Take the brr out of winter - cure your family’s cabin fever with events, activities, and holiday fun!
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OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS
Opening in December; WinSport Tube Park. The tube park is one of the largest in Western Canada and is the perfect activity to spend time outdoors with your family! Must purchase advance tickets online: winsport.ca
December 2, 7pm; How to Have Devices, Not Be Divisive for Our Family and Classrooms, with Simplicity Parenting’s Kim John Payne. Presented by Calgary Waldorf School. calgarywaldorf.org
December 2 to 11; Calgary Young People’s Theatre Presents, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick don’t love each other. But when a villainous scheme threatens to tear apart the relationship of their best friends, these two frenemies will have to get over their mutual distaste of one another to ask the scariest question of all about being in love: would it be so bad if they were? cypt.ca
December 3 to 4 & 9 to 11; Enjoy a Parents Night Out at the Banff Craft Beer Festival! As the only craft beer festival featuring exclusively Alberta craft brewers, treat your taste buds to delicious samples of craft beer from over 30 vendors, share stories with local brewmasters, and discover Banff's amazing food and craft drink scene! banfflakelouise.com/banff-craft-beer-festival
December 4 & 18, 11am to 3pm; The City of Calgary’s Mobile Adventure Playground. An adventure playground where kids can explore, create, imagine, and learn in their own way using a variety of loose parts materials! December 4: McKenna Park - 27 McKenna Way SE. December 18: Beacham Close Playground - 15 Beacham Close NW. calgary.ca/free
|December 5; Northwestival
Join for Northwestival, an annual outdoor winter festival! Embrace the spirit of the season with a lineup of live music, food trucks, winter workshops, entertainment, and more. For more details, check out the website!
Until December 19, 2 & 7:30pm; Vertigo Theatre Presents, Murder in the Studio. A collection of three original Agatha Christie radio mysteries will be performed live on the Vertigo stage! The first tells the tale of a man haunted by his late wife, the second features the indomitable Hercule Poirot, and the third, the case of a serial killer. Tickets: vertigotheatre.com
Weekends, until December 31, 10am to 5pm; Free Admission to Studio Bell - Home of the National Music Centre! Admission is free on weekends, courtesy of ATB, until the end of 2021. To download a free admission coupon: studiobell.ca/general-admission
December 31; Zoo Year’s Eve. You'll be able to enjoy all the fun of ZOOLIGHTS with extra special activities added to help you ring in the New Year - including numerous countdowns so your little ones don’t have to stay up too late to partake in the fun! calgaryzoo.com
Mondays (some exclusions apply), until March 2022, 6 to 8pm; Servus Monday Toonie Night Skates. Skate on the fastest ice in the world! Members get in for free when they show their Servus Member Card® or Mastercard®. Not a member? Only pay a toonie! oval.ucalgary.ca
December 2 to 5, 5 to 10pm & December 9 to 12, 11am to 7pm; Under $100 Art Show. This show not only helps artists show and sell their work but makes original art and goods available to those who may not be able to afford it otherwise. What better way to spend your hard-earned dollars over the holiday season than to support your local arts community? under100artshow.com
December 3 to 5 & 10 to 12, 9am to 5pm; Christmas Market at The Saskatoon Farm. Meet over 240 local makers, bakers, growers, and small business shakers. Tickets: saskatoonfarm.com
December 3 to 5, 10am to 6pm; Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market. With over 200 local businesses, the market prides itself on a unique shopping experience. Begin the festive season with a day out with family and friends, shop exquisite gift ideas, purchase artisan food, and wander through the winter wonderland of Spruce Meadows! sprucemeadows.com/christmasmarket
December 4, 10am to 4pm; Cochrane MADE Christmas Market. Shop local at over 50 indoor boutiques! Lions Club Event Centre: 109, Fifth Avenue, Cochrane.
December 4, 10am to 4pm; Merry & Bright Christmas Market. Shop local, keep the kids busy with crafts, photos with Santa, and more! clacalgary.com/events/merry-bright-christmas-market/2021-12-04
December 4, 10am to 4pm; North Haven Christmas Makers Market. Shop ‘til you drop for hand-crafted items at this holiday market! northhavenyyc.ca/community-events/2021/wintermarket
December 4, 10am to 4pm; SCA Community Association Christmas Craft Fair. There will be 50 vendors offering unique, handmade gifts, a Kids Fun Zone, a balloon artist, a chance to meet Santa, games and prizes, and more! scacalgary.ca/2021/10/29/christmas-craft-fair-saturday-december-4-10-am-4-pm
December 4, 11am to 4pm; New Horizon Christmas Craft Market. Shop over 40 vendors and over 100 unique stores for all your holiday shopping needs. There will be a free kids’ holiday station with glitter tattoos, face painting, and a craft table! newhorizonmall.com/events
December 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 20 to 23, 10am to 4pm; Christmas Market at Heritage Park (during Once Upon a Christmas). Experience the holiday magic of the Park’s market! heritagepark.ca
December 5, 10am to 4pm; 11th Annual Wildflower Salon & Art Sale. Acquire your own original piece of artwork created by the professionally-trained and practicing local artists of Wildflower Arts Centre! Wildflower Arts Centre: 3363 Spruce Drive SW.
December 10 to 12 & 17 to 19 (Fridays, 4 to 9pm, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am to 6pm); Market Collective’s Holiday Series. Enjoy live music, interactive workshops, galleries, over 150 local vendors, and special surprises! marketcollective.ca
December 11 & 12, 10am to 4pm; Cochrane Christmas Farmers’ Market. Find unique gifts and fill your pantry with a wide range of holiday items from the food and beverage vendors! cochranefarmersmarket.ca/christmas-market-2
December 11 & 12, 10am to 5pm; Authentically Indigenous Holiday Craft Market. This craft market will feature Indigenous handmade crafts, art, jewelry, and more! authenticallyindig.com
December 11 & 18, 9:30am to 3:30pm; Little Modern Market. Shop ‘til you drop for unique local items, just in time for the holidays! littlemodernmarket.com
December 16 to 19, 11am to 1pm; Crafty Cane Lane at Calgary Farmers’ Market. Join this holiday season for an afternoon with crafternoon! Get all your holiday shopping done at the Christmas Market and leave the kiddos at Crafty Lane for a holiday-inspired workshop where they get to build their own personalized felt wreaths. calgaryfarmersmarket.ca
Weekends, until December 19, 11am to 4pm; The Pop-Up Holiday Market in Cochrane. Support local this holiday season by buying unique, handmade gifts! Find the Pop-Up Market at The Social Spot. cochranetourism.ca
Weekends, until December 20, 9am to 5pm; Granary Road Christmas Market. Get a festive alpaca photo, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans, chocolate, honey, and more! Kids can visit Santa, too! granaryroad.com
Until December 22 (Tuesdays to Sundays), 10am to 4pm; Christmas in the Country Art Sale at Leighton Art Centre. Beautiful decorations, gorgeous art, and the home’s historic ambiance combine to make visiting a memorable part of your family’s holiday season. Discover over 100 talented artists and find unique gifts. leightoncentre.org/event/christmas-in-the-country-2021
December 4 & 5, 7:30pm; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Presents, Handel’s Messiah. A glorious holiday tradition returns! George Frideric Handel’s beautiful oratorio combines music and drama in one of the greatest stories ever told. Tickets: calgaryphil.com
December 5, 6 to 8pm; ATCO Presents, Holly Jolly House Party with Youth Singers of Calgary. This Christmas, 200 performers take the stage as Youth Singers of Calgary host the party of the season. This holiday house party will be rockin! youthsingers.org/tickets
December 10 to 24; Alberta Ballet Presents, The Nutcracker. It’s Christmas Eve and Klara has received a magical gift from her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer: a handsome nutcracker doll. Little does she know as she falls asleep that her new toy is about to spark her imagination and take her on a dreamy adventure to the Land of the Sweets! Albertaballet.com
December 18, 2 to 3pm; Do You Hear What I Hear? A Caroling Quarter at the Library. Celebrate the holidays with a Christmas caroling quarter from the Youth Singers of Calgary! Perfect for a family outing, you’ll be delighted to hear your favorite holiday tunes at Memorial Park Library. Takes place outdoors; weather-dependent. calgarylibrary.ca
December 18, 7:30pm; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Presents, Holidays at Home. Join online for a festive evening of holiday music conducted by Karl Hirzer. Enjoy seasonal favorites, plus sing along to popular Christmas carols, sure to put you in a merry mood! To register: calgaryphil.com
|Until December 19, check website for performance times; StoryBook Theatre Presents, The Sound of Music in Concert. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. Presented in concert format, with a full cast and live orchestra, the show is planned to be presented at 50 percent capacity in the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre space. Should provincial restrictions be lifted, more seats may be made available. 403-216-0808; storybooktheatre.org|
Until December 24; Stage West For Kids Presents, 12 Days of Christmas. Join Stage West for a children’s version of dinner theatre! For starters, Stage West will display an incredible kid-friendly buffet: hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, and more! Siblings Brittany and Jonathan are getting ready for Christmas morning, and each believes they can get the other the perfect gift. Once competition enters the equation, the stakes are raised to out-gift each other. Tickets: stagewestcalgary.com
Until December 24; Theatre Calgary Presents, A Christmas Carol. Holiday spirit lives on! Theatre Calgary will perform this three-person cast production live on stage. Your family also has the opportunity to choose Stafford Arima’s extended director’s cut of the online filmed version you can watch from the comfort of your own home. theatrecalgary.com
Until January 8; Jubilations Junior Presents, Beauty & The Grinch. Glooville is set for Christmas to ring. The town is filled with holiday cheer, but not everyone is happy that Christmas is here. Outside of town, there’s one who’s not happy. He thinks singing and dancing are boring and sappy. He stays far from town in his own neighborhood. His name is the Grinch and he’s up to no good! Jubilations.ca
Weekends, Until December 19 and Daily, December 20 to 30; Banff Gondola Moutaintop Christmas. Load up in your mountaintop sleigh and soar to where Christmas delights and visit Santa’s workshop at the summit! banffjaspercollection.com/attractions/banff-gondola/events
Until December 24; Santa’s Wonderland. Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s and get your free photo taken with Santa, too! Advanced reservations required for photos. To reserve: basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland
Until December 24; Santa’s Back at CF Market Mall! Enjoy a magical, safe visit with Santa and capture the moment with a professional photo package from Cherry Hill. Visits with Santa are by reservation only and a $5 fee will apply to each booking. All booking fees will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alberta and CF is matching donations! To reserve: shops.cadillacfairview.com/property/cf-market-mall/news-events/e/santa-2021
Ongoing; Lighten UP Calgary. The best residential Christmas light displays in and around Calgary! Take your kids out, see bright, sparkling lights, listen to holiday music, and donate to worthy causes while enjoying family time. Share your holiday cheer and show Lighten UP Calgary your lit-up homes, nativity, or North Pole scenes, too! Lightenupcalgary.ca
Weekends, December 10 to January 2; Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows. Enjoy a huge display of giant lit Christmas trees from the comfort of your car. sprucemeadows.com
Until January 2, 5:30 to 9:30pm; TELUS Spark’s Sparkle Sparkle. Spark is taking holiday lights to the next level and transforming into a magical celebration of lights to warm the darkest winter nights - the 2021 edition of Sparkle Sparkle. Warm-up by the giant LED fire, walk through a shimmering winter palace, snap a photo with Santa in his robot workshop, enjoy sweet treats and glowing drinks, and more science-inspired sparkly magic! sparkscience.ca
|Until January 2, 5 to 9pm (excluding December 3, 25 & 31); ZOOLIGHTS. ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back for the 25th season! Of course, the Calgary Zoo is bringing back the classic activities you’ve come to love and have added in some new ones. This year’s ZOOLIGHTS will feature activities like ice skating, fire pits, and much more! calgaryzoo.com|
Until January 8; 35th Annual Lions Festival of Lights. The Lions Festival of Lights can be found along 14 Street on the west side of Confederation Park. This year, the light display will include three teepees built by Indigenous people. lionsfestivaloflights.ca
Until January 10; Legacy’s Annual Christmas Light Display. Legacy will light up the south end of Calgary with more than a million Christmas lights in a cheery display throughout the community as one of Calgary’s largest free light displays! Festive lights will adorn parks, playgrounds, trees, show homes, design features like the Legacy clock tower, and more, in addition to hundreds of beautifully decorated private homes throughout the community. Enjoy walking or driving through the community to experience this magical display to soak in the holiday spirit with family and friends. legacylife.ca
January 1, 2:30pm; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Presents, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert. Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance. The exuberant music of Johann Strauss springs to vibrant life in a joyful spectacle featuring European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. Tickets: calgaryphil.com
January 15 & 16, 7:30pm; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Presents, Yuja Wang in Concert. Piano virtuoso and international star Yuja Wang takes command of the stage for this must-see concert. The Beijing-born musician who studied in Calgary has captivated audiences around the world with her tremendous artistry and skill. Tickets: calgaryphil.com
February 11 to March 12 (Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7pm and Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm); StoryBook Theatre Presents, Disney’s Descendants, The Musical. The kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty, are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teen son of Belle and King Adam, offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains… To purchase tickets: storybooktheatre.org
Mondays (some exclusions apply), until March 2022, 6 to 8pm; Servus Monday Toonie Night Skates. Skate on the fastest ice in the world! Members get in for free when they show their Servus Member Card® or Mastercard®. Not a member? Only pay a toonie! Schedule: oval.ucalgary.ca/recreational-skating-running/toonie-skate
BUTTERFIELD ACRES FARM
254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW
A favorite place for Calgary’s birthday parties! Four package choices: Party Animal! Horse Crazy! Deluxe! Or Ultimate Blowout! All include time in the Birthday Barn or Tipi, Panago’s excellent pizza, and, of course, a visit with all the animals in the farmyard, too! Package details and order form available on our website.
CALGARY REPTILE PARTIES
Add fun and education to your birthday party event! Since 2008, Calgary Reptile Parties has been educating and entertaining about cold-blooded creatures. Kids meet and interact with iguanas, monitor lizards, dragons, boa constrictors, pythons, skinks, salamanders, and much more! Find out why Calgary Reptile Parties is a multiple time winner/runner up in the Calgary’s Child Parents’ Choice Awards.
210 St. George’s Drive NE
Looking to throw a wild party for your 3- to 12-year-old? Leave it to our fun and knowledgeable staff members here at the Calgary Zoo. Our themed parties run year-round and include admission for up to 25 guests. We’ll help you build a program that inspires your budding zoo-fanatic and their friends. From optional catering or gift bags, to crafts and guided tours, our interactive activities will help create zoonique memories for your child’s special day. Best of all, you just need to book and show up. We’ll take care of the rest. No planning, stress, or mess to clean up afterward!
RICHARD RONDEAU MAGICIAN
Make your child’s birthday party extra special. Richard can present a 30- to 45-minute show with comedy, audience participation, and jaw-dropping magic. Suitable for ages 3 and up, Richard will tailor his show to the age of your birthday child.
SPRAY LAKE SAWMILLS FAMILY SPORTS CENTRE (SLSFSC)
800 Griffin Road E, Cochrane, AB
With 350,000 square feet of space and over 15,000 weekly users, the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) is a tremendous facility. SLSFSC amenities include three NHL-size ice surfaces, Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre, and spray features that will give your children hours of fun and entertainment! Fitness Centre, Curling Centre, Indoor Fieldhouse, Running/Walking Track, Full Gymnasium, Child Minding, University of Calgary Gymnastics Centre. Fabulous Birthday party packages, and fitness and Rec Programs are offered daily. All ages welcome!
VIN GOGH PAINT SIP STUDIO
7160 Fisher Street SE
Vin Gogh Paint Sip Studio is the place for painting parties! We host parties for both kids and adults. You will get a step-by-step painting session with an experienced artist. You can choose your favorite painting from our painting gallery. Our painting sessions are generally two hours long. You will get an additional hour to enjoy some of our delicious flatbreads, with juice for the kids and wine for the adults. Families can bring in their own cake. We also offer other crafts and slime parties. The kids get to take home their original artwork!
Three Locations in Calgary
Since 1994, Amaranth has provided the best in healthy groceries and supplements. We have everything you need from allergen-friendly choices to hard-to-find bulk herbs and spices. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our friendly staff. Thanks for supporting us, Calgary!
THE ART OF PORTRAITURE BY SVP PHOTOGRAPHY
Your children grow up so fast. Don’t say, “I wish I would have!” We create Wall Art and Storybooks that allow you to savor this moment in time for generations. We offer different themes throughout the year - The Gingerbread House, The Winter Wonderland, and The Night Before Christmas are our seasonal offerings for the holidays. Perfect gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and birthdays. Gift certificates available.
BEANERS FUN CUTS FOR KIDS
At Beaners Fun Cuts For Kids, our experienced stylists give the whole family great hair in a fun-filled atmosphere. Maybe it’s the themed chairs, movie screens, or the video games, but we love kids, and they love us. We also offer clipper art, ear piercing, up-dos, braiding, baby’s first haircut, and professional hair care products. Book online. Experience our haircuts!
Give the gift of family fun this holiday season! Calaway Park 2022 Season Passes are on sale until January 1, 2022. Save 57 percent! Calaway Park invites your family to enjoy endless fun at Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park! Enjoy 32 rides, live entertainment, the Cinemagic 3D theatre, Haunted Hotel, CP Spray n’ Play, and much more! Unlimited rides, attractions, and parking are included for one easy admission price. Visit the website for more information on 2022 Season Passes. Calaway Park - Your Family Playcation Destination!
CALGARY ZOO MEMBERSHIP
This holiday season, give your wild crew the gift of a Calgary Zoo membership! Get up close and personal with the animals, plus enjoy our lush botanical gardens, prehistoric park, kids play areas, and more. No two visits are ever the same. For as little as $69.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids, you can visit 364 days a year. That’s more zoo for your buck!
Visit us in-store or online to find all you need for your growing family! We consign quality, gently-used clothes and shoes for children aged newborn to 12 years, and offer a carefully chosen selection of new gifts, books, and gear.
NINI’S COOKING CLASS
Looking for a fun cooking and baking class to keep your kids busy while developing skills, and learning? We provide a positive outlet to bring out the creativity in your child, stimulate appetite and create lifelong learners. We offer weekly cooking and baking classes, camps, birthdays etc. Our curriculum will expose your budding chef to kitchen safety, meal planning, presentation and table setting, baking and cooking techniques and much more!
REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE
Planning a birthday party could mean a lot of running around - especially if it means a lot of kids running around. That’s one of the reasons why we offer everything you need under one roof. At the Real Canadian Superstore, you can pick up the cake, the cake platter, the party platter, the party decorations, the party favors, and maybe even a party outfit for yourself because at these prices, it doesn’t need to be your birthday to treat yourself! Not just a store. Superstore.
WEE ROCK ART - DONNA WEAVER
Wee Rock Art is a culmination of a lifelong passion for rocks, driftwood, petrified wood, and a variety of miracles that have passed the test of time. Share your unique story or celebrate that of a friend, colleague, or loved one through Wee Rock Art. The rocks, driftwood, shells, and sea glass were lovingly handpicked from around the world. This is Art from the Heart. Custom orders welcome.
ALBERTA THEATRE PROJECTS PRESENTS, IN WONDERLAND BY ANNA CUMMER
220, 9 Avenue SE
Showing to December 26, 2021. In this ambitious and contemporary retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, three actors fantastically portray the story’s iconic characters, transforming right before the audience’s eyes. Follow Alice through the rabbit hole, and be swept away through theatre magic, as the stage spectacularly metamorphosizes into a stunning visual realm. Visit the website for dates, times, and to purchase tickets. For ages 6 and up.
School’s in for winter! Bunny slopes to the big mountain! Ski and snowboard lessons, and programs for 3- to 16-year-olds including early season and holiday camps. Programs fill up fast, so book now!
CITY OF CALGARY RECREATION
Don’t let the family get bored this winter. Drop in to one of our recreation facilities and enjoy affordable family fun! Splash in a wave pool, take turns on a waterslide, swim some laps, or work out in a weight room. With many locations to choose from, there’s always something fun to do!
STAGE WEST FOR KIDS
727, 42 Avenue SE
Box Office: 403-243-6642
The perfect outing for the entire family. Join Stage West for the children’s version of dinner theatre. For starters, Stage West displays an incredible kid-friendly buffet complete with all the favorites: hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, and much more. The buffet is then followed by a live child-oriented performance with plenty of humor for parents, as well. “The 12 Days of Christmas” playing November 27 to December 24, 2021. Visit the website for various dates and times.
WinSport’s purpose is to inspire human potential through the spirit of sport and it’s something that is woven into all of our year-round, award-winning programming. Our passionate, expert instructors will help your child learn a sport, get better at it, and develop a lifelong love for being active. We have summer camps and programs in mountain biking, hockey, ringette, figure skating, and in specialized sport training. Come out and play with us!
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