There is just so much I love about the holiday season. The nights are long and the days are busy, but the Christmas lights are beautiful and there are so many fun family events in Calgary this December! Get your errands done and keep reading for our top picks for family fun.


It’s Christmas. And we have the guides you need. Excellent Christmas activities will be found in the Guide to Christmas Events in Calgary. Want to do a little shopping without hitting the mall? Take a look at our Christmas Market Guide. Don’t forget to look at our Experience Gift Guide or the  APEGA Holiday Gift Guide to help with your shopping. And if you want to find the best places to see the beautiful Christmas Lights, we have that, too!

ZOOLIGHTS at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is a Calgary classic all December long. This year’s ZOOLIGHTS experience will be bigger, brighter, and more magical than ever, with millions of twinkling lights at every turn, and five new installations for 2022.

Is it too cold out for you? Glow Calgary is a new event filled with lights and family fun all December long and it’s inside!

Christmas in the mountains is magical and Camp Cadicasu is inviting you to Christmas at Cadicasu, on December 3 – 4, 2022. Here you’ll create sweet holiday memories in a winter wonderland.

Banff Gondola is celebrating A Mountaintop Christmas on weekends in December. There are lots of great activities and it’s all included with your gondola ticket. Santa will even be there until Christmas. Best part? Kids go free before noon! While you’re in Banff, check out the free Banff Christmas Lighting Trail: In Search of Christmas Spirit, all month long.

This December, (days and times vary), you can be whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. 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, and are entertained by characters from the movie. Of course, Santa is waiting at the North Pole.

It’s a Christmas classic and Calgary loves the Nutcracker! Jeunessse Classique Ballet is performing the Nutcracker from December 9 – 11, 2022, and Alberta Ballet is performing it on select days from December 16 – 24, 2022. For a less traditional experience, you can also check out the Immersive Nutcracker from December 1 – 28, 2022, or Nutcracker (In a Nutshell) for the littlest ones, on December 10 – 11, and 17 – 18, 2022.

Doing your holiday shopping? Make it a local Christmas with help from Southcentre Mall all month long! They have great ideas for shopping locally to please everyone on your list.

The Servus Tube Park at WinSport brings you all the thrills with none of the spills! Opening on December 17, 2022, you can get outside and play, with downhill excitement and winter fun for any skill level and ability, all without leaving the city.

If you love an old-fashioned Christmas, Heritage Park is celebrating Once Upon A Christmas, every weekend until December 18, 2022. It’s one of Calgary’s most beloved holiday experiences as it allows families to reminisce and participate in charming and old-fashioned Christmas customs and traditions.

Shows, shows, shows! Alberta Theatre Projects is producing The Jungle Book this holiday, on select days until December 31, 2022. Or go for a show that will have the whole family laughing, like Jubilations Jr. Dinner Theatre’s A Mighty Shrek Christmas, playing on Saturdays all December (and until January 14, 2023). Families with older kids will love Little Women, playing December 7 – 31, 2022.

On December 18, 2022, enjoy a Sunday Funday with the Calgary Hitmen. Enjoy special food and beverage pricing and in-game family entertainment.

Last, but not least, find fun on December 31, 2022, with our New Year’s Eve Guide!

There are lots of other events happening during the month of December. Calgary is a great place for families to enjoy activities together. Be sure to check out our calendar to find more family fun. You can also submit your family-friendly event to us; just fill out our event submission form. Don’t forget to check out the contests we will be running and take a look at our Winter Classes for Kids Guide. Enjoy the month, Calgary!

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