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Free Calgary Christmas events and light displays

The Christmas light display at Spruce Meadows in Calgary is seen in an undated photo. (Spruce Meadows) The Christmas light display at Spruce Meadows in Calgary is seen in an undated photo. (Spruce Meadows)

If the stress of holiday spending is starting to get to you, 'yule' be happy to know there are several budget-friendly ways to celebrate the season.

Here's a list of some free Calgary Christmas events and light displays for 2023:

Lions Festival of Lights

  • The Lions Festival of Lights is a large-scale Christmas light display at Confederation Park that can be seen by travelling by or walking through.
  • Where: Confederation Park. The display can be viewed along 14 Street N.W., north of 24 Avenue N.W.
  • When: Nov. 25 – Jan. 8, 2024.
  • Website:

Spruce Meadows Christmas light display

  • If you're looking to view some Christmas lights from the comfort of your car then drive over to Spruce Meadows. Enter the drive-through holiday light display at the main gate at Spruce Meadows Way (on the east side of Spruce Meadows) and exit via Tournament Lane (on the west side of Spruce Meadows).
  • Where: Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W. 
  • When: The Christmas Lights will be open each weekend on the following nights:
  • Dec. 8 – Dec. 10 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 – Dec. 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – Dec. 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 – Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Legacy Christmas light display

  • If you're hoping for your holidays to be merry and bright, you may want to take a trip to the community of Legacy. More than a million lights are used to create a vibrant holiday display, billed as one of the largest free Christmas displays in Calgary. The Christmas lights run throughout parks, playgrounds, trees, homes and the Legacy clock tower.
  • Where: Community of Legacy, in southeast Calgary.
  • When: Starting Dec. 1. 
  • Website:

Go skating

  • Calgary has hundreds of community skating rinks, but there's something special about the outdoor rink at Olympic Plaza.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E.
  • When:10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Website:

The CP Holiday Train

  • Calgarians hoping to get in the Christmas spirit will be able to view the dazzling lights of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train when it chugs into town, featuring a performance by Anyway Gang. Though the event is free, donations to the food bank are encouraged. 
  • Where: Anderson C-Train Station (south parking lot)
  • When: Train arrives at 5:45 p.m., event runs from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2023.
  • Website:

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