Ho ho hold up. Can we talk about holiday fashion for a hot minute? We are living for the ugly Christmas sweaters decked out in the most garish tinsel, pom poms and lights. Also, there are so many ways to rock velvet, faux fur and yes, even denim to your next holiday party to instantly up your style cred. Take the chic ensembles to the streets at the best holiday events in Calgary, because Cow Town loves Christmas almost as much as we do at FLARE HQ. Or, grab your Santa hat and your fave red lippie and check out our top picks from across Canada by clicking here.
Once Upon A Christmas
Find it: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Heritage Park Historical Village, heritagepark.ca
The low-down: If you’re looking for an old-fashioned Xmas experience, step back in time at Heritage Park, a historical village that captures what life was like from the 1860s to the 1950s. The quaint village is decked out with wagon rides, carollers, festive bakeries and charming gift shops that resemble a simpler way of life sans cell phones.
When: November 25 to December 23, 2017
Times: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prices: $10.95 per person
Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows
Find it: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, sprucemeadows.com
The low-down: There are two things we love about this drive-through light display in particular. For one, the lush trees, glass lake and charming buildings at this equestrian facility are illuminated with thousands of mesmerizing lights. But the best part? The fact that you can stay in your car with the heat on full blast without freezing off your fingers in the frigid temps outside. Can I get an amen?
When: December 9, 2017 to January 6, 2018 (closed Christmas Day)
Times: All week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Market Collective Cheer
Find it: 1390 17th Ave. SE, Inglewood Warehouse, marketcollective.ca
The low-down: Everything being sold at this super chic holiday market will fit perfectly into any millennial-approved Pinterest board. From dainty jewellery to opulent pastel crystals and Instagram-worthy pottery, the artisans’ offerings will satisfy even the pickiest of gift givers.
When: December 1 to 17, 2017
Times: Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prices: $5 per person for the weekend
Lions’ Festival of Lights
Find it: 905 30 Ave. NW, Confederation Park, lionsfestivaloflights.ca
The low-down: Another drive-through Christmas light display for the win! But this one takes creativity to a whole new level with luminous shapes of gingerbread men, Santa and his sleigh and so much more. Plus, the display is almost 100 percent green, so the Lions Festival of Lights Society made sure to be as energy efficient and sustainable as possible all while using up to 450,000 LED light bulbs.
When: December 2, 2017 to January 8, 2018
Times: All week from 6 p.m. to midnight