9 Things To Do In Calgary If You Can't Afford To Go On Vacation This Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone is counting down the days to their holiday getaways ...except us broke people, of course. We're counting down the days until we can sit on the couch, indulge in holiday leftovers and watch holiday movies all day with no responsibilities.

While that actually sounds great, we eventually reach a point where we've watched all the movies on our Netflix list and have 3 days left of vacation to spare. But why not take a stay-cation? Ditch the air fare and jet-lag - give yourself a break right in your own city.

This is perfect for getaways with your friends, romantic weekends with the S.O., or just when you need to take a break from the craziness of life - without entirely breaking the bank this holiday season. Who needs Barbados, Mexico, & Hawaii when you've got Calgary? Try out one of these 9 things to do in Calgary if you can't afford to go on vacation this holiday season:

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Go on a Heli-Tour with Mountain View Helicopters

Tour the entire city from up above! Take a heli-tour of Calgary, Elbow River, Banff, Kananaskis & more with Mountain View Helicopters. What a better way to spend your "stay-cation" than to get a view of the entire city.

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Escape to Banff Upper Hot Springs. (132 km West of Calgary)

Trade in an overpriced plane ticket to Mexico for an hour (ish) road trip to Banff. Banff Upper Hot Spring is a perfect place to relax and warm up during this harsh winter weather. For only $7.30 and a tank of gas, you can feel just as relaxed as all of your vacationing friends.

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Hit up some of Calgary's many Christmas activities.

YYC loves Christmas. We have so many markets, fairs and Christmas events that bring the Christmas spirit of the world right to you! See a Christmas play or visit a Christmas market. What says vacationing like shopping?

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Hit the slopes @ Winsport // 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Hot vacation destinations are overrated. Enjoy the slopes right here in Calgary at Winsport/Calgary Olympic Park. From snow lessons to tons of winter activities, you'll feel like you're on the perfect winter vacation. Maybe stop and get some hot chocolate to enhance your experience.

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Spend a night at the luxurious Fairmont Palliser // 133 9th Avenue SW

Treat yourself like the royalty you are, and spend a night at one of YYC's most luxurious hotels. The Fairmont Palliser lies right downtown, just a few minutes from the Calgary Tower. With a beautiful view of the city in a gorgeous hotel dated back to 1914, you'll definitely be feeling like the king/queen of staycationing.

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Treat yourself to a relaxing day @ Exige Medi Spa // 110 2nd Avenue SE -- Unit #6

Visit Exige Medi Spa to unwind and destress. Get an amazing massage that'll rid you of all your stresses this year. Exige has a extensive list of spa treatments that will have you completely rejuvenated for the holidays and new year!

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Get a dose of the mountains at Lake Minnewanka.

Alberta's Rockies are absolutely stunning during the winter months. Visit Lake Minnewanka and escape to the beautiful serenity of the Rocky Mountains. Amazing views and the perfect way to vacation without breaking the bank.

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Go on a tour of Calgary's best coffee shops.

What better way to enjoy your staycation and stay warm this holiday season than visit a few of Calgary's best coffee shops. The perfect places to enjoy holiday-themed drinks and snacks, for all our coffee, tea and cookie lovers.

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