#ExploreDowntownYYC Explore Downtown Calgary

In the city of possibility, Downtown is the face and the place of Calgary’s future.

It’s a mix of bold entrepreneurship, where dreams become reality and where creative curiosity is unleashed; it’s toes tapped to music and dipped in the river, drinks sipped from a rooftop and art and culture appreciated up close and personal.

Downtown is where it all happens – it’s the pulse of our city and no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. 

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  • Dec. 2 from 12p.m – 3:00p.m., Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave S.E.)

    Skate & Celebrate at Olympic Plaza

    It’s the start of the outdoor skating season and we want to celebrate with you! Bring your family and friends to Olympic Plaza, lace-up your skates and enjoy the festive decorations and music, while sipping on free coffee and hot chocolate! No skates, no problem – we have skate rentals at the Plaza. See you there!

  • Dec. 2 from 3p.m – 6:00p.m., 5th Street Square

    Light up the Square

    Light up the night and welcome the holiday season in style at the ninth annual Light up the Square event in East Village. This is a free event where everyone is welcome.

  • Dec. 5-7, 7:30p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 15 Ave S.W.)

    Traditional Christmas

    Celebrate the spirit of the season with a selection of holiday favourites performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cantaré Children’s Choir.

  • Nov. 23 - Dec. 23

    This Holiday Season #SupportLocalYYC

    Celebrate local businesses in Calgary by supporting them with your holiday shopping this season. And when you support local you could also be entered to win $200 worth of parking credits from Calgary Parking. Learn about the contest details here and visit calgary.ca/supportlocal to find out all the ways you can #SupportLocalYYC!


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