Calgary, Alberta is known for its stunning skyline and bustling metropolis, but every year Calgary turns into a perfect winter wonderland for Christmas.
Majestic mountains, dazzling lights, and festive food and drinks are plentiful around the city and surrounding areas.
Whether you’re planning a visit, or local and looking to celebrate the season, we’ve found the best things to do in Calgary this Christmas.
TELUS Spark Presents Sparkle Sparkle
The TELUS Spark Science Center hosts a science-themed holiday exhibition celebrating the natural wonders of Christmas time.
There are over 270,000 LED lights arranged in an indoor tour through the cosmos featuring a northern lights cave, towering LED bonfire, and shooting stars in one of Canada’s largest dome theatres.
Date: Nov 27, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021
Admission: Adults $18.95, children $12.95
Location: 220 St. George’s Drive NE Calgary, AB
Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park
Experience Christmas the old-fashioned way at Heritage Park Historical Village and Gasoline Alley.
Horse-drawn sleighs and carolers bring Christmas cheer to this charming village, where traditions are carried on from pioneer times.
Stop by to view historic homes, and shop for handmade gifts. Activities include wagon rides, Santa visits, and a live play at the Canmore Opera House.
Date: Select days Dec 5 – Dec 23
Admission: $11 for General Admission
Location: 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB
Calgary Zoo ZOOLIGHTS
Annual favorite ZOOLIGHTS at the Calgary Zoo is back this year with dazzling light displays, ice skating and activities for the whole family.
Over 2 million twinkling lights are used every year to create a magical winter wonderland dotted with fire pits and warm hot cocoa.
Enjoy educational programs on wildlife conservation and a socially-distanced visit with Santa
Date: November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Admission: $19.95 for General Admission
Location: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB
Lougheed House Christmas
Enjoy a Victorian holiday with the Christmas display at historic Lougheed House.
The house and gardens are decked out with holiday cheer and available to tour and enjoy.
There is also a restaurant on site serving delicious festive food and drinks, and self guided tours available to learn about the house’s history.
Book tickets in advance, tour capacities are restricted due to safety protocols.
Date: Thursdays through Sundays Nov 19, 2020 – Jan 17, 2021
Admission: $8.50 for adults
Location: 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Christmas Brunch, Turkey-to-Go, Dinner in Calgary 2020
Check out my post on restaurants and businesses in Calgary that have special Christmas Calgary 2020 offerings this year including brunch, turkey-to-go, dinner and more.