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#ExploreDowntownYYC Holiday magic

The glow of the holiday season is upon us! Enjoy this special time of year with friends and family, and explore all the beauty and magic downtown has to offer during this festive time of year.

Explore downtown with these holiday itineraries.

Outdoor activities

Have fun in the outside this winter with these outdoor activities!

Skate & Celebrate at Olympic Plaza - Dec 2

Hygge Hut - open until March

Downtown skating rinks – check on conditions

Photo by Neil Zeller

Holiday Events & Entertainment

Photo by Kelly Hofer

Take some time over the holiday season to enjoy these magical events and performances.

ZOOLIGHTS at Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo  Nov 17-Jan 7, 2024

Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol Nov 30-Dec 31

Sparkle Sparkle at TELUS Spark Science Centre Until Jan 2, 2024

Calgary Opera Beauty and the Beast Dec 1-3

Plaza Holiday Movies – Dec 1 – Dec 31

A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 2

Films at the Fort Dec 2-16

Light Up The Square Dec 2

Traditional Christmas with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Dec 5-7

Real Canadian Wrestling Crazy Christmas Chaos – Dec 9

The Andy Kim Christmas – Dec 14 & 15

The Palomino Smokehouse Annual Sock Hop for the Alpha House – Dec 16

Winter Birding on St. Patrick's Island Dec 17

Free Kids Christmas Event Dec 16

A Jann Arden Christmas Dec 19-20

Globe Holiday Movie– Dec 20

One Big JAM Holiday Special – Dec 20

Holiday Sing Along – Dec 20-21

Bear Grease – Dec 21-21

The Palomino Smokehouse Rifle Country Players Holiday Special – Dec 22

GLOW Calgary Presents: Santa's Sleigh Adventure Dec 7-31

The Nutcracker by Alberta Ballet Dec 15-24

Devonian Gardens Winter Drop-In Programs - Jan 5-7

History of 1886 and Eau Claire Lumber – Jan 6

Contemporary Kids Workshop – Jan 7

TELUS Spark Goodnight Moon – Until Jan 31

Downtown Holiday Markets

Festival of Crafts – Nov 26-29

Market Collective: Holiday Dates – Nov 27-29, Dec 4-6, Dec 11-13, Dec 18-20

Authentically Indigenous Market – Dec 10 & 11

Christmas in Kensington – Dec 2, 9,16 & 23

Christmas in Inglewood –  Dec 2, 9 & 16

Photo by Travel Alberta / Chris Amat

Holiday Shopping

Photo by Colin Way

Be sure to check-out our shopping itinerary to help you buy unique and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. 

What better way to get into a holly-jolly spirit, than by experiencing these holiday themed pop-up bars – cheers!

Miracle on First Street at Proof – Nov 15 – Dec 24

Sippin' Santa at Ricardo's Hideaway  Nov 20 - Dec 31

Tinseltown – Nov 22 – Dec 30

Photo by Travel Alberta / Dave Lieske

Meet Santa!

Photo by Colin Way

Share your list with Santa and see if you’re on the naughty or nice list.

Visits with Santa at The CORE Shopping Centre – Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10, Dec 16-17

There’s so much fun to be had as we ring in the New Year! 

Family Friendly 

The City of Calgary New Year’s Eve 2023 – midnight fireworks

Zoo Year’s Eve (Family-Friendly) – 5pm – 9pm

Central Library – 12pm – 4pm

Calgary Flames vs. Philadelphia Flyers – 6pm

New Year’s Eve Dinners

Charbar Año Nuevo, New Years Eve in Buenos Aires – 9pm – 1am

New Year’s Eve at Oxbow – 5pm – 9pm

NYE Dinner at Yellow Door Bistro – Various seating times available

Zoo Year’s Eve (Snow Globes) – 10:30pm – 12am

Barberella Bar - 7pm – 2am

New Year’s Eve Events 

The City of Calgary New Year’s Eve 2023 – midnight fireworks

Zoo Year’s Eve (Adult Night) – 10pm – 12am

NYE 2024 – Blind Tiger – 7pm

King Eddy Hockey Happy Hour – 4pm – 6pm

The Laugh Shop – Dave Hemstad – 7pm

Commonwealth Bar & Stage, NYE23 - A Black & White R&B Affair with Jayemkayem and Joash Charles – 7pm – 2am

The Palace Theatre, 90.3 AMP Radio’s NYE 2024 – 9pm

Ironwood Stage & Grill, The Mocking Shadows New Year’s Eve Spectacular – 9:30pm

King Eddy, New Year’s Eve with Dueling Piano Kings – 9:30pm