With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to start checking gifts off your list. Whether you’re looking for new oven mitts, handmade jewellery or stunning artwork to adorn your bestie’s home, Calgary’s Christmas markets are where it’s at. Don’t try to brave the crowded, noisy mall at this time of year – support local and check out these cute Christmas markets sprinkled around the city throughout the month of December. Don’t forget to look at the dates – most of these events are happening over multiple weekends. Happy shopping YYC!
What: Starting tomorrow and running every Saturday until December 22, enjoy Christmas activities with your neighbours put on by the community of Kensington! Here you’ll find sleigh rides and hot chocolate with Christmas-themed movies playing at the Plaza Theatre. Mark your calendars Calgary and get into the Christmas spirit with Kensington this year!
Where: Kensington Road & 10th Street
When: December 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: Movies by donation, hot chocolate provided
What: 130 of Canada’s top makers will be gathered right here in Calgary for 4 days, bringing you unique, handmade goods perfect for stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. Find jewellery, soaps, bags, treats, clothes – you name it! – at this holiday market. Grab your gals and enjoy free parking at this event while you peruse the work of our talented local artists.
Where: Deerfoot City
When: December 6-9
Time: Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri. 11am-9pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 11am-5pm
What: Located 15 minutes south of Calgary, join the Saskatoon Farm in their second annual indoor holiday market this year. Here you’ll find over 100 local vendors, door prizes, music, entertainment and delicious food from vendors and other on-site food locations. Come with an appetite because we know you’ll want to try the soups, chilis, baked goods, hot drinks and sweet treats they’ve cooked up just for you!
Where: Saskatoon Farm
When: December 1 & 2, 8 & 9
Time: 9am-5pm daily
Market Collective 10 Year Anniversary Holiday Market
What: Food trucks, DJs, live music and shopping as far as the eye can see. Don’t miss Market Collective this year as they celebrate their 10-year anniversary in style. Visit each weekend’s Facebook events below to see what rad events they have in store – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Where: BMO Centre
When: December 7-9, December 14-16
Time: Fri. 4-9pm, Sat. & Sun. 10am-6pm both weekends
Cost: $5 for the weekend
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.