We’re fortunate enough to have some beautiful weather in Southern Alberta right now, but for those who love the holidays, it’s never too early to talk about lights, holly and Christmas cookies – after all, it’s the season of love!

From illuminated displays (many of which kick off in November) to snow day activities, there will be a ton to do and see with your special someone and since we simply cannot wait to talk about them, here are just a few romantic winter date ideas for Calgary.

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The Nordic Spa


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Before all of the holiday craziness, take a day or a weekend to enjoy the Nordic Spa. Disconnect, relax and take some time for yourselves! From facials and massages, this alpine sanctuary has everything you’ll need to revamp before things pick up for the holidays.

Where: 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis
Cost: Prices vary

Go Tobogganing

The minute there’s snow on the ground, we’re ready to hit the hills! This winter, bundle up, grab a sled and check out one, or all of the the best toboggan destinations in the city! Hit the link above for a few of our favourites.

Lions Festival of Lights

It’s dazzling! This November, bundle up and take in the beautiful lights along 14th Street. Grab a hand,  a hot chocolate and enjoy one of Calgary’s most incredible displays – for free!

When: Saturday November 25th, 2023 – January 8th, 2024
Where: Confederation Golf Course – 14th Street NW, Calgary
Time:  6 pm – 12 am
Cost: Free

Tubing at Winsport

While they don’t have an official opening day yet, you have to go tubing at Winsport this winter – especially if you’re not into skiing. Just because the sport isn’t your thing, doesn’t mean you should miss out on hitting the hills!

Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Time: TBA
Cost: $27+



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Feeling sentimental? Walk under a bed of stars and lights, grab a hot cocoa and take a seat by the fire! Zoolights kicks off this November and you won’t want to miss it – it is tradition after all!

When: Friday, November 17th, 2023 – January 7th, 2024
Where: Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Cost: $21.95+

Skating in the Mountains

Alberta is spoiled for choice when it comes to mountain skating spots and when the finally freeze over, you’re going to want to hit them all. 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!

Glow Calgary

Showcasing a million bulbs, light-loving Calgarians are encouraged to not only explore Glow’s incredible display but also their seasonal market. From food, fun and photo opportunities, roam around without freezing your butt off!

When: Thursday, December 7th – 31st, 2023
Where: 1800 Stampede Trail SE
Cost: $16+

The Banff 360° Dome

Indulge outdoors in Fairmont’s stunning 360° Dome dining room – an incredibly romantic, private venue with unreal food and a spectacular view. Located on their Upper Garden Terrace, the dome will feature a gourmet brunch, afternoon charcuterie, and an extravagant 5-course menu.

When: Year-round
Where: 405 Spray Avenue Banff, AB
Time: See times above

Winter Light Festival at Nikka Yuko Garden

Though it is best known for its green grass and flowers, Nikka Yuko is an incredible spot in the wintertime. Don’t believe us? Check it out and enjoy a magical evening of lanterns, and lights.

When: TBA
Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
Cost: TBA

Stargazing Tour

Looking for something truly unique? Adventurous Calgarians can follow a skilled guide on a fresh air, starlit tour through forest and snow, then can sip hot cocoa in a secluded meadow. They’ll bring the drinks, the lamps, and the telescope, and all you have to bring is yourself, a date, and a good jacket!

When: Dates throughout November and December
Where: Kananaskis Village Centre- 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent
Cost: $84.99

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Western Canada’s largest FREE outdoor walk-through display will return to light the night this December and it’ll be just as beautiful as ever. Drink hot chocolate, take a lap around the ice rink, take photos, and cozy up next to their fire. You won’t want to miss it!

When: Friday, December 1st – 31st, 2023
Where: Nose Creek Regional Park, Airdrie, AB
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Free

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

There’s magic in the Rockies! This winter, romance-seekers can check out the enchanting Lake Louise Ice Festival, a dazzling event featuring world-class designers, artists, and master craftsmen! It’s going to be spectacular!

When: Friday, January 26th-28th and February 2nd-4th, 2024
Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB
Cost: $20

There you have it, friends. 12 wonderfully romantic date ideas for fall in Calgary. Enjoy!