Once the clock strikes midnight and November is finally here, Calgarians decide it's appropriate to take down their Halloween decorations and immediately replace them with light-up Santa Clauses, Reindeer Lawn Decor and Christmas lights. All the Christmas events begin and well, November might as well be Christmas Eve.

However, while it is the season of giving, and by "giving" we mean "giving the entire contents of your bank account to every store having a sale," there are a few ways to ring in the beginning of the holiday season without entirely breaking the bank. Here's a list of a few things you can do for free in Calgary this November.

Free First Thursdays at the Glenbow Museum // November 4th

Free Admission to the Gasoline Alley Museum // November 5th

Lest We Forget. Visit one of Calgary's annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies. // November 11th

Visit Fort Calgary's Artisan Fair // November 11th

Visit The Group Art Society of Calgary's Fall Show & Sale // November 12

Enjoy some free live entertainment at Calgary Christmas Night Market in Eau Claire // November 18th

Visit the beautiful town of Okotoks during Light Up Okotoks // November 18th

Enjoy Calgary's beautiful public art at the +15 Art Tour/Skywalk

Cross-country skiing/snow-shoeing at Fish Creek Provincial Park

Take a road trip to visit the Banff Christmas Market // November 25-27

Visit the winter birds at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Skate like a pro at Shaw Millennium Park, North America's Largest Outdoor Skate Park.

Visit the Calgary Spirit and Soul Christmas Fair // November 27

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