List of things to do for Winter- Christmas Break in Calgary
December 20 to January 5, 2020
Go Tubing at Calgary’s Tube Park.Visit Acura Tube Park this winter, the largest of its kind in Western Canada! Calgary’s only tube park features 10 lanes, each 200 metres in length. OR enjoy activities including go skiing, snowboarding, or skating at COP.
Holiday Ticket (December 20-January 5, February 13-17, & March 19-29): $25.99
Hours: December 20: 4pm to 7:30pm
December 21 – 24: 10am to 5pm (Lane grooming daily from 1-1:30pm)
December 26 – January 5: 10am to 5pm (Lane grooming daily from 1-1:30pm)
Escape from Lougheed House
Can you escape from Grinch who has locked you up in the most beautifully decorated historical home in Calgary? A fun activity to do with teens. 12+
Holly Jolly Escape Room: December 26th to the 30th @ Lougheed House
Enjoy Family Fun Theatre
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe through December 29 @ Martha Cohen Theatre – Arts Commons
- Roald Dahl’s MATILDA the Musicalthrough January 4, 2019 @ Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Drive, Calgary
- A Christmas Carol: Theatre Calgarythrough December 28, 2019 @ Max Bell Theatre, 240 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Cheer Calgary’s Home Teams
Watch your favourite team take the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome and cheer Calgary Flames and Hitmen.
Sunday Hitmen home games features face painters, concourse activities, tons of giveaways and a post-game family skate on the Scotiabank Saddledome ice.
Christmas Sleigh Rides
Go on a 30 minute horse-drawn sleigh ride at Horsin around.
Calgary Nativity Pageant
See a traditional Christmas Nativity pageant with live actors, live animals, outdoor lighting and sound. Details
December 19th – 24th. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. @ Lower Boat Parking Area Outside Heritage Park | Free
The Polar Express™ Train Ride
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to delight in their journey to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will be entertained by many of the characters from the movie as well as a reading of The Polar Express™ book. Details
Through December 29 2019 @ Aspen Crossing, 45 minutes southeast of Calgary
Visit Glenbow Museum for Free
Enjoy free admission to the Museum and check out the latest exhibitions and displays. Details
Thursday, January 2, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Glenbow Museum – 130 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Travel through time, exploring winter past, present and future. Take part in games and activities from the familiar to the fantastic as you explore the Gasoline Alley Museum!Details
Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park, Calgary |
Go on a Christmas Lights Tour
Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows Details
Through January 5, 2020 | 5-10 pm @ Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary | Free
Lions Festival of Lights: Details
Through January 8, 2020 | Open Daily 6:00pm – Midnight @ along 14 St NW, North of 24 Avenue | Free
Airdrie Festival of Lights: Details
December 1 to 31, 2019 | 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM @ Nose Creek Park -1701 Main St S,Airdrie, AB T4B 1A4. | Admission by Donation; Train ride: $2
Zoo Lights: Details
Through January 4, 2020 excluding December 25 | 06:00 PM – 9:00 PM | $14.95 to $19.95
Noel Lights Park:Details
Through December 31, 2019 excluding December 25 @ Nutrien Centre at Stampede Grounds, 1410 Olympic Way Southeast, Calgary
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Enjoy the beauty of Calgary’s snow-covered landscapes through cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Dig up your magic carpet and enjoy a ride down the hill.
$5 Laser Tag Games
Enjoy $5 games from December 18th to January 5th at Laser City.
Lace-up and hit the outdoor skate rinks.
Special offers & Must Visit at least once Places:
Big Marlborough Park: Opening late December / early January
Bowness Park Lagoon (rentals available) – Opening late December / early January
Carburn Park: Opening late December / early January
Olympic Plaza (rentals available): – OPEN, 10 a.m – 9 p.m. daily
Prairie Winds Park – Opening late December / early January
Prince’s Island Lagoon – Opening late December / early January
Thomson Family Park – Opening late December / early January
Select Skating Arenas is free on Boxing Day.
Visit a Calgary Attraction
Holiday Day Hours of few Calgary Attractions
December 24: 10:00 AM. – 2:00 PM
December 26, 28 to 30: 10:00 AM. – 7:00 PM
December 31: 10:00 AM. – 5:00 PM
January 1, 2, 4, 5: 10:00 AM. – 7:00 PM
January 3: 10:00 AM. – 9:00 PM
Closed Dec 25.
Daily: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Closed on December 25
Open Tuesday – Sunday & Holiday Mondays, (Closed Monday) | 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Closed : Dec 25,26 & Jan 1
Open daily | 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Closed Dec 25,26 & Jan 1
December 25 CLOSED
Hours of activities vary.
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas Day – December 25: Closed
Boxing Day – December 26: 12pm-5pm
New Year’s Day – January 1: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Open | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed December 24-January 1
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM all on days except December 25 – Closed. (They might close early on select days for private functions)
Closed on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1.
Other Days: 10am – 4pm
December 24: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Closed: Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Other Days: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lougheed House Christmas: Enjoy 14,000 square feet of 20 rooms and nooks, 11 fireplaces, 30 stained glass windows, turrets, bannisters, stair cases, hardwood floors and decorative high ceilings, vintage pianos and an organ, all aglow with Christmas trees, lights, wreaths, nutcrackers and decorations. Plus, fun activities for kids, included with admission, and free parking!
Closed: on Boxing Day & Christmas, Mondays & Tuesdays
Wednesdays through Fridays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Watch a FilmEnjoy a movie at the theatre.
Indoor Water Parks
Have fun at the Southland Leisure Centre water park or at the safari-themed water park at Village Square Leisure Centre.
Closed: Dec 25 & 26.
Discover Urban Wildlife
Discover Alberta’s wildlife and nature at Bow Habitat Station. Explore the world of Alberta’s urban wildlife through staff and self-led, hands-on Investigation Stations for all ages. Optional guided Nature Walks will also be available at an additional cost.
Curling on the Island
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. FREE
Guided Winter Adventures in Kananaskis Country
- If you want to do an activity with teens, join for a fatbike frozen waterfall tour that will get you hopping into the saddle and spinning through the Canadian wilderness by fat-bike, and tackling the snowy terrain with ease.
- Stargazing Tour – Kananaskis After Dark: Strap on your snowshoes and stomp into the Kananaskis forest on a guided moonlit hike. Stop in open clearings and peek at the stars through the telescope. With a hot drink and cookie included, marvel at the wonders of nature in the Canadian wilderness.
Johnston Canyon Ice Walk Banff Tour From Calgary
In the winters of Banff National Park, sub-zero temperatures turn mighty waterfalls into glittering pillars of ice. Suspended in time, these frozen falls of Johnston Canyon look almost otherworldly. It’s an experience that’s truly unique to Banff. Join for a guided tour that starts from Calgary or drive to the canyon and join for a tour from there.
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