Holly, jolly, merry, and cheerful — all words that you can use to describe how you will be feeling this holiday season!
The month of December is upon us and there are so many amazing things to do! Aside from your Christmas shopping and family gatherings, the city of Calgary is also one that is filled to the brim with events, shows, concerts, galas, and other festivities that will be enjoyed by the whole family. For those who want to get the most out of the snow, there are events such as light parades and caroling. Or, if you prefer to stay indoors and away from the cold, there are concerts, performances, and feasts just for you! Take a look at the many things to do in Calgary this December and get ready for a month packed with Calgary holiday markets, lights, festivities, and exciting and magical events!
Food & Drink Events in Calgary
Murder Mystery Dinner: Cut-Throat Christmas — December 4th, 11th, 18th
Celebrate Christmas in a new way — by finding out "who done it" at the Murder Mystery Dinner: Cut Throat Christmas at Fort Calgary! Bring your family and friends, sit down to a wonderful dinner and drinks, while watching a live performance happen all around you! Purchase your tickets online to reserve a spot for this dinner theatre performance.
Kids & Family Events in Calgary
World's Largest Ugly Sweater Party — December 2nd
Have you ever wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records? Now is your chance! This December, Calgarians are invited to come to 1st Street in downtown Calgary donning their best and ugliest Christmas sweater. The event will be taking place in various bars, restaurants around the globe, as well as on 1st street, so come and be part of the fun! The World's Largest Ugly Sweater Party will begin at 2pm.
Mahogany Parade of Lights — December 7th
Celebrating their third annual light parade is Mahogany HOA! Bundle up the kids and be prepared to be awed by the lighting spectacle of the Mahogany Parade of Lights! See parade guests such as Santa and Mrs. Clause, watch the lighting of the Tree of Hope, and partake in the sipping of hot chocolate, singing of carols, and roasting of marshmallows over a bonfire! This event is free to the public.
Specialized Festivals and Events in Calgary
Noël Christmas Festival — December 1st-30th (select dates, some exclusions apply)
From 4pm until 10pm on various days throughout the month of December, visit the Nutrien Western Event Centre on Stampede Trail for the Noël Christmas Festival! This indoor venue will feature food, drinks, an indoor light park with over one million lights, Santa, shopping, and more winter festivities. Check out the Facebook event page for a complete list of dates for this holiday event!
Beary Merry New Year's Eve — December 31st
Ready to ring in the new year with the best of them? Including the bears, tigers, and monkeys? Then you will not want to miss out on the Beary Merry New Year's Eve event happening this December at the Calgary Zoo. This event is for adults only and will include an amazing buffet dinner, dancing, photo booths, and more! Tickets are available for purchase on the Calgary Zoo website.
Music & Entertainment Events in Calgary
The Tenors: Wonder of Christmas Tour — December 5th
On December 5th, Clifton, Victor, and Fraser will be coming to Calgary once again! The Tenors will be performing their Wonders of Christmas Tour at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Come and share in the joy as you listen to their beautiful holiday songs such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and others! Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.ca.
Holiday Concert at the Meadows — December 7th
Join Spruce Meadows this December for their "Holiday Concert at the Meadows" event! Guests will gather at the Equi-plex and can enjoy the sounds of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra while also taking in the magical sights of the Christmas light-filled grounds! Doors to the event will open at 6pm and dinner will begin at 7pm followed by the concert. Purchase your single tickets or reserve a table for your group online.
A Christmas Carol: Live Theatre & Music — December 8th-21st
The classic Charles Dickens masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, will be performed at the Lougheed House this December! Taking place in the Victorian Drawing Room, the Christmas Carol story will be told and sung by Calgary's Steven Méthot who will be accompanied by local musicians to enhance the storytelling experience. Purchase your tickets to this exceptional event at Eventbrite.ca.
Alberta Ballet: The Nutcracker — December 13th-15th & 20th-24th
The musical Christmas masterpiece composed by Tchaikovsky is coming to Calgary! The Alberta Ballet is proud to present The Nutcracker this December. Featuring a live orchestra and over 120 dancers, the story of the Nutcracker will be shared in an amazing display of music and dance. Purchase your tickets on ticketmaster.ca while they are still available!
Charitable Events in Calgary
CP Holiday Train with Terri Clark — December 8th
Celebrating 21 years of collecting food for those in need and "raising funds for food banks across North America," the CP Holiday Train is about to set off again! The event will feature the CP Holiday Train coming into the station, a show with Terri Clark and another special guest, and then the launch of the train departing. This event is free for the public to join, but it is encouraged to bring a food bank donation that will support and feed those in need in local communities.
Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Charity Gala — December 31st
Celebrate the new year of 2020 by throwing it back to the 20's with the Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Charity Gala in support of Kidney March! This event will be hosted at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel and will feature local entertainment, dancing, and a guest appearance of Calgary's DJ Mekanix! Guests can enjoy the food and drink while also taking part in the silent auction, with proceeds going to Kidney March.
Ready to kick off the holidays with a magical snow-filled day? Check out the many Christmas, New Year's, and holiday festivities to take part in this December and get the most out of the winter season!
For a more detailed and fully comprehensive list, visit the City of Calgary's event page, the Calgary Tourism page, Eventbrite, and search for local events on Facebook to find more December events and activities.
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