December Is The Lung Association's Christmas Seal Campaign
A tradition for 100 years, Christmas Seals are the Lung Association's largest fundraiser. Since 1908, Canadians have made a difference in the lives of people with lung disease by supporting the Christmas Seal program.
When the Christmas Seal tradition first began in Canada, its main goal was to raise money to build hospitals for tuberculosis patients. Countless parcels, packages, and letters have since been adorned with this traditional symbol. Visit the Lung Association for more information and this years Christmas Seal.
Today funds raised from Christmas Seals are used to support world-class research, programs, and services that help Canadians breathe easier every day.
Rent a Community Hall For Special Occasions or Festive Parties
Calgary has several local community centers that are available for rent to association members and the general public. Several of these halls offer bar tending and catering services for weddings, company parties, socials and special events. Renting a community hall benefits both the customer and the local community alike. The community associations depend a great deal on the revenues generated from their hall rental, for the operation of the entire facility.
If you're looking for a hall or venue for your special occasion, visit the Calgary Community Halls Rental page for more individual hall information and photo's. Please contact the halls directly for inquiries and bookings.
The Mayor's Annual Christmas Food Drive
Far too many Calgarians need to use the emergency food hamper program offered by the Calgary Food Bank. And, in many cases (44 per cent, to be exact), those people live in households with wage-related income--the working poor who are just trying to make ends meet. What's more upsetting is that the largest group of clients served by the Calgary Food Bank are children and youth. Facts like that just give us more reason to move ahead with a real plan to reduce poverty in Calgary.
By supporting the Food Bank drive, we, as a community, are providing nutritious food to those in need. We are supporting children with the opportunity to go to school well-fed and ready to learn. And, we are lessening some of the stress that parents face on a daily basis.
Last year, Calgarians raised over $430,000 though the Mayor's Christmas Food Drive. Please join me in making this year even more successful. You can donate food items at your local school and several other locations. Cash dontations can also be taken online. Visit the Mayor's Web Site for more information.
Lion's Club Festival Of Lights
The Festival of Lights can be viewed from November 29, 2013 to January 8, 2014. It is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It's comprised of over 105,000 lights along 14 th St NW. Designed by Dean McKenzie, Creative Intelligence Agency. It is a collaborative effort that draws upon many volunteers, organizations and sponsors. Through it all, the Calgary and area Lions Clubs members and volunteers keeps things organized and on track.
The Festival of lights has gone GREEN by using over 105,000 LED light bulbs and almost 3 km of power chords. It's put together by volunteers putting in thousands of man hours each and every year and draws over 55,000 visitors per day. Visit the Lion's Club Web Site for more information and a location map.
Calgary ZooLights Annual Christmas Lights Display
Calgary Zoolights runs from November 21st to January 3rd. Head down to the Calgary Zoo with your kids, family and friends to see over 1.5 million lights twisting around trees, tracing animal and dinosaur shapes and flashing to music. Along the way, stop to warm up by the fire pits and have some fun in the Kids Zone.
We will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Families that make a donation will receive one 2 for 1 coupon to use for a future visit at the zoo. Visit the Calgary Zoolights Web Site for more information.
Once Upon A Christmas At Heritage Park
Weekends from November 22 through to December 21, 2014. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at Heritage Park. Take a step back into true holiday enchantment by going for a wagon ride, singing carols or visiting jolly old Saint Nick himself. Experience the magic of Christmas past as three of our historical family homes open their doors to share their Yuletide traditions.
Take part in one of the special holiday activities such as ginger bread making, children's winter games, snow painting, Santa's petting zoo, Train display, live theater, children's crafts and more. Visit the Heritage Parks Web Site for more information and admission costs.
Cantare Children's Choir Frost and Fire Dec 20th
The glow of candlelight; the angelic sound of children's voices - a glorious evening of seasonal music. Join Cantaré Children's Choir as our four internationally-acclaimed choirs of children present a luminous candlelight celebration of the Christmas season through song and carols on Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 PM at Knox United Church.
Our ensembles Cantare and Cantando will present "SNOW ANGEL" by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel. This five-movement work that tells the story of angels among us will move you and tug at your heart strings. Our ensembles will also present a wide selection of carols and songs for Christmas and Hanukkah .... and our audience will be invited to join in the singing of well known carols.
Visit the Cantare Children's Choir Web Site for more information and locations.
Seniors Secret Service Is Bringing Cheer To Isolated Seniors
The Seniors Secret Service is a non profit organization that helps seniors who do not have family or a support network. They're looking to fill Secret Santa spots and in need of donations in the form of gifts and or financial help. The Seniors Secret Service also works year round with their birthday cheer program. In our society the elderly often find themselves forgotten. Their gift donations can make a difference to a senior who has no one in their life.
Since 1985, the Seniors Secret Service has found anonymous donors who selflessly provide personalized gifts for these elders. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation visit the Seniors Secret Service web site.
Give the Gift of Joy this Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time for giving and celebrating. At Make-A-Wish, this time of year is the Season of Wishes. It’s a time when individuals, corporations and foundations get in the spirit of giving and support our magical wish granting mission. There are many magical ways you can support our wish granting efforts during the Season of Wishes.
From November 1 until December 31st, various events, corporate promotions and wish granting activities are taking place across the country. By donating to Make-A-Wish® Canada, you transform lives. You give children with life-threatening medical conditions a reason to hope for a brighter future. And most of all, you help make their magical wishes come true.
Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Christmas
Calgary Police Service Crime Prevention Unit Community Bulletin The Christmas season is prime time for car prowlers, house break-ins and thieves. Gifts and valuables left in your vehicles make their jobs easy. You can protect your home and car with these Calgary Police Service prevention tips for more information. Police are warning shops to be vigilant about shoplifters during the busy run up to Christmas. Shoplifting crime figures show an increase throughout November and December.
New Year's Eve Family Dance Party – FREE
Ring in the New Year with the whole family at the City of Calgary Municipal Building - 800 Macleod Trail SE. Hosted by The City of Calgary Recreation, this free, family-friendly, safe and warm party will feature music and activities for the young and young-at-heart. Wear neon or white and anything that glows, and bring your dancing shoes! Kids Countdown at 9 p.m.
Visit the City of Calgary Web Site for more information and locations.
Bow Habitat Station New Year's Eve Party
Ring in the New Year with the whole family this New Year’s Eve! Join us for fun, family-friendly activities from 10 am to 4 pm , and for a ‘Countdown to Noon’ dance party from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. Activities include: a trip to feed the fish, build your own noisemaker, face painting, family photo booth and MORE! Date: December 31, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Cost: Adults, $10. Seniors/Students, $8. Youth (5-17), $6. Children 4 and under, free..Visit the Calgary Bow Habitat Station Web Site for more information and locations.
New Years Eve Family Pool Celebration
Village Square Leisure Centre. December 31st 5 – 8pm: Swim, jump, splash and slide 2014 out the door at Village Square Leisure Centre! Bring the entire family; grandparents, children and friends for tons of fun! There will be a DJ pumping out the sound as families enjoy the wave pool, nuclear balls, tubes, arts/crafts, prizes and so much more! Join us for a pool party countdown! Family Admission rate applies.
Visit the Calgary Village Square Leisure Centre Web Site for more information and locations.
The Calgary Motorcycle Show Jan 9 - 11
Calgary is the Canadian Motorcycle and ATV industries’ official showcase of all the new makes and models. Featuring the latest products, services and accessories direct from the manufacturers. In addition the Motorcycle Show – Calgary will feature SHE Rides Nite on Friday January 9th, an extreme MX Freestyle Show, the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids ages 6 through 12, a variety of retailers, rider clubs and associations, celebrity racers, informational displays, prize giveaways and a vintage motorcycle display.
Visit the Calgary Motorcycle Show Web Site for more information and locations.
Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts Jan 9 - Feb 1
The High Performance Rodeo is Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. Encompassing theatre, music, dance, comedy and interdisciplinary art, the High Performance Rodeo is the largest event of its kind in western Canada. For four weeks in January, local, national and international performers converge on Calgary to share many of their award winning performances. In co-operation with many of Calgary’s major arts organizations such as Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects and Lunchbox Theatre, the High Performance Rodeo is establishing itself as one of the major cultural events in Calgary.
Visit the Calgary International Film Festival web site for more information.
Calgary Toboggan Hills.
Tobogganing is a great way to get the kids out of the house. We can't think of a better outdoor family winter activity that is this much fun. I'm sure every Canadian adult can remember a day of tobogganing and eagerly await the day when they can take their own children out for some winter fun. I wonder if those who live where it doesn't snow, wish they could try a toboggan ride?
Make sure you and your children wear a helmet and are well dressed for a winter day. Dressing properly for the cold can make or break your outing. Visit our Calgary Toboggan Hills web page for more information.
Calgary Home Expo January 17th to 19th
Presented by Canadian Home Builders Association - Calgary Region, the three-day celebration brings together the best and brightest products, services, and industry leaders in home construction and renovation. This is your opportunity for connecting with the building industry, face to face.
Calgary Homexpo, January 17 – 19 located at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary. Visit the Home Expo web site for ticket information.