Whether your family is in town and you’re hoping to entertain, or you’re looking to walk off a hangover, you’re likely going to be looking for something fun to do on January 1st. From outdoor activities to mountain-top adventures, here are 10 things to do in and around Calgary on New Year’s Day.

Let’s kick 2024 off on the right foot!



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Hit the hills – without a pair of skis! This year, enjoy the fresh air and powder at Winsport! 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+


There’s a nip in the air, snow on the ground and we’re ready to hit the hills! This New Year’s Day, bundle up and check out 10 of the best toboggan destinations in the city!

New Year’s Day Brunch at Heritage Park

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+

Olympic Plaza

Pack some snacks and get your skates sharpened! Rally your friends and family and hit Olympic Plaza for a wholesome day of skating. Enjoy!

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


Not able to get out of bed until the late afternoon? Don’t waste your NYD! This year, see the millions of lights strung through trees at the Calgary Zoo. Grab a hot cocoa, and a snack, then take a seat by the fire.

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

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

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!

Boundary Ranch Sleigh Rides


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A magical mountain adventure! This NYD, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a heart full of winter spirit cuddled up in an old-timey sleigh. Check out Boundary Ranch 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+

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

Maligne Canyon

There is no place like the Rockies and on your NYD off, 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

Whew, there you have it, friends 10 things to do on New Year’s Day in Calgary this year. What will you check out first?