Christmas, more than any other holiday, seems to invoke a sense of nostalgia and reminiscence. One of Calgary’s most beloved holiday traditions – Heritage Park’s Once Upon a Christmas – is returning, running weekends from November 24 through to December 23, 2018. Don’t miss this chance to spend a magical day in the Heritage Park Historical Village and Gasoline Alley Museum, participating in charming and scenic old-fashioned Christmas customs and traditions.
There’s so much to do during Once Upon a Christmas – wear your comfiest boots! Enjoy winter wagon rides, carol singing, and a visit with Old Saint Nick! You’ll also be able to decorate gingerbread cookies for a fee, children’s crafts (free!), and visit with Heritage Park’s holiday horses. Visit the Christmas train display in the Snooker Hall, see a live Christmas play in the Canmore Opera House, and much more. Don’t forget to stop by Gasoline Alley for a family picture with Santa inside a vintage truck! Many of the Historical Village’s family homes will open their doors to welcome you in from the cold so you can see how families spent Christmas during pioneer times, and you can enjoy Christmas carols throughout the park.
The shops in the Haskayne Mercantile Block, as well as those inside the village, are open for some special holiday shopping for those one-of-a-kind gifts not found in other stores. Kids can shop under the supervision of helpful volunteers at the Kids Only Store in the village. They’ll be so excited to surprise you with something special under the tree. And make sure to swing by the candy store for a little advent treat!
Our family loves Once Upon a Christmas, as it takes us away from the rush and bustle of today, and helps us enjoy the best of Christmas, past and present.
Make your day out even more special with a holiday meal! The Once Upon a Christmas Breakfast Buffet takes place from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. This popular dining event usually sells out, so please be sure to book your tickets in advance.
Admission prices for Once Upon a Christmas: adults (16-64) $11, seniors (65+) $8.85, kids (3-6) $5.70, and youth (7-14) $7; kids 2 and under are free. Ticket price does not include GST. Your admission also includes access to Gasoline Alley Museum, which is a wonderful place to spend some time when you want to take the chill off.
Discount gate admission coupons to Once Upon a Christmas are available at Calgary Safeway, Sobeys, and Fountain Tire locations.
Insider Tips from Heritage Park:
The popularity of Once Upon a Christmas can result in line-ups at favourite locations, especially on nice days during the afternoon. Keep reading for insider tips on key spots to visit in the morning, for a shorter wait time:
- Stop at Gasoline Alley first. You’ll find Santa crafts & games here.
- Take a wagon ride in the morning. It’s a beautiful time to go dashing through the snow! (Weather dependent, of course.)
- Kids, go shopping early! Get your special packages at the Kids’ Only Store before it gets busy.
- The candy store and bakery are always popular. Stock up in the morning to avoid lineups, or break the rules with candy for breakfast!
Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park:
When: Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary, AB
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.