A new beginning! 2024 is here and we’ve got an incredible year ahead but how will you kick it off? Hopefully on the right foot! From sporting events and light displays to concerts and outdoor activities you’re going to have a blast. Let’s get steppin’.

Here are 28 things to do in Calgary this January.

New Year’s Day Brunch at Heritage Park

 

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Don’t feel like making a big breakfast on New Year’s Day? We don’t blame you. On January 1st, Head over to Heritage Park and indulge in an incredible meal in celebration of the new year!

When: Monday, January 1st, 2024
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: $55+

Glenbow at The Edison

Looking for something FREE and fun? This January, you can check out ‘ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios,’ which tells the story of a group of artists who produced a collection of graphic textiles in Kinngait, Nunavut in the 1950s and ’60s.

When: Until March 3rd, 2024
Where: 150 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Cost: FREE

Tobogganing

Winter is in full swing and with a nip in the air and snow on the ground, we’re ready to hit the hills! This January, bundle up and check out 10 of the best toboggan destinations in the city!

Calgary Hitmen

Let’s go! This January cheer on the Calgary Hitmen as they take on various teams in the iconic Scotiabank Saddledome! The very best part? Tickets are affordable!

When: Various dates in January
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Cost: $17+

Zoolights

Last chance! This month, see the millions of lights strung through trees at the Calgary Zoo. Grab a hot cocoa, a snack and take a seat by the fire. It’s magical.

When: Until January 7th, 2024
Where: Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Cost: $21.95+

Candlelight Concert

Featuring talented musicians and hundreds of brightly lit wicks, Calgarians can enjoy one (or all of) Fever’s Candlelight Concerts. Get your tickets now and enjoy! It’s going to be magical.

When: Various dates in January
Where: Various locations
Time: various times
Cost: $29+

Lions Festival of Lights

Didn’t get a chance to check out the Lions Festival of Lights in December? Until January 8th, Calgary can grab a friend or family member and visit the beautiful lights along 14th Street. Dress warm, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy Calgary’s incredible display – for free!

When: Until January 8th, 2024
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW, Calgary
Time:  6 pm – 12 am
Cost: Free

Top Gun: A Maverick Musical

That’s right ice man… Calgarians can check out Jubilation Dinner Theatre’s musical based on the beloved movie. For more information or to get your tickets now, check out the link above!

When: Until January 13th, 2024
Where: 1002 – 37th Street SW Calgary
Cost: $75+

Olympic Plaza

There’s nothing better than an icy skating rink in the winter months! This January, hit Olympic Plaza and enjoy a lap or two in the inner city – for FREE! Enjoy!

When: Now Open
Where:  228 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Cost: FREE

Calgary Flames

Toss on a jersey and head over to the Saddledome where you’re encouraged to grab a pocket dog and a beer, then cheer the Flames to victory. For their January schedule head to the link above.

When: Various dates in January
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Cost: Varies

Maligne Canyon

There is no place like the Rockies and this month you can experience the ice and snow as if it was the very first time! With the help of a professional guide, tour 30-metre high icy cave-like passages, majestic frozen waterfalls, and the frozen canyon floor. You’ll hardly believe your eyes!

Where: Directions here – Jasper National Park, AB

The Banff 360° Dome

Indulge outdoors in Fairmont’s stunning 360° Dome dining room – an incredibly scenic, private venue with unreal food. Located on their Upper Garden Terrace, the dome will feature a gourmet brunch, afternoon charcuterie, and an extravagant 5-course menu.

When: Year-round
Where: 405 Spray Avenue Banff, AB
Time: See times above

Boundary Ranch Sleigh Rides

With a mouthful of hot cocoa and a heart full of winter spirit, cuddle up in an old-timey sleigh and experience the mountains as if it were the very first time. Book yours now and enjoy!

Where:  2 Guinn’s Road,  Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Time: See times above
Cost: $49+

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Feeling stressed after the holidays? Banff’s upper hot springs overlook the tiny mountain town and are the best way to wind down this season. Adults can check it out for just $16.50!

Where: 1 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Cost: $16+

East Village Hygge Hut

Located just off River Walk Plaza in the East Village, Calgarians looking to wind down after a long day are encouraged to check out the Hygge Hut! This Scandinavian-style spot is fitted with a cozy fireplace and a warm atmosphere perfect for enjoying a cup of Joe or hot cocoa.

When: Until March 1st, 2024
Where:  See location here
Cost: FREE

Calgary Renovations Show

Love Reno-Tok? If so, you’ve got to check out the Calgary Renovations show! Here guests can browse, learn and purchase everything from tiles to tools. You’re in for a treat!

When: Friday, January 12th – 14th, 2024
Where:  Halls E & F, 20 Roundup Way SE
Cost: $9+

Firepit Rentals

Love s’mores.? The FREE Calgary community fire pits are now available to the public. Check out the link above for where and how you can rent one for you and yours this season.

Cost: FREE

Mean Girls The Musical

Based on the iconic film, Broadway Across Canada will be bringing their equally hilarious rendition of the musical Mean Girls to Calgary and you WILL want to sit with us. Interested? Check out the Broadway Across Canada website for presale tickets now!

When: Tuesday, January 16th – 21st, 2024
Where: 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary

Winter Light Festival at Nikka Yuko Garden

Though it is best known for its green grass and flowers, Nikka Yuko is an incredible spot in the wintertime. Don’t believe us? Check it out and enjoy a magical evening of lanterns, and lights.

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $13.50

Banff SnowDay Festival – Snow Sculptures

A celebration of beauty and “the majesty of the winter season,” the Banff SnowDays Festival will return to everyone’s favourite National Park this month. Grab a hot chocolate and roam the streets either during the day or at nighttime when the sculptures are illuminated by bright lights and camera flashes, then enjoy the sights and restaurants on their downtown strip.

When: Friday, January 19th – February 4th, 2024
Where: Downtown Banff
Cost: FREE

Skating in the Mountains

Alberta has a ton of beautiful mountain skating spots that are out of this world! Not sure where to lace up your skates? Check the link above for 10 gorgeous mountain skating spots in Alberta that you should check out this winter!

Big Winter Classic

Featuring local and national artists, Calgary presents the 2024 Big Winter Classic – a performance series meant to keep you warm throughout the colder months! Over four loud, exciting days, check out various venues around the inner city for concerts, art, and fun.

When: Wednesday, January 24th-28th, 2024
Where: See venues above

Goodnight Moon at Telus Spark

This month, relive a childhood classic at TELUS Spark’s Goodnight Moon immersive experience. Each presentation will pull Calgarians into the story where they can interact with characters and images from the author’s wholesome universe.

Where: 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: $26+

Winsport

Not everyone is comfortable on a pair of skis – but never fear. You can still enjoy the cold air and fresh powder at Winsport! This January, bundle up and head out for an adrenaline-inducing Family Day activity. You’re going to have a blast!

Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: $29+

Johnson Canyon Night Walk 

This winter join a tour group and trek through Johnston Canyon after the sun goes down. As you pass over suspended catwalks, you’ll be mesmerized by the light from your headlamp reflecting off the shimmering waterfalls frozen in time. To make this evening more magical, you’ll be treated to some hot chocolate and maple cookies as you take in the dusky scenery.

Where: Directions here
Cost: $94

Nordic Spa

Now that the Christmas craziness is behind us, why not spend a day at the Nordic Spa where you can totally unwind, disconnect and relax? From facials and massages, this alpine sanctuary has everything you’ll need to revamp before things pick right back up for 2024.

Where: 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis
Cost: Prices vary

Chateau Lake Louise Ice Bar

Drinks and a magical view? This month head to the mountains for a day of sipping and skating with your special someone! When it opens the Chateau Lake Louise Ice Bar will be a magical must-visit.

When:  Mid-December – Mid-April
Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB

Nightrise

Taking a ride on Banff’s gondola is one of the most magical things you can do while in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and this season you can see it all in technicolour! This winter, enjoy Nightrise – an immersive activity that merges multimedia, storytelling, and nature. There’s nothing like it!

When: Until March 13th, 2024
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Cost: $44+

Whew, there you have it, friends 28 things to do in Calgary this January. What will you check out first?