Make the start of your New Year count with a visit to Calgary, as local events and attractions offer unique experiences suitable for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, food, activity, or a laid back experience, the city has a wide variety of ways for you to get the most out of the initial weeks of 2018.

Here’s 11 ways to kick off your new year in Calgary.

1. Mesmerize your eyes at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory 

Milky Way Nights

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Redefine stargazing at one of the best-equipped astronomical teaching facilities in Canada. Housing one of the three largest telescopes in the country, you’ll see what lies above the city of Calgary. 


 2. Keep it casual at National on 10th

Grab your friends, a cold drink, and a bowling lane at National on 10th. Not confident in your bowling game? Foosball and ping-pong tables are also available to offer a chill environment for any night of the week.   


3. Watch the Flames compete against each other at Superskills

Watch NHL superstars compete against their own teammates in challenges for speed, accuracy, and skills, all for only $10! The annual SuperSkills Competition is on Sunday, January 7 and is followed by a WHL match between the Calgary Hitmen and Kelowna Rockets. 


4. Expand your mind at National Geographic LIVE 

On January 21 and 22, NASA astronaut Terry Virts will discuss his role in developing the 360-degree view of the international space station. His View from Above talk at Arts Commons will have you seeing things from a new perspective.


5. Indulge in hot chocolate at Calgary’s hot chocolate festival

With YYC Hot Chocolate Fest kicking off on January 28, you’ll have the entire month of February to work your way through cafes and restaurants who are participating.  Sample your way through the city to stay toasty, and don’t forget to vote on your favourite to crown the winner.


6. Build a tranquil terrarium

Participate in a Plant workshop to try your hand at terrarium building. Choose your glass, plants, soil, and decorative items to create a small garden utopia to avoid the winter blues.


7. Keep your swing strong at xFactor Indoor Golf 

Worried winter will have an affect on your golf game? With over 50 courses from around the globe to tee-off from, this golf simulation will have you eager face your friends in the new year.


8. Explore your palette at Dark Table

Dark table owner, restaurateur Alameddine, drew inspiration for this culinary adventure from a Swiss gentleman named Jorge Spielmann. Mr. Spielmann blind wanted others to experience his world for a brief moment. So he blindfolded some friends and served them a meal. The results were captivating. Deprived of sight, his guests claimed that their remaining senses were heightened. Flavours seemed more complex, and conversations became more intimate and less focused on the colours of everyone’s socks. But most importantly, social roles had been reversed. The diners had to put their complete trust in their host. Aside from gourmet food, this role reversal at dark table is all about. The non-sighted servers are empowered and for 90 minutes each diner lives life as a blind person. For Alameddine this experience is a chance to raise awareness about the blind and abate the high unemployment rates within this community. To latter point he hires servers in a partnership with CNIB an organization that helps blind or partially sighted Canadians achieve independence. #yyc #yycrestaurants #dineinthedark #blindservers #darktable

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Visually impaired guide servers will assist you in this unique dining experience where your senses will be put to the test. In a pitch black room and no sight you’ll be able to heighten your sense of smell and taste.


9. Test yourself at an escape room

Navigating a new year can be puzzling, so why not put yourself to the test at one of Calgary’s escape rooms? For starters, The Locked Room, Breakout Calgary, and Escape 2gether will have you working your way through a themed room with clues and hints to help you along the way.


10.   Attend a lively show at High Performance Rodeo 

Local, national, and international performers unite to showcase their skills in theatre, music, dance, comedy, and versatile art this January. In collaboration with many organizations within Calgary’s own art scene, each act brings a new energy to the city.


11.   Free your mind at Hedley’s Cageless Tour 

Damn fine job #hedley #hedleyyyc2016

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Feel energized with the band and their special guests, Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams, at the Stampede Corral on February 12. Make your heart beat faster and call it a date as Valentine’s Day approaches.  


Book your next winter trip to Calgary now with Air Canada - Tourism Calgary's official partner airline, flying from over 35 destinations directly into YYC Calgary International Airport.

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