Candy Cane Gala FAQs

Where will Candy Cane be held in 2022?

We are so pleased to gather together again in person! Candy Cane Gala will be held on December 2, 2022 in Halls D & E in the BMO Centre on Stampede Park.

Parking is available for a fee on the Stampede Grounds. Please note that there is currently construction at and around the BMO Centre; visit calgarystampede.com for the latest updates to available lots.

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Can I buy individual tickets (not a whole table)?

Candy Cane Gala tickets are only available in tables of 10 so everyone can share the fun; individual tickets are ONLY available if you require one (1) or two (2) extra seats at your table to accommodate the size of your party.

If you would like to share the purchase of a table with another family or if you need up to two (2) additional seats – please contact us at events@achf.com or call 403.955.8886 and we’ll be happy to help!

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What time will the doors open?

Candy Cane Gala begins at 5:30 pm. All activities for kids and grown-ups will be yours to enjoy!

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Do I need to bring a ticket with me?

Tickets are not required. When you arrive, please check in with our event ambassadors outside of Halls D&E where we’ll be happy to help direct you or answer any questions you might have.

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Are there highchairs or booster seats available for my little one?

Yes, we are happy to provide highchairs and boosters. In November, we’ll be collecting this information so we can be sure to have everything ready when you arrive on December 2.

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Will I get a tax receipt?

Portions of both Circle of Care and the Spirit of Giving tables are eligible for charitable tax receipts, as are donations to Candy Cane Gala, which will be issued from the Foundation office and mailed to you via Canada Post.

Festive Friends & Family tables, raffle tickets and silent auction purchases are not eligible for tax receipts.

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What can I expect at Candy Cane Gala?

You’ll be welcomed by our staff and volunteers at registration and then you’ll set off to enjoy all that Candy Cane has to offer!

Kidzone opens at 5:30 pm for everyone to explore – face painting, balloon animals, games, crafts, animal friends, pre-dinner snacks and fun galore! The silent auction items will be on display and ready for bidding, raffle tickets will be on sale, the cash bars will be open, family photo stations will be ready to capture your memories, and everyone will have a chance to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company!

At 6:30 pm, everyone will gather in the dining room for a short inspiring program followed by dinner service. We ask that everyone please remain at their tables to ensure safe and efficient dinner service for all our guests.

Following dinner, you can continue to bid on the auction, enjoy the Kidzone and other fun and dance the night away on the family-friendly dance floor!

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Will there be options for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, all dinner items are gluten- and nut-free, and we will collect any other dietary restrictions for guests in November so the kitchen is able to accommodate. You may also request a vegan/vegetarian option for dinner.

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What should we wear?

Candy Cane Gala is a black-tie event, so now is your chance to dress up in your favourite seasonal finery – and remember – the Sky’s the Limit!

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How can I buy a raffle ticket?

Raffle tickets are available on our website until 3:00 pm on December 2. Any remaining tickets will be available to purchase at the event from our volunteers.

There are a total of 400 tickets available at $100 each.

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How can I participate in the auction or make a donation?

The Candy Cane Gala auction site will open online at 6:00 pm on November 20, 2022. The auction is open to everyone so feel free to invite family, friends, and colleagues who may not be attending Candy Cane Gala to get in on the friendly competition – and support the kids at the hospital!

Donations are gratefully received on the same site, or you can visit our donation page anytime.

Please note that auction items will be distributed to winning bidders if they are in attendance at Candy Cane, otherwise, they will be available for pick up at the Alberta Children’s Hospital the week of December 5.

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What is the refund policy?

 Please contact us if your plans change and if possible, we will do our best to accommodate.

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If you have questions, contact us at events@achf.com.