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What is your favourite thing about the holiday season? There’s so much to love! Christmas is a magical time, and however you celebrate the winter holidays, we wish you joy and peace. We’ve put together a guide for the best Christmas events in and around Calgary, to help you have special holiday fun with your family.

Christmas Events to Brighten Your Holidays



Sparkling, festive, and magical! Embrace cool nights and warm lights with ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. This festive, award-winning holiday tradition will light up your nights this holiday season. Discover a holiday extravaganza and complete your holiday celebrations with an enchanting, family-friendly evening.

Read more about it here.

Blue Grass Garden Centre Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Blue Grass Garden Centre Jingle Bell Jamboree

It’s a Jingle Bell Jamboree and you’re invited! The whole family will enjoy festive fun at the Blue Grass Garden Centre Christmas celebration. Delight in the magic of the season through your children’s eyes and enjoy terrific seasonal activities, a visit with Santa, and warm family memories. This is a free event, but you need to reserve your spot soon!

Read more about it here.

Boundary Ranch Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Boundary Ranch Christmas

Winter in the mountains is picturesque, snowy, and completely magical. If you are looking for a break from the every day and a place to create enchanting family memories, head to Kananaskis and visit Boundary Ranch this Christmas. It is a wonderful way to entertain your kids during the holidays and the perfect place to take out-of-town visitors. Cozy up with your family during a day at Boundary Ranch!

Read more about it here.

Heritage Park Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Heritage Park Once Upon a Christmas

This is a magical time of year and Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park is one of Calgary’s most beloved holiday experiences, as it invokes a powerful sense of warm nostalgia. This holiday season, smell the woodfire and the fresh-baked bread. Listen to the sound of a child’s laughter and the singing of rosy-cheeked carolers. It’s time for old-fashioned Christmas fun!

Read more about it here.

Jubilations Junior Guardians of Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Jubilations Junior Guardians of Christmas

The holiday season will be here before you know it and that means it’s the perfect time to add live theatre, great food, and family giggles to your schedule! The holidays are made for feel-good family time and Jubilations Junior has you covered so get your tickets now for The Guardians of Christmas. It’s an entertaining dinner theatre outing that the whole family will enjoy. (You might even be able to convince your teens to come along!)

Read more about it here.

New Horizon Mall Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)New Horizon Mall Christmas

Christmas is filled with delicious treats, sparkling lights, and family events. It’s the time to enjoy special activities and create memories, while you watch the shining eyes of your children as they discover the season. New Horizon Mall is helping you celebrate Christmas with loads of seasonal fun this year. Be sure to check out the FREE Holiday Family Movie AND the FREE Children’s Party (complete with a visit with Santa!).

Read more about it here.

ATCO Rümi Winter Wonderfest (Family Fun Calgary)

Rümi Winter Wonderfest

Ho, ho, ho! We hear that Santa Claus is coming to town a little early this year, so your family can enjoy some special holiday fun before the big day! Plus, he’s bringing Mrs. Claus, and you can even meet Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer. Rümi Winter Wonderfest is back in support of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, with Santa, treats, music, and much more.

Read more about it here.

Southcentre Mall Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Southcentre Mall Christmas

Southcentre Mall is ready to spread holiday cheer with festive family fun, support for local businesses, and a commitment to giving back. This Christmas, move beyond the hustle and bustle of commercialism and embrace the true spirit of the season at Southcentre Mall. Dive into a world of community programming, family-friendly activities, and joyful moments.

Read more about it here.

WestHills Towne Centre Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

WestHills Towne Centre Santa Photos

The holidays bring all kinds of special experiences, but the lists of groceries, gifts, and general errands can make it hard to enjoy all of the moments. Thankfully, WestHills Towne Centre Santa Photos will add a little joy to the every day, as the Man in Red comes back to help you celebrate the holidays!

Read more about it here.

ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)

Helpful Christmas Guides


Christmas Light DisplaysBest Christmas Lights in Calgary (Family Fun Calgary)

Who can resist the sparkling allure of Christmas lights? (I can’t!) It’s fun just to drive around your community to ooh and ahh at the lights, but our guide has some of the most spectacular places in Calgary to enjoy the twinkling displays.

Read more about it here.

Christmas MarketsFall Christmas Market and Craft Fair Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas markets involve a whole lot of shopping, but also a whole lot of Christmas fun, making them great for the whole family. While some events are small, some events are much larger and Christmas events in their own right, with unique shopping included!

Read more about it here.

Christmas Light Ups and ParadesChristmas Light Ups & Parades (Family Fun Calgary)

There is so much going on during the holiday season, and Christmas Light-Ups and Parades are a great way to combine the magic of sparkling lights with some seasonal fun. Whether it’s a community event, a parade, or an all-out party, we’ve compiled a list of wonderful holiday fun!

Read more about it here.

Experiences Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

Our Experiences Gift Guide is coming soon!





But there’s lots more! Find other terrific Christmas events here.

ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)Sparkling, festive, and magical! Embrace cool nights and warm lights with ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. This festive, award-winning holiday tradition will light up your nights this holiday season from November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024. Discover a holiday extravaganza and complete your holiday celebrations with an enchanting, family-friendly evening.

It would also be nice to mention the sun lights to Zoolights pass with which you can see the polar bears and enjoy Zoolights in one evening with one discounted ticket.

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is celebrating nearly 30 years since it first started transforming into an enchanting winter wonderland. This year’s ZOOLIGHTS experience will be bigger, brighter, and more magical than ever, with over one million lights and close to 250 light figures, along with interactive and choreographed light displays. With new installations for 2023, including an exciting new arctic aurora theme and polar bear lights, your family will enjoy a night to remember, all while you support wildlife conservation. New for 2023, to celebrate the opening of Wild Canada this December, you can purchase a Sunlight to ZOOLIGHTS combo pass from December 1, 2023, to January 7, 2024, so you can visit the polar bears and enjoy the magic of ZOOLIGHTS.

All the best of winter is at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo this holiday: sparkling lights, a visit with Santa, playing in the snow, and hot chocolate by the fire! Whether you are creating a new holiday tradition or continuing a favourite one, your whole family will love the festive spectacle of ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Everything that’s magical about Christmas has come together in one place!

Merry Christmas, Calgary!