November in Calgary is jam packed with activities the whole family can get excited about. From honouring Remembrance Day to preparing for holiday festivities and all that comes with the snow and colder temperatures, there’s tons of fun to be had both indoors and outside in YYC!
Things to Do in Calgary in November
Camp Serotonin at Telus Spark | sparkscience.ca
Ends November 8!
Telus Spark is bringing the outdoors inside with their immersive exhibit boardwalk that guides you through micro-habitats full of tips, tricks, and strategies for resiliency during uncertain times. Learn about the science behind neurotransmitters and their role in boosting mental health and well-being. Be sure to check out the Pyrography (wood burning) activity as well as the fun, camp-inspired activities in the Creative Kids Museum.
This exhibit is included with your regular admission, so once you have filled your cup with happy endorphins from Camp Serotonin, head out to explore the rest of the fun at Telus Spark!
Field of Crosses | fieldofcrosses.com
Every year, from November 1-11, 3500 crosses are placed along Calgary’s Memorial Drive to honour fallen soldiers from Southern Alberta. The 5-acre memorial is lit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to give visitors a chance to pay their respects to these brave Canadians who lost their lives.
Each day, a sunrise and sunset ceremony takes place and, on Remembrance Day, a ceremony is held to welcome participants both in person and via live stream.
Remembrance Day at the Military Museums | themilitarymuseums.ca
If you have never had a chance to participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony put on by the Military Museums, I would highly recommend it. This year’s ceremony begins at 10:00 am, with the arrival of VIPs and Guests of honour. At 10:57, “Last Post” is performed and flags are lowered, followed by two minutes of silence and the laying of ceremonial wreaths. Be sure to visit the exhibits inside the museum after the service, where admission will be accepted by donation.
Because this ceremony is typically well-attended, you’ll want to arrive early to ensure you’re able to find a parking spot.
Remembrance Day at the Hangar Flight Museum | thehangarmuseum.ca
If you are looking for a venue to participate in a formal Remembrance Day celebration, he Hangar Flight Museum is another excellent choice. They will be posting details about their 2021 Remembrance Day soon, so be sure to check their website for details.
Millarville Christmas Market | millarvilleracetrack.com
November 4-7 and 11-14
It’s hard to believe that Christmas markets are here again, but we have to admit, we are over the moon excited! Food trucks, music, reindeer viewing, and a huge selection of seasonal vendors await in four heated indoor areas, the arena, hall, quonset, and large heated tents.
There’s also a Kids Only Shoppe with ticketed timed entry where kiddos can get a photos with Santa’s reindeer!
Grinchmas at Granary Road | granaryroad.com
Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Grinchmas with the famous goats of Granary Road! Head to the south patio from 10am – 3pm to snap a selfie with the goats before warming up by the fire and roasting yourself a s’more. Decorate a candy apple and hitch a ride on the bah-humbug wagon for a trip around the active learning park. The market at Granary Road also makes the perfect spot to do some early Christmas shopping (and keep your eyes peeled for the Grinch, who has been known to roam the market!)
Visit Granary Road’s website to pre-register and pre-purchase everything you need to participate in your activities of choice!
Light Up Okotoks | okotoks.ca
Although it’s a little bit of a drive, Light Up Okotoks is one of our family’s favourite ways to kick off the festive season. This indoor and outdoor event includes the lighting of the Okotoks community Christmas tree, live entertainment, wagon rides, a sugar shack, ice sculpture demos, cookie decorating, craft sales, late-night shopping, fireworks, and much more.
Keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s arrival and be sure to get a photo and share your Christmas wishes with the jolly old elf!
Zoolights | calgaryzoo.com
November 19 – January 2
Calgary in November means Calgary Zoo’s magical display of over 2 million lights is back, and now for its 25th year! This year’s Zoolights celebration will include new themed areas and activities including a 25th anniversary Memory Lane, the Nutcracker in the ENMAX Conservatory, an all new “Tunnel of Light”, a tribute to Canada’s wetland, a holiday Zoo Market, and a very special “Dinos at Night” experience. Classic favourites like the skating rink, fire pits, and Rival Axe Throwing will all be back this year as well.
Tickets for Zoolights must be purchased in advance, and regular day admission cannot be used towards your Zoolights experience. Calgary Zoo Inspire Members can get free admission to Zoolights, while Engage and Child Members receive 50% off.
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market | sprucemeadows.com
November 26-28 and December 3-5
The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market is a must-visit market filled with incredible vendors, delicious food, fun activities, crackling bonfires, and beautiful lights to get you in the spirit of the season.
Check their website for updates on vendor and activity information, coming soon!
Beauty and the Grinch | jubilations.ca
Saturdays from November 6 – January 8
If you’re looking for a fun-filled (and tasty) way to spend a Saturday afternoon, look no further than Jubilations’ production of Beauty and the Grinch. Sit down to a 3-course lunch and prepare to enjoy this two-act musical comedy that’s sure to get kids and adults alike into the festive spirit of the holidays!
Skate the Boulevard at Deerfoot City | deerfootcity.com
If you’re excited to get in your first outdoor skate of the season, you don’t have to wait for the temperatures to drop, thanks to Deerfoot City’s synthetic ice rink that brings all the fun of the real, slippery thing. Be sure to bring your own equipment, as rentals are not available on-site. You’ll need to book your 30-minute time slot ahead of time, so check out Deerfoot City’s website to claim your group’s free spot!
And while you wait for your turn on the rink, why not check out some of the fantastic shopping and dining options nearby?
What activities does your family have planned for this November in Calgary? We’d love to hear them in the comments!