Sponsored by APEGA Holiday Gift Guide

I’m hopelessly sentimental when it comes to Christmas. I love the sparkling lights, the glittering decorations on my Christmas tree, and the warmth of light spilling out neighbours’ windows. I love Christmas music and I start playing it as early as I can. I love eggnog, treats, advent calendars, and cozy nights by the fireplace. I even hold on to the idealized vision of all my children getting along in the spirit of peace on earth!

We’ve put together a guide for the best Christmas events in and around Calgary, to help you get into the spirit of Christmas and have holiday fun with your family. We can even help make your shopping easier so you can free up some time, with STEM gift ideas from the APEGA Holiday Gift Guide. While you’re there, don’t forget to enter the contest for a toy!

Christmas Events to Brighten Your Holidays


Alberta Theatre Projects (Family Fun Calgary)Alberta Theatre Projects: The Jungle Book

The holiday season in Calgary is filled with family fun. But there’s nothing quite like dressing up and taking the kids out for a special family-friendly production over the holidays. Alberta Theatre Projects traditionally produces a play the whole family will enjoy watching and this year they are back with The Jungle Book! Experience this timeless fable where familiar characters come to life through puppetry, stylized props, masks, and movement.

Read more about it here.

Calgary Christmas Farmers Market (Family Fun Calgary)Calgary Christmas Market

There’s a lot to take care of during the holidays. What if you could check those items off your list, support local businesses, and actually enjoy getting some errands done? It’s perfectly possible! The Calgary Farmers’ Market has transformed into the Calgary Christmas Market, just in time to get everything you need for ‘on the table and under the tree’ and have fun doing it!

Read more about it here.

Camp Cadicasu Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Camp Cadicasu Christmas

In beautiful Kananaskis Country, there is an overnight camp named Camp Cadicasu. And this December you can celebrate Christmas at Cadicasu! There’s nothing quite like Christmas in the mountains and Camp Cadicasu offers an exquisite backdrop for your family memories. You can spend the day in Kananaskis, enjoying Christmas treats and activities, and getting into the holiday spirit.

Read more about it here.

Glow YYC (Family Fun Calgary)Glow Calgary

It’s time to shine, Calgary, with a beautiful, brand-new festival in town this year! It’s a twinkling indoor winter wonderland with children’s activities, special events and live entertainment, and a Merry Makers Market. The whole family will enjoy the holiday season as Glow Calgary presents Christmas Around the World!

Read more about it here.


Heritage Park Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Heritage Park Once Upon A Christmas

It’s the smell of a woodfire and fresh-baked bread; it’s the sound of a child’s laughter and the singing of rosy-cheeked carolers. It’s all of your senses delighting in Christmas traditions that have stood the test of time! Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park is one of Calgary’s most beloved holiday experiences as it allows families to participate in old-fashioned Christmas customs and traditions.

Read more about it here.

Immersive Nutcracker (Family Fun Calgary)Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

Enter a world of magic, fantasy, and enchantment this Christmas! With sweeping music, whimsical characters, and a charming holiday story, the whole family will be swept into The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle, coming to Calgary for the first time this festive season. Here you can walk right into a timeless classic as it’s brought to life on a majestic scale with five fantasy-filled worlds.

Read more about it here.

Jubilations Junior A Mighty Shrek Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Jubilations Junior A Mighty Shrek Christmas

What if you could find something the whole family would enjoy doing this holiday season? We mean a delicious meal and fun and laughter for everyone! (You might not all be laughing at the same jokes, but you’ll be laughing!) Jubilations Junior is a dinner theatre designed for families, and that means fun for the kids and the parents. This holiday, they are bringing you A Mighty Shrek Christmas.

Read more about it here.

Marlborough Mall Christmas Santa (Family Fun Calgary)Marlborough Mall Magic of Santa

It’s time for a little holiday magic, don’t you think? Marlborough Mall agrees, so they are bringing you Santa Magic Photos this Christmas! In the middle of putting up decorations, baking cookies, planning events, wrapping presents, and looking forward to your favourite seasonal traditions, Marlborough Mall invites you to experience a little extra holiday cheer.

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. Get some shopping done, enjoy your family time, and plan a visit with the Man in Red!

Read more about it here.

Rümi Winter Wonderfest (Family Fun Calgary)

Rümi Winter Wonderfest

Santa Claus is coming to town! (And so are Mrs. Claus and the reindeer!) With Santa, treats, music, and much more, you won’t want to miss a brand-new winter festival coming to Calgary this December. Home solutions company, Rümi, powered by ATCO, is inviting you to their first-ever Winter Wonderfest, in support of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.

Read more about it here.

Southcentre Mall Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Southcentre Mall Christmas Events

This holiday season, families are looking for a festive dose of family fun, a chance to support local businesses, and an opportunity to give back. Southcentre Mall is a holiday destination that will take you beyond simply shopping, giving you a chance to participate in community programming and family fun, all while you complete your Christmas checklist.

Read more about it here.

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market (Family Fun Calgary)Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

The holidays are an ideal time to build family traditions, cherish special memories, and enjoy a little festive cheer. If it’s not already one of your family traditions, this Christmas, consider adding a visit to the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market, presented by TELUS. Here you’ll find Christmas spirit and family fun for a special day out, and great shopping!

Read more about it here.

TELUS Spark Sparkle Sparkle (Family Fun Calgary)

TELUS Spark Science Centre Sparkle Sparkle

Magical lights, delicious treats, and family fun? Sounds like the perfect experience for this holiday season! TELUS Spark Science Centre is bringing back Sparkle Sparkle, an exciting holiday destination for a ‘twinkly, science-inspired experience with all the trimmings.’ It’s time to light things up, brighten your nights, and bring you some sparkle!

Read more about it here.

Township Shopping Centre Holiday (Family Fun Calgary)Township Shopping Centre Holiday Photo Installation

It’s time for holiday cheer and a dose of dazzling family fun! Township Shopping Centre, in Calgary’s southeast community of Legacy, invites families of all ages to a dynamic installation of more than ten festive vignettes to enjoy during the holiday season. Grab your camera, grab your kids: it’s the place to capture all your holiday memories.

Read more about it here.

WestHills Towne Centre Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)WestHills Towne Centre Santa Photos

Christmas brings all kinds of seasonal magic and special experiences, but it also brings extra tasks and duties. We’ve all got lists of groceries, gifts, and general errands, and the days before Christmas will fly by. Thankfully, WestHills Towne Centre will help you get it all done quickly and conveniently, with a little magic thrown in! This November, someone special is coming back to help you celebrate the holidays!

Read more about it here.

ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)


Sparkling, festive, and magical! For many Calgarians, the holiday season is simply not complete without a visit to ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Calgary’s award-winning holiday tradition will be glowing for seven weeks of festive, family-friendly fun, lighting up the nights this holiday.

Read more about it here.


APEGA Holiday Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

Other Helpful Christmas Guides

APEGA STEM Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)APEGA Holiday Gift Guide

How do you find the “perfect” gift? You want something that’s fun and educational because kids learn best when they are engaged! APEGA has put together a holiday gift guide for toddlers to teenagers, filled with ideas for the perfect gift. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topics affect nearly every area of our lives and are found in many job fields and these foundational skills will benefit every child. This Christmas, you can promote problem-solving, logic, and hands-on learning, all with a Christmas gift your child will love!

Read more about it here.

Christmas Light Displays (Family Fun Calgary)Christmas Light Displays

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 Markets (Family Fun Calgary)Christmas Markets

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 Parades (Family Fun Calgary)Christmas Light Ups and Parades

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.


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


Merry Christmas, Calgary!


APEGA STEM Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

APEGA Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here and kids are getting busy writing their letters to Santa and creating their Christmas wish lists. Parents are busy writing lists of to-dos and trying to squeeze errands and extra trips to the mall in between work and family life. But who really wants to aimlessly wander the mall with hordes of other tense shoppers? We just want to enjoy some special holiday moments, exchanging our stress for the wonder of the season. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is here to help you get these presents wrapped up, figuratively and literally. Take a look at the APEGA Holiday Gift Guide for all ages, filled with science, technology, and discovery!

How do you find the “perfect” gift? You want something that’s fun and educational because kids learn best when they are engaged! APEGA has put together a holiday gift guide for toddlers to teenagers, filled with ideas for the perfect gift. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topics affect nearly every area of our lives and are found in many job fields and these foundational skills will benefit every child. This Christmas, you can promote problem-solving, logic, and hands-on learning, all with a Christmas gift your child will love!

Leave the stress behind and just enjoy the magic. Christmas shopping = done!

WIN A TOY! For even more ideas, go to www.apega.ca/giftguide. While you’re there, enter to WIN one of the APEGA Holiday Gift Guide STEM toys by finding Gus, the APEGA holiday dinosaur, and filling out the form for your chance to win. Contest is open until  11:59 pm MST on December 1, 2022. See all contest rules and conditions at www.apega.ca/giftguide.