Top 5 Holiday Activities To Do in Calgary 2022

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    ecember is full of festive fun and excitement in Calgary. There are ample of things which you can do this December. It’s the perfect time to get in the holiday spirit and Calgary is home to many fascinating attractions. Whether this is your first holiday season in Calgary or if you have lived here for a while, this is the right time to roam around and explore something exciting with spectacular holiday light displays.

    If you have not planned anything yet and are wondering about something new to do this Holiday season, then read more to know about the exciting things to do in Calgary this December.

    In this blog, we have included some activities which you can add to your list of things.

    Here is a list of things which can be done during December in Calgary: 

    • Light up the Square
    • Go For Ice Skating
    • Escape into the jungles with The Jungle Book
    • Decorate cookies, cakes, cupcakes
    • Banff Christmas Market

    Light up the Square

    If you’re looking for a budget friendly, family focused event, then Light up the Square is a great option! This is an annual community tree lighting event. There are plenty of elements for every member of the family to enjoy, from singing carols to Christmas treats or even a horse-drawn wagon ride! This event is free to attend. Get full details about Light up the Square on the organizer's page.

    Venue & Address: 5th Street Square.

    712 5 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W8, Canada

    Go Ice Skating

    A mother and son enjoy ice skating as a holiday activity in calgary

    There’s no doubt that December and January are the coldest months of the year. For those who love ice skating, there are plenty of outdoor rinks to visit. Olympic Plaza skating rink is an easily accessible rink in Downtown. The rink opens from 6 am to 11 pm. The interesting fact about this rink is it is the only refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink which is skate-ready even on warmer days. For more details on skate rental prices, skating hours and location, check out the City of Calgary’s website

    If you have visited the Olympic Plaza and now you want something different, check out Bowness Park! It is located around 20 minutes outside the Central Business District (CBD). Not only the rink, but it also offers a 1.6 km ice trail through the park. This is a perfect place for you, if you are bored with the circle rinks. You can try this trail and have experience something new.

    Olympic Plaza: 228 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5


    Rental availability may be different from skating hours. 

    Bowness Park: 8900 48 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T3B 2B2

    Skating hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily

    Skate rentals: University of Calgary Outdoor Centre (rental availability may differ from skating hours)

    Escape into the jungles with The Jungle Book

    This is the time to experience the jungles of India with The Jungle Book by Alberta Theatre Projects. This would be a perfect escape for you from your regular day-to-day activities. This comes with a popular Thrust Stage configuration and is a new Canadian Adoption. It is happening at Martha Cohen Theatre from all month long until December 31. You can book your tickets online and can get other details on the Alberta Theatre Project website.  In order to understand our place in the world, exploring different themes of courage and the identity we hold is shown in this. So it is right to say, The Jungle Book’s coming-of-age story is as relevant today as it was when the stories were originally written. The show is recommended for audience members six and above. 

    Martha Cohen Theatre: 215 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K8

    Ticket Office: 403-294-7402

    Decorate cookies, cakes, cupcakes

    3 Gingerbreadmen are being decorated by a family as a part of their family decoration

    Don’t feel like braving the cold but still want to have quality time and make something delicious. It’s time to bake cake, cookies and cup-cakes. They are always incomplete without decoration. Whether you bake everything from scratch, or save some time by buying pre-made treats, holiday decorating is a great way to spend time and indulge your creativity. So instead of layering up your clothing, layer on the frosting, sprinkles, or whatever else your heart desires!

    Banff Christmas Market

    A candy cane hangs next to pinecone at the banff christmas market

    Thinking of going out of the city for a day or few hours? Banff is a great  place to visit. You can plan a day trip to Banff with your friends or family. Apart from the destination spots like Lake Louise, Lake Minnewanka and many more, you can visit the Banff Christmas Market this time, if you had never been there earlier. You can check out the pieces of art work with over 100 artisanal vendors, delicious food, Christmas gifts, and Warner stables in Banff for live music. Keep in mind, tickets need to be purchased in advance. You can get more details about ticket prices and event details on the Banff Christmas Market website.  

    Venue: Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd


    Final words

    No matter how cold Calgary is in December but it is really a bountiful place to visit. Make sure to check out some of the events above to help make the most of your December holidays! Don’t forget to check Calgary weather before making any plans.

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