Fireworks reflect in water as part of the GlobalFest program
Stuff their stockings with GlobalFest holiday tickets and passes | Photo: Sophia Tran

Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of arts and culture this season

Amy Jo Espetveidt

The holidays are upon us and many are trying to find the perfect gifts for those we cherish. Luckily, these great offers make it easy to give the gift of arts and culture while supporting the local community.

Alberta Ballet

Give the gift of dance this holiday season and check out what’s still to come from Alberta Ballet. You can even grab a flex pack to mix it up and pick three shows at 15% off the regular price.

Alberta Theatre Projects

With two great shows left to be staged you can’t go wrong with a gift voucher for Alberta Theatre Projects. A flexible way to experience theatre, they can be used in any combination for any show remaining in the current season.

Calgary International Blues Festival

Calgary International Blues Festival’s annual holiday sale returns and features 2019 four-day transferable passes for just $99. But make sure you hurry, prices go up on January 1, 2019.

Calgary International Film Festival

If you have a film buff on your list, this holiday offer is sure to be a hit. With only 150 available, grab a six-pack of tickets to the 2019 festival for $60. Tickets can be redeemed online in advance or at the box office and there are no restrictions on the number of tickets from your pack you can use per film.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra make a great gift for music lovers young and old alike! Upcoming shows include Music of the Movies, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, Brahms v. Radiohead, and more. Have someone picky to buy for? Get them a ticket voucher! Starting at $65, they can choose their own concert and redeem the vouchers for great seats (some restrictions apply).


If you haven’t visited the Glenbow Shop, you really should stop by. And, just in time for holiday shopping, it has curated a list of treasures available this season—check it out if you’re looking for some inspiration. You can even grab a Glenbow membership for the museum lover in your life.


GlobalFest’s annual holiday sale is always a great time to save with general admission tickets just $8.50, finale tickets $16, and GlobalPasses $36. The deal is on until December 31, 2018 and for each one purchased, GlobalFest will donate one ticket to its Individuals and Families-In-Need Program. The annual summer festival once again plays host to five magical evenings of multicultural activities and international fireworks, August 15 to 24, 2019.

Handsome Alice Theatre

A new theatrical production written by Calgary Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson, A Love Letter to Emily C explores the life and times of Canadian icon and artist Emily Carr. Coming to the Big Secret Theatre next May, you can get a fantastic deal if you buy your tickets before Christmas Day—two tickets for $40! Email to reserve.

High Performance Rodeo

While passes to Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo make a great gift, it’s $15 Wednesdays that has us buying stocking stuffers. Each Wednesday night during the Rodeo, January 9 to 27, 2019, scoop up tickets for most shows at just $15 each (some restrictions apply). These include Crawlspace, Café Daughter, Hammered Hamlet (Drunk Shakespeare), and many more. And at that price, it’s a great chance to see something new.

Luminous Voices

If you’re looking for a gift for a music lover on your list, grab a three-concert subscription for Luminous Voices. Good for each of the remaining shows in the season including the group’s popular New Year’s Eve concert, it’s a great way to enjoy vital and fresh interpretations of great choral music.

Stage West Calgary

With dinner and a show, Stage West Calgary gift cards make awesome presents. Valid for attendance between January 2 to September 29, 2019, grab them before Christmas and save up to 28%.

Vertigo Theatre

If mysteries are more your bag, Vertigo Theatre gift cards are on sale until December 24, 2018. Available in any denomination you require, they can make great stocking stuffers or top-tier gifts.

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