Family Events & Activities Happening in Calgary in November

Things to do in Calgary in November - SavvyMom

The snow has started to fall in Calgary which means that the winter months are really here to stay! In Calgary in November, there are lots of fun ways for families to celebrate the changing of the seasons in YYC, both inside and out (just make sure  to bundle up!)

Fun Family Events in Calgary in November

Central Library Turns Five! |

Where: Central Library,
When: Saturday November 4 from 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: Free!

Calgary’s iconic Central Library opened its doors on November 1, 2018 and has welcomed over 4.5 million people since then. To celebrate half a decade, Calgary Public Libraries are having a party! Refreshments will be available while quantities last. Opening ceremonies kick off at 11:30 with Indigenous drumming and dancing, followed by Puppet Storytime, circus shows, hula-hooping workshops, and drumming at 12. Self-guided Indigenous placemaking tours, crafts, giveaways and more will take place throughout the day. At 6:30 pm, join Keynote speaker Anthony Morgan to hear about Pursuing Passions: The Road to the Nature of Things.

Millarville Christmas Market |

Where: Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society
When: Thursdays through Sundays: November 2-5 and 9-12 from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Tickets must be pre-purchased. Kids 12 and under are free. 13 and over is $6.00 + GST and processing fees

If you’re already starting to think about your Christmas shopping, you won’t want to miss The Millarville Christmas Market! Enjoy eight days of shopping from over 300 premier craft and artisan vendors, delicious food truck treats, music, and even a chance to visit some reindeer and get a photo with Santa himself! Vendors are set up both inside and outdoors, so dress in layers! There’s also a Kids Only Shoppe where kids between 5 and 12 can select gifts for their loved ones with the help of a shopping elf! All items are $15 or less, and profits from the Shoppe are shared between 6 local schools to assist with their hot lunch programs.

Día de Muertos |

When: Sunday November 5 from 1 pm to 6:30 pm
Cost: Free! Tickets are not required for event entry, but if you reserve your free ticket online, you’ll be entered to win an exclusive Día de Muertos prize package!

Casa Mexico and Arts Commons are joining forces to bring a fantastic Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead Festival to the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Groove along to live music and performances, visit the altar exhibition and Catrina and Catrin makeup stations, check out the bread of the dead, and more!

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market |

Where: Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
When: Fridays through Sundays: November 17 – 19, 24-26, December 1-3
Cost: Kids 2 and under are free; Kids 3-12 and Seniors 65+ are $10.79 + GST; General Admission $16.19 + GST

Ask any Calgarian what their favourite Christmas Market is, and there’s a good chance the answer will be The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market. The market, sponsored by TELUS, boasts over 300 local businesses, as well as entertainment, food, and a majestic, lit up outdoor winter wonderland, complete with a petting zoo, Santa and reindeer visits, crafts and more. Parking is included in your ticket price.


Where: Calgary Zoo
When: Friday November 17 – Sunday January 7
Cost: Kids 3-15 $14.95 + GST; General Admission 16+ $21.95 + GST

It’s that time of year again! ZOOLIGHTS is a wonderful tradition beginning in Calgary in November that includes over 2 million lights and 200 displays throughout the grounds at the Calgary Zoo. Lace up your skates at the rink, try your hand at axe throwing, and then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by one of the fire pits! This year’s aurora theme brings fun new exhibits including Polar Nights in Prehistoric Park, an illuminated experience in the Dorothy Harvie Gardens, and a plethora of arctic creatures, snow covered trees, polar bears and a sparkly sleigh in the ENMAX Conservatory. Don’t miss the Boreal Forest Trek in Exploration Asia, where you’ll follow the green sparkle through a Canadian forest scene complete with our country’s iconic animals!

Leighton Art Centre Christmas |

Where: Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 Street West, Foothills, AB
Saturday November 18 from 10 am – 4 pm (There are 3 time slots available to purchase advance tickets for)
$25 +GST and Fees; Kids 2 and under are free.  

Travel back in time with your family for a vintage holiday experience! Sip hot cocoa at the hot chocolate station and pose for a photo op in the century old schoolhouse before getting crafty in the art studio next door. Pick up the perfect Christmas gift at the Festive Foothills Art Sale in the Museum & Gallery!

Inglewood Holiday Night Market |

Where: Crossroads Farmers Market
When: November 17, 18, 24, 25 and December 1 & 2
Cost: General Admission $5; Kids 12 and Under and Seniors 65+ are Free!

The Inglewood Night Market is taking things indoors to the Crossroads Farmers Market. This modern market features 50 locally sourced and handmade vendors selling diverse goods; from handmade crafts to vintage clothing, antiques & collectibles, artisan eats & more!

Once Upon a Christmas |

Where: Heritage Park 
When: Saturdays & Sundays: November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
Cost: Kids 3-15 $14.95 + GST; General Admission 16+ $19.95 +GST

For a truly unique celebration of the Christmas season, head to Heritage Park for Once Upon a Christmas! Bundle up and enjoy classic indoor and outdoor Christmas activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, crafts, cookie decorating, holiday story time, Christmas carollers, a holiday maze, festive photo ops and more! Get some of your Christmas shopping finished at the Kids’ Only Store, Christmas Market and historic shops. This is an event you’ll want to attend every year!

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

If you’re looking for an opportunity to attend a formal Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday November 11, there are a few popular options to check out in Calgary.

Field of Crosses |

The Field of Crosses Memorial is on display 24 hours a day from November 1 to 11 each year adjacent to Memorial Drive. The crosses are illuminated throughout the night. Sunrise and Sunset ceremonies are held each day from November 1 until November 10; visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to sunrise or sunset. On November 10, 3,620 lanterns will be placed in front of each of the crosses and will burn from sunset until sunrise on Remembrance Day. On Saturday November 11, a televised Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at 10:10 am. Parking is limited; it’s recommended to park on the South side of the river in the Eau Claire area and walk  across the bridge to the field.

The Military Museums |

The Military Museums will host its annual Remembrance Day service at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW both in person and online, streamed to their Facebook page starting at 10:20 am. Following the event, the museum will be open to the public from 12 pm to 6 pm, with admission by donation. Following the ceremony, the public is welcomed to lay a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument. Real poppies will be permitted to be laid. Limited parking is available at Masters Academy and the Flames Community Arena.

What events are you and your family most looking forward to in Calgary in November? Did we miss any great ones? Let us know in the comments!


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