Well hiya, friends. We hope that you’re having a wonderful Sunday and that you’re ready to take on another week. This time around those who want to get out and about can check out everything from light displays to markets. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 of the best things to do this week in Calgary.
This week, gas up and hit one of Calgary’s largest most cheerful displays – The Legacy community light walk. Between November 15th and January 16th, this FREE event with light the night with over a million tiny bulbs strung up on everything from the clock tower to the houses. Don’t miss it!
When: Monday, November 15th – January 16th
Where: Legacy Calgary – See directions here
They say you’re supposed to learn one new thing every day, but we think that on the very first Thursday of every month, you should do it with a drink in your hand. The best place to do that? Telus Spark! This week, check out their many exhibits, then, hang by the bar and vibe to some music, or get interactive with this month’s “adult” display at Spark After dark!
When: Thursday, November 18th
Where: Telus Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
Time: 5 PM – 10 PM
Extended by popular demand, the folks behind the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit have once again extended the exhibit, giving you another chance to step into the colourful world of an artistic genius. Guided by his own dreams, thoughts, and words, experience the world and art of Van Gogh as if it were the first time by wandering through 300 masterpieces including “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” each of which will be brought to life, completely transcending time, space and even reality.
Date: Until Sunday, November 28th
Location: 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Whether you need something to place under the tree or on top of the table, the Calgary Farmer’s Market will have you completely covered. Browse dozens of vendors selling everything from yuletide gifts and food to jewelry decor and a ton more; hit their food hall and grab some grub, sit by the fire, or meet and greet with the big man or his hairy green foe, the Grinch!
When: Thursday, November 18th – December 23rd
Where: Heritage Drive and Blackfoot Trail at 510-77th Ave SE.
Time: 12:30 pm
Not sure what to do this Friday? This week, Calgarians are encouraged to hit the indoor edition of the Inglewood Night Market! Why not check it out and cross a few things off that growing Christmas gift list early?
When: Friday, November 19th, 26th and December 3rd
Where: 880 9th Street SE, Calgary
Time: 4 pm to 11 pm
From Lake Louise to the ski hills in Jasper, there are a few pretty incredible sights to see during the colder months. This chilly season, why not check out one of these hidden winter gems in Alberta and experience the best of the province away from all the noise. Check the link above for our favourites!
It’s back! This week, ogle millions of enchanting lights strung through the trees at the Calgary Zoo, grab a hot cocoa, a snack and take a seat by the fire – it is tradition after all! Heck, while you’re there, maybe go for a lap or two around their skating rink, or pop a squat with the big man himself.
When: Friday, November 19th – January 2nd
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
We hope that you’re thirsty, Calgary! Serving Xmas-themed cocktails in a variety of Christmas mugs and glasses, Miracle of 1st Street will return again this year to completely transform Calgary’s Proof cocktail bar with over-the-top decorations from floor to ceiling.
When: Thursday, November 18th – December 24th
Where: 1302 1 St SW, Calgary, AB
Want to see things from a different point of view? Telus Spark Science Centre unveiled its first full-body virtual reality experience, and wow, is it something. For those looking for something different – we’d recommend Birdly – a dinosaur flight simulator that will take the rider to new heights during a time when the T-Rex was at the top of the food chain. You won’t regret it! Unless you don’t like heights.
Where: 220 St. George’s Drive NE Calgary, AB
Cost: $26 (included in GA)
There’s really no place in Alberta more magical than Banff – so it only makes sense that they have their very own Christmas Market. This holiday season, check out the Warner stables for live music, fantastic food and charming gifts, pieces of artwork, and more created and offered by the locals. It’s going to be enchanting!
When: Friday, November 19th – 21st and 26th – 28th
Where: 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB
Time: See times above
Well, there you have it, Calgary – the 10 best things to do this week. Now get out there and enjoy yourselves, you deserve it.