5 things to do in Calgary this weekend

The final weekend of 2013 is upon us and what better way to spend your time than to head out and about in Calgary.

AAA Midget Hockey, Winter CARnival, Canadian Cowboys, Daniel Heffner and Zoo Year's Eve

The Lions' Festival of Lights continues at Confederation Park until Jan. 8, but below are a few other suggestions for things to do in Calgary this weekend. (CBC)

The final weekend of 2013 is upon us and what better way to spend your time than to head out and about in Calgary.

Here's a list of things to do to keep you and your family entertained this weekend.

As always, there are many more options that haven't made this list. Please add your suggestions in the comments section below.

Mac's AAA midget tournament

Let's take a look at the Mac's AAA Invitational by the numbers: 90 games, 40 teams, six arenas in seven days. The tournament started on Boxing Day and it wraps up on New Year's Day.

The competition this time around includes teams from across Canada, U.S., Finland and Switzerland. Expect the arenas to be packed with family and fans. Day passes and tournament passes are available at every participating arena.

Until Jan. 1

Father David Bauer Arena, Flames Community Arenas Blue and Gold, Max Bell Arenas 1 and 2, Scotiabank Saddledome

Winter CARnival 

Heritage Park wants you out of the house and out in the snow this weekend.

Gasoline Alley Museum is hosting a post-Christmas celebration to help you and your family ring in the new year. 

The Winter CARnival includes a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, including milk jug curling, a snowball range, outdoor skating, arts and crafts, table hockey, kids' foosball and more. The CARnival is open on New Year's Eve, but it's closing early at 3 p.m.

Until Jan. 5

Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park

The Winter CARnival offers skating, snowballs and some small hills for tobogganing. (Flickr/DaveBloggs007)

Canadian Cowboys Exhibit

As the month wraps up, so does your chance to check out the new alpine exhibit at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The unique show focuses on our country's next generation of ski racers known as the Canadian Cowboys. 

They are an elite group of seven Canadian men who have racked up 45 World Cup or world championship podiums. The Cowboys include François Bourque, Erik Guay, Jan Hudec, Mike Janyk, John Kucera, Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Ben Thomsen.

Until Dec. 31

Glide Gallery, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Canada Olympic Park

Daniel Heffner

To give your weekend a bit of Latin flair, check out guitarist Daniel Heffner's holiday show featuring flamenco-jazz and folk music at the Ironwood.

The Vancouver native credits classical greats like Bach, Brahms and Shostakovitch for helping him perfect his style, which sounds distinctly contemporary with a kick of spice. Heffner is a pleasure to hear and see — a true performer.

Saturday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m.

Ironwood Stage and Grill

Zoo Year's Eve

It's been a tough year for the Calgary Zoo. The June floods swamped St. George' s Island, forcing many of the animals out and leaving behind damage that took months to repair.

Late last month the zoo fully re-opened its doors. The Zoo Lights holiday tradition started shortly thereafter and now it's time for Zoo Year's Eve. The family friendly event includes an early-evening fireworks display, activities for the kids, cookies and hot chocolate, fire pits and the Zoo Lights (of course!).

Tickets are going fast, so be sure to book them in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m.

Calgary Zoo



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