Home for the Holidays! Top 10 Holiday Season Activities and Events for the Whole Family
Tis the season to get warm, cozy and into the holiday spirit!
At Genesis we foster and encourage togetherness amongst family and neighbours by creating opportunities for connection. So, this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of festive events in Calgary and Airdrie curated for a wide variety of interests, and all guaranteed to inspire the spirit of the season for your family and friends.
Holiday Activities for Everyone in Calgary & Airdrie:
Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List…
CALGARY CHRISTMAS MARKET
Find the perfect food for your holiday meals and special gifts for everyone on your list while enjoying holiday treats, refreshments and live music! Visit Santa and his reindeer, decorate cookies, have tea with Mrs. Claus, and much more! Gift wrapping is available in support of Toy Angels. View calendar of events.
WHEN: Thursday – Sunday, November 14 – December 22, 2019
WHERE: Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
TIME: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
COST: Free Admission
FESTIVAL OF TREES & HOLIDAY MARKET
Get your holiday shopping done while supporting area individuals, families and the community! Shop the wares of more than 25 vendors and partake in one or all of the many silent auctions, sit for a photo with Santa and enter into the tree raffle. All proceeds in support of Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie’s children and youth programming.
WHEN: Saturday November 30 & Sunday, December 1, 2019
WHERE: Ron Ebbesen Arena, 200 East Lake Crescent NE, Airdrie, AB
TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
COST: $2 Admission
Make Spirits Even Brighter…
Brighten up the holiday season with the 23rd annual presentation of this family favourite tradition while helping to support wildlife conservation at the same time! Enjoy the amazing display of lights as well as Wizarding Wednesdays, Potions Class, Axe-Throwing, the Sugar Shack, and much more!
WHEN: Friday November 22 – Saturday January 4, 2019
WHERE: The Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
COST: Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. Inspire Calgary Zoo members enjoy free, unlimited Zoolites access. Engage and Child members enjoy a one-time 50% off discount.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT THE GENESIS CENTRE
Don’t miss on this festive, free, family event presented by all the partners within the Genesis centre! Activities include arts and crafts, visits with Santa, candy canes, hot chocolate and other festive goodies, as well as, of course, the lighting of the Genesis Centre Christmas Tree!
WHEN: Friday, November 29, 2019
WHERE: Genesis Centre, 510 77th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
TIME: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Get your glow on at the 24th annual Airdrie Festival of Lights, western Canada’s largest, free, outdoor walk-through Christmas light display! A variety of events are offered during this month-long festival, including a stop by the CP Holiday Train (December 7), kids activities, performing arts exhibitions, community choir performances, fire pits, ice skating, hot chocolate and more.
WHEN: Sunday December 1 – Tuesday December 31, 2019
WHERE: Nose Creek Regional Park, Airdrie, AB
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Travel Back In Time To Holidays Past…
ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS AT HERITAGE PARK
Step back in time for a traditional holiday experience! Hands-on activities and entertainment are sure to delight guests of all ages and include horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, visits with Santa, Santa’s Critters petting zoo, unique shopping and gifts, freshly baked treats, and much, much more. View full event and activity calendar.
WHEN: Saturdays & Sundays, November 23 – December 22, 2019
WHERE: Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, AB
TIME: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
COST: Free for annual pass holders. Tickets are $11 for Adults (16+), $8.85 for Seniors (65+), $7 for Youth (7-15) and $5.70 for Children (3-6).
Rejoice In The Sounds Of The Season…
CALGARY PHILHARMONIC OPERA SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
In CPO’s mission to bring music to audiences outside of its downtown venue, they are taking the show on the road for four special community concert performances! Bring your friends and family to a festive evening in celebration of the sounds of the season and enjoy a selection of sacred and secular holiday favourites.
WHEN: November 27, 28 – December 3, 18, 19, 2019
- Wednesday November 27: YMCA, 11300 Rocky Ridge Rd NW, Calgary, AB
- Thursday November 28: YMCA, 4995 Market St SE, Calgary, AB
- Tuesday December 3: The Magnolia Banquet Hall, #900, 5075 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
- Wednesday December 18: Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 15th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
- Thursday December 19: Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 15th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
TIME: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
COST: Tickets are $35 for Adults, Seniors and Students, and $25 for Children.
LIZZY HOYT: ANCIENT CAROLS FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT
Don’t miss this magical evening of age-old Christmas carols presented by award-winning Canadian Celtic-folk artist Lizzy Hoyt! Bask in the joy, peace and harmony that Lizzy evokes with her angelic voice while experiencing what is sure to be a new family holiday tradition in the making.
WHEN: Friday December 13, 2019
WHERE: Bert Church Live Theatre, 1000 E Lake Blvd SE, Airdrie, AB
TIME: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
COST: Tickets are $30.50 per person
Celebrate Who’s Coming To Town…
SANTA CLAUS PARADE
Everyone loves a parade! Kick off the Christmas season at this popular annual community event where numerous floats, and Santa himself light up downtown Airdrie.
WHEN: Saturday December 7, 2019
WHERE: Main Street, Airdrie, AB (view parade map)
TIME: 4:30 PM
CP HOLIDAY TRAIN
Catch the 14-car, brightly decorated CP Holiday Train as it stops in Calgary to entertain Calgarians and collect food and raise funds to support the food bank. This year’s performers are four-time JUNO Award nominee Scott Helman and Canadian CCMA Award winning artist Madeline Merlo.
WHEN: Sunday December 8, 2019
WHERE: Anderson C-Train Station (south C-train parking lot), 11015 Anderson Station Way, Calgary, AB
TIME: 5:45PM – 6:45 PM
COST: Donation suggested
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at Genesis Land Development! For more information about our Calgary and Airdrie communities, and to discover why they are the perfect place to call home at any time of the year, please visit www.GenesisLand.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.