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Calgary Weekend Roundup: November 18-20

Find out what events you can’t miss this weekend in Calgary. For complete event listings, be sure to check out the Where Entertainment listings.

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market; photo by Mike Sturk.

Friday November 18, 2011

The weather outside is certainly frightful, so it’s a great time to get a jump on your holiday shopping list. Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market kicks off Friday with more than 200 vendors ready to sell you their unique items from around the world. Don’t miss the outdoor events like ice-carving demonstrations and fire pits.

If you’re in the mood relax, sip and savour at the Calgary Co-Op Wines & Spirts’s Fall Grape Escape event featuring wine, beer and spirits from all around the world. And don’t miss the final performance on November 18 of the Calgary Opera’s Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi – two short operas in one unforgettable night.

Saturday November 19, 2011

It seems as though Christmas is already here, or it will feel that way once you stop by Heritage Park for their first of five weekends for their annual Once Upon a Christmas event. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, do some holiday shopping, and visit Santa and his reindeer.

Not to be outdone, Lougheed House kicks off their Christmas All Through The House celebration, in partnership with the Calgary Design Group. Individual rooms have been transformed into reminders of Christmases past and present.

Once you’re all Christmassed out, check out the landscape oil paintings of Robert E. Wood at the Gainsborough Galleries, or

Sunday November 20, 2011

Cheer on your Calgary Hitmen as they take on the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday, and the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday.

Finally, if you’re hiding from the cold downtown or on your Monday morning commute, keep and eye out for the new exhibit in the Plus-15 Window Spaces. Edmonton artists Sean Caulfield and Royden Mills explore themes of mutation, metamorphosis and the biological/technological dichotomy in their multimedia installation, “Through Destinations.”

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