32+ 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

Gift Wrap
20 Nov

Deerfoot City - The Food Lodge, 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary

November 20, 2019 To December 24, 2019

4032747024

By donation

Visit the Guest Services Kiosk inside The Food Lodge for all of your gift wrap needs this Holiday season. Offered until December 24 by donation to The Calgary ...  »

Ice Skating at Olympic Plaza
21 Nov

Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary

November 21, 2019 To March 15, 2020

Free

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
25 Nov

Proof Cocktail Bar, 1302 1 St SW, Calgary

November 25, 2019 To December 24, 2019

403 246 2414

Free

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 ...  »

Fireside Movie Series
28 Nov

Deerfoot City - The Food Lodge, 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary

November 28, 2019 To December 19, 2019

4032747024

Free

Cozy up and gather around the fireplace inside the Food Lodge every Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Nov 28-Dec 19, for a Holiday Movie Series with complimentary treats provided ...  »

Story time with Santa
29 Nov

Deerfoot City - The Food Lodge, 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary

November 29, 2019 To December 20, 2019

4032747024

Free

Join us for a special series of our Story Time & Crafts program for kids hosted in partnership with Calgary Public Library with special guest, Santa himself! Cozy ...  »

Holiday Fun for Everyone at Marlborough Mall!
29 Nov

Marlborough Mall, 433 Marlborough Way Northeast, Calgary

November 29, 2019 To December 28, 2019

403-272-9233

Free to attend

Visit Marlborough Mall this December for a variety of festive activities to get you into the holiday spirit. Santa will be visiting the mall on weekends from ...  »

Lions Festival of Lights
30 Nov

14 St NW & 24 Ave NW, Calgary

November 30, 2019 To January 8, 2020

Free

The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 500,000 bulbs on 16,000 strings along 14 th St NW. Designed ...  »

Calgary Carol Festival
30 Nov

Knox United Church, 506 4 Street Southwest, Calgary

November 30, 2019 To December 2, 2019

By Donation/Non-perishable food ITEMS

Knox United Church is delighted to present the annual Calgary Carol Festival. Join us for four nights of Carol singing from Calgary’s best choirs. The event ...  »

Christmas in Kensington
30 Nov

Kensington, Calgary

November 30, 2019 To December 22, 2019

Free

Join Kensington in celebrating this magical time of year for a variety of free, family-fun activities in the neighbourhood. The free Horse and Wagon rides will be ...  »

Avenida Soup Showdown
30 Nov

Avenida Food Hall and Fresh Market, Lake Fraser Drive Southeast, Calgary

November 30, 2019 To December 1, 2019

Free with donation

Visit Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market on November 30 & December 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to take part in our first ever Soup Showdown! Six of ...  »

Airdrie Festival of Lights
01 Dec

Nose Creek Park, 1701 Main Street South, Airdrie

December 1, 2019 To December 31, 2019

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 ...  »

Light Up The Square - East Village
01 Dec

5th Street Square, 712 5 Street Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

December 1, 2019

Free

Meet up with your neighbours on December 1st for the annual community tree lighting at 5th Street Square! Chat or sing carols with your EV friends as ...  »

Winter Magic
01 Dec

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest, Calgary

December 1, 2019

Free

Live entertainment, carollers, children’s crafts, cookie decorating, ice carving, street performers and much more, including the mustard seed toy drive!  »

Who's in the Hall Wednesdays
04 Dec

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, 169 Canada Olympic Road Southwest, Calgary

December 4, 2019

FREE

Come enjoy a free night at the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at international award-winning 40,000 sq. ft. facility at Canada Olympic Park. Enjoy first Wednesday of ...  »

Curling on the Island
05 Dec

St. Patrick's Island, Calgary

December 5, 2019 To March 13, 2020

Free

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 ...  »

AE West Artist Extravaganza Showcase
05 Dec

King Eddy, 438 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

December 5, 2019

Free

Canada’s Music Incubator and the National Music Centre present the AE West Artist Extravaganza Showcase featuring 11 artists of all genres, each performing two songs. Featuring performances ...  »

Visit Santa's Reindeer
05 Dec

Calgary Farmers' Market, 510 77th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

December 5, 2019 To December 8, 2019

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By Donation to the Calgary Food Bank

How would Santa make his way to the market without his trusty flying guides? Kids of all ages (there’s a kid in all of us!) can ...  »

36 Questions
05 Dec

Humainologie Gallery + Store, 1514 7 Street Southwest, Calgary

December 5, 2019

By Donation

Can the connection between two strangers be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions? In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love ...  »

Art Attack
05 Dec

Telus Convention Centre, 120 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

December 5, 2019

403-264-0083

Free

Jammin to the tunes of Dr. Hoo and the Crow Daddies. On the concourse—where the Telus Convention Centre and the Glenbow Museum meet. All welcome. This ...  »

Airdrie Santa Claus Parade
07 Dec

Main Street, Airdrie, AB, Canada

December 7, 2019

Free

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Airdrie and we’re having a Parade in their honour. Take family and friends to the Santa Claus Parade where ...  »

Mahogany Parade Of Lights
07 Dec

29 Masters Park SE, Calgary

December 7, 2019

403.453.1221

Free

An exciting event packed full of fun for the whole family! With the Parade of Lights then back to the Main Beach for the lighting of the ...  »

Holidays on 17th
07 Dec

17th Avenue Southwest & 8th Street Southwest, Calgary

December 7, 2019

5873564106

Free

Get into the holiday spirit with Holidays on 17th! On November 30th and December 7th, we will be featuring caroling, live ice sculpting, a Santa, free ceramic ...  »

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows
08 Dec

Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary

December 8, 2019 To January 5, 2020

403.974.4200

FREE

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 ...  »

Jewish Book Festival
08 Dec

Calgary JCC, 1607 - 90 Avenue SW, Calgary

December 8, 2019 To December 15, 2019

FREE

Entertaining, educating, inspiring, and uniting readers of all ages with authors. Join us for a celebration of books, ideas, and current conversations that make up the fabric ...  »

Northwestival
08 Dec

NW Commons Park, University Drive Northwest, Calgary

December 8, 2019

Free

Join us for University District’s 3rd annual outdoor festival. Northwestival promises to be packed full of family friendly holiday surprises and all things that make the ...  »

Beltline Family Christmas Party
08 Dec

Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 15th Ave SW, Calgary

December 8, 2019

4032445861

Free

Welcome to the Beltline Family Christmas Party (also known as Messy Church Advent). It's free family fun for all. Enjoy crafts, games and snacks. Everyone welcome!  »

Free Axe Throwing at BATL
11 Dec

BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League, 2151 32 St NE, Calgary

December 11, 2019

5877477606

Free

Take some stress off this holiday season one bullseye at a time. Join us Wednesday, December 11 to throw for free anytime between 6 – 10 pm at every BATL Calgary! ...  »

Merry Grinchmas
13 Dec

Calgary Farmers' Market, 510 77th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

December 13, 2019 To December 14, 2019

4032409113

Minimum $10 Donation

Christmas is coming… it’s practically here! If you’re already sick of Christmas, you’ll want to bring your heart that’s two-sizes too small to ...  »

Wandering Stars- Christmas Theatre Production
13 Dec

Foothills Alliance Church, 333 Edgepark Blvd NW, Calgary

December 13, 2019 To December 15, 2019

4032419777

Free

Wandering Stars is an original Foothills theatrical production that brings to life the Magi’s journey to meet the infant Messiah through music and drama. Viewed from ...  »

Shaun Frank
13 Dec

Knoxville's Tavern, 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary

December 13, 2019

Free RSVP - valid till 1030pm; subject to capacity

Shaun Frank is a Canadian DJ, singer-songwriter and record producer. He was a part of the band Crowned King and later left that to join Envy. He ...  »

Christmas at the Hive
14 Dec

December 14, 2019

(403)995-0830

Free

This event is a family fundraiser for the Foothills Country Hospice and involves activities outdoors and in for the whole family. Making beeswax snow candles and honey ...  »

Christmas Concert "Love Came Down"
14 Dec

First Baptist Church, 1301 4th Street Southwest, Calgary

December 14, 2019

Free

First Baptist Church invites you to join us for our annual Christmas Concert, “Love Came Down”. You will enjoy performances by our vocal and handbell choirs, pipe ...  »

Avenida Food Hall Turns One!
15 Dec

Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market,12445 Lake Fraser Drive Southeast, Calgary

December 15, 2019

Free to attend

Celebrate turning ONE with Avenida Food Hall and TASTE the market with our Travel Avenida initiative. Buy a map and vouchers online or at the food hall ...  »

Calgary Nativity Pageant
19 Dec

Lower Boat Parking Area Outside Heritage Park, Calgary

December 19, 2019 To December 24, 2019

Free

A traditional Christmas Nativity pageant with live actors, live animals, outdoor lighting and sound. Made possible each year through the help of over 300 volunteers and the support ...  »

Live Jazz at Hotel Blackfoot
19 Dec

Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary

December 19, 2019

4032522253

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Catch some live jazz, enjoy a cocktail and unwind with colleagues or friends on Thursday evenings at Hotel Blackfoot’s trendy Lobby Lounge. No cover, full menu. ...  »

Vinai
20 Dec

Knoxville's Tavern Calgary, 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary

December 20, 2019

Free RSVP - valid till 1030pm; subject to capacity

Vinai is an EDM production and Italian DJ duo, formed in 2011 consisting of brothers Alessandro Vinai and Andrea Vinai.  »

Phase One
22 Dec

Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary

December 22, 2019

Free

PhaseOne is an Australian producer that is currently signed to Disciple. He has spanned across multiple genres in his career, including dubstep, drum & bass and metal. ...  »

Christmas Festival in Dalhousie
22 Dec

Dalhousie Community Center, 5432 Dalhart Rd NW, Calgary

December 22, 2019

403-969-2176

Free

This FREE Family Friendly event is held in Calgary at the Dalhousie Community Center. Kids games & crafts Free coffee & continental brunch Christmas Carols & Kids Production  »

More Free Things to Do
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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

 

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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.

 

Free Skate on December 26 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM @ Select Arenas

 

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Welcome 2020

 

Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 with a bang. Free New Year’s events and Firework at various places in Calgary Area

 

December, 31, 2019 @ Various locations

 

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