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The City of Calgary is adjusting its hours of operation for services and facilities during the holiday season. Things to do Free family skate

Strap on skates and enjoy a free skate from 1 – 2:15 p.m. on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 at:

Ernie Starr Arena (4808 14th Ave. S.E.)
Frank McCool Arena (1900 Lake Bonavista Dr. S.E.)
Murray Copot Arena (6727 Centre St. N.W.)
Optimist and George Blundun Arenas (5020 26 Ave. S.W.)
Rose Kohn and Jimmie Condon Arenas (502 Heritage Dr.S.W.)
Shouldice Arena (1515 Home Road N.W.)
Stu Hendry Stew Hendry / Henry Viney Arena (814 13th Ave. N.E.)
Stu Peppard Arena (5300 19th St. S.W.)

Southland Leisure Centre
Extra public skating, Sticks, Pucks & Rings, shinny and figure skating times: Dec. 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. Please visit and click on schedules for times. Regular admission applies.

Calgary Zoo Lights
Watch the amazing light display and enjoy Christmas activities at The Calgary Zoo. The Zoo is closed on Dec. 25 and Zoo Lights are open nightly from 6 – 9 p.m.

Heritage Park
Experience the magic of Christmas at Heritage Park. Wagon rides, live historical theatre, carols and a visit with old Saint Nick and his reindeer. Visit for more information. For more information about seasonal events in Calgary, please check out local event listings.

New Year’s Eve 2019 City New Year’s events  The City of Calgary and the Central Library are hosting a free New Year’s Eve celebration for the whole family:

Central Library Dance Party – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Municipal Atrium Rumpus Room – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Olympic Plaza Skating Party – 7 p.m. to midnight

This year’s festivities include The Rumpus Room in the Municipal Building Atrium and a family dance party in the Central Library with a kids countdown at 9 p.m.  Outdoors at Olympic Plaza there will be a skating party with free hot drinks. Food trucks will be parked on 3 St S.E. and across all three sites you can check out art, ice sculptures and roaming performers. Afterwards, watch the amazing ENMAX fireworks on the roof of the Calgary Tower to ring in 2019. For more information please visit

Leisure centre pool party
Play, swim, jump, splash, slide and skate into 2019 at Village Square Leisure Centre or Southland Leisure Centre. Village Square Leisure Centre pool party (4 – 6 p.m.) Southland Leisure Centre New Year’s Eve (6 – 8 p.m.)

Getting around Calgary Transit
Calgary Transit will take you to and from your celebrations safely this holiday season. Extended service will be available on the CTrain, MAX routes and some bus routes on New Years Eve. For information on faresschedules and service changes, please visit or follow @calgarytransit on Twitter.

Calgary Transit holiday schedule

Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 24
– Regular service for both trains and buses.

Christmas Day Tuesday, Dec. 25  

CTrain: Trains will run every 15 minutes throughout the day. Trains will run every 30 minutes after 10 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

Bus: Service every 20-45 minutes on routes 1389143843100300301302MAX OrangeMAX Teal and MAX Purple. Boxing Day Wednesday, Dec. 26 Sunday level of service for both trains and buses.

New Year’s Eve Monday, Dec. 31  

CTrain: Extended night service with the last train leaving downtown at 3 a.m. Trains running every 15 minutes.
Bus: Extended night service on Routes 123456724112301 and 302. and MAX OrangeMAX Tealand MAX Purple.These buses will run every 30-45 minutes. Last trips will leave downtown at approximately 3:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 1 Sunday level of service for both trains and buses.

Road closures, detours and traffic
There will be a number of road closures and parking bans​ in effect from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2019.

Road closures 8 Ave. S.E. from MacLeod Tr. to 1 St S.E.: Dec. 31 from 6 a.m. to Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. 3 St. S.E. from 6 Ave. S.E. to 9 Ave. S.E.: Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Parking bans MacLeod Trail N layby: Dec. 31 at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. MacLeod Trail S layby: Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. Please visit our special event page for more information or for real time traffic reports.

Calgary Parking Authority
On-street parking is free Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. Holiday rates will be in effect at select Calgary Parking Authority surface lots and parkades. Please visit for more information.

Around the house Cart collection
There is no pick up on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day for single-family homes. If your blue, green or black cart collection normally falls on one of these days, your collection day will be one day earlier these weeks: Christmas Day (Tuesday, Dec. 25) pick up will move to Monday, Dec. 24. New Year’s Day (Tuesday, Jan. 1) pick up will move to Monday, Dec. 31.

Landfill hours

If you’re heading to the landfill, be sure to check out the updated landfill hours and locations on   

Facility closures The following facilities will be closed over the holiday season:

Administrative Offices: Administrative offices, including City Hall, will close at noon on Monday, Dec. 24. The offices are also closed Dec. 25, 26 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Aquatics and Fitness Centres: All aquatic and fitness centres are closed on Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. Hours of operation on Dec. 24 and 31 will vary by facility.

Arenas: All arenas are closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Regular hours apply on other days.

Leisure Centres: Both Southland and Village Square Leisure Centres are closed Dec. 25 and 26. Southland is open on Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Village Square is closed. Hours of operation between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2 vary.

Art Centres: Wildflower Arts Centre closes at noon on Dec. 20 and re-opens Jan. 2. North Mount Pleasant Art Centre closes at 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 and reopens Jan. 2.

Soccer Centre: Closed Dec. 24 to 26, Dec. 31 and Jan 1. Open regular hours Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec 29-30.

The Animal Services CentreThe Animal Services Centre is closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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