November, already? This year has flown by and with the holidays just around the corner, things are about to get expensive. Luckily, there are tons of affordable events happening in and around the city! Not sure what’s to come? Here are 10 cheap and free things to do in Calgary this month that will have you laughing, drinking and enjoying yourself.

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Millarville Christmas Market


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Looking ahead to the holiday season? Even if we’ve got to bundle up, there’s really nothing like a Millarville market stroll! For only a few days this month, browse through everything from organic foods to household products and check a few things off of your Christmas to-do list!

When: Thursday, November 2nd-5th and 9th-12th, 2023
Where: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville, Alberta
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $6

Banff Hot Chocolate Trail

Thirsty? This November, head to Banff and wet your whistle with 20 different hot chocolates from cafes, restaurants, bars, and convenience stores all over Banff and Lake Louise. Each drink is uniquely themed, holiday-centric, and only available for a limited time. You won’t want to miss it!

When: Friday, November 17th – December 31st, 2023
Where: Various locations
Cost: Prices vary


The holiday season is nearly here. This November, 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!

When: Friday, November 17th, 2023 – January 7th, 2024
Where: Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Cost: $21.95+

Inglewood Night Market

This November, shop local – after dark! Set to kick off on November 17th, 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 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th and December 1st and 2nd, 2023
Where:  Crossroads Farmers Market. 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $5

Miracle on 1st Street

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 Don’t miss out!

When: Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
Where: 1302 1 St SW, Calgary, AB
Cost: Prices vary

Calgary Hitmen


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Craving a pocket dog? This November, cheer on the Calgary Hitmen as they take on various teams in the iconic Scotiabank Saddledome! The very best part? Tickets are affordable – so check them out!

When: November 3rd, 5th, 10th, 17th, 25th, 2023
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Cost: $17+

November Hiking

Pack some snacks, hit play on your road trip playlist and enjoy the peaks, valleys, brightly coloured trees and waterfalls of Alberta! Not sure where to see the mountains in all their glory? Check out the link above for some of the most gorgeous hikes you should take this fall!

Lions Festival of Lights

Prepare to be dazzled, Calgary! This week, grab a friend, a family member or a hot date, and take in the beautiful lights along 14th Street. Dress warm, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy Calgary’s incredible display – for free!

When: Saturday November 25th, 2023 – January 8th, 2024
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW, Calgary
Time:  6 pm – 12 am
Cost: Free

Banff Christmas Market

Up for a bit of a drive? This November, check out the Warner stables in Banff 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 17th-19th, November 24th-26th and December 1st-3nd, 2023
Where: Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd
Cost: $15+

Sippin’ Santa


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With tropical decorations and Christmas lights from floor to ceiling, guests can enjoy holly sips at the annual Sippin’ Santa Pop-up, a festive event with music, ugly sweaters, and fun mugs.

When: Monday, November 20th, 2023 – December 31st, 2023
Where: 1530 5 St SW, Calgary, AB
Cost: Prices vary

And here you have it, Calgary, 10 free and cheap things to do this November. What will you check out first?