YYC For The Holidays

Calgary is a vibrant city with strong and inclusive neighbourhoods where citizens are empowered, connected and involved. In fact, it ranked as the world’s 5th most livable city by Economist Intelligence Unit in 2019.

It’s a great place to find work, go to school or raise a family and set some roots down. With an abundance of things to do, you’ll never find a shortage of options and the holidays are no exception to that. We urge you to take in the sights and sounds of the city and experience the festivity that it holds.


It’s the most wonderful time of year so we’ve hand-picked some of the most wonderful events and attractions to help you celebrate the season.

Get Outdoors

Take in some classic Canadian winter activities. Bundle up and head over to your neighborhood skating rink or find the closest tobogganing hill. Or you can check out the Acura Tube Park, which is the largest park of its kind in western Canada. Guaranteed fun for kids of all ages!

Enjoy Some Pretty Lights

With multiple options based on location, outdoor Christmas light displays are a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while taking in a visual spectacle. No matter which side of the city you are on, there is something close by:

  • Spruce Meadows Christmas Lights
  • The Lions Festival of Lights
  • The Airdrie Festival of Lights
  • Calgary Zoo Lights


Escape From Lougheed House

Gather a group of friends, head over to the historical Lougheed House and enjoy an interactive theatre escape adventure. Holly Jolly Escape room is happening December 26-30. Make sure to get your tickets early for this one!

Take In Noel

A new can’t-miss holiday attraction in town, Noel is a festive, month-long event that features four themed indoor light parks and an interactive light tunnel spanning 250 feet. There’s also an artisan market, food trucks, a Santa’s Village and more.

Ring-In The New Year In Style

Local restaurants will be offering special multi-course meals just for the occasion. Adults looking for a night out can choose from masquerade galas, comedy shows, tango dancing and more. And of course, families can also head downtown for the city’s annual public New Year’s Eve celebration complete with skating and fireworks.

Enjoy A New Coffee Experience

Treat yourself and a friend! Meet up at a new-to-you coffee shop. Calgary has a variety of classic cafes as well as boutique coffee shops. Usually independent and locally owned, they are boasting character and charm, and they serve up a variety of lush lattes, crave-worthy cappuccinos and perfect pour-overs. Who knows, you may even find your new favorite hangout.

Head To The Hills

If you’re willing to travel a little bit further, the mountains offer festive activities throughout the weeks to come. Some of the highlights include:

  • Mountaintop Christmas at Banff Gondola – November 16 – December 30
  • Christmas in Banff & Lake Louise – November 15 – December 31
  • Santa on the Mountain at Sunshine Village – December 21-22
  • Christmas Cheer with Santa Claus at Lake Louise Ski Resort – December 21-22
  • Christmas at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – December 22 – January 5
  • Santa Shreds for Free at Mount Norquay – December 25
  • Torchlight Parade at Mount Norquay – December 31
  • The Polar Express™ Train Ride, Aspen Crossing, Mossleigh, AB – Now – December 29


However you choose to celebrate the season, let it be filled with peace, happiness and hope for you and your loved ones. From our family at Cedarglen Living to yours, wishing you a very merry holiday season and a joyous New Year.

See you in 2020!