One thing you can say about Calgary in December is that it's never boring. There are events all year round that will appeal to people of all ages and interests. Whether you want the latest cultural pursuits or you're looking for exciting family fun, you can be sure to find something that provides no end of great entertainment!
A Christmas Carol
Max Bell Theatre
November 29 - December 23
Matinees at 2 pm, evening performances at 7:30 pm
This beloved Christmas tale follows the traditional Dickens story that has delighted theatre-goers for generations. One of the highlights of this season's performance is local actor Stephen Hair playing Scrooge for his 25th time. Everyone here is sure to enjoy this adaptation, regardless of whether they're regular theatre-goers or not.
Glamorgan Community Hall
10 am - 5 pm
The Himalayan Bazaar focuses on art and crafts from Tibet and Nepal. Some of the offerings you'll find include stone beads, jewellery, scarves and shawls, all of which are great ideas for your holiday shopping list. Admission is free for all ages and provides a perfect way to experience a culture you might not otherwise encounter.
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
November 30 - December 2
10 am to 7 pm Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Sunday
Handmade and imported items are available for purchase at this Christmas market that is perfect for all your gift-giving needs. You'll be able to choose from among 300 vendors for the best choices possible, featuring everything from crafts to tasty treats. Live entertainment and music will also be offered to help keep up the festive atmosphere.
Sunday Brunch at Fort Calgary
December 2, 9, 16, 22, 30
10 am - 1 pm
Brunch at Fort Calgary is an event unlike anything else you'll experience on Sundays here, with admission to the museum included in the cost. The food is served from a buffet in the Officer's Mess. With 40 acres to explore, you can easily turn Sunday brunch into a full-day trip.
Heroes Hockey Challenge 2018
Max Bell Centre
11 am to 5 pm
The Heroes Hockey Challenge features alumni from the Calgary Flames facing off against the Canadian Armed Forces. One of the best things about this challenge is the opportunity to see these two great groups of hockey players face off, which salutes the military members and helps raise awareness of hockey overall. Guests of all ages are going to love this match!
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: A Rebel Without a Claus
This fun dinner theatre event provides a lot of laughs, along with a fun mystery that everyone in attendance will gladly be part of and enjoy. The performance includes a bunch of disgruntled elves working at the North Pole. Guests 18 and older are welcome to attend and are going to love every minute of the event.
Alberta Ballet in the Nutcracker
Max Bell Centre
December 14 - 24
This delightful performance of The Nutcracker has been a feature in Calgary since 2008 and is always eagerly anticipated every year. This rendition is one of the more traditional ones that receives a lot of acclaim. This ballet is perfect for both ballet enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys fun holiday entertainment.
Celebrate the Season
Gunn's Dairy Barn
6 pm - 10 pm
This event hosted by The Ultimate Dance Company will be certain to help keep you in the holiday spirit. A delicious turkey dinner is served buffet-style, and there will be a DJ and dancing for a night of fun. Santa will also stop by for a visit to top everything off.
Winter CARnival at Gasoline Alley Museum
Gasoline Alley Museum
December 27 - January 6
10 am to 6 pm
This celebration of winter fun takes place indoors, and is also part of the regular museum admission, making it perfect for both kids and adults. A scavenger hunt and snow fort-building are part of the fun. You'll also be able to take full advantage of games and craft activities.
The month of December is a great time to be in Calgary with the range of events that are going on. So get out there and enjoy the city!