Friday is nearly here – and with that? A ton of exciting events, activities, markets and pop-ups where you can celebrate the holiday season! Not sure what’s going on or where to go first? Here are 12 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, then enjoy the many vendors, the endless items, and the spirit of Christmas.

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


Canadian DJ S!ck!ck best known for his viral remix of Bruno Mar’s Talking to The Moon will take Calgary’s Back Alley this Friday. For more information and tickets, check out the link above.

When: Friday, December 15th, 2023
Where: The Back Alley – 4630 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary
Time: 9 pm
Cost: $33+

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, 2024
Where: 2360 Portland St SE
Cost: $8.11+


It’s merry and bright! This weekend, see the millions of twinkling LEDs strung through trees at the Calgary Zoo. Grab a hand, a snack, then take a seat by the fire it is tradition after all!

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

Sponsored pick: Take a Road trip with Communauto

If you’re planning a road trip in the next few weeks for your winter break, why not book a ride that has everything included? Communauto offers vehicle rentals in Aberta by minute, hour, day, or week. The price includes everything you need, like insurance, gas, and even free parking! Take the stress out of planning your next adventure and know EXACTLY how much your trip will cost you.

When: Whenever
Where: Wherever
Cost: Starting at 41¢/min, $3.95/hour, $28.65/day, or $159.75/week

The Nutcracker

Featuring dancers from the Alberta Ballet Company and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Nutcracker is back and better than ever. A long-standing tradition and a family favourite, tickets are sure to go quickly – so don’t hesitate to check out the link above!

When: Friday, December 15th – 24th, 2023
Where: 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: $69+

Sponsored pick: Power Hour at Hudsons

If you haven’t already heard, Power Hour at Hudsons Canada Pub is legendary. Every Friday and Saturday from 10 PM to 11 PM, you can get the cheapest drinks in the city with 1oz hi balls for $2.99, 12oz Hudsons Draft for $3.99, and 1oz feature bomb shots for $5. Set that to some awesome throwback rock jams, and you’ve got yourself the best night you probably won’t remember.

When: Fridays and Saturdays from 10 PM to 11 PM
Where: Whyte Ave, West Edmonton Mall, Shawnessy, and Calgary Downtown locations

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

Sponsored pick: Explore Okotoks, Alberta 

Less than an hour’s drive from Calgary, Okotoks beckons as a charming winter getaway. From mountain views and endless winter trails to artisan markets and cozy cafes and pubs—there is no shortage of winter activities to keep you busy. Head on over to the Okotoks Business Directory for everything you need to start planning your stay.

When: All winter long!
Where: Okotoks, Alberta
Cost: A wide range of free activities

Films at the Fork

Happy Holidays! Films at the Fork is back with a series classic movies and this weekend you can catch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. For tickets and showtimes visit the link above and enjoy!

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



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Showcasing a million bulbs, the Glow Calgary will take light-loving Calgarians to the North Pole, then to an adorable market and more. Check out the link above for tickets.

When: Until December 31st, 2023
Where: 1800 Stampede Trail SE
Cost: $16+

Lions Festival of Lights

Prepare to be dazzled, Calgary! This weekend, grab a friend or a family member 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

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 Tampa Bay Lightning. For their tickets head to the link above.

When: Saturday, December 16th, 2023
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Time: 8 pm
Cost: $46+