Calgary is a winter wonderland during Christmas. With twinkling lights across the city, so many of us can’t wait to go holiday dancing and shopping. The spirit of the holidays is incomplete without a trip to the Christmas markets around the city. Giddy up in your warmest winter gear and check out our list of the top rated holiday markets in yyc.
Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park
Experience the wondrous magic of Christmas past at Heritage Park in Calgary. Enjoy a festive wagon ride, sing carols or hobnob with jolly old Saint Nick. Immerse yourself in an old-fashioned Christmas as some of the historical family homes and buildings open their doors to share their Yuletide traditions. It’s a delightful market full of color and lights, guaranteed to delight all ages. Highlights include a Christmas train display, vintage photo parlor, and a live Christmas play in the Canmore Opera House. Get your slice of wholesome holiday cheer!
Weekends, 9:30 am to 4:00 p.m., November 24 – December 23, 2018
Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets are: General (15+) $10.75, Senior (65+) $8.50, Youth (7 – 14) $6.75, Child (3 – 6) – $5.50, (2 & under – free)
Calgary Farmers Market Christmas Market
Extend your holiday tradition and find what you are looking for at this premier market. This holiday season, dine with friends as live holiday entertainment fills the market and indulge in treats while you find the perfect gift. From freshly Roasted Holiday Nuts to strolling Santa, the fun doesn’t stop. Snap a selfie with the jolly ol’ elf and take a trip down the aisles to find the best market vendors -offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and more. Sample mulled cherry wine at Field Stone Fruit Wines and swing your hips to some Christmas tunes. Make everlasting memories at the special events; from Santa and cookie decorating, Tea with Mrs. Claus, live ice carving, viewing Santa’s Reindeer, and much more.
Thursday- Sunday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., from November 15 – December 23, 2018
Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1C3
No admission fee and free parking!
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
Dive into the Christmas spirit in full swing at the Spruce Meadows market by Telus. Discover a magical world of scents, colors and light, and feel the energy of the season. Enjoy 300+ vendors spreading the cheer in the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Riding Hall, Equi-Plex, Horizons, Gallery on the Green at Congress Hall, Reindeer Alley, and Candy Cane Lane. Our outdoor areas include, ‘Founders Plaza’, ‘Twin-Peaks’ and many more. From world-imported items to hand-crafted gifts, indulge in stress-free shopping in a festive environment featuring unique gift ideas. Joyful and lively entertainment will add to the special atmosphere at the International Christmas Market.
Friday: 10am – 8pm | Saturday: 10am – 7pm | Sunday: 10am – 5pm
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
$12/person* | Purchased at the gate
$10/person* | Purchased in advance
$72 Multi-Entry Pass | 9 admits
Christmas in Inglewood
With 80+ shops and restaurants of Inglewood kicking off the Christmas season on December 1st, the annual “Christmas in Inglewood” event promises to be the magical experience you and your family have craved all year. Have yourself a merry little Christmas and come down to Calgary’s original Main Street where you’ll find the most unique holiday gift selection in the city from more than 80 independent and locally-owned shops and restaurants! See you in Inglewood for a Christmas shopping experience you’ll never forget!
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 6 p.m., December 1, 2018
9 Avenue S.E. and surrounding Streets and Avenues.
Market Collective Cheer
Light up your holiday charm and join the Market Collective 10 Year Holiday series! It’s a mega two-weekend extravaganza of live music, interactive workshops, galleries, food and beverage, and over 150 local vendors plus special surprises. Take your friends and family and head down to a weekend full of good food, DJs, live music, and shopping from the creative local community. That’s all we want this Christmas!
Friday: 4pm – 9pm | Saturday: 10am – 6pm | Sunday: 10am – 6pm, December 7-9 & 14-16, 2018
BMO Centre Hall C (20 Roundup Way SW)
$5 for the weekend (Kids under 12 Free)
2nd Annual Christmas Market at The Saskatoon Farm
Over 100 local unique vendors, music and Christmas baskets full of goodies, what more could you ask for this holiday season? Be sure to check out the cafe offering a variety of soups, chili, hot chocolate, marshmallow, baked goods and much more.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., December 1 – 9, 2018
The Saskatoon Farm – 80181 338 Ave East, Foothills, Alberta T1S4S3
Free entrance and parking for the public
Christmas in Kensington
The Christmas market in Kensington promises to be the most wonderful thing this year! It’s all celebrations and magic with a variety of free, family-fun activities in the vibrant neighborhood. Enjoy the thrilling horse and wagon rides, watch joyful holiday movies at The Plaza Theatre, and take selfies with Santa! Be sure to check the petting zoo, drink up some hot chocolate and have fun! Roam through the lively neighborhood and show some love.
12 – 4 p.m., Saturday, December 1 – 22, 2018
Kensington Rd and 10th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1V5
YYC Alternative Christmas Market – Second Edition
Wonderful Christmastime of fresh fun is what you can expect when you walk into the second edition of the YYC Alternative Christmas Market inside the Inglewood Community Centre. Stuff those stockings with all things shiny and pretty from local artisans and designers.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018
Inglewood Community Association Hall – 1740 24 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1P9
Make It Calgary!
With over 130+ of Canada’s top artists, makers, and crafters displaying their handmade crafts, this Christmas market makes is a perfect place to start your holiday dance. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all your Christmas gifts, this is the perfect place! Everything from clothing, accessories, and art to home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items, and other unique treasures, you’ll be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9, 2018
Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary T2E 7P4
$5 at the door, kids 12 and under are free.
Buy your tickets early to save $2!
Authentically Indigenous Craft Show Holiday Edition
In the mood for some serious fun and frolic? Your visit to the Indigenous Craft Show ‘Holiday Edition’ – featuring 30+ unique indigenous artist vendors from Calgary is sure to put a hop in your step. There will be an array of fresh handmade crafts, art, jewelry, food trucks and much more. Be sure to join Santa on a walkaround or entertain your kids at the Kids Zone.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., December 8, 2018
At the Kerby Centre 1133 7 Ave. SW
Admission is $2 for adults and kids enter free. Free Parking!
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