Christmas in a time of COVID

Well friends here it is – December – the most wonderful time of the year. The fact is with stricter restrictions in place, the holiday season is going to look a bit different this year, but don’t let that get you down, different can be good. There are still plenty of ways you can get into the celebratory spirit with socially distanced and virtual activities this month. Organizations throughout the city have re-imaged traditional events to produce fun, heart-warming festive moments to delight young and old.

Here are just a few of the amazing activities planned for 2020’s merry season.

WANDER AIRDRIE’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

For the 25th year in a row, Western Canada’s largest outdoor walk-through display will light up the night. Drink hot chocolate, take a lap around the ice rink, take photos, and cozy up next to their fire all December long during Airdrie’s Festival of Lights!

GRAB A DRINK AT THE MIRACLE ON 1ST STREET POP-UP BAR

The magical pop-up bar, Miracle on 1st Street Calgary will be back for 2020 and no good deed is guaranteed to land you a spot on Santa’s nice list like buying your closest friends a round of spiked eggnog.

EXPLORE THE VIRTUAL SPRUCE MEADOWS CHRISTMAS MARKET

Got a few things you need to check off of your holiday to-buy list? This year, the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market is going to look a little bit different. In order to keep everyone safe in 2020 shoppers can check out their 300+ vendors online!

TAKE A STARGAZING SNOWSHOE TOUR

Enjoy our great Canadian winter on your next date night with this one-of-a-kind experience. Follow a skilled guide on a fresh, starlit tour through forest and snow in beautiful Kananaskis Country, and sip hot cocoa in a secluded meadow.

HIT MARKET NIGHTS AT HERITAGE PARK

It’s market season! Every Thursday and Friday until December 18th, explore quaint shops and artisan booths, or go for a drink on Selkirk’s Winter Patio. Once you’ve shopped and are ready to drop, relax by the fire and make a s’more or have your pet’s picture taken with Santa!

HAVE DINNER IN A “FROZEN JUNGLE”

Thinking about warmer climates? Get a taste of the tropics during the Foodies in the Park Frozen Jungle Dome Dining Experience! This COVID-safe dinner takes place in the beautiful Devonian Gardens, ensuring that you’ll stay warm and leave full – just as if you were vacationing in a 5-star resort somewhere.

Necessity really is the mother of invention and the Calgary art, recreation and retail community has outdone themselves in providing some out-of-the-box events and programs that will make your December jolly. For a complete list of ideas and activities visit:

https://curiocity.com/calgary/things-to-do/21-socially-distanced-things-to-do-at-home-and-in-calgary-this-december/