Who says Christmas has to break the bank? There are plenty of free things to do in and near Calgary, certain to put a twinkle in your holiday spirit. Many of these events are free, or require a foodbank donation. Remember to dress warm and enjoy!
Christmas Lights Downtown Walking Tour -
This is a great way to enjoy the lights of Christmas while exploring Downtown Calgary. Start off with a skate at Olympic Plaza, and continue down Stephen Avenue. Stop at CORE and take in the Devonian Gardens while warming up with a cup of hot chocolate. Continue to the McDougall Centre and finally end at Prince's Island Park.
Multi-Vendor Holiday Extravaganza - November 22 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Shop til you drop at the Copperfield Community Centre, featuring 2 floors of shopping and draws.
New Age Holiday Craft Sale - November 22 - 10:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
Lions Festival of Lights - Open Daily from 6pm - Midnight until January 8, 2015
With over 105,000 lights, this is the largest drive tour of Christmas lights in Calgary. Just follow 14th Street NW, South of 24 Avenue.
For more info: www.lionsfestivaloflights.ca
Holiday Events in Neighbouring Communities
What better way to meet our neighbours than to enjoy the holiday spreads put on by nearby towns.
2014 Light Up Okotoks - Friday, November 21, 5:30 PM to 9 PM
Downtown Okotoks comes alive with visits from Santa, Christmas tree lighting and festive activities throughout the town. Catch live acts at the Olde Towne Plaza Stage. Arts & Crafts, petting zoo, ice sculptures, free pet photos with Santa and more.
View an event schedule here: www.okotoks.ca/LightUp.aspx
Christmas in Canmore - 5 weeks from Friday, November 28 - Wednesday, December 31, 14
Main Street in downtown Canmore knows how to light up for the holidays. Enjoy extended shopping hours on weekends, outdoor movies, skating on the pond and more.
Airdrie Festival of Lights - December 1 all the way through to December 31 from 6pm – 9pm
Take in the largest outdoor walk-through Christmas Light Display, skate on Nose Creek Pond and enjoy a festive ride on the miniature train. Admission is by donation.
Get more info: www.airdriefestivaloflights.com/sample-page/
Christmas at Spruce Meadows - Each evening between 5-10 pm from December 5 to January 4
All "spruced up" for the holidays with a quarter of a million lights, take a 2 kilometer drive through the grounds and enjoy this spectacular display.
Lighten Up Calgary
Download a map of some of the best individual Christmas lights in the city, load the kids in the car and take your own tour.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Every year the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train makes a 3 week trip from Montreal, Quebec to BC, stopping in several towns along the way. The boxcar stage offers up some great musical talent, while the whole train is dressed up like a Christmas tree. The event is free with a foodbank donation.
Here are the Calgary and surrounding area stops:
Airdrie: December 10 at 5:30 pm - Nose Creek Park. Feature act: Roxanne Potvin
Calgary: December 12 at 6:00 pm - Gravel parking lot on Horton Road behind The Brick and Schanks. Feature act: Odds and Jim Cuddy
Cochrane: December 13 at 2:45 pm - Betweet River and 4 Street, behind Provincial building. Feature act: Jim Cuddy and Tracey Brown
Canmore: December 13 at 5:45 pm - Behind Sobeys at pedestrian crossing. Feature act: Jim Cuddy and Tracey Brown
For more info: www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train
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