2023 has flown by, but our fingers are crossed for a fantastic year ahead. Luckily, this January is shaping up to be an absolute blast, but what’s more – there are a ton of free and cheap things to do in and around Calgary!

Not sure where to start? From sports games to outdoor activities here are 10 things you can enjoy under $25 this month.

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Looking for something FREE and fun? This week 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

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+

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

Olympic Plaza

There’s nothing better than an icy skating rink in the winter months! This month, 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

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

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

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

Skating in the Mountains

Alberta is packed full of mountain skating spots that are practically to die for! 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!

Whew, there you have it, friends 10 free and cheap things to do in Calgary this January. What will you check out first?