Monday, December 6, 2010

Top 5: Festive Things to do in Calgary

 Ah it is now officially the Holiday season for most. Some of my favourite things to do during the Holidays are the Christmas events around town.  I have only been in Calgary for 5 years so I am SURE there are hidden treasures all over the place in terms of Christmas-y things, but these are the ones that I know of.

Zoo Lights
Every year you can go walk around in -30 degree weather and see the infamous Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo. This year get ready for "Flash Mob Carollers – You never know when or where the music may break out Dec. 17, 18, 28 & 30"...flash mobs, gotta love it.

Nov 26 - January 2 (excluding Dec 25 and 31) from 6-9pm.
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $6 for kids

Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park
Heritage Park goes festive during the holidays. There are a bunch of different things that you can do there while the weather is cold including skating, singing, and wandering around the town.

Saturdays and Sundays November 20 & 21, 27 & 28 December 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 2010
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tickets are $7 for Adults and $5 for kids

A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker
It is always fun to go see a Christmas show...and it is one of the better things to do that doesn't require you plan for arctic temperatures.

Every year Theatre Calgary puts on A Christmas Carol. I saw it last year, it was dope. I believe, unless he has recently passed, that the same guy has been playing Scrooge for 16 years.

Alberta Ballet puts on The Nutcracker, which is also dope. I am terrified yet fascinated by the giant mice.

Ticket prices vary for both shows.
The Nutcracker runs from December 17 - 23
A Christmas Carol runs from December 2 - 26

Outdoor Skating
There are a few places that one can go and enjoy one thing that the freezing cold gives us...the ability to have outdoor rinks. Olympic Plaza downtown is the first rink that comes to mind, but there are countless rinks in the city and in different neighbourhoods.

I heard of one that is supposedly the "best find ever" but when I asked where it was I was told that I wasn't going to get the info because they didn't want "this lil enchanted spot to be all busy and shit" you are on your own here people.

Indie Rock Xmas
For the hipsters out there that are not down with the craft fairs and looking at lights...or even if you are, you can still go to the Indie Rock Xmas that is being put on by the lovelies who plan Calgary Folk Fest and includes local artists such as Woodpiegon and Dan Vacon from The Dudes.

December 12 from 6-9pm at the Arrata Opera Centre
Tickets are $25 for Adults and $5 for kids

For all of you that wondered why I didn't put Christmas Craft Fairs on here it's because I think they suck. One of my friends actually told me that they other day she was at a craft fair and people were selling mini marshmallows in a bag and saying they were snowman poo. I would have punched them in the face.

Also...I would have loved to put in Santa Claus parade, but 1) those usually happen at the end of November and 2) Calgary doesn't have one. I also looked into Red Deer and they cancelled theirs this year. Fail.


Thanks to all my friendies that gave me suggestions. You rock.


  1. I have to laugh about the flash mob carolers at Zoo Lights...mostly because it's families of like 3 or 4 that go, so I'm assuming if there's a bunch of people mulling around without kids, they are probably part of the singing.

  2. HAHAHAH snowman poo. That is a legit gift that I will be giving.
    PS Friendies is a complete ripoff of my "friendzys" term. Fail jess.
    PPS Ill be bringing you snowman poo at Andi's bday.

  3. I will not accept "snowman poo" as a birthday present. Nope.

  4. Jenzy: friendies, friendzys, or however you may say it was coin before you were alive. I think even Carol wasn't born yet.

  5. Dear Jes & Andi,

    Snowman poo is an acceptable form of gift. I personally think you should quit being so judgemental. Christmas is a time for crappy gifts- so with that being said...expect me to double the amount you were originally going to get.

    Love Jen.

    P.S. Carol loves you. She told me so in 8000 characters.

  6. There are plenty of things to do in Calgary. In addition, whether you are fond of sports, first-class dining, shopping, the arts, the water adventures or else seeing the sites, you will for sure come across a plethora of things to do in Calgary.


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