Happy December! As always we hope that you’ve had an incredible weekend, but it’s time to get back into things! This time around, check out light displays, markets and outdoor activities that will be fun for the whole family. Ready to get it started? Here are 10 things to do in Calgary this week.

Legacy Lights

Magic incoming! Legacy’s Community Light Display has officially kicked off 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: Until January 14th, 2024
Where: Legacy Calgary – See directions here 
Cost: FREE

Olympic Plaza

Lace up and start gliding! 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
 228 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Cost: FREE

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

Market Collective Holiday Series

Support local businesses at the annual Holiday Market Collective this December! Bring your friends, family, and credit card (of course) and enjoy the many vendors, the endless items, and the spirit of Christmas.

When:  Friday, December 8th-10th and 15th-17th, 2023
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary (Hall B and C)
Time: See times above
Cost: $7

Sponsored pick: Rümi Winter Wonderfest

We just found your family’s new holiday tradition. Rümi Winter Wonderfest is happening in Calgary for another year on Sunday, December 10, at The Commons at ATCO Park. There’s something for everyone at this event with storytime with Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, delicious treats, and a visit from Santa himself! And it’s fun for a good cause since all ticket proceeds will be donated in support of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. There will also be a toy drive on-site for the Women in Need Society (WINS).

When: Sunday, December 10, from 11 AM to 5 PM
Where: 5302 Forand Street SW Calgary
Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child (ages 4-18), Free (ages 3 & under)

Calgary Flames 

Toss on a jersey and head over to the Saddledome where you’re encouraged to grab a pocket dog and a beer, then cheer the Flames to victory when they play the Minnesota Wild. For tickets head to the link above.

When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2023
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Cost: $38+



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It’s back and brighter than ever, Calgary! This week, 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+

Bearspaw European Village Christmas Market

Fireworks, vendors and live music? This Friday visit the Bearspaw Market, a magical experience with a little something for everyone and anyone! Do NOT miss this one, friends. You’ll regret it.

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

Miracle on 1st Street

Dig to the back of the closet, Calgary. You’ve got an ugly sweater to rock! This week, enjoy festive cocktails served in a variety of Christmas mugs and glasses. Miracle of 1st Street has returned and Proof has been covered in over-the-top decorations from floor to ceiling.

When: Until December 24th, 2023
Where: 1302 1 St SW, Calgary, AB
Cost: Prices vary

Lions Festival of Lights

Have you already been to the Zoolights this year? Check out the Lions Festival of Lights. 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: Until January 8th, 2024
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW, Calgary
Time:  6 pm – 12 am
Cost: Free

There you have it, Calgary – the 10 best things to do this week. Now get out there and enjoy yourselves, you deserve it.