Top Things to Do in Calgary for the Holidays

Top Things to Do in Calgary for the Holidays 

The holiday season in Calgary is a time for family, friends, fun and festivity. The city is alive with activities of all sorts, from high-wattage sparkle to handmade charm. So whether you’re a traditionalist or a little more on the edge--or want to holiday like a local--I have rounded up a range of events to make your season bright. 

 For a truly unique and memorable Christmas experience, a visit to Calgarys Lougheed House is a must. Brimming and all aglow with Christmas trees, ornaments, lights, furniture, candles and decorative items throughout three floors, Lougheed House at Christmas is a popular "must see" for Calgary families. 

Get ready for that ugly Christmas sweater party you'll inevitably be invited to this holiday season with this DIY event by making your own custom garment. Hands On YYC hosts its annual Ugly Xmas Sweater worskhop at Wurst on December 4, with all materials provided and a portion of proceeds benefitting the Sagesse foundation. Group rates are available to parties of four or more, and be advised that this event routinely sells out in advance.  Times: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

Join the CORE this holidays season as they welcome Santa downtown every Thursday - Sunday starting November 22 - December 23!  Santa will be sitting with children on a giant red chair amongst a forest of Christmas Trees on level 2 of the CORE (glass bridge near Holt Renfrew).  Photos with Santa are complimentary and are to be taken with your smartphone so you can easily share them with friends and family! If you post the photo of your child with Santa and use #FindChristmasDowntown your photo will automatically print out at our hashtag printer! 

Join us in our Penthouse lounge for a truly one-of-a-kind Holiday Afternoon Tea experience. Enjoy the sounds of a live harpist while you take part in a traditional Afternoon Tea with a holiday flair.   

Its that time!! Christmas is coming soon and why not come and shop local at Calgary Night Market inside Eau Claire Market's centre court.  Shop to over 40 local vendors with their amazing handmade products. We will have live entertainment and a dj to groove with while shopping your favourite stores.  Come out for the evening with your friends and family.  We are a free event and located right at the center of downtown and easy access to the train line and transit.

The glow starts with you! 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.  November 23, 2018 - January 5, 2019 Nightly from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  You'll always find our best price online. Save $3 per ticket between November 23 and December 20 and save $5 per transaction between December 21 and January 5.

The Jingles will be performing at the Calgary Christmas Market from 1pm - 2pm on December 9, 2018. The market will be open from 9am - 5pm and many other acts will be performing throughout the duration of the day. Bring the whole family! Enjoy fresh treats, live music, great shopping and support local vendors.