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Christmas In The Canadian Rocky Mountains

There’s something extra special about celebrating the holiday season in the mountains.  Maybe it’s the extra snow, the plethora of winter activities available or all the lights and decorations creating a north-pole-esque feel. To help you take advantage of all that is happening outside of the city, here’s a quick hit list of what’s going on around Calgary for the month of December.

BRAGG CREEK

This cute town in the foothills is hosting a Spirit of Christmas event on the December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th, two weekends of fun! There are many FREE family friendly activities to take in; visit with Santa, take a horse drawn wagon ride, decorate cookies and other kids Christmas crafts, enjoy hot chocolate, movies and popcorn and much 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.

CANMORE

You can ski & skate with Santa at the Canmore Nordic Centre on December 22, and the best part is, admission is free! 

 

BANFF

Pretty much all the month of December there will be festive activities on around Banff. From wagon rides to carolling and carnival games there will be sure to be lots to check out. On December 12, the CP Holiday Train will be stopping at the Banff Train Station with musical performances. On December 17th check out the festivities happening on top of the Banff gondola; cookie decorating, crafts, writing letters to Santa, fun games with the Above Banff Interpretive Team and even a Twelve Animals of Christmas treasure hunt. Plus there are multiple opportunities to ski with Santa at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Check out the Banff Lake Louise events page for more details.

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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!
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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!

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