TOP 5 PICKS
LOUGHEED HOUSE CHRISTMAS
Where: Lougheed House When: Ongoing until Dec. 30 The merriment includes festive decor around the house designed by Calgary interior designers, breakfast with Santa, and a cocktail workshop teaching you tipples from Charles Dickens’ family recipes.
Where: Globe Cinema When: Nov. 22-25 Quickdraw Animation’s annual festival of international animation includes the Canadian premiere of Ruben Brandt, Collector, a Hungarian feature that showcases director Milorad Krstic’s passion for art history.
DIRTY CATFISH BRASS BAND
Where: King Eddy When: Nov. 23 The Winnipeg band proves that the bayou is more of a state of mind than a place. They bring their homage to the New Orleans big-band tradition to the homage to Calgary’s blues institution.
SPRUCE MEADOWS INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS MARKET
Where: Spruce Meadows When: Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 The “magical world of scents, colours and light” includes choirs, fiddlers, dancers, and reindeer as well as 300plus vendors.
Where: Globe Cinema When: Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 The annual festival of the best of non-fiction films features topical selections including a look into gender disparity in Hollywood, medical cannabis and Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., about M.I.A.'s incredible journey from refugee to critically acclaimed pop star.