Magic, Wonder, and Old-Fashioned Family Fun: Your Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events in Calgary

Christmas Event Guide (Family Fun Calgary)

Sponsored by Glenbow Museum.

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 cosy 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 also have articles on cutting your own Christmas tree, great last-minute gift ideas and budget fun during the winter holidays.

Helpful Christmas Guides

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 families. While some events are small, many still have kids’ activities, Santa visits, and more. Some events are much larger, Christmas events in their own right, with unique shopping included!

Read more about it here.


Christmas Lights (Family Fun Calgary)Christmas Light Displays

Who can resist the sparkling allure of Christmas lights? (Not me, anyway.) 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 Light Ups and Parades (Family Fun Calgary)Christmas Light Ups and Parades

Quite often communities and towns around Calgary kick-off their Christmas season with a light up event or a parade. We’ve gathered some of those events into one place. Lights + Christmas cheer = a fun family event!

Read more about it here.



Santa Claus 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 cosy up to the man in red and make your Christmas dreams come true.

Read more about it here.



Discovery Room Glenbow (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas Events to Brighten Your Holidays

Discovery Room Glenbow (Family Fun Calgary)

Glenbow Museum Discovery Room

The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to visit the Discovery Room at the Glenbow Museum. Try their new experiences and enjoy creating, exploring, and discovering with your family!

Read more about it here.



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

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.


Calgary Zoo ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)


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 more family-friendly activities than ever before!

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)

Lougheed House Christmas

Take your family to Lougheed House for some old-fashioned holiday cheer! Each year, this much-anticipated event fills the museum with musical performances, crafts, holiday treats, and more. Visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy the sparkle from the many holiday lights adorning the exterior of the house.

Read more about it here.

CORE Tree Decorating (Family Fun Calgary) Tree Decorating Event at The CORE

Get into the holiday spirit with The CORE for a special night of live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, fireworks, and of course, Santa. The night begins with opportunities to watch sponsors decorate Christmas trees that will remain on display until December 19th, and then will be delivered to local families who would otherwise go without

Read more about it here.


Polar Express Aspen Crossing (Family Fun Calgary)

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.


Deerfoot City (Family Fun Calgary)Deerfoot City Christmas Events

Deerfoot City has some wonderful, FREE Christmas events this holiday season, in addition to the traditional photos with Santa Claus. Make a plan to head to Storytime With Santa or to the Fireside Movie Series.

Read more about it here.



Goodger-Pink Theatre (Family Fun Calgary)

The Fellowship of the Swing: A Fairytale Panto

Celebrate the holiday season with Goodger-Pink Family Theatre and treat the whole family to a silly, funny, fast-paced holiday pantomime with The Fellowship of the Swing: A Fairytale Panto.

In traditional British pantomime style, this fairytale panto by Jay Newman promises hilarity, audience interaction, and a rip-roaring good time for the whole family. 

Read more about it here.

Theatre Calgary's A Christmas Carol Theatre Calgary’s A Christmas Carol

Each holiday season, Theatre Calgary’s production of A Christmas Carol warms the hearts of thousands of Calgarians. As always, Scrooge is played by the much-beloved Stephen Hair, who has brought life to this character for over 2 decades.

Read more about it here.



Willow Park Village (Family Fun Calgary)Willow Park Village Winter Wonderland

Join Willow Park Village for a Winter Wonderland! Get your holiday shopping done early with in-store specials and a host of winter holiday activities. The talented Youth Singers will be adding to the shopping experience with holiday music.

Read more about it here.



Holidays on 17th (Family Fun Calgary)

Holidays on 17th

Get into the Christmas spirit with Holidays on 17th! On November 30th and December 7th, 2019, they will be featuring caroling, live ice sculpting, a Santa, free ceramic painting, live music, a food drive, free giveaways, and hot chocolate, coffee and tea in Tomkins Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the festivities! (Santa will also be there and all photos with Santa Claus are FREE!)

Read more about it here.


Calgary Carol Festival Knox United (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Carol Festival

Knox United Church is delighted to present the annual Calgary Carol Festival. Join them for three nights of carol singing from Calgary’s best choirs. The event also includes a carol sing-along with choir and organ.

Read more about it here.


Christmas in Kensington (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas in Kensington

The Christmas season is here, and Kensington is thrilled to offer festive and free Christmas programming every Saturday through December. Join Kensington in celebrating this magical time of year for a variety of free, family-fun activities in the neighbourhood.

There will be horse and wagon rides, Santa roaming the streets for an opportunity to take #SelfiesWithSanta, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and more!

Read more about it here.

Discovery Room Glenbow (Family Fun Calgary)

Zero Waste Holiday Celebration (Family Fun Calgary)

Zero Waste Holiday Celebration

Join Plastic-Free YYC for an evening of creativity, cheer, and charitable giving to start off the holiday season at their second annual Zero Waste Holiday Party. You’ll find music and delicious food and drinks alongside hands-on holiday crafts, interactive zero waste activities, and games for all ages.

Read more about it here.


Winter Magic Eau Claire Market (Family Fun Calgary)

Winter Magic at Eau Claire Market

Celebrate the holiday season during a full day of fun at Eau Claire Market! This free, family event includes ice sculpting, carolers, live entertainment, children’s crafts, cookie decorating, and more.

Read more about it here.


Cochrane Festival of Trees (Family Fun Calgary)

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.



Marlborough Mall Holiday Free Kids' Fun (Family Fun Calgary)Holiday Fun at Marlborough Mall

n December, visit Marlborough Mall for a variety of festive activities to get you into the holiday spirit! Santa will be visiting the mall on weekends and you can bring your kids to partake in holiday crafts at the Family Park.

Read more about it here.



Nutcracker in a Nutshell (Family Fun Calgary)The Nutcracker (In a Nutshell)

This December, The Nutcracker (in a Nutshell) takes children through the classic ballet The Nutcracker in just 30 minutes. Set to Tchaikovsky’s music, the Nutcracker Prince, the Rat King, the Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum and all her friends make an appearance.

Read more about it here.



Candy Cane Gala (Family Fun Calgary)

Candy Cane Gala

Experience the magic of Candy Cane Gala, a family-friendly, black-tie gala in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. You are invited to Come Home for the Holidays with an evening of inspiration and special touches of home, a fabulous raffle and auction items, family portraits, music and dancing, and a Kidzone full of wonder for toddlers to teens.

Read more about it here.


Christmas Movies Spruce Meadows (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas Movie at the Meadows

Head to Spruce Meadows for a night of Christmas fun and the launch of the beautiful Christmas lights! The grounds will be closed except for movie attendees to view the lights, enjoy entertainment for the kiddies, purchase food, and watch a movie, The Polar Express, from the indoor warmth of the Equi-Plex.

Read more about it here.


CP Holiday Train (Family Fun Calgary)CP Holiday Train

Join the rest of Canada in greeting the CP Holiday Train when it stops in our community. Along the way, staff on the train will collect food and money for local food banks and raise awareness in the fight against hunger.

Read more about it here.



Christmas at the Hive (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas at the Hive

Christmas at the Hive at Chinook Honey Company offers family fun and fundraising for the Foothills Country Hospice Society. Visit with the donkeys, listen to the storyteller, enter draws, taste mead, and learn all about bees and honey.

Read more about it here.


Okotoks Skate With Santa (Family Fun Calgary)

Okotoks Skate With Santa

Come and Skate with Santa in Okotoks! Candy canes, cookies, and hot chocolate add to the free festive family fun! Don’t forget your skates and cameras for photos with Santa.

Read more about it here.



Jeunesse Classique Nutcracker (Family Fun Calgary)

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.


New Horizon Mall (Family Fun Calgary)

Holiday Skate Pop Up Roller Rink

New Horizon Mall has partnered with Calgary Roller Skate and Alien In-Line for a fun afternoon of skating. With great music, a disco ball and 10,000 sq. feet of skating space, it will be fun for the whole family! Admission is free. Donations are being accepted for the Airdrie Food Bank, and in exchange, you get some awesome free stickers.

Read more about it here.

Trico Skate with Santa (Family Fun Calgary)Trico Centre Skate With Santa

Can Santa skate?! Trico Centre for Family Wellness is calling all families to find out. Come out for a family fun morning with Santa, with cookie decorating, face painting, and crafts with Santa and then a family skate with Santa.

Read more about it here.



Country Hills Village Shopping Centre Santa (Family Fun Calgary)

Country Hills Village Shopping Centre

Country Hills Village Shopping Centre has developed into a valuable shopping centre for today’s busy families; a community shopping centre simply cannot be replaced, especially when Santa is coming to town! Get into the holiday spirit with the Snapshots With Santa event that brings you goodies, kids’ activities, carolling, and a free photo with Santa. Plus, get some holiday errands checked off your list. Everyone is welcome, including pets!

Read more about it here.

WestHills Towne Centre Santa (Family Fun Calgary)

WestHills Towne Centre

Make sure to take a break from your errands because Santa is coming to town! Visit the WestHills Towne Centre Snapshots With Santa event. You’ll find this FREE family event in the firepit area. There you’ll enjoy treats, music, kids’ activities, and holiday cheer that will get everyone into the holiday spirit. Of course, Santa Claus will be there, listening to the secret wishes of the little ones and pets are welcome, too! Plus, you’ll get your holiday shopping list done with great promotions from WestHills retailers.

Read more about it here.

Discovery Room Glenbow (Family Fun Calgary)


Holiday Carnival Camp Chief Hector (Family Fun Calgary)

Camp Chief Hector Holiday Carnival

‘Tis the season to step right up and join Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s 2nd annual Holiday Carnival! CCH’s Hector Lodge will be transformed into a carnival wonderland, channelling the atmosphere of the festive season with the revelry of a travelling carnival roadshow, with FREE admission!

Read more about it here.


Christmas at the Opera (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas at the Opera

celebrate Christmas at the Opera with a heartwarming one-act family opera about a young boy who meets three kings on their way to bring presents to the baby Jesus and learns that the act of giving is sometimes its own gift.

Read more about it here.


Spiritus Chamber Choir (Family Fun Calgary)

Spiritus Chamber Choir Christmas

Celebrate the Christmas Season with an exquisite programme of choral music with Spiritus Chamber Choir in the beautiful Bella Concert Hall. Plus, there’s FREE admission for kids 12 and under!

Read more about it here.


Calgary Civic Symphony (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Civic Symphony – Christmas Star

Join the Calgary Civic Symphony for the Christmas Star. Wonderful local artists are joining the Calgary Civic Symphony for their 2019 Christmas concert. Celebrate different aspects of Christmastide and many seasonal favourites including the Trumpeter’s Lullaby and the Hallelujah Chorus.

Read more about it here.


Christmas at Horseplay! (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas at HorsePlay!

This western Christmas event at HorsePlay! has hot chocolate, pony rides and crafts to entertain the kids (and allow parents to relax around the bonfire), while you wait for the big moment that Cowboy Santa rides in for photos!

Read more about it here.


Horsin Around Sleigh Ride (Family Fun Calgary)

Horsin’ Around Christmas Sleigh Rides

Horsin’ Around is offering horse-drawn sleigh rides with hot chocolate and a campfire to warm up for the general public. Start a beautiful Christmas tradition and enjoy the best of the season at Horsin’ Around this December.

Read more about it here.


Calgary Boys' Choir (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Boys’ Choir

As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, join your local angels with the Calgary Boys’ Choir to celebrate the festive season with a concert entitled “In the Glow of Candlelight: Songs For a Winter Day.” Their angelic voices will lift your spirits with winter songs of celebration from a variety of traditions.

Read more about it here.


A Cowtown Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

A Cowtown Christmas

Discover the Gingerbread Latte of Operatic Christmas Shows! Join the Cowtown Opera family for musical merriment, holiday hijinks, and seasonal sing-alongs! There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by singing along to holiday music and Cowtown Opera’s A Cowtown Christmas show is just that.

Read more about it here.


Cantaré Children’s Choir (Family Fun Calgary)

Cantare Children’s Choir

The Cantaré Children’s Choir is presenting two Christmas concerts this year. The MAGNIFICAT approaches the familiar text from Mary’s viewpoint, emphasising her sense of wonderment, humility, and devotion. The Stars Point the Way brings treasured carols and newly-composed works with the cheer of Christmas and the solace of winter to you.

Read more about it here.

Northwestival (Family Fun Calgary)

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.



Youth Singers Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Holiday Road – A Youth Singers Christmas Spectacular

Join the Youth Singers for their Christmas Spectacular this year as the company of over 250 young singers and dancers take to the stage to lift your Christmas spirit and help you find your Christmas magic! You will not want to miss this dazzling, family-friendly, original production.

Read more about it here.


The Nutcracker (Family Fun Calgary) 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.



Calgary Multicultural Choir (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Multicultural Choir

Come celebrate the season with the Calgary Multicultural Choir when they present Gloria! The lyrics will be in a variety of languages including English, German, Swedish, Yiddish, Zulu, Swahili, and Huron and the concert also features a special guest performance from the Bow River Handbell Musicians Society. Read more about it here.


Discovery Room Glenbow (Family Fun Calgary)


Dave Kelly Live (Family Fun Calgary)Dave Kelly Live Christmas Special

Join Dave Kelly Live for a special Christmas edition of Calgary’s talk-variety show, with special guests, surprise appearances, and the best in Canadian talent, stories, and music. This show will feature the Calgary Stampede’s Young Canadians. Once again, Dave will be joined by Jim Button and Russel Broom and the house supergroup, The Flat Whites.

Read more about it here.

Let It Show (Family Fun Calgary)


Calgary’s newest must-do December tradition is LET IT SHOW! Get your tickets for incredible dancing and stunning vocals, plus an overload of joy, heart-touching magic, and holiday spirit. Santa Claus himself makes an appearance recounting tales of Christmas past, alongside highly-skilled, talented company members of the Show.

Read more about it here.

Mount Royal Sounds of the Season (Family Fun Calgary)Sounds of the Season With MRU Conservatory

Celebrating the festive season in song, the MRU Conservatory ensembles, including the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Mount Royal Kantorei, Artio, and Zhi-Yin choirs, take the Bella stage at the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts. This merry event also features an appearance by Calgary’s favourite comic a cappella quartet.

Read more about it here.


Lake Louise Santa Claus (Family Fun Calgary)

Santa Claus at Lake Louise

Is there a better way to celebrate Christmas than skiing with Santa at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world?! Head to the Lake Louise Ski Resort on certain days, and find Santa Claus out skiing with his elves and Griff the Grizzly. You might also spot him in the Lodge of Ten Peaks, so be sure to listen for the jingle of reindeer bells.

Read more about it here.

Fiddle Fantasia (Family Fun Calgary)

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.

Music With Mandy (Family Fun Calgary)

Music With Mandy Holiday Sing-Along

Mandy LOVES the holidays. Come join her and the band as they celebrate the season, Music with Mandy style. That means lots of singing, dancing and playing! All the proceeds from this event will go towards the recording of Mandy’s second album which is set to be released in Fall 2020.

Read more about it here.


New Horizon Mall (Family Fun Calgary)

Dueling Piano Kings Christmas Sing-Along

The 2019 Canadian Entertainers of the Year will perform at New Horizon Mall. Bring the whole family down for this FREE event and sing your heart out to holiday classics!

Read more about it here.



Calgary Nativity Pageant (Family Fun Calgary)Calgary Nativity Pageant

This traditional Christmas Nativity Pageant is planned and performed by dedicated volunteers and includes live actors, choreographed performances, and even live animals. The efforts to support and host this FREE event showcase the true western hospitality for which Calgary is known.

Read more about it here.


Christmas with New West (Family Fun Calgary)

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.


Sing-Along Messiah VoiceScapes (Family Fun Calgary)

Sing-Along Messiah With VoiceScapes

Calgary’s professional vocal ensemble, VoiceScapes is delighted to present their annual Sing-Along Messiah. During ‘Sing-Along Messiah’,  the audience is invited to sing along in the choruses while talented young singers do the solos. Children 15 and under are FREE with an adult!

Read more about it here.


Olympia Skating Club (Family Fun Calgary)

Olympia Christmas Skating Club Show and Skate

Everyone is invited to the Olympia Skating Club Merry Christmas Family Fun Skate. See the members of this adult skating club put on a group number. Then it’s your turn! Don’t forget your skates and you’ll enjoy an afternoon of skating and games. This event is FREE, but please register to attend.


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Heebee-jeebees (Family Fun Calgary)Have Yourself a Heebee-jeebee Christmas

The Heebee-jeebees are hometown favourites and Calgary’s favourite non-traditional Christmas tradition. With yuletide laughs, special guests, and the release of their ninth studio recording “Best Before Christmas,” the guys are sure to feature some new festive surprises. The Heebee-jeebees are… the most fun you’ve ever heard!

Read more about it here.


Christmas in Central Memorial Park (Family Fun Calgary)Christmas in Central Memorial Park

It’s time to celebrate the season! Head to Central Memorial Park for a holiday party with Calgary Parks and Calgary Public Library. There will be fire pits, free hot chocolate and goodies, plus great activities from 3 – 6 pm. Families can attend Reading With Royalty, indoor and outdoor games, a dog holiday costume contest, searching for Santa, and a DJ dance, games, and prizes with holiday music from around the world.

Read more about it here.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra Frank Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Jazz Orchestra: A Perfectly Frank Christmas

Join the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, directed by Johnny Summers, 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.


Thrive Church Christmas Festival Dalhousie (Family Fun Calgary)

Thrive Church Christmas Festival

Thrive Church in Dalhousie is hosting a Christmas Festival and Service on December 22, 2019, with free food and fun for the family. There will be a Kids’ Zone with games & crafts, plus free coffee and continental brunch. Enjoy Christmas carols and a kids’ production, followed by a short Christmas message.

Read more about it here.


Skate With Santa Olympic Oval (Family Fun Calgary)

Skate With Santa at the Olympic Oval

It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to skate with Santa! Take the whole family over to the Olympic Oval. Bring a non-perishable food item and you can skate for only a toonie!

Read more about it here.




Merry Christmas, Calgary!

Discovery Room Glenbow (Family Fun Calgary)

At Glenbow Museum visitors of all ages can enjoy exhibitions, programs, and activities that educate as well as entertain. Whether you’re young or young at heart, come in to see the museum and explore and create in the Discovery Room!

The Discovery Room is the perfect place for visitors of all ages to enjoy art activities and explore the ideas featured in Glenbow exhibitions. The Christmas holidays are a perfect time to visit. Are relatives visiting? Everyone will find something at Glenbow! Are kids getting restless? Take the chance to spend a day together and get out of the house, discovering and creating together. From October 19, 2109, to January 12, 2020, stop by the Discovery Room for cool printmaking and creative projects.

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