Monthly Archives: December 2018


Provided by the City of Calgary

When the holiday season ends, and the dead of winter sets in, there is an inevitable gloominess that typically hits most families. The bored looks. The cranky behavior. The lack of patience. The constant irritability… The symptoms are easy to diagnose. It’s cabin fever.

This winter, don’t let everyone stay trapped in the house. Find new ways to spend more quality time with your family, starting with The City of Calgary’s aquatic facilities, leisure centres and arenas.

With two wave pools, seven public skating arenas and 12 pools in Calgary, The City’s recreation facilities provide fun and affordable family drop-in activities that are close to home. Choose between swimming, skating, shinny hockey, badminton, basketball and even rock climbing! Best part is, these drop-in activities won’t break your budget. The City offers a special family admission rate at their recreation facilities for one low price. Even better, kids two and under are free.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect yourself against cabin fever this winter. Find an activity that fits your family at


The days in December are short – but the nights are full of twinkling lights! Bundle up and enjoy some of the many wonderful light displays all across the foothills.

Residential Christmas Light Displays
One of our family traditions every year is to get Peters’ milkshakes and visit the many beautiful community displays! If your family goes over and above to decorate each year or if you’d like to find the best residential displays near you, check out the Lighten Up Calgary website.

23rd Annual Airdrie Festival of Lights.
Join for the 23rd season of the Airdrie Festival of Lights! There is no charge to attend, and parking is always free. Enjoy a hot chocolate or ride the trains for $2 and warm up by the fire! Donations graciously accepted. Santa Visits takes place December 1, 4, 11, 18, 22, and 23 from 7 to 8pm. New this year, the 12 Days of Christmas display grouping and Kids’ Only Shopping Experience. Check the website for event details, and more. Website.

Legacy Christmas Light Parade 2018
Legacy’s 4th Annual Christmas Light Parade is back! With over 120,000 lights, all December, Legacy will be lit up with lights for you and your family to enjoy. It is free for anyone to come drive through the community or come out and walk through the tunnels of lights. The public parks, as well as over 20 Show Homes in the community, have been decorated for Christmas! Come enjoy the many lights and displays and join the Legacy. Website.

32nd Annual Lions’ Festival of Lights
The 32nd Annual Lions’ Festival of Lights will illuminate Confederation Park Golf Course along 14 Street NW again this holiday season from December 1 to January 8. Drive by Calgary’s largest Free Christmas light showcase nightly between 6pm and midnight or take the family for a sled ride through the park amongst the 450,000+ bulbs! The Grand Opening event, complete with fireworks, will be held on December 1 at 5pm. Website.

ZOOlights at the Calgary Zoo
ZOOLIGHTS: The glow starts with you. ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back with more holiday cheer, festive spirit, and family fun than ever! Come experience how 2+ million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, and fun-filled activity zones (with many new additions!) transform the Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. Most magical of all is its ability to bring friends and family together during the holiday season! To purchase tickets to ZOOlights, visit the website.

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows
Visit Spruce Meadows for a beautiful two kilometre drive through the grounds while you stay warm and toasty in your car! Enjoy over a quarter of a million lights in their roadside displays. It’s the perfect choice if it’s a little too cold outside to wander around.

Cochrane Light Up Parade of Lights
Cochrane Light Up is proud to bring the first annual Parade of Lights to Cochrane! Visit main street on December 8th from 6-7pm for an evening of amazing floats, and free family fun for the entire town! Don’t miss face painting and special guests for all spectators to enjoy!

Do you have more magical light displays to tell us about? Email us at with the details!