child $10
Enjoy a yummy breakfast out and visit with Santa at the same time! Book your tickets early as seating is limited.
Skates, swims & walks
Skate with Santa
Sunday, December 8th, 11:30 am – 3:15 pm, Okotoks Recreation Centre, Piper Arena, 99 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks
Festive fun is in store during this family skate with Santa. From candy canes, hot chocolate, and a fundraiser BBQ, to the Festival of Trees, it’s bound to be a fun afternoon outing.
Family Skate Night
Monday, December 9th, 7 pm – 8:30pm, Village Square Leisure Centre, 2623 56 Street NE, Calgary
Lace up your skates and glide on over to an evening skate at Village Square. Later, warm up with some hot cocoa by the fire. Loaner skates and helmets are available on a first come, first serve basis.
12 Days of Christmas in East Village – Skate with Santa
Thursday, December 12th, 4 pm – 6 pm, East Village, 553 Riverfront Avenue SE, Calgary
Enjoy the skating rink just east of the Simmons Building, and skate with Santa!
Annual Skate with Santa
Sunday, December 15th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Century Hall Park, 11 Cranarch Road SE, Calgary
Lace up your skates and plan on skating in the outdoor rink with Santa! Take a break to sip on hot cocoa while enjoying the special sights and sounds of Christmas in Cranston.
Free Public Skate
Thursday, December 26th, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, see schedule for locations, Calgary
Hit the ice to burn off some of your holiday energy and dinner during this free family skate on Boxing Day!
By: Wanda Baker