Guide: 11 Calgary activities that will get you into the holiday spirit
Hey Calgary, you about ready for some holiday fun? Treat your’ elf this holiday season! We know it’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year. So, of course, we teamed up with the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen to bring you 11 of the best holiday activities in Calgary this season.
CHRISTMAS TURKEY DINNERS
Pre-order your holiday dinner starting December 2nd with the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Café! How does organic turkey, sides, and fixings plus dessert sound?! If you answered with anything other than “omg delicious,” you’re wrong. Dinners can accommodate up to 12 people, so get the family together and skip the kitchen this holiday season!
Where: ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen – 5302 Forand St SW
When: Starting December 2nd (available for pick-up December 23rd)
Flex your skating skills and show off for bae under the stars at Olympic Plaza. This downtown outdoor gem is the only refrigerated outdoor ice surface in the city – how cool is that?! Lace-em’ up and head on out, Calgary!
Where: 228 8 Ave SE
When: mid-November to mid-March
Cost: free or plus the cost of skate rentals
Experience the zoo’s 23rd year of its annual ZOO LIGHTS! From new experiences and themes to special guests, ZOO LIGHTS is featuring new activities including Axe-Throwing, the Sugar Shack and more!
Where: The Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE
When: November 22 – January 4, 2019
Cost: $14.95 – 19.95
Have a fairytale Christmas! Make your stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel extra special by attending one of their holiday events.
When: Check event calendar here
Where: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Everyone’s favourite holiday tradition is back for its 2019 rendition, Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol! Ebenezer Scrooge takes the stage when paid a visit from the spirits of the Christmas past!
Where: Arts Common, Max Bell Theatre
When: November 28 – December 28, 2019
The holidays are a perfect time to give back and donate to a great cause. Starting Nov. 15 thru to Jan. 3, drop off your gently used coats and winter accessories at the Guild. For every donation, Oliver Bonacini will donate $3 to Project Warmth. Pop in, drop off your coats and winter gear and stay for a little holiday cheer!
Where: The Guild – 200 8 Ave SW
When: November 15 – January 3rd, 2020
Take a magical journey to the North Pole this holiday! Experience everything from caroling to holiday filled entertainment; The Polar Express is a 1-hour train ride that includes a golden ticket, hot cocoa, and so much more!
Where: Aspen Crossing – Box 30 Mossleigh, AB
When: November 22 – December 29, 2019
Cost: $128+/set of 2 tickets
Ready to tropic like its hot? Good, us too. Calgary is about to get tiki with is for the first time with Sippin’ Santa at Ricardo’s! Get festive at this retro-style tiki pop-up cocktail bar. If you’re down to get bad ‘n’ boozy, we’ll catch ya there.
Where: Ricardo’s Hideaway – 1530 5th Street SW
When: from November 28 – December 31, 2019
Cost: free to attend plus the cost of food & cocktails
Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic two act-ballet is another “don’t miss this” show. The beautiful story of The Nutcracker will be brought to life by over 120 professional dancers, a live orchestra, and incredible choreography.
When: December 13-15 and 20-24
Where: Southern Jubille Auditorium
Calgary’s largest free drive-by light festival is back! See over 500,000 lights all along 14th street, and get your holiday spirit on. It’s tradition, after all.
When: Until January 8th
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW
Nothing says “happy birthday, Jesus” like getting the holiday hiccups from one too many Christmas spirits. Get elfin’ crazy at this over-the-top pop-up bar. Ugly sweaters and furry red hats are encouraged!
When: Until December 24
Where: Proof Cocktail Bar – 1302 1 St SW, Calgary
That’s all we’ve got for you this time, peeps. The most wonderful time of the year is back for 2019, and we can’t wait to celebrate these holiday activities in Calgary with you. See ya out there, friends!