Family Friendly Holiday Activities in Calgary

As the festive season approaches, Calgary transforms into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and a sense of holiday cheer. At the Sandman Hotel Group, we've curated a list of family-friendly activities that will make your holiday stay truly special. 


1. Zoolights at Calgary Zoo


Take a trip to Calgary Zoo's annual Zoolights event which is fun for the whole family. Gaze at sparkling lights, animated displays, and festive music as you make your way through the zoo grounds. With interactive activities and a visit from Santa Claus, it's a magical experience for visitors of all ages. 


Lights at Calgary Zoo

Photo Credit: Calgary Zoo


2. Outdoor Skating at Olympic Plaza


Embrace the Canadian winter spirit with a visit to Olympic Plaza for outdoor ice skating. Surrounded by the lights of downtown Calgary, this is the perfect family activity to enjoy the crisp winter air and showcase your skating skills. 


People Ice Skating at Olympic Park

Photo Credit: The City of Calgary


3. Airdrie Festival of Lights


Just a short drive from Calgary, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a must-visit for families. The entire Nose Creek Park is illuminated with thousands of lights, creating a mesmerizing display. Also take some time to enjoy train rides, bonfires, and hot chocolate. 


Lights on trees

Photo Credit: Curiocity


4. Glow Gardens


Immerse yourself in the magic of Glow Gardens, where light sculptures, interactive displays, and illuminated structures create a breathtaking spectacle. With a Christmas market, LED swings, and live entertainment, it's an experience that will leave the whole family in awe. 


People gathered under the glow gardens sign

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5. Winter Family Fun at Winsport's Canada Olympic Park


For an action-packed day, head to Winsport's Canada Olympic Park. Enjoy tubing down snowy slopes, take a family ski lesson, or try out the exhilarating bobsleigh ride. With a variety of winter activities, it's a one-stop destination for family fun. 


People snowboarding on slopes at Olympic Park

Photo Credit: Travel Alberta


Where to Stay: See our list of Sandman and Sandman Signature hotels in Calgary here


This holiday season, create lasting memories with your loved ones in Calgary. From the Zoolights to the nostalgic charm of Heritage Park, the city offers lots of family-friendly activities to make your holiday stay truly special. At the Sandman Hotel Group, we're here to ensure your holiday season is filled with joy. Book your stay with us and embark on a magical Christmas adventure in the heart of Calgary.