Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

Santa stands with two harnessed horses at Heritage Park waving to someone off camera
Santa stands with two harnessed horses at Heritage Park waving to someone off camera
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Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

Calgary's favourite holiday tradition

Located on the shore of the Glenmore Reservoir in Southwest Calgary, Heritage Park Historical Village transforms into a magical winter wonderland each year during the holiday season! Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park is a must-see local favourite that brings history and holiday cheer to life with horse-drawn wagon rides, festive treats, and a glimpse into the past. 

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Experience Christmas in a time capsule at Heritage Park this holiday season and take part in classic seasonal activities such as:  

Visits with Santa Claus 

Check in with jolly old St. Nick himself to share your Christmas wishes and get a memorable photo capturing the spirit of the season. 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 

Take a picturesque tour of the Historical Village with your family in a charming horse-drawn wagon in this unique and delightful way to see the park in all its winter magic. 

New this year: Private carriage rides are available for an added cost. 

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating 

Get your creative juices flowing by decorating a gingerbread cookie! Design your own yuletide masterpiece, and then savour every delicious bite. 

Christmas Carolling 

Listen to the classics as carolers make their way around the Park singing your favourite seasonal tunes. 

Shopping at the Kids’ Only Store 

Wait in the parent’s lounge while friendly volunteers help your little ones find perfect gifts to surprise friends and family with. 

Discover incredible gifts at the Christmas Market 

Check off your Christmas gifts list with presents from local artisans and vendors, and enjoy NEW live entertainment.

Warming Hut Competition 

New for 2023, Heritage Park has appealed to engineers and architects across the country for innovative ways to keep warm - and you’re the judge! The inaugural Warming Hut Competition will see installations at the Park that are interactive public art and cozy shelters. Guests will be asked to vote on their favourite!


2023 Event Information 

Buy your tickets today to celebrate the holiday season with these classic prairie Christmas traditions and events, all happening at Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village! 

Where: 1900 Heritage Drive SW 

When: Weekends, November 25 - December 17 

Hours: 10am - 4pm

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a mother holds a young child as he high fives Santa Claus at Heritage Park

Say hi to Santa and share your Christmas wishes (photo credit: Heritage Park)

bison warming hut at Heritage Park's Once Upon a Christmas

Explore and vote on your favourite Warming Hut! (photo credit: Heritage Park/The Forks Winnipeg)