The Night Market - Holiday Edition is Coming to U/D

November 20, 2023

The seasons are changing and University District is pleased to present a festive twist on a community favourite event this year, the U/D Night Market – Holiday Edition! This event will take place on Thursday, November 30th and Thursday, December 7th at Central Commons Park (nestled between Borough Bar + Grill and The Banquet) between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both dates). At this free event, you can expect seasonal delights, local craftsmanship and an array of entertainment under the twinkling lights of our vibrant community.

The U/D Night Market – Holiday Edition is put on in partnership with MarketSpot, which helps connect local vendors and artists to the community. The Night Market – Holiday Edition has been thoughtfully designed to make a fun outing for visitors and residents of all ages: from kid-friendly activities to shopping the market stalls, enjoying the skating rink and more. 

Connecting with the Community

The U/D Night Market – Holiday Edition celebrates the community, creating a place where neighbours can come together to share the joy of the holiday season. As the sun sets, the Night Market will come alive with our seasonal light displays, casting a brilliant glow throughout Central Commons Park.

University District offers complementary activities all winter long, including an ice rink, light displays and warm fire features.

In addition to the market, make sure to take advantage of the additional activities in the community. Whether you’re a seasoned skater or stepping onto the ice for the first time, our ice skating rink is an excellent attraction for all ages to experience. Afterwards, you and your loved ones can warm up by one of our fire features with a hot drink. Shopping, skating and a cozy fire creates a perfect night to unwind and soak in the festive atmosphere this holiday season.

Don’t have any skates? Worry not! The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre will be onsite, offering skate rentals at the event. They are only able to accept cash payments at the event. Scotiabank is located right in U/D if you happen to need access to banking facilities. 

Everything You Can Expect at the Night Market

The U/D Night Market – Holiday Edition is the ideal opportunity to support local businesses. With more than 35 local artisans participating, you’ll find a curated selection of handcrafted goods that are as unique as the community itself. From hand-stitched patterns to intricately designed jewelry and beautifully crafted ceramics, you can check off your holiday shopping list while finding a few treasures for yourself. The gifts you’ll find at the Night Market all have a unique story behind them, making them thoughtful and sentimental keepsakes. 

With more than 35 vendors attending the Night Market – Holiday Edition, you are sure to find a sentimental gift perfect for any loved one in your life. 

Among the confirmed vendors adding to this diverse array are Taytayski, specializing in mixed-material art prints, Love is Warm, with their dedication to providing warmth through clothing and social support, Pampas and Reed, offering luxurious bath and body products and The Sinner 2 Saints, inspiring conversations through their clothing and accessories. These incredible vendors give just a snapshot of the types of special local creators you can expect to see at the Night Market. 

With over 35 vendors and the excitement of ice skating are thrilling attractions, the U/D Night Market has an array of entertainment options to enhance your experience. Embracing the festive ambiance, there will be a 50-foot heated igloo, inviting guests to discover a cozy sanctuary amid the bustling energy. Inside, you will find complimentary hot drinks, inviting you to get cozy and stay warm. 

For additional entertainment, the beats curated by beloved DJs including, Wax Theory (@waxtheorymusic) and Rusty Meeks (@djrustymeeks) will bring a fun and inviting atmosphere to the event. Beyond the music, there’s an extra touch of magic. Both kids and adults can seize unforgettable moments with our charming roaming characters, the Ice Queen and a surprise guest, creating snapshots of enchantment and joy.

Extend the Magic of the Night

Within a stone’s throw of the Night Market – Holiday Edition, you’ll discover fantastic dining options including – The Canadian Brewhouse, The Banquet and Borough Bar + Grill. These restaurants provide the perfect setting for a convenient catch-up, great food and more. Additionally, quick-serve options are available along University Avenue for those looking for a more casual stop.

Whether you’re searching for unique gifts, looking to connect with your neighbours or you’re ready to leap into the holiday spirit, this event promises to be fun for the entire family. Join us and warm up to winter on November 30th and December 7th. 

To stay-in-the-know about all of the events happening at U/D, check out our events calendar!

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