The Christmas season starts early in our Cool Little Towns, flooding our senses with sweetness of fresh baked goodies, fluffy handmade scarves and the freshness of fresh cut pine. A variety of local markets and festive events are popping up everywhere you look.
Local arts and crafts markets are a chance to turn gift giving into treasure hunting. You can find something for everyone on your list from fine original art and crafted items, to handicrafts including jams and sweets, that will remind your loved ones of cozy Christmases at Grandma’s.
Once your list is complete, it’s time for some old-fashioned family fun with horse-drawn hayrides through open prairie fields, outdoor skating, photos with Santa, caroling and world-class music.
Put away all your holiday stress and expectations, and create memories and traditions your way, without ever stepping foot in an overcrowded shopping mall.
Below is only a sample of all the Christmas events taking place across our region, south and west of Calgary this holiday season – Follow us on facebook and watch our calendar of events for new activities being added all the time!!
Millarville Christmas Market, November 9-12, Millarville Racetrack
Light Up Okotoks Christmas Market, November 17 – 18, Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am – 3:30pm
Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Sale, November 18-19, 10am – 5 pm, Bragg Creek Community Centre
Granary Road Christmas Market , Friday – Sunday, November 17 – December 23, 9:30-5:30pm
A Handmade Christmas, November 24-25, 12 noon to 5pm, Okotoks Alliance Church,
Quiet Christmas & Holiday Shopping, November 23, 5pm – 9pm, Lineham House Galleries, Okotoks
Winter Market, November 23, 4:30 – 7:30pm, Oilfields High School, Black Diamond
Distinctly Nanton Market and “Nanton Lights the Way“, November 25, 10am – 4pm, Nanton Community Centre and Downtown Nanton
Holly Jolly Market & Bake Sale, November 25, 9am – 3pm, Foothills Centennial Centre, Okotoks
Merry Little Pop-Up Holiday Market, November 25, 9am – 3pm, St. James Church, Okotoks
High River Legion Christmas Market, November 25, 10am – 2pm, High River Legion
Tea, Craft & Bake Sale, November 25, 11am – 2pm, St. Peters Anglican Church, Okotoks
High River Nativity, November 30 – December 2, 6:30pm – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, High River
High River Winter Market, December 1, 11am-9pm, Highwood Centre, High River
High River Santa Claus Parade, Light Up the Park & Midnight Madness, December 1, 2017 Light up the Park at 5 pm, Parade at 6:30pm, George Lane Park & Downtown High River
*Santa *Outdoor Skating *Parade
Pictures with Santa at the Museum of the Highwood, December 1 – 23, various dates and times, check the link for details, Museum of the Highwood, High River
Light up Longview, December 1, Longview, Alberta
Light Up Black Diamond, December 2, 5 – 9pm, Downtown Black Diamond
*Santa *Bonfires *Wagon Rides
Diamond Valley Christmas Market, December 2, 9am – 4 pm, Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall, Turner Valley
The Saskatoon Farm Christmas Market, Dec 2 – 3, 9am – 5pm,Saskatoon Farm, MD of Foothills
Rocky Mountain Symphony Concert, December 2, 7:30pm, HIgh River United Church, High River
Christmas at the Hive, December 2 and December 9, 10Am – 5pm, Chinook Honey Company, MD of Foothills
Bar U Ranch Children’s Christmas Party, December 3, 11am – 3pm, Bar U Ranch, Longview
Christmas at the Ranch, December 7, 8pm – 10pm, Lynwood Ranch, Okotoks
Christmas & Song – a Choral Celebration!, hosted by the Foothills Philharmonic Society, December 8, 7pm – 9pm, Okotoks Alliance Church
Mistletoe Market, December 9, 10am – 3pm, Okotoks Recreation Centre, Shane Home Gymnasium, Okotoks
The Calgary Fiddlers Live in High River, December 9, 6:30pm, High River United Church
The Blackie Holiday Train & Market, December 10, 11AM – 4pm, Blackie Hall, MD of Foothills
Spiritus Chamber Choir and The Foothills Brass (Gift of Music Society), December 10, 3 pm, High River United Church
Constellations – A Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Hedflux, December 16, 6pm – 12am, Camp Horizon, Near Bragg Creek