Telus presents
Christmas in Kensington!

Live music, sleigh rides, wandering Santa Clause, complimentary hot chocolate from Higher Ground and coffee from Deville.

Drop off a #KensingtonChristmasCard
in the orange mailbox behind Deville to win $1,000 in gift cards every Saturday (contest details available here).

Drop off your non-perishable food items at participating shops before Dec 17 for donation to the Calgary Veterans Food Bank (details below on this page).

Heather Blush
Dec 4, 12:30-2:30 at Trapped/Plaza

Dylan Sadlier-Brown Band
Dec 11, 12:30-2:30 at Trapped/Plaza

Justine Vandergrift
Dec 18, 12:30-2:30 at Trapped/Plaza

TRAPPED // Shoutout to the wonderful folks at @trappedcalgary for providing us with electricity for Christmas in Kensington. We're ex-static to have their support - they really spark up the community⚡

Thanks to our sponsor @telus
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CHRISTMAS IN KENSINGTON LIVE MUSIC // As part of Christmas in Kensington, @coolifismoke will be performing this Saturday, Nov. 27 in front of Trapped Escape Rooms (@trappedcalgary) on Kensington Road from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Rumour has it that listening to Stormy Rondo is like smoking a fine, hand rolled, golden Virginia leaf stick - the rich aroma of Stormy fills your senses in a tantalizing bouquet. You stare off into the distance, watching the moon fall and the sun rise, after a warm midsummer's eve. The night is gone now and you feel the tender emotion of song and harmony grip your heart. Remember the last time you stayed up all night thinking about your entire life?

Don't believe us? Come out this Saturday, write us a #kensingtonchristmascards and find out for yourself!

Thanks to our sponsor @telus
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SANITAS // Located in the heart of Kensington, & @sanitas.facial.aesthetics offers an elevated experience for general & cosmetic dentistry and skincare.

Dr. Goska Nowak has been practicing dentistry in Calgary for over 23 years, helping thousands of patients enhance their smiles and improving their oral and systemic health.

Sanitas Facial Aesthetics offers a variety of elevated facial services from botox to facials. They also offer a beautiful selection of makeup and medical grade skincare.

CHRISTMAS IN KENSINGTON 2021: Tis the season for community and festivities - Kensington is celebrating Christmas for next four Saturdays (Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18) from 12-3 p.m. There will be live music from local musicians outside of @trappedcalgary, FREE hot cocoa and coffee from @highergroundcafe and @devillecoffee, sleigh rides and of course Santa! Drop off a non-perishable food item at participating stores for our @vetsfoodbankyyc food drive, fill out your Kensington Christmas Cards and remember to have a good time.
#kensingtonyyc #kensingtoncalgary #kensingtonlove #calgary #yycliving #supportlocalyyc #shoplocal #livemusic #calgarylife #thingstodoyyc #kensingtonloveletters

SATURDAY MUSIC IN KENSINGTON // Tomorrow, Nov. 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. come down and listen to the AMAZING @shayezadravec in front of @trappedcalgary!

Don’t forgot to write your #kensingtonloveletters for a chance to win $1,000 in #kensingtonyyc business gift cards!
#kensingtonyyc #kensingtoncalgary #kensingtonlove #calgary #yycliving #supportlocalyyc #shoplocal #livemusic #calgarylife #thingstodoyyc #kensingtonloveletters

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING & LIVE MUSIC IN KENSINGTON// Tomorrow, Nov.18 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m stop by and join in on the fun of our annual Late Night Shopping Event and the official kick off to Christmas in Kensington!

Participating local shops in the neighbourhood will be staying open throughout the evening to help spread the holiday cheer and #kensingtonlove, not to mention will have some AWESOME holiday deals!

Enjoy live music from singer-songwriter and former Mount Royal University student and athlete, Mitchel Gorman, who is currently studying Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music at Macewan University. You can find him performing in front of @trappedcalgary from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa from @highergroundcafe and complimentary coffee from @devillecoffee.

But wait, it gets better! The first 300 people will receive a complimentary Christmas cookie from @cravecupcakes.

You can also write your #kensingtonchristmascards for a chance to win $1,000 in #kensingtonyyc business gift cards!

Santa Clause, a Christmas Tree Light Up, community fire pits are just a few of the other exciting festivities throughout the neighbourhood!

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING EVENT // We are thrilled to be hosting our annual Christmas in Kensington celebrations.

On Thursday, Nov.18, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. stop by #kensingtonyyc and enjoy a Late Night Shopping experience to get ahead of your Christmas shopping and spread some holiday cheer.

Visitors will have the chance to enjoy live music by Mitch Gorman in front of @trappedcalgary, complimentary hot cocoa from @highergroundcafe , complimentary coffee from @devillecoffee.

What’s even more exciting!? The first 300 people will receive Christmas cookies from @cravecupcakes! Santa Claus, a Christmas Tree Light Up and community fire pits are just a few things you can look forward to on Thursday evening.

Visitors are also invited to bring non-perishable food donations for the community wide food drive for the @vetsfoodbankyyc.

Don't forget to write your #kensingtonchristmascards for a chance to win $1,000 in #kensingtonyyc business gift cards!
#kensingtonyyc #kensingtoncalgary #kensingtonlove #calgary #yycliving #supportlocalyyc #shoplocal #livemusic #calgarylife #thingstodoyyc #christmasinkensington #christmasinkensington2021 #kensingtonchristmascards #latenightshopping #kensingtonlatenightshoppingevent

VETERANS FOOD BANK OF CALGARY // The holiday season is on its way (even if there isn’t any snow yet). This year our amazing #kensingtonyyc businesses are participating in a neighbourhood wide food drive for the @vetsfoodbankyyc!

Next time your in the neighbourhood help spread the #kensingtonlove and drop off a non-perishable food item to one of the participating businesses!

FIELD OF CROSSES & REMEMBRANCE DAY // We are thrilled to support Field of Crosses as our charitable spotlight for the month of November.

For eleven days leading up to Remembrance Day, 3500 crosses are placed along Memorial Drive to represent Albertans and Canadians who lost their lives and honour their sacrifice. Tomorrow, November 11, remains a day for us to thank and acknowledge our national heroes who have fought for us.

You can visit the @field_of_crosses and wander amongst the crosses to pay your respects to the fallen.

Welcome to Kensington

With over 250 businesses, Kensington is one of Calgary’s most vibrant communities.

Whether you want to bike along the river, stroll the neighbourhood while sipping some of Calgary’s finest coffee or spend the night listening to live music – Kensington has it all! Considered Calgary’s Urban Village, Kensington offers a unique, inner-city experience. Located just off the Sunnyside LRT Station and walking distance from downtown, it’s possible to spend an entire day exploring the shops and restaurants, or an entire weekend by staying at one of the beautiful boutique hotels.

Over 250 businesses offering
dining, shopping & services

Surrounding population of
 10,000+ residents

3,000 people employed
by our member businesses

Social Distancing & Safe Shopping

If you are visiting our shops and eateries, we encourage you to practice safe social distancing by staying 2M away (two arm’s lengths) from others you meet in public settings. Learn more: Social Distancing Practices

Resources: Bylaw 26M2020
Face Covering Notice (for business to display)
Bylaw Q&A Sheet

Kensington Announcements!

Nov 12 – Dec 17

All donations will be delivered to the Veterans Food Bank.
Non-perishable food items only please!

Drop off your donations at any of our participating business:

Brooklyn Clothing Co.
Cobs Bakery
Deville Coffee
D’Orient Spa
Gummi Boutique
Hidden Gems
Indie Counter Culture
Kensington Dollar Store

Manana Imports
Oolong Tea Shop
Pet Planet
Scotia Bank
Sunnyside Natural Market
The Beehive
The Kensington Pub
The Mash
The Naked Leaf
Trapped Escape Room
Urban Cellars
Vine Styles


Full BIA Levy Paid for by City of Calgary!

To support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic The City has applied a BIA tax credit towards the entire 2021 BIA tax levy for our Kensington Member Businesses! The BIA tax credit funding is equal to the total 2021 BIA tax levy.

Learn more about  through these links:

Note: You must be a Kensington BIA member business to
participate in our contesting give-aways.

“FREE MONEY” for all BIA members!

The Kensington Board has approved a massive give-away campaign for the summer to attract people to the area. We will be buying gift certificates from our member businesses to help put money back in your pocket!

The contests will run from
June to November
over $40,000 in prizes
to Kensington shoppers!!!

If you’re a shopper, watch our social media and website
for details coming soon! 

If you are a Kensington BIA member business and you would like to participate, please email our ED with your average sale amount and confirm your ability to sell gift certificates or gift cards. We’ll arrange to stop in at your store or service and make a purchase! (Opportunities to participate will occur monthly throughout the contesting period.)

Featured Businesses

Legal solutions for you!

Offering services in corporate & commercial law, estates & trusts and real estate.
Chittick Clark, Lawyer

Fresh and healthy!

Using fresh fruits as the main ingredient in drinks and desserts so you
can enjoy a sweet
but healthy treat.
JusFruit Sunnyide

Delicious and authentic!

Authentic comfort foods like curry & donburi served in a pretty, unpretentious restaurant.
Kim’s Katsu – Japanese Tonkatsu


Love your skin!

Offering a wide variety of treatments and solutions to match your
skincare needs.
Pro Skin Laser & Aesthetics

Local chartered accountants!

Providing advice that is insightful, practical, and relevant to help you to maximize potential.
WBM Partners LLP


Our eNewsletters provide the most up-to date information, resources and opportunities for our member businesses written by our Executive Director, Annie MacInnis


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KensingtonYYC on Twitter

“One of my favourite communities in Calgary! Great for strolls, shopping, dining…you name it, Kensington’s got it!”

“It’s the perfect community for dining, shopping or just walking around. So many great local businesses!”

“Always glad
we chose Kensington to build our business.”
~ Mike, Sidestreet Pub

“I love Kensington. I’ve been visiting it for 20 years and although it keeps getting better, I love how it still has the same welcoming feel.”