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Things To Do This December On 17th Ave!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so channel that holiday spirit and head down to 17th Ave for a variety of winter festivities, events, Christmas shopping and more!

 

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Sip on Festive Cocktails at Ricardo’s Hideaway

Is there anything more festive than an expertly crafted cocktail served in a Santa mug? We think not! Ricardo’s has brought back their wildly popular Sippin Santa event, which lasts through December and serves up tons of festive and tiki-themed cocktails — think White Russian Christmas, Azul Navidad, and Yule Log Grog. This year, Ricardo’s will also be donating 10 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their Santa-inspired glassware to the James Beard Foundation’s ‘Open for Good’ campaign to aid the relief efforts of independent restaurants.

 1530 5 St SW, ricardoshideaway.ca

 

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Enjoy Mexican Street Food and Dinner with Mariachis at Tropical YYC

If you need a break from gift shopping and Mariah Carey Christmas songs, stop into Tropical for their brand-new ‘Dinner with Mariachis’ event they are hosting every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. This unique dining and entertainment experience will include Mexican street food and live performances from DJ Alejandro P, followed by a Mariachi Show. Book your evening now at www.tropicalon17.com

1424 17 Ave SW, tropicalon17.com

 

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Two Step into 17th Ave’s Newest Nashville-Inspired Saloon, Whiskey Rose

Grab your favourite pair of cowboy boots and all your best pals and boot, scoot and boogie down to Whiskey Rose Saloon, 17th Ave’s newest resident and Nashville-inspired bar for its December 8 opening.  This highly anticipated spot is bringing live music, cold beers and a little bit of honky tonk to the Red Mile, and we can’t wait to hit the dance floor on opening night.

1012 17 Ave SW, whiskeyrosesaloon.com

 

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Experience Carnival-Inspired Treats and Drinks at Honey

17th Ave is the new home to Calgary’s exclusive carnival-themed bar and lounge, Honey. This convivial new spot opened in late November and serves up fun dishes such as a blooming onion, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes and more, alongside cocktails made with unique ingredients like bottle rockets and Ferrero Rocher. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Honey has live entertainment, a kissing booth and festive fare you’re hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

1324 17th Ave SW, honeycalgary.ca

 

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Ring in Christmas Eve with a Late-Night Party at Flame Lounge

Regardless of how or if you celebrate the upcoming holiday, take advantage of the all the events happening this month at Flame Lounge, a lively shisha bar located on 17th Ave. Hosted by DJ Ayuba and Mombaden, their Christmas Eve party will have both hookah and bottle service available, and feature Afrobeat, Reggae, R&B and more.

1415 17th Ave SW, flameloungeyyc.com

 

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Find Holiday Ornaments on 17th Ave

As one of the most robust shopping districts in the city, 17th Ave is a no brainer when shopping for  holiday décor and Christmas ornaments this season. Rubaiyat Gallery, a long-standing 17th Ave staple, has become synonymous with its iconic collection of holiday ornaments, and is a must-see each December. In addition to this legendary shop, the Red Mile is also home to tons of other boutiques selling locally made and hand-crafted Christmas gifts and ornaments. Steeling Home always carries an array of gifts, festive décor, and Reid Stationers, while normally known for their collectable pens and stationary, also has a beautiful assortment of ornaments, and other holiday goodies like advent calendars and last-minute gifts. Don’t forget to check out part-gallery, part store-front Passion For Glass, who just launched their Christmas collection featuring hand-made glass ornaments.

Indulge in Take-Home Cocktail & Meal Kits from Concorde Group Restaurants

The Concorde Group has certainly made their mark on Calgary’s hospitality industry with nearly two dozen (and counting) thriving drink and dining venues located throughout the city, including the seven that are on or nearby 17th Ave. This year, a number of Concorde Group Restaurants, including Red Mile staples such as Lulu Bar, Model Milk and Ricardo’s Hideaway, will be offering various take-home holiday kits for you to enjoy this season. Dazzle your guests at your next Christmas party with DIY Canape Kits from Lulu Bar or Model Milk, which come complete with ingredients for items like Lulu’s Tuna Poke, or Model Milk’s Shrimp & Grit Fritters, as well as step-by-step instructions to pull off these epic dishes. Pair these appetizing options with a DIY drink kit, with options including Lulu Bar’s Coconut Coolers, Model Milk’s Black Manhattan and Pina Coladas for four from Ricardo’s Hideaway. Order yours today at https://concordecatering.ca/holiday-menu.

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Warm Up at Tomkins Park!

If you’re down on 17th Ave frantically hopping from store to store trying to find those last-minute Christmas essentials, give yourself a minute to relax and sit by the fire in Tomkins Park to enjoy the cackle of the wood and the warmth flames. Brought to you by the City of Calgary, these complimentary outdoor fire bits can be reserved or used for drop ins. Fire pits officially open for public use on December 12th, and will be open between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., 7 days a week. Find more information on rules and regulation of fire pit use at the cityofcalgary.com

17 Ave. & 8 St. S.W (Tomkins Park), cityofcalgary.com

 

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Tune Into Your Favourite Christmas Movie at Lately’s Holiday Pop-Up

Also coined Santa’s Workshop, Lately Lounge is hosting their Christmas Pop-Up from now until December 24, and showcasing all of your go-to holiday movies — we’re talkin’ classics like Home Alone, The Grinch and Elf. Open Thursday through Saturday, book your reservation at latelycalgary.ca and enjoy their holiday flicks, cocktails and more at this chic nightclub.

1438 17 Ave SW, latelylounge.ca

Mimosas, Brunch and Drag at Blanco Cantina

Nothing quite complements a hearty brunch from Blanco like mimosas and drag queens! Blanco Cantina is bringing back their fabulous drag brunches on December 11 with headliner Angelina Starchild and guests Thande Marvelous Mo, Smother Theresa and Valerie Hunt. Tickets are $20 a person, and are available for purchase at Eventbrite.ca, but hurry, because this epic feast paired with an exuberant drag performance will sell out quickly!

723 17th Ave SW, eventbrite.ca

Don’t forget to check out our What’s On page to stay up to date on the latest events and happenings on 17th Ave this Winter!

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