Every Calgarian knows how tempting it can be to waste away your winter in bed, watching your favourite Christmas classics on Netflix and drinking endless cups of hot chocolate. With the abundance of snow we get every year, on top of the dry air, and the cold winds, putting on a winter jacket and braving the cold is the last thing you want to do.
Of course, eventually you'll need to leave your cozy bedroom and head outside and face the snow, but that doesn't mean that your winter experience is going to be miserable. Winter is actually one of the busiest times of year, what with all the holiday festivities, outdoor activities, and opportunities for getaways.
Another thing that this time of year is infamously known for is referred to as "cuffing season". It always seems that when the snow falls, couples begin to appear all around you, left, right, and centre. If you're in a relationship, this doesn't bug you whatsoever, but when you're single, all the love bugs flying around you can start to drive you crazy.
Don't worry, though. You can still have plenty of fun this winter without a significant other; that's what best friends are for, right? All those cute couple Instagram pictures you see on your feed can easily be recreated with your sister or BFF, and what sounds better than an all girl's getaway to the mountains? Get ready to have the best winter ever with your BFFs!
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Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Where: 731 10 Ave SW // Downtown
Oh, the infamous Commonwealth couch. Every girl who visits Common needs a picture on this couch; it's tradition. There's no better place for you to get your gangster rap fix this winter, whether you hit up What A Time Wednesday, World Famous Friday, or Modern Vintage Saturday, you'll definitely have a night to remember.
Where: 908 Edmonton Trail NE // Crescent Heights
If you and your BFF are Riverdale fans, you'll love Boogie's Burgers. This old-school, vintage style diner in NE Calgary has a burger and milkshake menu to die for, plus all the tasty extras you could dream up. Play some old-style arcade games, or just hang out and enjoy a bite to eat.
National on 10th
Where: 341 10 Ave SW // Downtown
National is a popular hangout for a lot of Calgary millennials, and we say that it's within good reason. Grab a bite to eat, dance, play some pool, or go bowling, all under the same roof.
Where: 344 17 Ave SW // Downtown
Korean food is becoming super popular in Calgary, and if you're part of the movement, you'll want to add Anju to your bucket list. The KFC Sliders are a fan favourite, but in all honesty, the entire menu is worth trying.
Fire N Ice
Where: 854 16 Ave SW // Downtown
No matter what day of the week it is, Fire n Ice is always the place to get lit. Open until 2 a.m, seven nights a week, you'll never be stuck at home bored this winter. Whether you're looking to drink, smoke shisha, or dance, you can do it here.
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Where: Olympic Plaza // Downtown
It's not winter if you don't go on a skate date, and you don't need a boyfriend for that. Olympic Plaza is always a great option for an outdoor rink, as they offer free skating, and rental services on site.
Where: Calgary Zoo // Bridgeland
Zoolights are an important part of the Calgary Christmas season, so you have to be there. This year's 20th anniversary is sure to be bigger and brighter than ever, with over a million lights to see and admire. You've got seven weeks to experience the dazzle that is Zoolights, so you can always go back more than once to enjoy every aspect.
Calgary Flames Game
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome // Stampede Grounds
If you've never been to a Flames game, there's no time like the present to check one out. Throw on your matching jerseys, grab a few drinks, and cheer on your favourite team with your BFFs this winter.
Lion's Festival of Lights
Where: Lions Park // Briar Hill
If you're looking to see some gorgeous lights this year, but hate the crowds and prices that come with Zoolights, then head to the Lion's Festival of Lights. The show is completely free, and is made up of 300,000 beautiful lights for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Holiday Shopping Spree
Where: Any of Calgary's malls
It's that time of year again! The holiday season is the perfect excuse to treat yourself, or to buy gifts for all the important people in your life. Black Friday and Boxing Day aren't the only sales worth checking out; there's plenty of holiday deals to take advantage of all season long.
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Inner Balance Spa
Where: 424 10 Street NW // Hillhurst
Inner Balance will make you feel beautiful inside and out. With it's aesthetically pleasing decor, natural and organic ingredients, and alternative therapies, you'll definitely find a service to enjoy here, such as acupuncture, or their Infrared Sauna.
Where: 3 locations around Calgary
If you're looking to revamp your hair this holiday season, look no further than Hedkandi. Every experience I've had at this salon has been a good one, and I've heard nothing but good reviews from fellow patrons. Book an appointment soon so you're ready to go for all the upcoming events in your life.
Where: Multiple locations around Calgary
Winter can be harsh on your skin, why not give it the love and care it deserves? Let the skin care experts at skoah evaluate your skin and give you the best personalized care possible.
Free Soul Salon
Where: 227 10 Street NW // Kensington
Free Soul is like a little slice of heaven in Kensington. They have excellent client care, and offer great service and to every customer that walks through the door. The atmosphere of the salon is comfortable and relaxed.
Oasis Wellness Centre & Spa
Where: 880 16 Ave SW // Beltline
Where better to spend a day with the girls than at Oasis? Enjoy some drinks while you get your toes done, or really go all out with a massage or facial. You can even enjoy lunch at the spa for an additional fee.
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Banff Upper Hot Springs
Where: 1 Mountain Ave // Banff
Winter can be stressful; you deserve to relax. Make the trip up to the Rocky Mountains this winter, and spend a few hours soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
West Edmonton Mall
Where: 8882 170 Street NW // Edmonton
Everyone knows that along with the holiday season, comes shopping season. Although Calgary has an abundance of malls for you, why not take the opportunity to head up to Edmonton and get your holiday shopping at West Ed?
Waterton Lakes National Park
If you're tired of driving to Banff or Jasper all the time, check out Waterton for once. The park is located further south in Alberta, so it'll give you an opportunity to check out some new sites and go on new adventures.
Seattle Space Needle
Where: 400 Broad Street // Seattle
If you've got time for a long road trip this Winter, head on down to Seattle. There's plenty to do on the way, if you drive through B.C. We've already planned out an itinerary for you, so you just need to hop in the car and go.
Miette Hot Springs
Where: Jasper National Park // Jasper
If you're in Northern Alberta but still want to partake in the luxurious hot springs experience, check out the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park. zThe views are equally as beautiful and relaxing as the pool.