I’m sure by now the music in the stores, the pushy commercials and the over stimulating decorations have clued you in to what time of year it is, Christmas! Don’t get me wrong I love this time of year, but I appreciate it most outside of the city, out in the mountains, surrounded by white dusted peaks. There’s just something more authentic to the holiday season out here. Maybe it’s because it’s a little bit more removed from the commercial aspect of it, or perhaps it’s the winter wonderland and the numerous winter activities. Personally I think it’s because people come out to the mountains to do something active outside with their family, and family is one of the fundamental pillars of Christmas.
With that being said, here’s a summary of some of the awesome spirited events planned in and around Canmore, so you can make the most out of your holiday this year.
This cute town in the foothills is hosting a Spirit of Christmas event on the 6, 7, 13 and 14 of December, two weekends of fun! You find activities like visiting with Santa, ice sculpting, wagon rides, skating and more. Check out their website for more details. As well, there are lots of hiking and skiing trails around Bragg Creek to take advantage of.
Christmas in Canmore this year will run from November 28 to December 31. Five weeks of festive fun, all the way up to the New Year’s Eve Party on the Pond. From an Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirée and Breakfast with Santa to guided shopping tours, husband & child sitting and skating with Santa. Sign up for the Advent Calendar of deals and make your Christmas shopping a little easier. Check out their website for more event details as there is something always going on.
December 6 there will be festive activities on going all day, from wagon rides to carolling and carnival games. The day concludes with a Santa Clause Parade of Lights. On December 13, the CP Holiday Train will be in Banff with Jim Cuddy and Tracey Brown taking the stage. Check out the Banff Lake Louise events page for more details.
On top of all the organized events, there’s all the winter sports! From skiing and snowboarding at one of 7 resorts within a 3 hour drive from Calgary to cross country skiing, snow shoeing, tobogganing and skating, there’s always something to do!
If you need help deciding what do do, here’s some of my recommended trails:
Goat Creek Trail – Cross country ski from Canmore to Banff, or do the 11km Spray River loop on the Banff end of the trail.
Snowshoeing – There are endless snowshoe trails in Kananaskis and around the Bow Valley
I’m excited about Christmas, and I hope this gets you jazzed about it too! If not, remove yourself from the city, come breath some mountain air for the day and you’ll probably feel the spirit of the season seep in. Merry Christmas!