It's the most wonderful time of the year so bundle up, gather your friends, and explore the winter wonderland that is Calgary. From an indoor light park to festive markets and holiday cocktail bars, here are eight local events to help you celebrate the end of 2019.
1. NOËL CHRISTMAS
There’s a new can’t-miss holiday attraction in town. Noel is a one-of-a-kind interact light park featuring four themed installations and an interactive light tunnel spanning 250 feet. You can also explore a mini artisan market, food trucks galore, Santa’s Village and much more.
2. NORTHERN REFLECTIONS
Experience Calgary's downtown core like never before with the second annual Northern Reflections Window Exhibition hosted by Buds Collective. Local artists have teamed up with the arts collective to paint windows at different downtown businesses and spaces, and with the help of Augle, an augmented reality app, Calgarians can use their phones to bring the paintings to life.
3. ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
There are only a few more days to explore the magic of Christmas past at Heritage Park in Calgary. Immerse yourself in a festive array of activities, perfect for the whole family, like wagon rides, carols, and Yuletide traditions. Don't forget to pay jolly old Saint Nick a visit.
Calgary's award winning, holiday tradition is back for a 23rd time! This year's ZOOLIGHTS, presented Olympia Trust Company, features exciting new activities including Wizarding Wednesdays, Potions Class, Axe-Throwing, and the Sugar Shack in addition to fan favourites like ice skating and toasty fire pits.
5. CALGARY CHRISTMAS MARKET
It's the last week to find everything you need for under the tree and on the table at the Calgary Christmas Market while enjoying mulled wine, live entertainment, and freshly roasted notes. Whether you're in need of delectable treats or a gift for someone special, there are dozens upon dozens of vendors serving up Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, decor, and more.
6. HOLIDAY COCKTAIL POP-UPS
'Tis the season for festive libations and what better way to indulge than visiting three holiday pop-up bars in Calgary. Miracle on 1st Street at Proof returns for a second year, Ricardo’s Hideaway is hosting it's first ever Tiki-inspired Sippin’ Santa pop-up, and the new Nightmare on 1st Street pop-up at Shelter takes a darker approach to the holiday theme.
7. ICE SKATING AT OLYMPIC PLAZA
Skate amidst the beauty of downtown Calgary at Olympic Plaza, the city's most beloved ice rink. Admission is free and rentals are available for a small fee at the Skate Hut from Thursday to Sunday.
8. ALL BLACK NYE
Lay 2019 to rest and welcome in the New Year with an all black affair at Commonwealth Bar & Stage, featuring the best DJs in Calgary. Let our stylists help you find everything you need to look your very best. Visit the Wandwconcrete team in-store at Southcentre Mall and Market Mall.