Things to do in Calgary: December 24th to 26th, 2018

The best part of this holiday season is to enjoy family activities and light displays that are happening in and around Calgary. During this statutory holiday there are some fun Christmas and winter activities that you can enjoy with family and friends to embrace the season!


Visiting ZOOLIGHTS is an amazing experience full of magic and wonder. You can enjoy this light-up display exhibit between November 23, 2018, and January 5, 2019, and marvel at the 2 million lights transforming Calgary Zoo grounds into winter wonderland.

Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 3 – 15 (infants under 2 get in free). Tickets are available at the gate, but you can save time and money by purchasing in advance online! Parking is $10, but don’t forget that entrance is only through the North Gate.

The Lions’ Festival of Lights

This is the largest free Christmas light showcase in Calgary. For 32 years, people have enjoyed this light show with 450,000 lights along 14thstreet. Visit The Lions’ Festival of Lights is a tradition that never fails to delight. The display runs nightly and can be seen from 6pm to Midnight.

One of the best parts? It’s now 99% GREEN! That’s right, the light bulbs are LED making it far more environmentally friendly! Get directions and find out more by clicking here.

You can enjoy the festival between December 1, 2018, and January 8, 2019. Free Admission.

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

Bring the whole family and enjoy the amazing Christmas light decorations at one of the world’s premier equestrian facilities (that means horse-jumping activities). Don’t worry if it’s really cold out as you will stay in your vehicle for the 2 km drive through the Spruce Meadows grounds where you can enjoy a quarter of a million sparkling holiday lights put up across 360 acres. This event its completely free, and is located at 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW.

Find out more here.

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Located in the Calgary region, the municipality of Airdrie has its own Christmas celebrations to experience. From December 1 to 31, 2018 guests can enjoy its beautiful Christmas lights, miniature train rides, hot chocolate and bonfires at Nose Creek Park. If you are interested in spend some time visiting and sharing your Christmas wishes with Santa, he will be there on December 23 from 7:00pm to 8:00 pm.

Directions to the event and information can be found by clicking here.

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

Outdoor skating rinks in Calgary are an honoured tradition in the city. Visit the Olympic Plaza between December 22 to January 6, 2019 from 2:00 am to 9:00 pm and you can see why. This is an excellent outdoor plan for the skate lovers, or for someone who has never skated before. Skate rentals available and operated by Skate Hut, visit their website for hours and prices.

Tobogganing and sledding

During the holidays you can go to one of the many city–maintained hills to enjoy tobogganing and sledding. This is a thrilling way to enjoy the winter and take advantage of the snow. Several parks and greenspaces offer safe and exciting hills. Always remember: Safety first! Helmets on heads!

Check the list of the maintained hills that are safe for you to visit on this link