48 Hours in Calgary: Winter Edition

Ice skating Olympic Plaza Calgary
Ice skating Olympic Plaza Calgary
Weekend Getaway

48 Hours in Calgary: Winter Edition

Make memories this winter with 48 hours in Calgary.

This article was created through sponsorship from The Hangar Flight Museum, High Performance Rodeo, WinSport, Theatre Calgary, TELUS Spark Science Centre, and Hotel Arts.

 

Embrace the winter weather and start dreaming of a weekend getaway in Calgary. From live theatre and fresh eats to engaging exhibits and outdoor fun, winter is the perfect time to warm up and explore the city. Add some sparkle to your winter routine, shake off those winter blues, and start planning your next weekend getaway in Calgary.

Here’s how to make the most of your winter adventure in Calgary.

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Hotel Arts Pool Calgary

 Poolside by Hotel Arts.

ARRIVAL NIGHT

Enjoy summer all winter long at Poolside by Hotel Arts 

That’s right, poolside in winter. Plan for an early check-in and some pool time at Poolside by Hotel ArtsHotel Arts is a boutique hotel in the centre of the city with a year-round outdoor heated pool, protected from the winter chill with an inflatable roof covering the poolside courtyard. Feel the summer vibes and enjoy poolside cocktails or dip and dine with a Poolside dinner at this trendy Calgary hotspot.

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A Christmas Carol Theatre Calgary

Stephen Hair in A Christmas Carol (2018). Photo by Trudie Lee.

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Calgary

From poolside to a play, get a front row seat for A Christmas Carol at Theatre Calgary. Ebenezer Scrooge is paid a visit from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, in the stunning Max Bell Theatre. This brand-new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic celebrates 33 years of Calgary’s greatest holiday tradition. Get your tickets and feel the holiday spirit of A Christmas Carol from November 28 to December 28, 2019.

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Breakfast at Blue Star Diner Calgary

Breakfast at Blue Star Diner

DAY ONE

Breakfast at Blue Star Diner

It’s the most important meal of the day, right? Blue Star Diner serves up neighbourhood eats every morning with locally sourced produce and organic ingredients for a breakfast that will keep you fueled up for the rest of the day. Try one of their creative eggs benny, coconut yogurt parfait, or Bridgeland hash, named in honour of the neighbourhood Blue Star Diner calls home.

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WinSport Tube Park Calgary

WinSport Tube Park

Zoom through the snow at the WinSport Tube Park

Get ready for a family friendly winter activity everyone will love. The WinSport Tube Park takes you on a wild ride down one of Western Canada’s largest tube parks. Ride a soft inflatable tube down the dedicated tube runs with a magic carpet ready to take you back to the top of a hill for another run. The Acura Tube Park opens December 20, 2019.

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Skating at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary

Skating at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary

Or Skate in Olympic Plaza

Wrap your mittens around a hot chocolate after your skate for the ultimate winter experience in Calgary. Grab a quick lunch and then go for a skate in the heart of downtown Calgary at Olympic Plaza. Downtown views in every direction are just one reason this outdoor rink is such a special experience. Skate rentals are available on-site, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.

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Dinner Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar Calgary

Dinner to share at Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar

Dinner at Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar

Get social at Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar in downtown Calgary. Family-style dining and sociable plates perfect for sharing make this reimagined restaurant a new Calgary classic. Sip on a cocktail in the grand lobby bar or settle into cozy booths in the dining room and be sure to try the beef tartare or a classic Hawthorn burger with smoked Dijon, cheddar, and greens. Best of all, dinner and drinks are just steps away from your night out on the town.

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High Performance Rodeo Calgary

High Performance Rodeo

High Performance Rodeo Calgary

High Performance Rodeo

Wild Theatre at High Performance Rodeo

Get your culture fix with live theatre at High Performance Rodeo. Local theatre company One Yellow Rabbit’s 34th Annual International Festival of the Arts brings together more than 100 artists, travelling from New York City and Norway to Central Mexico and Edmonton, for three weeks of inspired live theatre. With 28 productions, across 15 Calgary venues, and 13 free events, High Performance Rodeo is a fun way to add some culture to your weekend getaway. High Performance Rodeo comes to Calgary January 8-26, 2020.

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Chix Eggshop in East Village Calgary

Chix Eggshop in East Village

Chix Eggshop East Village Calgary Nutella French toast pie

Nutella French toast pie at Chix Eggshop

DAY TWO

Breakfast at Chix Eggshop

Bring some creativity to your breakfast menu with Chix Eggshop, located in Calgary’s East Village, a vibrant and artsy district with loads of character and new places to explore. All the classics with some creative twists and healthy choices come together on this brand-new menu. Next level avocado toast and Nutella French toast pie will put a smile on your face for the final day of your weekend getaway.

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The Hangar Flight Museum Calgary

The Hangar Flight Museum

Take Flight at The Hangar Flight Museum

The Hangar Flight Museum is the perfect afternoon stop during your weekend in Calgary. With over two dozen full size aircraft on display, this is your chance to peek into the cockpits of legendary aircraft from Canadian history. Don’t miss the newly restored Hawker Hurricane #5389 at this museum with altitude! Ready to take flight?

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TELUS Spark BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT Calgary

BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT at TELUS Spark Science Centre

Or Go on Safari at TELUS Spark Science Centre

Let’s go on an anatomical safari and explore animals in a whole new way. BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT at TELUS Spark Science Centre gives you a whole new perspective of the skeletons, muscles, organs, and circulatory systems of animals from around the world, from goats and giraffes to ostriches and octopuses. This one-of-a-kind exhibit features more than 100 of the world’s most spectacular creatures for a day at the science centre you will never forget. BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is open until March 1, 2020.

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Without Papers Pizza, Inglewood Calgary

Pizza at Without Papers Pizza

Lunch at Without Papers Pizza

Before you depart for home, stop by Without Papers in the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood for a slice of pizza. Local favourites include the ‘Hawaiian 5-0’, with Canadian back bacon, pineapple, and jalapenos, and the ‘Tree Hugger’, with roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, and basil. Finish off your Calgary adventure with the ‘Sweet Julie’, topped with cinnamon ricotta, bananas, and Nutella, before starting the road trip home or heading to the airport.

 

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