Take the 'brr' out of winter - cure your family's cabin fever with fabulous classes, programs, events, activities and holiday fun!
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Kananaskis Outfitters is the leading tour operator and sports equipment rental facility in beautiful K-Country. We rent snowshoes, cross-country skis, fat bikes, and ice skates for all ages. Join us on a snowshoe adventure or learn to cross-country ski as a family! Stay a little longer to skate on the pond or outdoor rink or get in a few toboggan runs.
BOWNESS PARK - 8900, 48 Avenue NW
CANMORE PARK - 2020 Chicoutimi Drive NW
CONFEDERATION GOLF COURSE - 3204 Collingwood Drive NW
MAPLE RIDGE GOLF COURSE - 1240 Mapleglade Drive SE
SHAGANAPPI POINT GOLF COURSE - 1200, 26 Street SW
SOUTH GLENMORE PARK - 90 Avenue & 24 Street SW
Bearberry Nordic Centre (near Sundre)
Canmore Nordic Centre
Chateau Lake Louise
Emerald Lake/Field Trails
Mt. Shark Trails
Peter Lougheed Park
Sandy McNabb (west of Turner Valley)
West Bragg Creek
EDWORTHY PARK - 5050 Spruce Drive SW
FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK - 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
LAKEVIEW GOLF COURSE - 5840, 19 Street NW
NORTH GLENMORE PARK - 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
WEASELHEAD NATURAL ENVIRONMENT PARK - 66 Avenue & 37 Street SW
Outdoor skating rinks in Calgary are weather-dependent and typically open mid to late December through February, except for Olympic Plaza which is a refrigerated ice surface and is generally open from mid-November to mid-March. Hockey sticks are not permitted, and helmets are strongly recommended!
BIG MARLBOROUGH PARK - 6033 Madigan Drive NE
BOWNESS PARK LAGOON (RENTALS AVAILABLE) - 8900, 48 Avenue NW
CARBURN PARK - 67 Riverview Drive SE
OLYMPIC PLAZA (RENTALS AVAILABLE) - 228, 8 Avenue SE
PRAIRIE WINDS PARK - 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE
PRINCE’S ISLAND LAGOON - 4 Street & 1 Avenue SW
THOMSON FAMILY PARK - 1236, 16 Avenue SW
Tobogganing and sledding on the hills of Calgary is a thrilling way to enjoy the winter and take advantage of the snow. Several parks and greenspaces offer safe and exciting hills. Safety first! Remember: Helmets on heads! All listings are weather-dependent.
BIG MARLBOROUGH PARK DRY POND - 755 Madeira Drive NE
BRIDLEWOOD - 26 Bridleglen Road SW
CONFEDERATION PARK - 2807, 10 Street NW
DEERFOOT ATHLETIC PARK - 1503, 16 Avenue NE
GLENDALE PARK - 2225, 45 Street SW
HIDDEN VALLEY - 10504 Hidden Valley Drive NW
KINGSLAND DRY POND - 505, 78 Avenue SW
MAPLE RIDGE DRY POND - 1127 Mapleglade Drive SE
MARLBOROUGH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - 636 Marlborough Way NE
MCKENZIE TOWNE - 160 McKenzie Towne Drive SE
MONTEREY PARK - 2707 Catalina Boulevard NE
NEW BRIGHTON - 1750 New Brighton Drive SE
PRAIRIE WINDS PARK - 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE
RICHMOND GREEN - 2539, 33 Avenue SW
ROYAL OAK - 9100 Royal Birch Boulevard NW
RUNDLE DRY POND - 4120 Rundlethorn Drive NE
SACRAMENTO DRY POND - 10404 Sacramento Drive SW
SCARBORO - 1737, 14 Avenue SW
SIGNAL HILL - 2063 Sirocco Drive SW
ANDREW’S HEIGHTS - 2504, 13 Avenue NW
STANLEY PARK - 330, 42 Avenue SW
THORNCLIFFE/GREENVIEW - 5600 Centre Street NE
Providing private music lessons since 1979. Professional instruction is given for most instruments as well as voice. Private lessons starting at age 6. Materials included with registration. Kids have a great time learning to love music. Ongoing registration. Please contact us for gift certificates for Christmas.
Long & McQuade Music lessons is for every age, level, and style. At Long & McQuade, we believe every person is capable of acquiring the skills and knowledge required to make playing a musical instrument a rewarding activity. We have a wide variety of carefully-chosen professional instructors offering year-round music lessons. Private and semi-private lessons, and several group programs such as “Rock Skool” and preschool classes available.
Whether your child wants to sing melodies or play in an orchestra, the MRU Conservatory has the perfect fit in our world-class facilities. With private lessons, group classes, and specialized ensembles, your child will be introduced to the exciting world of the performing arts while gaining valuable skills and confidence. From Early Childhood Programs (0 to 7 years) to our Academy Program, MRU Conservatory presents music and speech arts education for every stage.
Santa will be coming to Trico Centre! We offer drop-in day camps over the holidays, drop-in for Nerf Wars on Saturday evenings, child and youth art, dance, martial arts, sports, and activity programs, and flexible Mommy & Me classes all year long for you and your little one!
Keep your kids active all winter long with University of Calgary Active Living. Our Outdoor Centre offers great programs such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, and wilderness survival. Our indoor programs include gymnastics, swimming, racquet sports, skating, hockey, and track, all designed with children’s physical literacy in mind. Or check out our clubs including karate, badminton, and Minds in Motion science! To browse all programs, visit the website.
Keep your family active at one or more of our seven multi-recreational facilities. Take advantage of $4 Flames Friday Youth Nights (for ages 8 to 17) and free events for the whole family. We offer multi-use facilities, fun and active programs and camps galore! Don’t forget every Grade 6 student in Calgary receives a free Flames supported YMCA membership and active programming.
Bragg Creek is a hamlet filled with personality, a vintage backcountry feel, and small-town charm. With a wide variety of shops, world-class dining, and artists working around every corner, Bragg Creek is an Alberta treasure. Just a short drive Southwest of Calgary. There is something for everyone and all of your senses! For upcoming events and festivals, visit our website.
Looking for activities the family can do together? Check out Winterfest, Dive-In Movies at the Leisure Centres, family skate nights, and more!
Where friends and families come together to enjoy the good things in life. Granary Road is the most exciting family entertainment, dining, and market destination to ever come to Calgary. There’s something for the whole family! Moms, dads, and grandparents can shop the charismatic Public Market or relax in Calgary’s only indoor rooftop bar. The Active Learning Park will be open weekend days for special holiday/winter events.
Play and train at our 55,000 square foot facility! A variety of ninja-inspired obstacles and activities designed for all ages and skill levels under one awesome roof. To reserve your spot or book your next event, visit our website. Trampolines, obstacle courses, climbing, events, programs, café, parent lounges, and more!
A group of entertainment facilities for indoor family fun (for ages 7 and up). The Locked Room: Calgary’s first interactive escape rooms (3- to 10-person groups) with 3 facilities and 13 rooms to choose from. Archery Games: Action-packed indoor archery tag (up to 20 people per game). Youth hours, drop-in nights, and leagues. Axe Games: 8-lane axe throwing venue (up to 40 people). Fully licensed offering food and drinks.
The Loose Moose Theatre has produced children’s theatre since 1978 in a unique style that is accessible, participatory, and fun for the whole family. The Loose Moose Theatre Company makes going to theatre an experience that is truly magical for children 4 to 10 years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents.
At Mountain View Bowl, our passion is bowling. Our goal is to offer a place where friends and family can come together for the ultimate in bowling entertainment. We are dedicated to giving you the most exciting bowling experience possible. Our lounge is licensed. We offer 5 and 10 Pin Bowling, Kids’ Birthday Parties, League Bowling, Open Bowling, and Corporate Events.
For over 42 years, StoryBook Theatre has been entertaining families from all over Calgary with our award-winning professional, quality shows. We also provide a year-round Theatre School for children ages 6 to 18 which is designed to develop acting skills, self-confidence, teamwork, and stagecraft abilities. Our winter programming includes weekend classes in Acting, Play Creation, and Musical Theatre.
Calaway Park invites your family to enjoy endless fun at Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park! Enjoy 32 rides, 23 games, live stage shows, a 3D theatre, and tons of treats! Unlimited rides, shows, attractions, and parking are included for one easy admission price. Visit the website for more information on Season Passes and discount day tickets. Your Family Playcation Destination!
Give the gift of green this Christmas! Cervus Equipment John Deere will help you check off everyone on your list this holiday season with our wide selection of John Deere toys and clothing for all ages. We have everything including ride-on toys, kids’ outfits, hats, hoodies, collectibles, and more. Visit Western Canada’s largest John Deere store just two minutes east of CrossIron Mills Mall. Our winter hours are 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays; 9am to 1pm on Saturdays; closed on Sundays.
Please contact us for gift certificates for Christmas. Providing private music lessons since 1979. Professional instruction is given for most instruments as well as voice.
Create lasting memories with a Heritage Park Annual Pass! Valid all year long, a Family Annual Pass provides endless entertainment for your family of up to six at one low price. Included are endless trips on Calgary’s only steam train, paddlewheel boat and antique amusement park rides, year-round events, daily activities, street theatre, and over 180 exhibits! Some passes include free parking and discounts. For more information, visit the website.
From bountiful gift baskets filled with European delights to party platters featuring an assortment of over 600 meats, cheese, and antipasti, here at the Italian Centre Shop, we make mealtimes and entertaining easy. Off to a party? Don’t go empty-handed! We’ve got the perfect gifts and products to excite food lovers of all ages. Proud to be one of Calgary’s favorite gathering spots. Come, step into Italy! Grocery. Bakery. Deli. Café.
We bring you great prices on your favorite products and services all together under one roof. Discover our great quality and variety of foods, stylish products for your home, and a complete pharmacy to serve all of your family’s needs.
Give the gift of fitness to yourself or someone on your list with our 12 Days of Fitness Pass - on sale starting mid-November, just in time for the holidays. Gift certificates and lots of cool branded items like water bottles, sweat towels, yoga mats, and more!
Who doesn’t like Stripes in their world? Stripes Gear is a thermal base layer clothing line for all the family. Stripes is made out of premium Schoeller polypropylene fiber, which is Itch-Free for the sensitive souls who can’t do wool. Stripes will keep you warm on the coldest days, and is quick to dry on the road for any adventure.
At Beaners Fun Cuts, our experienced stylists give the whole family great hair in a fun-filled atmosphere. Maybe it’s the themed chairs, movie screens, video games, or the ball pit, 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!
Once Upon A Child Varsity offers over 2,500 square feet of top quality new and gently-used kids stuff! We carry clothing Newborn to Size 16, outerwear, sleepwear, shoes, baby and children’s gently-used toys, books, games, and DVDs. Our store also stocks those must-have baby equipment items such as exersaucers, bassinets, bouncy chairs, carriers, playpens, highchairs, swings, and more! Voted the ‘Best Second-Hand Children’s Store’ by Calgary’s Child readers for 12 years in a row!
We carry pre-loved children’s clothing, toys, and equipment such as strollers, highchairs, bassinets, exersaucers, and more! We carry from preemie to size 10 in boys and girls. Our quality is unsurpassed in used items! Visit us Mondays through Saturdays, 10am to 8pm and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. As our customers have told us, we are a hidden gem!
We have some great surprises in store for you this year so grab a friend, co-worker, or family member and join us for the 32nd Annual Art Market! We have invited over 200 professional artists to showcase their art and craft in one spot for four days only. Shop for delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, designer fashion, and more!
Find everything for on the table and under the tree. Dine with friends as live holiday entertainment fills the market, indulge in treats while you find the perfect gift, and create memories with our special activities. Find the very best from your favorite market vendors, plus seasonal vendors, offering festive gifts, food, jewelry, décor, and more. Also join us for Santa and cookie decorating, Tea with Mrs. Claus, live ice carving, visits with Santa’s Reindeer, and more. Free parking and free admission. The Christmas Market at the Calgary Farmers' Market takes place Thursdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
You only have to visit this Market once to discover a magical world of scents, colors, and light.
Join Calgary Waldorf School for the 34th Annual Waldorf Faire on Saturday, November 24 from 10am to 5pm at Calgary Waldorf School (515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW). There will be unique children’s activities and crafts; an artisan market full of specially-selected, all locally-handcrafted wares; and a café with homemade food and live entertainment.
This event takes place 9:30am to 4pm, five weekends leading up to Christmas. Experience the magic of Christmas past with horse-drawn wagon rides; caroling; a visit with reindeer; gingerbread decorating; historic homes dressed up in Christmas style; great Christmas shopping; and a visit and photo with Old Saint Nick make this event one the whole family will enjoy! Reserve early if you would also like to enjoy a Christmas Home-Style Breakfast Buffet.
Bragg Creek will transform into a sparkly, winter wonderland! There will be many free family-friendly activities to take in: Visit with Santa; take a horse-drawn wagon ride; decorate cookies and other kids Christmas crafts; enjoy hot chocolate, movies and popcorn; and much more! Takes place each date from Noon to 4pm.
This holiday season, treat your whole family to a special Christmas celebration at Granary Road! Mingle through our Public Market and taste all the yummy holiday treats while you shop for that special gift! Go for a hayride, visit our petting zoo, get a photo with our Alpaca, and sit on Santa’s lap and tell him how good you were this year!
Revel in the pure, unadulterated meaning of Christmas with the live original score of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Theatre Calgary’s annual production of Dickens’ classic tale has become a favorite holiday tradition. Let Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future melt your heart with kindness and rejoice in the music of the season. Tickets start as low as $35.
This new, one-act musical tells the story of a family trapped in a cabin by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. They’re away from home, have no power, no electronics, and no way to escape each other. It looks to be the worst Christmas ever until an unexpected visitor comes knocking, seeking shelter from the storm.
‘Tis the Season: Kids’ Holiday Special: From Abigail Richardson, the UNESCO award-winning composer that brought Canada’s beloved story The Hockey Sweater to musical life, comes the highly-anticipated world premiere of Making Light, just in time for the holidays! And Howard Blake’s classic wintry animation, The Snowman, whose enchanting song, Walking in the Air, has captivated generations of children will be narrated by the Heebee- jeebees’ star Jonathan Love.
Come in out of the cold and join for fun on the ice! Bring your skates and helmet or Village Square Leisure Centre will provide free skate/helmet rentals, while quantities last.
A Traditional Christmas: Celebrate the spirit of the Season with a selection of holiday favorites. For the first time, this popular holiday tradition can be enjoyed in Okotoks and Rocky Ridge, too! Get your tickets early - these concerts sell out every year.
Join us #intheloop for a festive evening of fun! Light up the Loop will include fun and free holiday-focused activities for everyone, including visits from Santa, carollers, kids’ crafts, and the Lighting of the Marda Loop Christmas tree. Takes place from 6 to 8pm.
Bring the whole family and join the Calgary JCC in this annual celebration! There will be music, crafts, cookie decorating, prizes, and dreidels.
Rune’s Classical Christmas combines the finest in winter-inspired orchestral writing with traditional carols.
Fire and EMS compete! Takes place from 6 to 9pm.
The glow of candlelight will warm your heart as the angelic sound of the award-winning choirs will uplift your spirit, filling the space at Knox United Church as the choir presents seasonal songs and carols that celebrate the joys of the season and the solace of winter.
Join for festive activities and a skate with Santa! There will be activities from 1 to 2pm in the multipurpose room and skating from 2 to 3:30pm. Free for Trico Members.
Winter-themed games and activities will take place throughout Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley Museum! Excludes January 1.
The CORE is kicking off the holidays with 150 stunning beautiful Christmas Trees decorated by Calgary’s dynamic corporations, not-for-profit groups, media and attractions. Trees will be on display for all to see until December 19 when they will be picked up and delivered to local families in need in partnership with The Magic of Christmas. Decorating takes place from 4 to 7pm.
ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company is back with more holiday cheer, festive spirit, and family fun than ever. Looking for things to do this holiday season? Come experience how 2+ million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, and fun-filled activity zones (with many new additions!), transform the Calgary Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. Most magical of all, is its ability to bring friends and family together during the holiday season.
Come celebrate with us at the 37th Annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade on November 24 at 11am! For more information, call 1-403-715-2125 or email email@example.com.
Join us in the heart of Airdrie as we take over Nose Creek Park for the 23rd season of the Airdrie Festival of Lights! There is no charge to attend, and parking is always free. Enjoy a hot chocolate or ride our trains for $2 and warm up by the fire! Donations graciously accepted. Santa Visits: December 1, 4, 11, 18, 22, and 23 from 7 to 8pm. New this year, our 12 Days of Christmas display grouping and Kids’ Only Shopping Experience. Check the website for event details, and more.
The 32nd Annual Lions’ Festival of Lights will illuminate Confederation Park Golf Course along 14 Street NW again this holiday season from December 1 to January 8. Drive by Calgary’s largest Free Christmas light showcase nightly between 6pm and midnight or take the family for a sled ride through the park amongst the 450,000+ bulbs! The Grand Opening event, complete with fireworks, will be held on December 1 at 5pm.
Photos for family members (pets are also welcome!) with Santa are free with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Complimentary snacks available. Takes place from noon to 4pm.
Bring a new toy to our Santa display for Kids Helping Kids and receive a free photo with Santa! Takes place from 1 to 3pm.
Takes place from 7 to 9pm.
Play, swim, jump, splash, and slide into 2019. Bring the whole family for tons of fun. Come for arts & crafts, games, obstacle courses, bouncy house, and snap a pic in the Take a Selfie photo booth!
Bring family and friends as you enjoy the party in the water park to splash around in the wave pool, slides, and hot tub. Listen to cool beats and participate in a pool party countdown at 5:15pm. All ages plus adults welcome.
The Municipal Building will become party central with music, entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark resolution wall. Dress in neon or white and anything that glows and kick off the evening with a boogie on the bigger-than-ever dance floor. Kid’s countdown at 9pm.
Each year, Okotoks hosts an afternoon New Year’s Eve party for families at the Okotoks Recreation Centre.
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