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What hol­i­day events or shows do you look for­ward to ev­ery year?

All of the craft fairs Cal­gary has to of­fer. One of my favourites is the Spruce Mead­ows In­ter­na­tional Christ­mas Mar­ket (page 41)— walk­ing around with hot co­coa, pur­chas­ing thought­ful gifts and see­ing the odd rein­deer. I also en­joy Bearspaw Christ­mas Mar­ket (page 41) for the gift you can’t find any­where else. The Nutcracker from Al­berta Bal­let (page 34) is a must.

Where are some good places to go for hearty com­fort food on a cold day?

The Nash (page 51); eat-in or whole chicken take-out with all the fix­ings. If I am stay­ing down­town, I go across the street to Plow­share (page 53)—the tomato soup and grilled cheese is the best I have ever had.

What is a good out­door win­ter ac­tiv­ity to do in Cal­gary?

Skat­ing down­town at Olympic Plaza (page 34), ski­ing at WinS­port (page 34) or go­ing snow tub­ing. The Cal­gary Zoo is a win­ter won­der­land with Zoolights (page 38). If you need equip­ment we have No­mad Mo­bile Gear Rental (page 38)—they bring ev­ery­thing right to your home or ho­tel room.

What’s your best tip for tack­ling hol­i­day shop­ping in Cal­gary?

I en­joy hol­i­day shop­ping all of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. I find vis­it­ing Cal­gary’s ma­jor shop­ping cen­tres like The Core (page 46) and CrossIron Mills (page 46) in­spir­ing and fes­tive. I also en­joy bou­tique shop­ping in In­gle­wood.

What’s some­thing you would rec­om­mend to vis­i­tors that you don’t get asked about very of­ten?

Our lo­cal wine shops like The Cel­lar (page 47) and Wil­low Park Wines (page 47) of­fer wine tast­ings and events. A pop­u­lar, fun ac­tiv­ity is locked rooms; there are many in Cal­gary and the feed­back is al­ways great for team build­ing or for a group party.

Fair­mont Pres­i­dent’s Club Man­ager/ Chef Concierge

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