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There’s nothing like Canmore’s beautiful snowy landscapes and white-capped mountains in winter. Of course, Canmore’s natural beauty and environment aren’t the only things to admire in the winter season. A vibrant community with plenty of activities and winter events, there are plenty of things to do in Canmore to keep you (and your family) busy over your winter vacation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

If you’re planning a family winter vacation to Canmore and want to make your trip extra special, here’s our guide to holiday festivities and winter events in Canmore worth adding to your itinerary.

A wintery view of the Bow River by the Canmore Engine Bridge, with the snowy mountains and forests in the background, and fresh snow on the ground.
Winter in Canmore is a sight worth seeing. Photo by Matthew Sichkaruk on Unsplash

Holiday Festivities and Canmore Winter Events In November 2022

Fun winter events and holiday events in Canmore aren’t just for December. Canmore has some excellent and varied winter events in November, too. Check out these Canmore winter events in November for your winter vacation:

A microphone on a stand in a low-lit bar for a Friday Night Comedy, a fun activity in Canmore in the winter.

1. Friday Night Comedy at Canmore artsPlace 

Happening once a month, artsPlace hosts (presented by the Blake Brewhouse & Distillery) a Friday Night Comedy event, a perfect event for entertainment and laughs for the adults in your group. Each night a new headliner is featured with a hilarious set to enjoy. Here is the Friday Night Comedy date for November:

There is also another date in December for artsPlace’s Friday Night Comedy.

2. Annual Christmas Fair Canmore Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary

Held in support of Canmore’s local hospital, the Annual Christmas Fair by Canmore Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary is a delightful fair to get in the Christmas spirit with your family. Full of delicious home-baked goods and great gift ideas, this Canmore Christmas Fair is also hosted in the restored Canmore Opera House. Here are this year’s event details:

3. Canmore Christmas Artisans Market

The Canmore Christmas Artisans Market is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, shop for gifts, and have some fun for the whole family while on vacation. Held at two venues this year, you can catch over 50 different artists, artisans and makers of food at this festive event. Plus, the proceeds benefit the Canmore PreSchool Society, making it a feel-good Canmore winter event. Here are the dates and locations for this year’s market:

Red and Green Christmas ornaments hang from ribbons on display at a Christmas Market, a great holiday event in Canmore to try.

Holiday Festivities and Canmore Winter Events In December 2022

The Canmore holiday events and activities don’t stop there! December has even more events and things to do in Canmore this winter. Here are some of the excellent and festive events in Canmore this December:

Christmas trees with lights are lined up next to each other for the Annual Festival of Trees in Canmore, a Canmore winter event that happens in December to celebrate the season all month long.

1. The Annual Rotary Club of Canmore Festival of Trees

Presented by The Malcolm Hotel and the Rotary Club of Canmore, the Annual Festival of Trees is the largest holiday event of the year in Canmore. Starting on December 2nd and running until December 31st, this festival hosts a variety of fun family activities and Christmas events to help everyone celebrate all month long. Throughout the month, The Malcolm Hotel becomes a winter wonderland with 70+ beautiful festive trees, all decorated by local businesses and associations.

It’s a spectacular way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends while on your Canmore vacation! You can explore and view the different trees for free, however, there are plenty of other events within the festival worth taking the time for. Here is a quick list of the different events within the Festival of Trees:

2. Wreath Making Class with the Bow Valley Garden Centre

Looking for a fun and creative activity for the family while visiting Canmore? The Wreath Making Class with the Bow Valley Garden Centre is perfect to stretch your artistic muscles while also celebrating the holidays. Using locally sourced materials, you’ll come away with your own personalized wreath to take home with you. These tickets sell out fast, so make sure you book yours soon if you’re interested. Here are the details for this Canmore winter event:

3. Pet Photos with Santa – SPCA Festive Fundraiser

Who said that celebrating the holidays was only for the humans? If you’re travelling with your dog to Canmore in winter, then this is the winter event for you. The Pet Photos with Santa is an SPCA Festive Fundraiser event at the Creekside Patio and is hosted by Mut Hut Emporium and the Bow Valley SPCA. At this event, your dogs can take holiday pet photos with Santa so that you can have an adorable and festive photo to take home with you. All proceeds raised will also go directly to the SPCA. Here are the details for this Canmore winter event:

Two white poodles sit in Santa's lap by a Christmas tree, posing for a pet photo with Santa, a fun Canmore winter event you can try this holiday season.

4. Festive High Tea – SPCA Festive Fundraiser

Another event to support the Bow Valley SPCA, the Festive High Tea is a delicious Canmore winter event with live entertainment, a silent auction and tasty food. Hosted at the Stirling Grill with proceeds going to support the Bow Valley SPCA, you can celebrate the holidays, have good food and support animal causes all at one event. Here are the details for this Canmore winter event:

Want to add more Canmore winter events and holiday activities to your Canmore vacation? You can find the full list of Canmore community activities in Spring Creek’s community calendar, in the Canmore Alberta Community Portal calendar, or in the artsPlace event calendar.

Celebrating The Winter Season In Canmore With Spring Creek Vacations

Canmore becomes a true winter wonderland in the winter months, a perfect destination for a family vacation. Whether you’re looking to spice up your holidays this year, or Canmore is your go-to holiday destination, we know you and your family will enjoy your time in Canmore this holiday season. 

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