Merry and Bright Calgary Events

Who said summer gets to have all the fun?

As the snow starts falling here and there, and the crisp, cold air starts nipping at your nose, rather than cozying up on the couch, why not bundle up and head outside!

Put on your favourite toque, mitts and jacket and get ready to have a flurry of fun in Calgary this winter. We’ve curated a list of events that everyone can enjoy, from holiday parties to ice skating, concerts and fairs. Plus, snap a pic with the one and only Santa—we’ve got all the details below.

Events & Activities

Glow CalgaryNovember 25 – December 31, 2022. Santa crosses the globe to bring gifts to the children of the world. Can you help him? Celebrate Christmas magic in China, India, The Netherlands, Mexico, France, and England, all in one night, and all under the glow of a million twinkle lights.

Beary Merry Holiday PartyDecember 15 – 16, 2022. Eat, drink and be beary merry at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Leave the kiddos at home and enjoy delicious food, live music and great conversation with colleagues and friends all while embraced in a festive atmosphere. It will be a holiday party to remember. (18+ events)

Once Upon A Christmas. November 26 – December 18, 2022. Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park is one of Calgary’s most iconic holiday events, with hands-on activities and entertainment sure to delight guests of all ages. Come get your fix of wholesome holiday cheer! Enjoy wagon rides, snow painting, visits with Santa, and more!

Free Ice Skating at Father David Bauer ArenaUntil December 22, 2022. Free Ice Skating Session for Families & the General Public. No need to RSVP, just bring your family and friends for a nice skate with great prize giveaways and fun games. We are proud to Partner with KidsSport Calgary and all the great work they do in our community.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. November 4 – December 23, 2022. The much-loved story of love, faith, courage and giving, set in the magical land of Narnia, where animals talk and a white witch covers the landscape with snow, unless the arrival of Aslan the Lion can usher in the warmth of spring.

New Year’s Eve Comedy, Dinner and Dance – Saturday, December 31, 2022. Indulge in a great amount of fun to usher in the New Year with old and new friends. Laugh while you create new memories, enjoy a countdown with sparkling wine, feast on a delicious dinner and dance the night away. Proceeds support the Salvation Army!

The Wedding FairJanuary 22, 2023. The Wedding Fair is the largest wedding event in Alberta. For over 30 years couples have explored a carefully curated and full assortment of the best wedding professionals to fit all styles and budgets. It’s like real-life Pinterest! Whether you are newly engaged or looking for finishing touches, they have everything you need under one roof to plan your dream wedding and honeymoon.

Broadway Across Canada: Fiddler on the RoofJanuary 10 – 15, 2023. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. L’chaim to life!

Winefest CalgaryFebruary 18-19, 2023. Winefest is a great place to swirl, sip, and savour. One ticket gives you access to a wide range of wines from around the globe and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Winefest offers over 300 wines as well as a variety of delicious food options.

Vance Joy: In Our Own Sweet Time Tour. February 23 & 24, 2023. Join Multi-platinum, award winning, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy as he returns to Calagry with the In Our Own Sweet Time Tour for two nights at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in ConcertFebruary 23-25, 2023. Introducing the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series. For the first time ever, audiences can relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ set to the music of the Calgary Phil performing John Williams’ unforgettable score. Music performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pictures with Santa

Snap an unforgettable family picture with the holly jolly man in charge, Santa! Here are the top spots for Santa pics this holiday season.

CF Chinook Centre. Bring your crew and visit Santa from November 19 through December 24! Pre-book your visit online for $10 to reserve your spot. Time slots are limited to 8 people. Tickets include your visit and up to 5 professional digital photos.

The Enchanted Forest at Southcentre. Explore this thoughtful Santa-scape will take families on a journey through a magical, interactive forest to see Mr. Claus. From Saturday, November 12 to Saturday, December 24.

Santa at Shriners. Beginning November 26 to December 18, 2022 Santa Photos Calgary will be welcoming friends, families and pets to their photo sessions with Santa.