Happy Thursday! Friday is nearly here and while there is snow on the ground, there are a ton of events and activities that will make you want to get out and about. Not sure what’s happening over the next few days? Here are 14 things to do in Calgary this weekend

Market Collective Holiday Series

 

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Support local businesses at the annual Holiday Market Collective this weekend! 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

CP Holiday Train

Feeling festive? The iconic CP Holiday Train is chugging around Canada again and this December it’ll be back in Calgary this weekend! Bundle up and enjoy live music, lights and hot cocoa in support of Canadian food banks.

When: Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Where: Anderson C-Train Station South Parking Lot
Time: 5:45 pm
Cost: Free (donations encouraged)

Sponsored pick: Under $100 Art Show

Get ready for the 16th Annual Under $100 Art Show brought to you by ART SPOT. With 200+ artists exhibiting an array of stunning artworks, all priced under $100, this event is a haven for art aficionados on a budget. From paintings to sculptures, there’s something for everyone’s taste!

When: December 7th-10th and December 14th-17th, 2023
Where: 2360 Portland St SE
Cost: $8.11+

Olympic Plaza

Lace up and start gliding! The Olympic Plaza skating rink is finally open for the season and you won’t want to miss checking it out this year!

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

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 10th, 2023
Where: 5302 Forand Street SW Calgary
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child (ages 4-18), Free (ages 3 & under)

Bearspaw European Village Christmas Market

This weekend visit the Bearspaw Market, a magical experience with fireworks, vendors and live music! 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

Sponsored pick: Sleep Country at Southcentre Calgary Mall

Are you overdue for a sleep upgrade? Then you’re in luck because Sleep Country is opening a brand new store in Calgary on Saturday, December 9th! The new location will be in Southcentre Calgary Mall on the lower level, between the Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart. Visit the store to shop a wide selection of mattresses, pillows, and other bedding essentials. Chat with an on-site Sleep Experts to help you discover YOUR best sleep.

When: Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Where: Southcentre Calgary Mall, 100 Anderson Rd SE, Calgary

Miracle on 1st Street

Thirsty? Enjoy festive cocktails served in a variety of Christmas mugs and glasses this weekend. 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

Sponsored pick: Legacy Lights

The SE Calgary community of Legacy is pulling out all the stops this year. From the start of December to mid-January, Legacy becomes one of the brightest places in Calgary, boasting over 1 million holiday lights and displays as part of their Legacy Lights event – and it’s free to attend! Drive through the community, tour a decorated show home, or walk along the lit-up streets, parks, and tunnels of lights. If you’ve got your skates ready, the Legacy skating rink opens to the public on December 15, weather permitting.

When: Friday, December 1st to Sunday, January 14th, 2024
Where: Legacy neighbourhood, SE Calgary
Cost: Free

Saskatoon Farm Christmas Market

Shop ’till you drop! This weekend. visit the Saskatoon Christmas market where local artists, bakers, and pro crafters will be selling their goods and services! While you’re there, why not browse around, get some fresh air and take photos? There’s nothing cuter.

When: Friday, December 8th-10th, 2023
Where: 80181 338 Ave East Foothills, AB
Cost: $8

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 New Jersey Devils. For their tickets head to the link above.

When: Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Time: 2 pm
Cost: $33+

Zoolights

 

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The city looks like a snow globe – but there’s only one thing that’ll make it feel a little more magical! 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. It’s finally here!

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

Films at the Fork

Ready to kick off the holidays early? Films at the Fork is back with a series of classic movies including Die Hard and White Christmas. For tickets and showtimes visit the link above and enjoy!

When: Saturday, December 9th – 10th, 2023.
Where: 750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: $12

Lions Festival of Lights

Love free?!  Check out the Lions Festival of Lights. 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.

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 14 best things to do this week. Now get out there and enjoy yourselves, you deserve it.