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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!

To get you into the spirit of Christmas, or just to have some holiday fun with your family, we’ve put together a guide to Christmas events in and around Calgary. 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.

Christmas Events to Brighten Your Holidays

 

ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)

FEATURED EVENT: Calgary Zoo ZOOLIGHTS

That Christmas glow starts at ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, this holiday! For many Calgarians, this magical season is not complete without a visit to the Calgary Zoo to light up the night. The Calgary Zoo turns into a magical winter wonderland, with great family-friendly activities!

Read more about it here.


Jubilations Junior Theatre (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: Jubilations Junior Beauty and the Grinch

When you attend a Jubilations Junior Show, you get all the excitement of live theatre and a delicious 3-course lunch, but in a kid-friendly environment. But the kid-friendly environment doesn’t mean boring for the adults! Besides enjoying your meal, you’ll also appreciate the amazing and all-Canadian show, a 2-act musical comedy, with world-famous, interactive character servers. It’s entertaining for the adults and the kids. (Sure, you might not be laughing at the same jokes as your pint-sized offspring, but you’ll all be laughing!)

Read more about it here.


Southcentre Mall Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

FEATURED EVENT: Christmas at Southcentre Mall

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. It’s time to go beyond the commercialism of the season and focus on family and community. Southcentre Mall is bringing an atmosphere that will take you beyond simply shopping, giving you a chance to participate in community programming and safe family fun, all while you complete your Christmas checklist.

Read more about it here.


Camp Cadicasu Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: Christmas at Camp Cadicasu

While Camp Cadicasu offers amazing summer encounters with nature and other kids, the camp also offers a wonderful place to retreat in the winter, too! Your family is invited to Christmas at Cadicasu. There’s nothing quite like Christmas in the mountains and Camp Cadicasu offers an exquisite backdrop for your family memories as you enjoy Christmas treats and activities.

Read more about it here.


Alberta Theatre Projects (Family Fun Calgary)

FEATURED EVENT: Alberta Theatre Projects Presents In Wonderland

Would you follow a well-dressed white rabbit down the rabbit hole? Find yourself in the middle of a fairy tale this holiday season! Alberta Theatre Projects is presenting In Wonderland, written by Calgary actor Anne Cummer and directed by Haysam Kadri, based on the well-known story of Alice, the clever girl who discovers a curious new world.

Read more about it here.


VIVO Play Project Hubs (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: VIVO Play Hubs

Do you remember how to play? We know how vital play is for a child’s development, creativity, learning, and general well-being. VIVO is a charity on a mission to raise healthier generations and one of these initiatives is the VIVO Play Project! The VIVO Play Project is committed to promoting play to the kids and communities of North Central Calgary, so this Christmas, get outside and play!

Read more about it here.


Sunridge Shopping Centre Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: Santa’s Sleigh at Sunridge Shopping Centre

Christmas is quickly approaching and Sunridge Shopping Centre knows that a happy holiday is what families need this year. Besides being a shopping destination where you can make a list and check it twice, the magic of visiting Santa is back for the little ones. Santa’s Sleigh is getting ready for kids to tell their secrets to Santa, with a safe socially-distanced visit, of course!

Read more about it here.


TELUS Spark Sparkle (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: TELUS Spark Science Centre Sparkle Sparkle

Magical lights, delicious treats, and family fun? Sounds like a perfect evening for this holiday season! TELUS Spark Science Centre has brought back Sparkle Sparkle, an exciting new holiday destination to light things up, brighten your nights, and bring you some sparkle! The darkest winter nights are nearly here, but you can come inside to warm your hearts with Sparkle Sparkle.

Read more about it here.


Calgary Shrine Centre Photos With Santa (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: Calgary Shrine Centre Photos With Santa

Santa Photos Calgary is a special, safe place for your family to experience a little Christmas joy. Your children can enjoy some private time with the Man in Red, and you will take those sweet photo memories home with you. Family photos with Santa can be booked in two beautifully decorated Christmas themes: Read with Santa by the Fire or Visit Santa in his Sleigh.

Read more about it here.


Heritage Park Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)FEATURED EVENT: Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park

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. It invokes a powerful sense of nostalgia as it allows families to reminisce and participate in charming and old-fashioned Christmas customs and traditions.

Read more about it here.

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Search for Santa Scavenger Hunt

Take part in a fun family adventure through the streets of Banff. This is a purely digital experience and deemed extremely low risk as it takes place mostly outdoors, with a single-family group and on a timed basis, allowing them to severely limit the number of teams that participate. You’ll go to popular locations for spectacular photos and engage in activities that embrace your inner child in a variety of ways.

Read more about it here.


Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas

Find Santa on the top of a mountain this Christmas! You’ll enjoy seasonal decorations, treats, and a perfect Christmas atmosphere. Even better, kids go free before noon – every day!

Read more about it here.


Christmas in Kensington 

The Christmas season is here, and Kensington is thrilled to offer festive and free Christmas programming on Saturdays. You’ll find live music, sleigh rides, a wandering Santa Claus, and complimentary hot chocolate from Higher Ground and coffee from Deville. This is a great opportunity to roam the neighbourhood and engage in some local holiday shopping.

Read more about it here.


Climb Aboard For a Trip on the Polar Express

Find some Christmas magic only a short drive from Calgary and climb aboard The Polar Express Train Ride for a Magical Journey to the North Pole! Once onboard, treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, and are entertained by characters from the movie.

Read more about it here.


Rosebud Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

The tiny town of Rosebud, a little over an hour from Calgary, boasts a thriving theatre that has become a favourite of many Calgarians. Rosebud Theatre offers professional theatre productions, paired with a delicious meal, that will engage and entertain you. For the 2020 Christmas season, get your tickets for A Christmas Carol with the Rosebud Theatre and relive a classic!

Read more about it here.


Spiritus Chamber Choir Christmas

Bring your teens to experience an afternoon of beautiful choral music with FREE ADMISSION for high schoolers! Enjoy an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional advent choral music. The bustling Christmas holidays contrast the season of winter when the natural world rests. Revel in a peaceful calm this Christmas with the Spiritus Chamber Choir and celebrate the message of the angels.

Read more about it here.


Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour

Santa is trading in his sleigh for a tour across Canada in an iconic red Coca-Cola Canada Holiday Truck, travelling from coast-to-coast and delivering seasonal joy and optimism! This holiday season, the Holiday Truck Tour is touring the country, safely bringing Canadians together and featuring some holiday magic and the big guy himself. The truck will be at a variety of locations in Calgary and area all December.

Read more about it here.


Lougheed House Christmas

Christmas has come to the Lougheed House! You’ll find a gorgeous festive style and enjoy a Victorian holiday ambience. Explore the house at your own pace from Thursdays to Sundays and marvel at the beautiful spaces or book a special meal. You can even visit Santa.

Read more about it here.


Canmore Rotary Festival of Trees

The Rotary Festival of Trees is a magical event happening throughout the month of December in Canmore for the whole family. Imagine an indoor forest of Christmas trees decorated and twinkling all in one place, all created and donated by local businesses. There will be extra events and activities happening, too.

Read more about it here.


Calgary Carol Festival

The Calgary Carol Festival, with Calgary’s best choirs, is back. It’s a FREE, in-person event for the entire family and includes an audience sing-along component for even more holiday cheer. Enjoy this beautiful Christmas tradition.

Read more about it here.


Merry Movies at Landmark Cinemas

Get 12 Days of Merry Movies with Landmark Cinemas this holiday season! Landmark Cinema is bringing you a series of classics for only $5 (+tax) per ticket. You’ll find something for everyone in the family!

Read more about it here.


Camp Chestermere ‘That Winter Thing’

Come on out to ‘That Winter Thing’ at Camp Chestermere for a holiday event filled with Christmas fun. From turkey dinner to outdoor sports to a Kids Holiday Story, your whole family will enjoy this exciting holiday event.

Read more about it here.


Northwestival Winter Warmup

Warm-up to winter with the University District’s annual winter outdoor festival. Northwestival promises to be packed full of family-friendly holiday surprises and all things that make the Northwest worth celebrating.

Read more about it here.


A Youth Singers Christmas Spectacular

ATCO is pleased to present the “Holly Jolly House Party” with the Youth Singers of Calgary! Grab your family, call your friends, and let’s get together. This Christmas, 200 performers take the stage as Youth Singers of Calgary hosts the party of the season. Once again they’ll be singing and celebrating, all together under one roof. This holiday house party will be rocking!

Read more about it here.


Calgary Jazz Orchestra: A Perfectly Frank Christmas

Join the Calgary Jazz Orchestra for their Christmas performance: A Perfectly Frank Christmas. This concert is for all ages to enjoy the music of holiday favourites and music made popular by Frank Sinatra.

Read more about it here.


Jeunesse Classique Nutcracker

The Jeunesse Classique Ballet has won high praise from audiences throughout Western Canada and around the globe. Bring your family to see them perform Tchaikovsky’s classic fairy tale ballet, The Nutcracker.

Read more about it here.

 

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Cochrane Festival of Trees

The Cochrane Festival of Trees is at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Come marvel at these beautiful creations, which will be on display most of the month.

Read more about it here.


East Village Light Up the Square

It’s time to Light Up the Square in East Village! Head to the 5th St Square to celebrate, laugh, and be jolly. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 pm and you can enjoy carolers, wagon rides, treats, and a visit from Santa.

Read more about it here.


Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra

The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra encourages parents and grandparents to bring young children to concerts. Children are the next generation of symphonic music listeners and supporters and these are amazing “starter” concerts for kids! Join the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra for Holiday Dreams and Dances, a family-friendly orchestral experience this season.

Read more about it here.


Olympic Oval Gingerbread Olympics

It’s almost Christmas (and almost the 2022 Olympics) so that means it’s time for the Gingerbread Olympics at the Olympic Oval! Have yourself a merry little fitness as you enjoy five different action stations to earn your Gingerbread Olympics medal from Santa himself.

Read more about it here.


Horsin’ Around Christmas Sleigh Ride

Horsin’ Around is offering private horse-drawn sleigh rides with hot chocolate and a campfire to warm up. Enjoy a 20-minute sleigh ride and a petting farm during your one-hour slot. Start a beautiful Christmas tradition and enjoy the best of the season at Horsin’ Around this December.

Read more about it here.


Spectacle Blue Winter Wonderland

Looking for a family-friendly evening over the holiday season? Spectacle Blue brings winter alive in this ‘Winter Wonderland’ Show. It’s a magical performance of aerial dance and circus with acrobatics, as well. This all-ages event will entertain and awe as the Performance Company brings a Winter Wonderland to life on the hoop, silks, and trapeze.

Read more about it here.


Theatre Calgary’s A Christmas Carol

The holiday season is a time for family, imagination, and a little dose of magic. Every year, Theatre Calgary brings us A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday story that has warmed our hearts for generations. If you need a little magic, this is it!

Read more about it here.


Calgary Boys’ Choir

As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, join the Calgary Boys’ Choir to celebrate the festive season with a concert entitled Star Light: Shine Bright.” Their angelic voices will lift your spirits with winter songs of celebration from a variety of traditions.

Read more about it here.


Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Introduce your family to the ballet with Alberta Ballet’s stunning production of this holiday classic, which features everything from Russian princesses to Rat Kings and a stage full of young dancers to inspire your own kids.

Read more about it here.


Christmas at the Opera

Celebrate Christmas with the Calgary Opera, with a heartwarming family opera called The Enchanted Child. Calgary Opera’s Christmas performance is a heartwarming, family-friendly musical holiday extravaganza. The show is appropriate for children of all ages.

Read more about it here.


Calgary Girls Choir: Angels! Ever Bright and Fair

The Calgary Girls Choir is thrilled to return to performing in time for the holiday season. You will be treated to their youth choirs, Dolce, Viva and Brava as well as a debut performance by Espressa, the CGC’s newly formed Women’s Choir, at Angels! Ever Bright and Fair. The selection of festive music and traditional Christmas songs focused on light, joy, and renewal will be presented at Knox United Church.

Read more about it here.


Trico Centre 12 Days of Christmas

Trico Centre for Family Wellness is calling all families to enjoy the holidays with the 12 Days of Christmas! They have loads of fun happening, with special events like a Skate With Santa and a Santa Swim.

Read more about it here.


Fiddle Fantasia – Christmas Takes Flight

Your whole family will be tapping their toes to the music during an energetic evening of festive fiddling with the Calgary Fiddlers and the Bow Valley Fiddlers. The Calgary Fiddlers and Bow Valley Fiddlers (ages 7 – 17) will toe-tap their way into your hearts and leave you humming Christmas favourites for the rest of the holiday season.

Read more about it here.


Cantare Children’s Choir

The glow of candlelight and the angelic sound of children’s voices means a glorious evening of seasonal music for you. Join Cantaré Children’s Choir as they present Angels in the Snow, their much-anticipated return to public performance as their three acclaimed ensembles of children present a luminous candlelight celebration of the Christmas season through song and carols.

Read more about it here.


Christmas in Central Memorial Park

It’s time to celebrate the season! Head to Central Memorial Park for a Christmas Carolling Quartet from the Youth Singers of Calgary with the Memorial Park Library.

Read more about it here.


Christmas With New West

New West Symphony and Chorus is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for their annual Christmas concert – Christmas With New West. Bring the whole family, invite your friends, and make Christmas with New West a part of your Christmas traditions!

Read more about it here.


Calgary Zoo Festive Feast Dinner

The Calgary Zoo’s Festive Feast Curbside Takeaway is back by popular demand! Enjoy a chef-created holiday dinner, with all the trimmings, in the comfort of your home without all the hassle in the kitchen! The best part? You’ll spend the day at home with family and friends while supporting the  Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s  wildlife conservation  initiatives at the same time.

Read more about it here.

Other Helpful Christmas Guides

Santa Sightings (Family Fun Calgary)Santa Sightings

Is your holiday season incomplete without a visit to Santa Claus? Check out our Santa Sighting Guide to find some easy places to cozy up to the man in red and make your Christmas dreams come true.

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.

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 getting 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 mask up and aimlessly wander the mall with hordes of other tense shoppers? It’s been another crazy year and we really just want to enjoy some special holiday moments, exchanging the stress for the wonder of the season. APEGA is here to help you get these presents wrapped up, figuratively and literally. Plus, find out how to enter to win one of the gifts!

How do you find the “perfect” gift?

You want one the kids will enjoy opening and one that will get used and add value to their lives, instead of languishing, dusty, on the floor of their closet. APEGA (The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) brings you a gift guide for kids from toddlers to teenagers that is filled with ideas for STEM toys. These items promote science, technology, engineering, and math and will give kids the freedom to explore and discover while having fun with new toys this Christmas morning.

STEM topics affect nearly every area of our lives and are found in many job fields. These foundational STEM skills will benefit every child and kids learn best when they are engaged. This Christmas, you can promote problem-solving, logic, and hands-on learning, all with a Christmas gift your child will love!

WIN A TOY!!

APEGA is giving you a chance to win some of the great gifts in the guide by finding Gus, an adorable dinosaur that has been hidden in four spots throughout the guide. Once you spot him, head online and enter to win one of the amazing toys in the catalogue! Just visit www.apega.ca/giftguide to fill out the entry form before December 7, 2021. Contest rules and conditions apply.