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!

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.

December 8, 2020: Please note, we are doing our best to update listings as we become aware of how the newest regulations will impact these events. See the latest measures HERE. Be sure to contact the location before heading out.

Helpful Christmas Guides

APEGA STEM Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

APEGA Holiday Gift Guide

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, promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, give kids the freedom to explore and discover while having fun with new toys.

Read more about it here.


Christmas Market Guide (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 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.

 

 


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.

 

 

APEGA STEM Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas Events to Brighten Your Holidays

Theatre Calgary (Family Fun Calgary)

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 there’s ever a year we needed a little magic, this is it! The story is a reminder to pay attention, be thankful for what and who we have, and reach out to others in compassion and companionship.

Read more about it here.


Sunridge Shopping Centre Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Sunridge Shopping Centre Christmas

Christmas is quickly approaching and Sunridge Shopping Centre knows that a happy holiday is a safe holiday this year! Your holiday traditions might need to be tweaked for 2020, but we know you’re still looking for a little magic. With decorating, treats, and gifts, plus a little creative holiday fun, make a plan to embrace this season of joy and light. You’ll find creative encounters with Santa, extended shopping hours, and more.

Read more about it here.


ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)

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.

 


WestHills Towne Centre Santa (Family Fun Calgary)WestHills Towne Centre Magic of Santa

Some things in life just have to be done to keep things running, whether you like it or not.  WestHills Towne Centre, in Calgary’s SW, is committed to helping you make the most of even potentially mundane moments, like picking up a loaf of bread. With services, food, fashion, and entertainment at your fingertips, WestHills Towne Centre is a convenient (and pleasant!) place to make life happen. And they’re bringing you the Magic of Santa this December, so brighten your season with WestHills Towne Centre!

Read more about it here.


Country Hills Village Santa (Family Fun Calgary)

Country Hills Village Shopping Centre Magic of Santa

We get that life is filled with seemingly never-ending tasks. Country Hills Village Shopping Centre, conveniently situated in Calgary’s NW, has developed into a timely and agreeable shopping centre to serve today’s busy families. It’s even more important to maximize your time at Christmas, so you can enjoy all the special family moments. This year, many families are looking for creative ways to bring the magic of Christmas to their kids, so check out the Magic of Santa Photo Event this December.

Read more about it here.


Westbrook Mall Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Westbrook Mall Digital Santa Photo

Of course, everything has been topsy-turvy this Christmas, and Westbrook Mall wants your holiday to be safe and jolly. They are offering a chance for you to don your fanciest holiday dress or your ugliest Christmas sweater and take a Digital Santa picture right from the comfort of your living room. Then, pay it forward to the Calgary Food Bank.

Read more about it here.

 


Marlborough Mall Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Marlbourough Mall Digital Santa Photo

One of the favourite holiday traditions, for kids and parents alike, is visiting Santa Claus and getting a photo while you’re all dressed up in your seasonal finery. Head to the Marlborough Mall Free Santa Photo link for a Digital Santa picture right from the comfort of your living room. It’s a chance for you to don your fanciest holiday dress or your ugliest Christmas sweater, be silly or be serious, and capture a holiday memory from this unique year. Then, pay it forward with a donation to Trellis.

Read more about it here.


Goodger-Pink Theatre (Family Fun Calgary)

MOVED ONLINE – Goodger-Pink Family Theatre COVID-Style Christmas Spectacular

Celebrate the holiday season with Goodger-Pink Family Theatre and A COVID-Style Christmas Spectacular! It’s a hilarious staged reading of The Return to the Swing, the sequel to last year’s show.

 

Read more about it here.


Search for Santa Scavenger Hunt (Family Fun Calgary)

Search for Santa Scavenger Hunt

Take part in a fun family adventure through the streets of Banff. Using technology, find “Santa Items” on the scavenger hunt, solve puzzles and riddles, submit photos or videos, and earn extra points for finishing tasks. 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.


Horsin Around Sleigh Ride (Family Fun Calgary)CANCELLED – 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.

 


TELUS Spark (Family Fun Calgary)

CANCELLED TELUS Spark Presents Sparkle Sparkle

TELUS Spark is getting ready to light things up, brighten your nights, and bring you some sparkle, with Sparkle Sparkle, a new and exciting holiday destination. Sparkle Sparkle is making its grand debut this winter. This amazing photo op and learning opportunity will transform the science centre into a place filled with light, wonder, and holiday magic, while connecting you to the universe. A path will lead you through a warm shimmering wonderland, with over 270 000 LED lights.

Read more about it here.


Once Upon a Christmas Heritage Park in Calgary AB (Family Fun Calgary)

CANCELLED Heritage Park Once Upon a Christmas

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 back for a charming and scenic old-fashioned Christmas.

Read more about it here.

 


YYC Princess Into the Unknown (Family Fun Calgary)

CANCELLED – YYC Princess Into the Unknown

Join YYC PRINCESS, with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff, and the Al Azhar Shriners, as they ring in the holiday season with a 30-minute musical adventure 20 feet up in the air! Put on your snowsuits, grab a hot cocoa, and support YYC PRINCESS and the Al Azhar Shriners as they work together to create an incredibly safe and magically musical holiday show for your holiday season!

Read more about it here.


Banff Gondola Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

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.

 

 


Lougheed House Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

CLOSING DEC. 12 – 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 Thursdays to Sundays and marvel at the beautiful spaces.

Read more about it here.

 


Polar Express Aspen Crossing (Family Fun Calgary)

CANCELLED – 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 (Family Fun Calgary)

CANCELLED – 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.

Merry Christmas, Calgary!

 

APEGA STEM Gift Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

At this time of year, parents are often looking for that “perfect” gift: one that 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, promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, give kids the freedom to explore and discover while having fun with new toys.

STEM topics affect nearly every area of our lives now and are found in many job fields. The foundational skills in STEM 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!