Get warm, get cozy, and get into the holiday spirit with a festive collection of things to see and safely do in Calgary this December. Warm up in the Hygge Hut in East Village, get in the holiday spirit with Sparkle Sparkle at TELUS Spark Science Centre, ZOOLIGHTS at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, and don’t miss your last chance to experience Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, this December in Calgary.
Top Things to Do for Christmas in Calgary 2021
From classic holiday music with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to great gift ideas and A Christmas Carol with Theatre Calgary, there is so much to do in Calgary this holiday season.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
It’s your final chance to immerse yourself in Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, a journey into the world of Vincent Van Gogh like you’ve never seen it before. Beyond Van Gogh uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an immersive experience of light, colour, and shapes, set to a symphonic score.
Where: BMO Centre at Stampede Park
When: Extended dates until December 31
East Village Hygge Hut
The East Village Hygge Hut is a Scandinavian-style space inspired by the tradition of Hygge, with a firepit, games, ice sculptures, live music, food trucks, and more. Enjoy this cozy gathering place Fridays – Sunday in East Village. Please note, the Hygge Hut will be closed December 20, 2021 – January 6, 2022.
Where: C-Square in East Village
When: November 12, 2021 – March 2022
Murder in the Studio
Vertigo Theatre welcomes you back to the theatre with a special presentation of Murder in the Studio by Agatha Christie to launch their 45th season.
Where: Vertigo Theatre
When: November 13 – December 19
Take part in a Calgary tradition with ZOOLIGHTS at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Over 2 million lights and 200 displays light up the night with fire pits and activity zones in this winter wonderland.
Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
When: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Alberta Theatre Projects presents In Wonderland, a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with three actors portraying the iconic characters and transforming right before your eyes in this world premiere production.
Where: Proscenium Stage
When: November 23 – December 31
Servus Tube Park at WinSport
Take a ride down one of the fastest tube parks in Western Canada with the Servus Tube Park at WinSport. The tube park is located on the main hill with eight lanes and a magic carpet to bring you to the top. Tickets go on sale December 9, 2021.
When: Opens December 18 2021
Sparkle Sparkle will transform the TELUS Spark Science Centre into a spectacular indoor holiday light experience, with thousands of LED lights and Instagram worthy photo ops.
Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre
When: November 25, 2021 – January 2, 2022
The 12 Days of Christmas
Stage West Theatre Restaurants presents The 12 Days of Christmas, a Stage West for Kids production based on the classic carol that will touch the holiday spirit of the whole family.
Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurants
When: November 27 – December 24
A Christmas Carol
Theatre Calgary presents the holiday classic A Christmas Carol as both a three-person cast production live on stage and an extended director’s cut of the online filmed version you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Where: Max Bell Theatre
When: November 30 – December 24
The Velvet Queen
The Calgary International Film Festival Top Doc Series presents The Velvet Queen at the Globe Cinema, a snowy film about award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier and writer Sylvain Tesson as they document the elusive snow leopard.
Where: Globe Cinema
When: December 1
Inglewood Night Market
The Inglewood Night Market returns with locally sourced and handmade vendors popping up December 3 from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. in a new indoor vendor.
Where: 9th Avenue SE – South Bank Building
When: December 3
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market returns for two weekends only, for a holiday tradition everyone in the family can enjoy with unique vendors, shopping, food, and entertainment.
Where: Spruce Meadows
When: December 3-5, 2021
The Girl Who Didn’t Care Tour comes to Calgary as Canadian country music superstar Tenille Townes performs live at The Palace Theatre
Where: The Palace Theatre
When: December 9
In Conversation with Isabella Rossellini
TELUS Spark Science Centre presents In Conversation with Isabella Rossellini, a live in-person talk with the actor, activist, philanthropist, and author, hosted by Denise Clarke.
Where: Spruce Meadows
When: December 9
Calgary Flames Home Games
Get a front row seat to NHL action with Calgary Flames Home Games this month at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as the Flames take on the Hurricanes, Bruins, Leafs, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Kraken, Oilers, and Jets.
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: December 9, 11, 16, 18, 21, 23, 27, 31
NMC Presents: Bell Live at the King Eddy
Get a front row seat to live music as NMC Presents: Bell Live at the King Eddy, featuring performances by Perpie, Sykamore, and Shred Kelly,
Where: King Eddy
When: December 11, 17, 18
Free Admission to Studio Bell
Studio Bell is now open with free admission on weekends courtesy of ATB until the end of 2021. Explore the home of music in Canada with new exhibits, breathtaking architecture, and pop-up performances.
Where: Studio Bell
When: Until the end of 2021
A Dinosaur Tale
A mysterious time-warping wormhole brings the dinosaurs back in A Dinosaur Tale, with a pair of eighth graders tasked with sending the creatures home before their school field trip is over.
Where: Bella Concert Hall
When: December 28
Burton Cummings and Band
Ring in the New Year with Burton Cummings and Band live in concert at the Grey Eagle Event Centre with classic rock hits like These Eyes, American Woman, and Glamour Boy.
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre
When: December 31