Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park

Weekends from November 25 through to December 23, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm

Take a step back into true holiday enchantment this Christmas in Calgary. Join us for a wagon ride, singing carols or visiting jolly old Saint Nick himself. Experience the magic of Christmas past as some of our historical family homes open their doors to share their Yuletide traditions.

Special Holiday Activities

Hands-on activities and entertainment are sure to delight guests of all ages. Come and get your fix of wholesome holiday cheer! Highlights include:

  • Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
  • Snow Painting (weather dependant)
  • Santa's Christmas Critters Petting Zoo
  • Christmas Train Display
  • Live Christmas Play in the Canmore Opera House
  • Children's Crafts
  • A 'Kids Only' store
  • Wagon Rides (weather dependant)
  • Christmas Carols
  • Vintage photo parlour






General (15+) - TBA
Senior (65+) - TBA
Youth (7 - 14) - TBA
Child (3 - 6) - TBA
(2 & under - free)
Admission now includes access to Gasoline Alley Museum!



Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Stop by the gift shops located before the front gates. The Corner Emporium, Plaza Mercantile, Antiques and Collectables, Switzer's Grocery & Confectionery and our Toy Shoppe will be full of unique holiday treasures! Admission is not required to visit stores located in the Heritage Town Square.

Stores in the Historical Village will feature a variety of items not found in our other shops. Be sure to bring your Christmas wish lists along, as we'll have something for everyone.

Our 'Kids-Only' store offers up a chance for little ones to surprise friends and family on Christmas morning. Have a seat in the parents lounge while our friendly elves aid shoppers in finding that perfect gift.

Dining and Concessions

Enjoy our popular Once Upon A Christmas Breakfast Buffet. Tickets to the buffet are sold in advance and will sell out, so purchase yours early to avoid disappointment! The Railway Cafe, Wainwright Hotel Bar Room and Club Cafe will be serving a variety of lunch options, baked goods and snacks. The Alberta Bakery will offer a selection of fresh baked holiday treats and Shepard Station will offer hot drinks and snacks. For a special treat, the Selkirk Grille offers elegant dining, lunch and dinner service.

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of our ample parking or leave the driving up to the professionals and hop on the 502 Calgary Transit shuttle from the Heritage LRT station.

Insider Tips

The popularity of Once Upon a Christmas can result in line-ups at favourite locations, especially during the afternoon. Here is our insider tip of key spots to visit in the morning, for a shorter wait time:

  1. Stop at Gasoline Alley (now included with admission!) first. You’ll find Santa crafts & games here.
  2. Take a wagon ride in the morning light. It’s a beautiful time to go dashing through the snow!*
  3. Kids, go shopping early! Don’t wait too long to find gifts for your family at the Kids’ Only Store.
  4. Have sugar for breakfast. The candy store and bakery are always popular. Stock up in the morning to avoid lineups!

After 3 pm, tickets are required for wagon rides. Limited tickets are available at the wagon loading area after 3 pm. Wagon ride tickets are free.


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November 25 9:30 am - November 25, 4:00 pm

Heritage Park Historical Village

November 26 9:30 am - November 26, 4:00 pm

Heritage Park Historical Village

December 2 9:30 am - December 2, 4:00 pm

Heritage Park Historical Village

December 3 9:30 am - December 3, 4:00 pm

Heritage Park Historical Village

Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

Tuesday - Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm


Historical Village

Historical Village

Closed for Winter Season
Open May 20, 2017


Haskayne Mercantile Block

Gift Shops

Open Daily
11:00am - 5:00pm

Railway Cafe

Railway Cafe

Open Daily
10:00am - 4:00pm

Selkirk Grille

Selkirk Grille

Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch & Dinner

Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village

1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 2X3

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