Free Things to do in Calgary in December

A list of FREE fun things to do in Calgary in December including free Christmas and holiday activities, live music, and more!

For more free activities, see Free Family Activities in Calgary

Legacy Christmas Light Parade
16 Nov

Legacy Circle Southeast, Calgary

November 16, 2020 To January 10, 2021


Legacy’s 6th annual Christmas Light Parade is back! With over 1-million lights, Legacy will be one of the brightest places in Calgary for you and your ...  »

Ice Skating at Olympic Plaza
19 Nov

Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary

November 19, 2020 To March 14, 2021


Enjoy ice skating at Olympic Plaza. Bring your own equipment or rent skates and helmets from the Skate Hut. Skating is free of charge Who is it ...  »

Miracle on First Street Christmas Bar
24 Nov

Proof Cocktail Bar, 1302 1 St SW, Calgary

November 24, 2020 To December 24, 2020

403 246 2414


Opening their doors on November 25th to the Christmas lovers of Calgary, our elves will be serving merriment, Christmas themed cocktails and food in an over the ...  »

Market Nights at Heritage Park
26 Nov

Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park, Calgary

November 26, 2020 To December 4, 2020


Shop the quaint shops and artisan vendor booths, grab a bite to eat, and make s'mores by the fire. Enjoy adult beverages at the Selkirk Winter Patio. ...  »

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows
27 Nov

Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary

November 27, 2020 To January 3, 2021



Running throughout the Holiday Season, Spruce Meadows invites your entire family – together with your Christmas guests – to enjoy the Christmas Lights @ Spruce Meadows. Each evening Scotiabank, Bennett ...  »

Inglewood Christmas
28 Nov

9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

November 28, 2020 To December 19, 2020


The community of Inglewood is encouraging shoppers to support local for their holiday shopping this year. The neighbourhood will celebrate the holiday season in November and December ...  »

Skate The Boulevard at Deerfoot City
28 Nov

The Boulevard at Deerfoot City, 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary

November 28, 2020 To February 15, 2021



Grab your skates and join us for outdoor skating on The Boulevard at Deerfoot City's new synthetic skating rink! Stay and play; enjoy eats from your favourite ...  »

Airdrie Festival of Lights
01 Dec

Nose Creek Park, 1701 Main Street South, Airdrie

December 1, 2020 To December 31, 2020

By Donation

Located in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars worth of displays ...  »

Photos with the Grinch
11 Dec

Calgary Farmers' Market, 77 Avenue Southeast, Calgary

December 11, 2020 To December 13, 2020



Snap a Photo with Your Best Resting Grinch Face Christmas is coming… it’s practically here! And if there was ever a year to be extra Grinchy, ...  »

Kensington Festive Market
12 Dec

Lot 57, 1210 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary

December 12, 2020



A FESTIVE MARKET is coming to #KENSINGTON! This market is on December 12th from 10AM-3PM! We are excited to bring you this fabulous Holiday celebration! Stop ...  »

Curling on the Island
21 Dec

St. Patrick's Island, Calgary

December 21, 2020 To March 21, 2021


Try your hand at one of Canada's most beloved winter sports! Playing outside this winter on the synthetic curling sheet on St. Patrick's Island. Play solo or ...  »

EV Nordic Loop & Hygge Hut
21 Dec

East Village, Calgary

December 21, 2020 To March 21, 2021


A groomed 1km free cross-country ski track, in partnership with Fort Calgary and Foothills Nordic Ski Club has arrived in East Village. It’s cross-country (and snow-shoeing) ...  »

Outdoor Skating
24 Dec

Various locations, Calgary

December 24, 2020 To March 14, 2021


Lace up your skates and get outside for winter fun! Skate on the new ice trails at Bowness Park or North Glenmore Park. Try the new ice ...  »

More Free Things to Do

Christmas Markets


You don’t have to pay to admire the handiwork and talents of Calgary based artisans. Visit more than five free Christmas Markets held around the city and enjoy the sights and sounds of a bustling holiday market.


Weekends in December



Skate on the Lagoon!


Glide and slide at one of Calgary’s best outdoor skating rinks – the Bowness Park Lagoon.

End of December (Weather dependent) @ Bowness Park. The Skate Shop operated by University of Calgary Outdoor Centre.


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