City Services: Holiday Season 2017

The City of Calgary is adjusting its hours of operation for services and facilities during the holiday season.

Getting Around

Calgary Transit
We’ll take you to and from your celebrations safely this holiday season.

Calgary Transit Holiday Schedule

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24

Sunday level of service for both trains and buses.

Christmas Day
Monday, December 25

Bus schedule changes begin December 25. Be sure to check the updated schedule. 


Free service all day.

CTrain: Trains will run every 15 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes between 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Bus: Service every 20-45 minutes on Routes 1314207273100300301 and 302.

Boxing Day
Tuesday, December 26

Sunday level of service for both trains and buses.

New Year’s Eve
Sunday, December 31


CTrainExtended night service with the last train leaving downtown at 3 a.m. Trains running every 15 minutes. Check out the Red Line and Blue Line schedules.

Extended night service on routes 123456724112301 and 302. These buses will run every 30-45 minutes. Last trips will leave downtown at approximately 3 a.m.

Have a look at our New Year's Eve service information.

New Year’s Day
Monday, January 1

Sunday level of service for both trains and buses. Be sure to check the 2018 fare schedule

For more information on 2018 faresschedules and service changes, please visit or follow us on Twitter @calgarytransit.

On-street parking is free December 25,26 and January 1. Holiiday rates will be charged in select Calgary Parking Authority surface lots and parkades. Please visit for more information. 

Things to do

Ice Skating
Check out The City’s list of outdoor rinks or bring your own skates and helmets for free public skating from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26 at the following arenas:

  • Shouldice Arena
  • Optimist / George Blundun Arenas
  • Rose Kohn / Jimmie Condon Arenas
  • Ernie Starr Arena
  • Murray Copot Arena

Calgary Zoo/Zoo Lights
See the 1.5 million Christmas lights at the Calgary Zoo. Watch the amazing light display and enjoy Christmas activities including snow bowling, reindeer stables and snowball alley. The Calgary Zoo is closed on December 25 and Zoo Lights are open nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until January 6, 2017.

Heritage Park
Experience the magic of Christmas past at Heritage Park in Calgary. Wagon rides, live historical theatre, carols and a visit with old Saint Nick and his reindeer. Visit for more information.

New Year’s Eve

City of Calgary NYE Celebrations

Kick off 2018 with our free family-friendly celebrations. The City of Calgary has something for everyone, from samba to line dancing, rockabilly to rock n’ roll, mascots to fireworks and ice carving to ice skating. Before heading out, be sure to check our road closures. For more information on the outdoor celebration at Olympic Plaza or the family dance party at City Hall, please visit

New Year’s Eve Family Pool Celebration

Bring your family and friends as you play, swim, jump, and splash into 2018. Our leisure centres (Southland Leisure Centre and Village Square Leisure Centre) will have a variety of activities such as arts/crafts, bouncy house and more. Enjoy the party in the waterpark to splash around in our wave pool, slides and hot tub. Listen to cool beats and participate in a pool party countdown at 5:15 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve – Telus Spark

Ring in 2018 early with your little ones at Telus Spark. Be sure to arrive before noon to participate in the celebrations. Perfect for Calgarians with early bedtimes, take part in a special countdown beginning at 11:45 a.m. set to the tune of hydrogen balloon explosion. For more information, please visit

Around the house

There are no pickup changes for residential blue, green and black cart pickup this holiday season. Please put your carts out as normal.

Make it a green holiday by making sure the right things go into the right cart this holiday season.

  • Green cart: holiday food waste, real Christmas trees (cut your tree into small pieces and put them directly into your bin or use paper yard waste bags or take them to one of the temporary drop-off locations between December 26 and Jan 31).
  • Blue cart: wrapping paper, tissue, cardboard boxes, paper gift bags (handles removed), greeting cards, envelopes, bubble wrap, cookie & chocolate tins.
  • Black cart: bows, ribbons, string, foil wrapping paper, broken ornaments, tinsel, all foam packaging and artificial trees.

Visit or check out our What Goes Where search tool for more information.

City Landfills
All City-operated landfills are closed on December 25 and January 1. East Calgary and Shepard Landfills are open on December 26. The full holiday schedule is available on

Facility Closures
The following facilities will be closed over the holiday season:

  • Administrative Offices: Administrative offices, including City Hall, will close at noon on Friday, December. 22. The offices are also closed December 25, 26 and Monday, January 1.
  • Aquatics and Fitness Centres: All aquatic and fitness centres are closed on December 25, 26 and January 1. 
  • Leisure Centres: Both Southland and Village Square Leisure Centres are closed December 25 and 26. Southland is open on January 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Village Square is closed. Hours of operation between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2 will vary.
  • Arenas: With the exception of advanced bookings, all arenas are closed on December 25 and January 1. Regular hours apply all other days.
  • Art Centres: Wildflower Arts Centre and North Mount Pleasant art centres are now closed and will re-open January, 2, 2018.
  • The Animal Services Centre: The Animal Services Centre is closed December 25, 26 and Monday, January 1.