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10 Ways To Spend Christmas in Calgary

Posted by Jennifer Hegland on 02-Nov-2017 15:13:00

10 Amazing Reasons to spend the Christmas Holidays in Calgary

Visiting Canada during Christmas time should be on everyone’s bucket list, especially this year, given that Canada is celebrating its 150 anniversary. Our students coming to Calgary this winter will have lots to do around the city. Check out some of these holiday activities in and around Calgary. 

 Calgary Christmas Market

  • What: Get in the holiday spirit by listening to carolers sing some of your favourite Christmas tunes, while consuming a Canadian classic, cabane sucre (frozen maple syrup) and shopping pop up market vendors and more!
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77 Avenue SE
  • When: Every weekend from November 18 to December 11
  • Cost: Free

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

  • What: Enjoy over 250 vendors in the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Riding Hall, Equi-Plex Gallery on the Green, Reindeer Alley, and Candy Cane Lane. From imported items around the world to hand-crafted gifts the International Christmas Market brings you stress-free shopping and a place to unwind with friends to soak up the festive atmosphere.
  • Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • When: Every weekend between November 18 to December 4
  • Cost: $10 (online), $12 (At door)

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

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 between November 26 to December 24
  • Where: Kensington
  • Cost: FREE

Visit the Calgary Farmers Market while it’s open 9 days straight

  • What: Get to the Calgary Farmers Market and do your holiday shopping before it closes between December 24 and January 4. The market will re-open and resume regular hours on January, 5th 2017.
  • When: December 15 to 23
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE

Christmas Skate at the Olympic Oval

  • What: Ever since the Oval was build in 1988 for the Calgary Olympics it has become a family tradition to skate the oval during the winter months. Not only are you indoors, so bundling up is not a worry, but they provide fun family inspired events to continue to keep the tradition alive. Join them on December 23rd and enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music and other exciting festivities as you race your friends and family around loop.
  • Where: The Olympic Oval – 2500 University Drive NW
  • When: Friday, December 23
  • Cost: $2 with a food donation to the Calgary Food Bank

Santa Shreds For Free

  • What: If you love to dress up and you love to ski then you are in luck! Grab your Jolly St. Nick, Mrs. Clause, Reindeer or Elf costume and ski for free on Christmas at MT. Norquay. It’s truly the best Christmas gift of all!
  • Where: Mt. Norquay – 1520 Banff, AB
  • When: Wednesday, December 25
  • Cost: FREE

Boxing Day Brunch

  • What: Sleep in and cap off your holiday festivities with a delicious brunch. Who can say no to benny?
  • Where: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – 405 Spray Avenue, Banff
  • When: December 26
  • Cost: Adults $65, Children 6-12 $37, Children under 6 FREE

New Year’s Eve Gala

  • What: Get a little fancy this New Years at the Banff Springs New Year’s Eve Gala! Grab your ball gowns and tuxedos and enjoy a four-course meal, live entertainment, dancing and a delicious midnight snack buffet. If you have kidlets between 6-12 be sure take them to their own New Year’s Party that begins at 8pm.
  • Where: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – 405 Spray Avenue, Banff
  • When: December 31
  • Cost: $329 Dinner + Dance

Canada’s 150th Party

  • What: If you have ever been to Banff for New Year’s festivities, you’ll know that they never do anything small – and this year being the 150th birthday is all the more reason to expand the celebration! All along Banff Avenue experience live street entertainment children's activities, games, warming shelters, interpretive programming, food booths and more, ending in a beautiful fireworks display at midnight.
  • Where: Banff Avenue From Buffalo Street to Wolf Street
  • When: December 31
  • Cost: FREE


Topics: Student Experience, Canada, Calgary