Tis the season to be merry!
2017 brings a new year of our favourite holiday events, as well as some fresh new ones we think you'll all enjoy. This blog is just a highlight of some hand-picked events, but for the FULL master list of all family-friendly happenings, visit our Calendar of Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.
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 24 - January 6, nightly, from 6pm-9pm (closed Dec 25)
At the Calgary Zoo, click here to purchase tickets online.
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 17 -19, Nov 24 - 27, & Dec 1 - 3
Fridays 10am - 8pm, Saturdays 10am - 7pm, & Sundays 10am - 5pm
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 but dates and times vary, must book ahead. See website for details.
Aspen Crossing, Mossleigh
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 25- Dec 17 on Saturdays & Sundays, from 9:30am- 4pm.
Plus, open Dec 22 and Dec 23!
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.
Light up is December 2 at 5pm! Then open nightly 6pm-midnight until January 8th, 2018.
Along 14 th St NW.
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 1 - 31, nightly, from 6pm- 9pm
Nose Creek Park
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!
Saturday December 2nd at 10am - 1 pm.
Eau Claire Market
The big man has got moves! Come down to the Olympic Plaza for 12pm - 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 16, 12pm - 3 pm.
This adaption of a classic, The Nutcracker, is just 30 minutes and perfectly suited for babies, toddlers and children 6 and under. All ages welcome! Set to Tchaikovsky's music, The Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and all her friends make an appearance. Make Christmas crafts before the show. Waltz of the flowers interactive character dance and creativity workshop follow the performance. After the short "fuss-friendly" performance, children are invited to participate in dance and imaginative play with the dancers.
Dec 7 & 8 - 10:30am & 12:30pm at Cardel Theatre
Dec 9 - 10:30am at Evergreen Community Spaces
Dec 10 - 2:30pm at Evergreen Community Spaces
Dec 14 - 10:30am at Cochrane Rachehouse Theatre
Dec 15 & 16 - 10:30am & 12:30pm at ATB Financial Arts Barn in Edmonton
With the annual Calgary Christmas Parades no longer running for a few years now, there are still parades a short drive away that you can enjoy!
- Banff's Santa Claus Parade of Lights - November 18th
- Strathmore Santa Claus Parade - November 25th
- Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade - November 25th
- High River Santa Claus Parade - December 1st
- Airdrie Santa Claus Parade - December 2nd
- Cochrane Santa Claus Parade - December 9th
Learn more about them in our blog on Santa Claus Parades near Calgary.And remember, check out ChatterBlock's master list of Calgary Christmas events for even more holiday activities! We are adding to it daily.