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11 Issues to Do in Calgary This Week: December 14-18

If you choose to attend events outside of your home, adhere to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, including proper physical distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing, as recommended by health officials. If you are sick, please stay home.

There is still much work to be done in Calgary, even as new public health measures have been taken.

From outdoor activities with members of your household to keeping you entertained around the house, there’s no reason to get bored at YYC this week when we go on vacation.

Here are some fun events and activities you can do while keeping your physical distance!

Go ice skating in Olympic Plaza

If you want to get outside and have fun, make your way downtown to ice skate (physically distant).

The ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is completely free – unless you want to rent skates.

Place: 228 8th Avenue SE

Get a gift from the region for that special someone

Rocky Mountain Greeting Cards (@ krystlesimmonds / Instagram)

Our city has a strong entrepreneurial spirit that even a pandemic can’t shake, but it still needs our help to stay alive. This year, more than ever, it is more important than ever that our hard-earned dollars are used to support local businesses, makers and artists whose livelihoods depend on the success of the holiday season.

When you buy a gift from a small business, you’re not only helping support the family behind it, but our local Calgary economy as a whole.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to local shopping this holiday season to help you find gifts for all of your friends, family and frontline co-workers who you may or may not see in person this year.

Take a photo walk on vacation

It’s the best time of the year in Calgary, and what better time to brighten up your Instagram than when the city is lit up for the holidays?

If you want to get out into town, have your best vacation life and snap photos to document the precious moments of winter, we just have the list of places for you.

Check out the Sparkle Sparkle from Telus Spark

Telus Spark

Telus Spark launched Sparkle Sparkle, an indoor winter wonderland with over 270,000 LED lights arranged in stunning (and incredibly photo-worthy) displays.

The pathway experience takes visitors through a simmering northern lights cave, past LED bonfires and under simulated falling stars.

Guests can also grab a hot chocolate, make their own lantern, sample a few goodies in a sugar shack, and get to know the vastness of the cosmos.

When: Now through January 3rd, except December 24th, 25th and 31st
Time: Time slots are available between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
Tickets: Available online, $ 19

Make your way around Christmas time

The holiday season is officially in full swing, which means radio stations, your mom and lobbies everywhere are switching to their vacation playlist.

Some of the songs that you will be repeating over the next few weeks are terrible and some are amazing.

But only 15 are THE BEST, as determined by both the scientific method and an elven focus group. Check out our list here.

ZooLights 2020


Zoolights (@ erikasmind / Instagram)

One of the most festive events in Calgary is on its way back this holiday season.

Zoolights, presented by Olympia Trust Company, returns to the Calgary Zoo for the 24th time.

The zoo will be transformed into a magical wonderland with two million twinkling lights from November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 (excluding December 25) for seven weeks of family-friendly fun that gives back to animal welfare.

When: November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Tickets: Available online, 20

Toboggan down a Calgary-approved hill

Winter is still a month away, but someone must have forgotten to tell Mother Nature about it, as Calgary has already seen quite a bit of snow in the past week.

While YYC is going through its usual freeze, snow, and thaw routine right now, it’s only a matter of time before the white stuff stays here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as the snowpack actually provides an opportunity for anyone looking to slide down a few hills.

Calgary actually has statutes in place that prevent potential tobogganers from sliding down hills that haven’t officially been given the green light, but luckily there are a few on this list.

Sit back and try Disney +

Stay inside and stay safe this week by making popcorn and having some time for Disney + and chill.

Here are some new releases worth checking out about the streaming giant this weekend.

Take the perfect Christmas tree

Markham Christmas


It’s that time of year again when it pays to think ahead before the stressful vacation frenzy.

Dust off your purchases, dig up the Christmas decorations, and get ready for the Christmas celebrations.

If you are thinking of getting a new Christmas tree this year, real or fake, there are plenty of places to find the perfect tree for every home.

Check out our list of locations here.

Find out what’s new on Netflix

In arguably the best time in human history to sit back and stream, Netflix Canada has a list of great new content just in time for the weekend.

From some vacation content and specials to overseas movies, animations, animals, and everything in between, the streaming platform makes it pretty tempting to hang on to the tube all weekend.

Take a winter hike

Winter camping

Hiking Alberta (@ kristinrepsher / Instagram)

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean the hiking season is over.

With the right equipment and preparation, you can keep hiking through snow and ice. The cool temperatures may be challenging, but the snow cover makes everything just beautiful. Here are some tips to ensure your winter hike is safe, warm, and fun.

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