5 things to do in and around Calgary this weekend

Only two weekends left before Christmas and there's a lot going on in Calgary. Here's a list of entertaining and diverting holiday events for families young and old.

Old Fashioned Christmas, Market Collective, CPO petting zoo, Die Hard and CBC's Ugly Sweater Party

Ugly sweaters, like the one Tim Tamashiro is wearing alongside Doug "The Elf" Dirks, will be front and centre at this weekend's Grinchmas Ugly Sweater Party. (CBC)

There are only two weekends left before Christmas, and thee weekends left in 2013, so there are lots of diverting and entertaining events going on in Calgary.

This weekend's list includes ideas for those of you still hunting for last-minute gifts, a few family-friendly ideas and a late night ugly sweater party.

If we've missed your event, we still want to hear about it! Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Old Fashioned Christmas in Okotoks

Living rooms in Okotoks were once decorated like this for Christmas. (Okotoks Museum and Archives)

The town south of Calgary is taking a walk down memory lane this Christmas with an Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit at the Okotoks Museum and Archives.

The exhibit features hundreds of vintage toys, Christmas decorations and 14 little elves hiding throughout the museum. Finding them all takes a keen eye and a good deal of persistence, but it's a perfect challenge for kids.

Until Dec. 21 

Admission by donation

Okotoks Museum and Archives

Market Collective Christmas Craft Sale

(Market Collective)

In a brand new location this holiday season, Calgary's Market Collective is packed with unique, hand-made arts and crafts. It's the perfect place to find something for the person who has everything.  

Live music will add to this weekend's holiday atmosphere. 

Dec. 13-15 and 20-22

Admission is $5 adults, kids are free

King Edward School

Instrument Petting Zoo

Musicians with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will be pulling back the curtain this weekend, giving kids a hands-on experience with their instruments.

They're calling it an "instrument petting zoo" but there will also be a lot of learning going on, with stories, demonstrations and music. 

Sunday at 2 p.m.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

A Die Hard Christmas Party

(The Plaza Theatre)

On Saturday, the Fifth Reel film club will be celebrating Christmas with the 1988 holiday classic Die Hard starring Bruce Willis.

Rum and eggnog will be served at the concession stand, along with an assortment of beer.

The theatre is licenced so you'll be able to enjoy your 'nog while you watch John McClean take on 12 terrorists to save his wife Holly.

The party includes live music before the film by local rock and roll group The Escorts.

Saturday at 10 p.m.

Plaza Theatre

The Grinchmas Ugly Sweater Party

A fun and unfashionable fundraiser for the Calgary Foodbank (TimTam.net)

This is one holiday party you won't soon forget.

Tim Tamashiro, host of CBC Radio's Tonic, will be heading CBC Calgary's first Grinchmas Ugly Sweater Party on Sunday night. The spectacle will include live holiday tunes, bad jokes and hideous fashion. 

The event is also a fundraiser for the Calgary Food Bank.

Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

Tickets $20, proceeds go to the Calgary Food Bank

Ironwood Stage and Grill


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