‘Twas the weeks before Christmas...
Finding the magic of holidays in Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood
For many, the holiday season can translate into traversing the far corners of the city to run errands in bumper-to-bumper traffic and what feels like impossible wish lists to fulfill. This year, the historic Inglewood neighbourhood is inviting Calgarians to ditch the canned music and embrace the holidays with a fresh mindset – one that involves authentic, local Christmas traditions.
Meet the Real Elves
200+ merchants in the neighbourhood of Inglewood – including some of the city’s most popular boutiques, galleries, and shops – means there’s no end to the unique gifts that you can find for under the tree. While not quite the North Pole, many of the wares you find in Inglewood are made right here in Inglewood by the makers and artisans that inhabit Calgary’s historic Main Street. Custom-made cowboy hats, stylish camping apparel, cheeky greeting cards and art, micro-brewed beer growlers and succulents galore are just a few of the wonderful things you’ll find. For the more niche presents, Japanese steel, exotic spice blends, hand –blown glass, rare vinyl, Mid-Century finds and luxury couture can be found within walking distance.
Do the Ingle Bell Rock
Once the shopping is taken care of, the fun ramps up. This year, swap those classic Christmas songs for some homegrown tunes that can be heard along Inglewood’s Music Mile. Home to Jazz Walk, the Folk Festival Hall, and many of Calgary’s musicians and artists, Inglewood’s bars, venues and lounges also double as top local music venues. Walk, bike, bus, or look for the Parking Elves who will be giving free two hour parking to randomly selected visitors on December 8th and 15th.
Eat and Be Merry
It’s no secret that Inglewood is home to many culinary gems with restaurants recognized nationwide, not to mention the charming coffee shops, ramen joints, iconic diners with their own vintage train sets, and pizza parlours tucked in amongst the store fronts. Cravings for all-ages can be taken care of here so treat yourself to something indulgent after your shopping list is checked off. A view of snow falling on the Bow with a cocktail in hand, or the sound of an acoustic set in one of the resident cafés are highly recommended.
All I Want for Christmas is Brew
Craft beer has become a mainstay in Inglewood, offering a creative assortment of ales for every kind of beer drinker out there. With the plethora or hyper-local pints has come the addition of tap rooms in all shapes and sizes. Beautiful new breweries serving white IPAs, and brewery arcades are just a few of the options. If the idea of spending the night amongst four-legged pals under the glow of giant disco balls is your idea of a great social outing this Yuletide season, select establishments include both as part of the imbibing experience.
Nobody does Christmas like Inglewood. We hope you’ll make us part of your holiday traditions.
Season’s Greetings Calgary!