November in Calgary full of activities that will delight the whole family. Whether it’s honoring Remembrance Day, preparing for the holiday festivities and all that comes with snow and colder temperatures, there is tons of fun to be had inside and out. outside at YYC!
Things to do in Calgary in November
Camp Serotonin at Telus Spark | sparkscience.ca
Ends November 8!
Telus Spark brings the outdoors indoors with its immersive exhibit walk that guides you through micro-habitats filled with tips, tricks and strategies for resilience in times of uncertainty. Discover the science behind neurotransmitters and their role in improving mental health and well-being. Be sure to check out the pyrography (wood burning) activity as well as the fun camp-inspired activities at the Creative Kids Museum.
This exhibit is included with your regular admission, so once you’ve filled your cup of cheerful Camp Serotonin endorphins, head out to explore the rest of the fun at Telus Spark!
Field of Crosses | fieldofcrosses.com
Each year, from November 1 to 11, 3,500 crosses are placed along Memorial Drive in Calgary to honor fallen soldiers in 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 there is a sunrise and sunset ceremony and on Remembrance Day a ceremony is held to welcome attendees both in person and via the live broadcast.
Remembrance Day at Military Museums | lesmuséesmilitaires.ca
If you’ve never had the chance to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony hosted by military museums, I highly recommend it. This year’s ceremony begins at 10:00 am, with the arrival of VIPs and guests of honor. At 10:57 am, the “Last Post” is played and the 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 usually very busy, you’ll want to arrive early to make sure you can find a parking space.
Remembrance Day at the Hangar Flight Museum | thehangarmuseum.ca
If you are looking for a place to participate in an official Remembrance Day celebration, the Hangar Flight Museum is another great choice. They’ll be posting details about their Remembrance Day 2021 soon, so be sure to check their website for more details.
Millarville Christmas Market | millarvilleracetrack.com
November 4-7 and 11-14
It’s hard to believe the Christmas markets are back, but we have to admit we are over the moon! Food trucks, music, reindeer tours 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 a timed entry where kids can take photos with Santa’s reindeer!
Grinchmas at Granary Road | granaryroad.com
Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Grinchmas with the famous Granary Road goats! Head to the South Patio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take a selfie with the goats before warming up by the fire and roasting an s’more. Decorate a candy apple and hitchhike on the bah-humbug wagon for a ride through the active learning park. The Granary Road Market is also the perfect place for early Christmas shopping (and keep your eyes peeled for the Grinch, who is known to roam the market!)
Visit the Granary Road website to pre-register and pre-purchase everything you need to participate in the activities of your choice!
Light the Okotoks | okotoks.ca
Although it’s a bit of a car ride, Light Up Okotoks is one of our family’s favorite ways to kick off the holiday season. This indoor and outdoor event features Okotoks community Christmas tree lighting, live entertainment, wagon rides, a sugar shack, ice carving demonstrations, cookie decorating, wine sales. crafts, late night shopping, fireworks and more.
Keep your eyes peeled for the arrival of Santa Claus and be sure to snap a photo and share your Christmas greetings with the merry old elf!
Zoolights | calgaryzoo.com
November 19 – January 2
Calgary in November means the magical spectacle of over 2 million lights at the Calgary Zoo is back, and now in its 25th year! This year’s Zoolights celebration will feature new themed areas and activities, including a 25th anniversary Memory Lane, The Nutcracker in the ENMAX Conservatory, a brand new ‘Tunnel of Light’, a tribute to Canada’s wetland, a holiday zoo market and a very special “Dinos at Night”. Classic favorites like the ice rink, fire pits and rival ax throwing will all be back this year as well.
Zoolights tickets must be purchased in advance, and regular day admission cannot be used for your Zoolights experience. Inspire Calgary Zoo members can get free entry to Zoolights, while Engage members and kids get a 50% discount.
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market | sprucemeadows.com
November 26-28 and December 3-5
The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market is a must-see market filled with amazing 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 supplier and activity information, coming soon!
Beauty and the Grinch | jubilations.ca
Saturdays from November 6 to January 8
If you’re looking for a fun (and tasty) way to spend a Saturday afternoon, look no further than B’s production of Jubilationseauty and the grinch. Sit down over a 3-course lunch and get ready to enjoy this two-act musical that’s sure to get kids and adults alike into the festive holiday spirit!
Skate on the Boulevard in Deerfoot City | deerfootcity.com
If you’re looking forward to 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 reserve your time slot 30 minutes in advance, so check out the Deerfoot City website to claim your party’s free spot!
And while you wait for your turn on the ice, why not check out some of the fantastic shopping and dining options nearby?
What activities has your family planned for this November in Calgary? We would love to hear them in the comments!
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