A cropped image of promo poster for Aurora
A still image from the film Aurora | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary European Film Festival

Free This Week: Holiday Edition

A holiday edition of your free arts roundup

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

From live concerts to projection mapping to film screenings, there’s still tons of art to experience this holiday season. Send off 2022 and say hello to 2023 with these free events and festivities!


Until December 31, 2022
Various venues
Free to attend

DowntownVibe YYC, powered by Stagehand in partnership with the City of Calgary, is working with talented local artists to bring performance and vitality to places you might not expect. Energize your day with live music for a few minutes or a whole show. Something is playing near you!

Harp Angel (Debra Nyack)

December 21, 2022, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents international recording harpist Debra Nyack, whose harp performances are heralded as a creative blend of virtuosic technique and sensitive expressions of her interpretations and arrangements. She is joined by James Desautels, violin, and Paulie Vie, vocalist/guitarist, for this special Harp Angel Christmas Concert.


December 21, 2022, 7 – 9pm
Bù Vintage Shoppe (110 3rd Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join MAPPERZ for their inaugural projection-mapping event, where local, new media artists are coming together and creating a projection playground to celebrate the longest night of the year.

NYE at The Library

December 31, 2022, 11am – 2pm
Various Calgary Public Library locations
Free to attend

Join the Calgary Public Library for a family-friendly, fun-filled day to ring in the New Year. Activities include a family dance party, a special storytime, a mock countdown, refreshments and more.

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2022, 11:55pm
Online or in-person at Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to watch or attend

Ring in the New Year downtown with fireworks and a soundtrack from CJSW 90.9 FM featuring Canadian artists DJ Shub, The Corey Hotline, Sureshock & Miss Fudge, plus Arkells, Coer de Pirate, Aly, & AJ, and Caity Gyorgy.


January 9, 2022, 6:30pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to watch, tickets required

Fighting for a better future for his daughter, Iranian father Darian doesn’t have too many options left. Enter Aurora, a wild down-on-her-luck nail technician who reluctantly agrees to find him a new wife. She just needs to sober up first. Be sure to check out this film presented by the Calgary European Film Festival.

Timmy’s Happy Christmas, 1974

Video on Demand
Online via Arts Commons
Free to watch

This season Arts Commons’ invites you to cozy up to its brand-new Video on Demand offerings, now streaming for free! A good place to start is with the 2021 production of Timmy’s Happy Christmas, 1974, a nostalgic romp through holidays past with stories and songs by Tim Tamashiro.


Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or fill out this form.