Kids Christmas Events Calgary

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Published Nov 15, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Make sure you check our calendar of kids Christmas events happening in Calgary, we've made sure to grab all the best.

Tis the season to be merry!!  Beautiful Light displays, Christmas Finery, Ballerinas, Crafters, Hot Cocoa and Visits with Santa are just a few of the wonderful treats you might enjoy at the Best Kids Christmas Events Calgary has to offer this holiday season!


Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

Plunge into the warm atmosphere that Christmas at Spruce Meadows evokes. It’s easy! You only have to visit the International Christmas Market once to discover a magical world of scents, colours and light and feel the energy associated with the anticipation of Christmas. Enjoy 250 plus vendors spreading Christmas Spirit.

Nov. 18 -20th, 25th - 27th & Dec. 2 - 4th.  Opens at 10am 
Spruce Meadows


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Calgary this season and overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace,” where 2 dancers become one stunning bird, inspired by the early works of Stanislov Vlasov, original choreographer and director of Moscow Ballet’s inaugural Great Russian Nutcracker. The production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall which your little ones will just love; falling snow and Troika-styled sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); towering hand-made silk puppets; 200 all new, lavish costumes; and 9 hand-painted backdrops, all set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score. It’s definitely going to be a breathtaking show for the whole family to enjoy!

Wednesday Nov. 16th, 7pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall


The Polar Express Train Ride

This Christmas, bring back the magic of the holiday season with the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ aboard the Aspen Crossing Railway! You and your family can share in the magic all over again, creating treasured memories for years to come! Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Aspen Crossing.   

Nov. 25 - Dec. 24. Dates and times vary, must book ahead. See website for details.
Aspen Crossing, Mossleigh


Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

Take a step back into true holiday enchantment by going for a wagon ride, taking in live historical theatre, singing carols or visiting jolly old Saint Nick himself at the annual Once Upon a Christmas Event at Heritage Park! Experience the magic of Christmas with your little ones at this wonderful event!

Nov 19- Dec 18th weekends, from 9:30am- 4pm.
Heritage Park


Festival of Lights 

The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It's comprised of over 300,000 lights along 14 th St NW. Designed by James Alafriz, Creative Intelligence Agency. It is a collaborative effort that draws upon many volunteers, organizations and sponsors. Through it all, the Calgary and area Lions Clubs members and volunteers keeps things organized and on track. 

Nov. 26th - Jan. 8th. 5pm - Midnight
Along 14 th St NW.


Zoo Lights 

One of Calgary's favourite Holiday traditions is the annual ZOOLIGHTS event. See over 1.5 MILLION lights twisting around trees, animals, and flashing to music. New this year will be Ice Skating, Santa's Oasis, and the Singing Tree- a 16-foot voice activated tree of lights. Kids can also have fun in the newly rejuvenated Kids Zone. Dress warm, but the Zoo will bring the hot chocolate!

November 25th- January 8th, nightly, from 6pm-9pm
Calgary Zoo


Airdrie Festival of Lights

A fabulous event that offers good fun without breaking the bank! Admission by cash donation, hot chocolate for $2 per cup, train rides $2 each, kids 2 and under ride for free! Come see the dazzling lights, and make sure you check the website for special events, like the Santa Claus Parade, Santa visits, kids crafts, movies in the park, and more! The Airdrie Festival of Lights is on for the entire month of December.

December 1st- December 31st, nightly, from 6pm- 9pm
Nose Creek Park


The Nutcracker (in a Nutshell)

Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) takes children through the classic ballet The Nutcracker in just 30 minutes. Set to Tchaikovsky's music, The Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and all her friends make an appearance. Waltz of the flowers interactive character dance and creativity workshop follow the performance. Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) is part of Soulocentric’s Bach Tots program which choreographs performances specifically for children ages 0-6 and introduces them to classical and contemporary dance, visual storytelling, music and the performing arts through short live performances.

Nov. 6th -  December 4th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm
Evergreen Community Spaces


Santa Claus Parade in High River

With the annual Calgary Christmas Parades no longer running, this festive Santa Claus parade in High River is perhaps your closest alternative! Be sure to dress warmly and get ready for a beautiful and festive parade.

Friday December 2nd, 2016 at 6:30pm
Highriver, AB



Santa Shuffle Calgary

Run or walk as an individual, family team or corporate team in this years Santa Shuffle! There will be post event refreshments, awards and prizes too so stick around and chat with your friends and family!

December 3rd at 10am - 12 pm. 
Eau Claire Market


Skating with Santa

The big man has got moves! Come down to the Olympic Plaza for 11 am - 3 pm to Skate with Santa. Families can rent skates and helmets, but quantities are limited. The event will be weather dependent, but a little snow never hurt anybody... 

December 20th 11 am - 3 pm. 
Olympic Plaza



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