December already? The year’s most festive month is here and so is a sleigh full of magical events. From a ton of markets to dazzling light displays, here are 12 wonderful things to do this weekend in Calgary.

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Saskatoon Farm Christmas Market


This weekend, visit the Saskatoon Christmas market! From local artists, bakers, and pro crafters this will be the ultimate place to cross some things off your Christmas list.

When: Friday, December 1st – 3rd, 8th-10th, 2023
Where: 80181 338 Ave East Foothills, AB
Cost: $8

Inglewood Night Market

This weekend, shop after dark! Those chasing that festive feeling are encouraged to hit the indoor edition of the Inglewood Night Market, a city-wide favourite.

When: Friday, December 1st and 2nd, 2023
Where:  Crossroads Farmers Market. 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $5

Sponsored pick: Wolf Willow, Calgary

If your dog is influencing most of your daily decisions, then we’ve got a neighbourhood where you and your furry friend will thrive! Nestled in the Bow River Valley in SE Calgary is Wolf Willow, a brand-new residential neighbourhood, featuring a 9-acre off-leash dog park, nearby trails, beautiful scenery and more. Explore new homes starting in the mid- $200s and embrace a vibrant community where every tail wags!

When: Open now!
Where: SE Calgary
Cost: New homes starting in the mid-$200s

Banff Christmas Market

Held at the Warner Stables, the Banff Christmas Market is back with live music, fantastic food, charming gifts, pieces of artwork, and food. It’s going to be enchanting!

When: Friday, December 1st-3nd, 2023
Where: Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd
Cost: $15+

Bearspaw European Village Christmas Market

Fireworks, vendors and live music? This weekend, visit the Bearspaw Market, a magical experience with a little something for everyone and anyone! Do NOT miss this one!

When: Friday, December 1st-3rd and 8th-10th, 2023
Where: 253220 Bearspaw Road, AB
Time: Various times
Cost: $5

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Toss on a jersey and head over to the Saddledome where you’re encouraged to cheer the Flames to victory when they play the Vancouver Cunucks. For tickets head to the link above.

When: Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Time: 8 pm
Cost: $68+

Zoolights

It’s back and brighter than ever! This weekend, 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.

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

Films at the Fork

“Merry Christmas ya’ filthy animal!” Films at the Fork is back with a series of classic movies starting with Home Alone on December 2nd, followed by It’s a Wonderful Life on December 3rd. For tickets visit the link above and enjoy!

When:  December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 16th, 2023
Where: 750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: $12

Olympic Plaza

Feel the wind through your hair and enjoy a lap around an ice rink! The Olympic Plaza skating rink is finally open for the season and you’ll want to check it out sooner rather than later.

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

Sippin’ Santa

Need a vacation? This weekend, get tropical at Sippin’ Santa! With funky decorations and Christmas lights, guests can enjoy holly sips, music, ugly sweaters, and fun festive mugs.

When: Until December 31st, 2023
Where: 1530 5 St SW, Calgary, AB
Cost: Prices vary

Legacy Lights

Colour fun and friends! Legacy’s Community Light Display kicks off this Friday and you won’t want to miss it. This FREE event will light the night with over a million tiny bulbs strung up on everything from the clock tower to the houses and it’s going to be breathtaking!

When: Friday December 1st, 2023 – January 14th, 2024
Where: Legacy Calgary – See directions here 
Cost: FREE

Lions Festival of Lights

Prepare to be dazzled, Calgary! This weekend, 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: Until January 8th, 2024
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW, Calgary
Time:  6 pm – 12 am
Cost: Free

Well, there you have it! 12 things to do in Calgary this week. Enjoy yourselves out there!