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Holiday Markets and Events in Calgary We’re Looking Forward To

Not quite feeling those holiday vibes yet? Have shopping to do but don’t want to fight your way through the mall? Whether you’re looking to get some gifts checked off your list or just kick start those festive feelings, here are a few events to get you started this weekend – without even having to leave downtown!

Christmas in Inglewood

The merchants of Inglewood will be staying open until 9 pm, serving up festive goodies and refreshments to enjoy while you shop. Look for exclusive in-store specials while getting into the spirit of the season in one of Calgary’s oldest neighborhoods!

Thursday, November 30, 5 pm to 9 pm

Late Night Holiday Shopping on 4th Street

Mission is getting festive with extended shopping hours, special deals, and exclusive pop-up shops for the next two Thursdays. Spend over $100 at participating merchants and get a free Christmas tree – check out their Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, Nov 30 and Thursday, Dec 7, 11 am to 8 pm

Marda Loop Christmas Market

Shop local this season! Come out and support Marda Loops local artists, artisans, and home-based business owners! Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

Saturday, December 2, 10 am to 3 pm

Light Up The Square East Village

Get into the Christmas state of mind at the annual East Village Tree Lighting event! Spend time with your neighbors and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, cookies, and even a visit from Santa!
Saturday, December 2, 3 pm to 6 pm

Skate Night with DJ Clauz at Olympic Plaza

Enjoy DJ Clauz on the decks as he plays your favourite holiday hits! Bring your own equipment or rent skates and helmets from the Skate Hut (limited quantities available!)

Every Saturday in December, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Christmas In Kensington

Spend Saturdays in Kensington throughout December to celebrate the holiday season! Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate, movies by donation at the Plaza Theatre, selfies with Santa, horse & wagon rides, and more! Check out Facebook  for movie schedule and other info!

Every Saturday in December, 12 pm to 4 pm

17th Avenue Block Party, hosted by West Elm

West Elm is hosting an after-hours block party to raise money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Bamboo Ballroom will be hosting a fashion show in the store, food will be provided by Blanco and Fork & Salad, drinks by Trolley 5, and more! Enjoy a night of fun, music, & food while supporting a great cause. More info at

Sunday, December 3, 6:30 pm

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By Twyla Yacyshyn