What to Do in Calgary: December 2015

November 16, 2016

Welcome to our monthly round-up of events in, around, and connected to our community in Calgary’s NW. Each month as University District continues to come together we ask our team what they’re looking forward to in the month ahead. Here is what we’re excited about in Calgary for the month of December.

Follow along using the hashtag #UDistrictYYC as you explore our city this month.

Calgary Hitmen Teddybear Toss Game
Scotiabank Saddledome (15 minutes drive from University District)
December 6, 2015
Tickets start at around $15 (+taxes & fees)

When the first Hitmen goal is scored on December 6, sports fans will let the bears fly onto the ice. It’s a thrilling event and all for a great cause. The Teddy Bear Toss is two decades old. Over 250,000 million teddies have been ‘tossed’ onto Calgary’s ice so far and the tradition has become a globally recognized.

Skating at Bowness Park
Bowness Park (15 minutes from University District)

We’re lucky in the NW to have Bowness Park, one of Calgary’s most beautiful natural destinations. The park is 30-hectares and includes a Teahouse and Boat House. The skating here is hard to beat, but is (like everything in our beloved city) dependant on the weather. The City of Calgary does beautiful job of lighting it up in the winter. It stays open until 11pm nightly.

If you’re short on skates, the Boat House is operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre from December 15 – February 15 (Fridays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.). Go there to pick your rents (skates, helmets, etc.) or to polish up your personal blades with skate sharpening. MORE.


Christmas in Kensington

Kensington (10 minute drive from University District)
Weekends until December 21, from noon to 4pm. December 12 is Family Day

Every weekend until December 21, the NW community of Kensington holds ‘Christmas in Kensington’. December 12 is ‘Family Day’: shop a great mix of local stores (we’re particularly fond of the newly redesigned Crave Cupcakes featuring Monogram Coffee) with a hot beverage in hand and enjoy awesome family-friendly activities like the petting zoo (noon-3pm) and a 3pm family holiday movie at The Plaza Theatre. Plus carolers, horse-drawn wagons and more.

Here’s a tip: if you take a picture with one of your Kensington purchases and share on social media with hashtag #ShopKensignton you’ll be entered to with a $500 shopping spree – there’s one to be won every weekend. MORE.

Alberta Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
Jubilee Auditorium
December 17-24, 2015
Tickets start at $20 (plus taxes & fees)

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition worth repeating. The world-famous Alberta Ballet will return this Christmas with their signature production of the classic ballet from December 17-24. The multi-million dollar production is as stunning as ever, and stars the Alberta Ballet’s gorgeous company of dancers as well as some talent up-and-coming youth performers. The lobby will be dressed to the nines and the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s immortal score will fill the air at this family-friendly annual event.


The Calgary Fiddlers Association Presents: Fiddle Fantasia

University Theatre: Craigie Hall; 200 University Court NW (5 minutes from University District)
December 19, 2015 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets: General – $21.00, Student/Senior/Child – $15.75
Door Tickets: General – $26.25, Student/Senior/Child – $21.00

A few minutes away from University District, in the University Theatre, the sounds of fiddlers will fill the air this holiday season this December. The Bow Valley Fiddlers and Calgary Fiddlers (aged 7-18) will leave you toe-tapping and buzzing. If you’ve never seen these guys perform, you don’t know what you’re missing. Their shows are thrilling and varied, so no matter what style of music you love, you’ll be happy at this show!


Location yet to be announced
Date yet to be announced

READ: “Giant snowball fight will bring strangers together to embrace winter” via Calgary Herald

When was the last time you saw snow fall in our city and got excited for a fight? Thanks to two guys, Mazumber & Chase, over 1,000 Calgarians are gathering their gloves and warming up their throwing arms for an epic snowball battle. The event is all ages and the only way to find out about it is to is sign up for the text message alert. The date, time, and location will be kept a mystery until 24-hours before. For those about to snowball, we salute you.  MORE.

Winsport Canada Olympic Park (13 minutes drive from University District)
December 18-19, 2015
Tickets available at the door. $15 for a family or $10 for an individual.
*Get $5 off with a new or gently used jacket donation.

Ever want to be a part of a world cup event? On Friday (starting at 3pm) and Saturday (starting at 11:15am) the fastest men and women on the ice track will be zooming down the luge track at Canada Olympic Park for the Viessmann Luge World Cup. Bring your noisemakers and show them a Calgary-style good time! Plus, Winsport has lots of fun holiday activities throughout the centre including photos with Santa, sleigh rides, family skating, cookie decorating and Springfree trampolines. You can even try luge in the Ice House.

A LEGENDARY NEW YEARS’ EVE: “Legend Has It” at Alberta Theatre Projects
Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons (15 minutes drive from University District)
December 31, 2015

Enjoy one of the biggest theatrical hits of the year and join hundreds of other partiers in the Martha Cohen Theatre to ring in the New Year at this one-time-only New Years’ Eve celebration – dress fancy or in your best costume. Legend Has It is a fantasy adventure that is completely improvised! The magical world of ‘Jaro’ needs a Hero to save the ‘Mumplings’ and restore magic to the land – and the cast of world-class improvisers will select that Hero from the audience members. You’ll never see the same show twice. Following this special late performance, enter the costume contest for great Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo prizes, and watch the Olympic Plaza fireworks! The Martha Cohen Theatre lobby will be dressed to the nines and made complete with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Make sure you reserve your tickets in advance. MORE.

*Note: If you’re a alumni of the University of Calgary and want to check out this show earlier in December, U of C alumni night is December 3, 2015.

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