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Calgary’s Child Podcast

From print, to television, radio and online Calgary’s Child is everywhere you need us to be.  Now we are testing the waters for a new format, one you can listen to any time and anywhere you have an internet connection.

On our first episode host Christina Roswell chats with Patty Kilgallon, the chief Executive Office with The Children’s Cottage Society. They are dedicated to preventing harm and neglect to children and to build strong families through support services. The Children’s Cottage is a recognized leader in providing effective programs and services to help ensure Safe Children in Healthy Families.

We also sit down with Tammy Johnston, a financial advisor and author of A Financial Foundations Story. Johnston takes a holistic approach to working with their clients. Tammy came up with the concept of Financial Foundations.

Plus, Ellen Percival, publisher of Calgary’s Child Magazine takes us through the do’s and don’ts of the perfect picture with Santa.

We hope you enjoy our first podcast and we look forward to hearing your feedback!


The Big List of Santa Locations


Santa at the Mall

BassPro Shops at CrossIron Mills
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Get a free photo with Santa then stay for FREE games, crafts and activities that celebrate the season.

When: November 14 – December 24, 2015
Location: 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View AB

Chinook Centre
Santa arrives at Chinook Centre on November 28, and would love for you to visit.

When: November 28 – December 24, 2104
Location: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary AB

Deerfoot Mall
In addition having a photo taken with Santa, bring a non-perishable food item for the Mayor’s Food Bank and you can join in the colouring and crafts in Santa’s workshop.
When: November 28 – December 24, 2015
Location: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary AB

Market Mall
Santa will be welcoming visitors at his Playland in Market Mall. This year they are once again kicking off the Christmas season with breakfast with Santa with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta.

When: November 22 – December 24, 2015
Location: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary AB

Marlborough Mall
Visit Santa all season long.

When: November 21 – December 24, 2015
When: November 21 – December 6, 2015
Thursday – Saturday: noon – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7pm
Sunday noon – 4 pm
December 7- 24
Monday – Saturday: noon – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7pm
Sunday: noon – 4 pm
Christmas Eve
10 am – 3 pm
Location: 3800 Memorial Dr NE, Calgary, AB

Northland Village Mall
Northland Village’s Village Square will be transformed into Sugarplum Lane. Parents can bring their children for fun activities, yummy treats, and a visit with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera to take photos for free (no photographer onsite).

When: November 28 – December 24, 2015
Hours: 11 am – 1pm and 2 – 4 pm (December 24 Santa will only be available in the morning)
Location: 5111 Northland Drive NW, Calgary AB

Southcentre Mall
Santa will be here until the 24th. While waiting for Santa, your kids can watch a holiday movie at the Magic Pond, located near Santa’s Enchanted Forest. After seeing Santa, be sure to decorate your own cookie in the Cookie Kitchen.

When: Now through December 24, 2015
Location: 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary AB

Sunridge Mall
Santa will arrive at Sunridge Mall on December 1, 2015 and they are offering Santa photos free of charge this year; just bring your own camera, camcorder or smartphone. In lieu of payment, a monetary donation to The Children’s Cottage Society is gratefully requested.

When: December 1 – 24, 2015
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm    
Sundays & Christmas Eve: 12pm – 5pm
Location: 2525 36 St NE, Calgary AB

Westbrook Mall
Visit with Santa by the fountain, participate in free kids’ holiday crafts on select days and take the opportunity to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy Angels holiday campaign.

When: November 21 – December 6, 2015
Hours: Thursday – Saturday: noon – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7pm
Sunday noon – 4 pm
December 7- 23
Monday – Saturday: noon – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7pm
Sunday: noon – 4 pm
December 24
10 am – 3 pm
Location: 1200 37 St SW, Calgary AB

Other Places to See Santa:

Airdrie Santa Claus Parade
Take family and friends to the Santa Claus Parade where Santa and numerous floats roll down on Main Stree and light up the downtown. This is a fun, festive way to set the mood for your holiday.

When: December 5, 2015 – 5 p.m.
Location: Main Street – The Parade will start at Fletcher Park (6th Ave NW and Main Street) and will proceed southbound Main street to Ridgegate.
Cost: Free

Christmas at the Track – Veissmann Luge World Cup
Take photos with Santa, enjoy sleigh rides, a petting zoo, face painting, airbrush tattoo artist, cookie decorating, flip-books, ball pit, bouncy castles, family skating and come out and jump on a Springfree Trampoline! You can even catch a glimpse of exciting Luge World Cup action!

When: December 19, 2015
Location: Olympic Oval
Cost: $15 for a family or only $10 with a new or gently used jacket donation.

High River Santa Claus Parade
Join the second annual Light Up George Land Park and the 29th annual Santa Clause Parade. There will be live music, entertainment, photos with Santa, firepits, hot chocolate, unique gifts and more!

When: December 4, 2015
Location: Downtown High River
Cost: $15 for a family or only $10 with a new or gently used jacket donation.

Silver Springs Community Association’s Breakfast with Santa
When: Saturday, November 28, 2015 as Santa and Mrs. Claus  stop by for breakfast. Breakfast begins at 9am.  There will be pancakes, bacon, eggs and fresh fruit.
Location: 5720 Silver Ridge Drive NW
Cost: Ticket Sales begin November 2, 2015.Ticket must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $10 each and proceeds go toward programs at Silver Springs Community Association.

Santa Claus Parade of Lights & Festive Fun (Banff)

The flurry of festivities starts with a line-up of kid-friendly, fun-filled activities that are sure to heighten your Christmas spirit. Festive Fun with Santa is a bustling event whose name says it all. Christmas craft making, face painting, balloon twisting, carnival games and photos with Santa himself provide hours of entertainment and memories that last a lifetime.Finally, enjoy the sweet songs of roaming carolers and watch the magic and glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights.

When: December 5, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Location: Along Banff Avenue
Cost: Free

Skate with Santa (Okotoks)
Santa is coming to town early this year for our Annual Skate with Santa at the Okotoks Rec Centre’s Piper Arena. Candy canes and hot chocolate add to the festive fun. Bring your skates and your camera for some free family fun!

When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 – 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Location: Okotoks Recreational Centre – 99 Okotoks Drive Okotoks AB
Cost: Free