It’s here, folks! The year’s jolliest month has arrived and with it, festive events aplenty. From light displays and markets to holiday pop-ups and outdoorsy events here are 10 things to do in Calgary this week. It’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas, friends. You won’t want to skip a beat!
TAKE IN THE CALGARY ZOOLIGHTS
Bundle up, grab the hand of someone special and take a seat by the fire at the Calgary Zoolights! One of the year’s coziest events is back folks and it’s bigger and better than ever. Brew some hot cocoa and meet and greet with Nick quick because, like those prior, it’ll be here and gone before you know it!
When: Until January 2nd
Where:210 St. George’s Drive NE
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
WANDER THE CALGARY CHRISTMAS MARKET
The Calgary Farmers’ Market has once again turned into a winter wonderland ahead of the holiday season! With thoughtfully crafted goods from all the OG vendors, you know & love, 12 additional seasonal vendors, fresh Christmas trees and tons of unreal food – the market is the perfect place to hit up this weekend to get in the holiday spirit and start crossing off your Christmas list. Plus, they’ve got tons of activities for kiddos going on too!
When: Until December 23rd
Where: Calgary Farmers Market, 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
DRESS DOWN FOR SPARKLE SPARKLE , AN INDOOR LIGHT EVENT
Don’t bother fiddling with your snow pants Calgary – because one of 2021s best light displays is actually inside! Sparkle Sparkle is back for another year of magic, whimsy and light! This week, until January 2nd, those looking to get festive can check out an event unlike anything else in the city and maybe score some date-night points in the process.
When: Until January 2nd
Where: 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast, Calgary
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OR STROLL THE LIONS’ PARK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Another year, another tradition fulfilled! This winter, like so many before it, take in the beautiful lights along 14th street either from inside your vehicle. Crank the heat us, grab a hot choco and roll through an incredible display – for free! Does it get better than that?
When: Until January 9
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW, Calgary
Time: 6 pm – 12 am
GO SHOPPING FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE
The holidays are upon us and some of and tree lots are open for business! From Firs and Evergreens, your living room could definitely use a little magic – so there’s no time to waste (especially because there will be a shortage this year). Not sure where to shop? Check out the link above for 8 places where you can get a Christmas tree in Calgary.
CATCH THE GRAND OPENING OF NIGHTRISE
The wait is finally over! In participation with the Stoney Nakoda Nation, Montreal’s Moment Factory has promised something truly breathtaking. As if a ride on Banff’s gondola wasn’t already one of the most magical experiences you can have in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains this winter, Pursuit, the company behind the high climbing attraction will introduce Nightrise – an immersive activity that merges multimedia, storytelling and nature for what they’re calling a “new and inspiring perspective” at the location.
When: Thursday, December 2nd – March 12th
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Time: 5 pm
SIP YOURSELF SILLY AT THE TIPSY ELF
In celebration of the holiday season and in hopes of catering to the city’s elite, downtown’s Fairmont Palliser Hotel is getting in on the boozier yuletide festivities. This week, check out The Tipsy Elf, their first-ever Christmas-themed popup.
When: Until December 23rd
Where: 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary – Boulevard level
Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays 4 pm – 10 pm
SKATE OLYMPIC PLAZA
The season of magic is upon us – and what better way to experience it than from the ice. This week at Olympic Plaza, glide underneath stars and fairy lights surrounded by a “city-alive” downtown atmosphere and kick of the holidays right!
Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE
Time: 6 AM – 11 PM
GRAB SOME COCOA AND CHECK OUT LEGACY’S LIGHT DISPLAY
Bundle up because the Legacy community light walk has kicked off in YYC. From now until 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
Have some time off this week?! Hit the hills! Ski and snowboard season are back, Calgary and with the weather as predictable as it is, you’re not going to want to waste a minute. Gear up and get out there – the mountains are calling your name!
Phew! There you have it, folks! 10 best things to do this week in Calgary. Now go forth and enjoy yourselves, you deserve it.
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