Here are some of the best and brightest (pun intended!) Christmas light displays in Calgary and surrounding areas.
The glow starts here at ZOOLIGHTS this holiday season! For many Calgarians, this magical season is not complete without a visit to ZOOLIGHTS, which returns to the Calgary Zoo to light up the night between November 24th and January 6th, 2018. Be amazed by 1.5 million sparkling lights and enjoy the best of winter with family activities. Play in the snow, go skating, enjoy some hot chocolate, and stop by to see Santa!
When: November 24, 2017 to January 6, 2018 (excluding Christmas Day)
Time: 6 – 9 pm (no admission after 8:30 pm)
Where: Calgary Zoo
Address: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary AB
Lions’ Festival of Lights
The Lions’ Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas lights showcase in Calgary. For three decades (this is the 31st anniversary!), Calgarians have enjoyed this spectacular light display at the SE corner of Confederation Park. The display features over 300, 000 lights (99% LED) to get you into the holiday spirit. Whether you drive by it every day or once in a while, it’s a Calgary Christmas tradition that never fails to delight!
When: December 2 to January 8, 2018
Time: 6 pm – 12 am (starts 5 pm on Dec. 2nd)
Where: Confederation Park
Address: Corner of 14 St and 24 Ave NW, Calgary AB
Airdrie Festival of Lights (With Ride-On Mini Trains!)
Head out to Airdrie for the city’s annual festival of lights from December 1st to 31st. The event features beautiful Christmas lights, miniature train rides, hot chocolate, bonfires, and much more. Santa visits on selected dates; check the calendar to see exactly what nights he’ll be joining in the fun, plus other special events that happen during the festival!
This is a volunteer-run event, so if you have a little spare time and want to spend it in a happy, festive environment – check out their volunteer opportunities!
Nose Creek Pond is located within the festival area and is a great place to skate outdoors when conditions permit. Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Eve Carols Around the Campfire!
Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows
Once the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market wraps up for the year, you may be thinking there’s no more reason to visit Spruce Meadows this season. Wrong! Bring the whole family between December 9th and January 7th for their amazing Christmas light display. Don’t worry if it’s really cold out, or the kids are getting a little drowsy, as you will stay in your vehicle for the 2 km drive through the Spruce Meadows grounds. The grounds are beautifully decked out with a quarter of a million sparkling holiday lights. It’s truly magical and completely free.
For extra cheer, bring some holiday tunes to play in the car as you take in the spectacle. Step out of your car to enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee together with a pastry in the warm comfort of the Founders Plaza each evening during the Christmas Lights (5 – 8 pm, except for Dec. 25th).
Scotiabank, Bennett Jones, ATCO Group and AKITA Drilling proudly sponsor this event.
The Spruce Meadows pond will also be open through the holiday season – weather permitting – for family skating, daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Please park in Lot #4.
When: December 9, 2017 to January 7, 2018 (excluding Christmas Day)
Time: 5 – 10 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows
Address: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary AB
We have a beautiful downtown, and the office towers definitely do it up right with lots of lights! Head downtown and go for a wander. Don’t miss Stephen Avenue, Olympic Plaza, the McDougall Centre and CORE’s 45-foot-tall Christmas tree!
Legacy Christmas Light Parade
Legacy’s 3rd annual Christmas Light Parade is back! With over 100,000 lights, Legacy will be lit up with lights for you and your family to enjoy all through December. Drive or walk through the decorated parks in the community or visit the skating rink on Legacy View. It is free for anyone to come drive through the community or come out and walk through the tunnels of lights. The public parks, as well as the 28 show homes in the community, have been decorated for Christmas!
While walking through, feel free to stop by any of the showhomes for a free hot drink, as you look at their displays! Or visit any Calbridge Show Home to make a Toy Mountain donation.
Starting in December for the second year, the Legacy Residents Association is holding a Christmas light competition for house decoration. Stay tuned for more details! Follow @CalgaryLegacy on Facebook for all of the details or visit Legacylife.ca.
When: November 25th, 2017 to January 8th, 2018
Address: Legacy Circle SE, Calgary, AB
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com
Tuscany Candy Cane Lane
Tuscany Vista Crescent has been transformed into a Candy Cane Lane, which has doubled in size from last year, with 56 Candy Canes! Come and take a drive or walk on Tuscany Vista Crescent and around Tuscany Vista Point. The community will start collecting food bank donations on December 1st in front of the little library located at 169 Tuscany Vista Cres, leading up to December 21st when they will celebrate the Christmas Winter Solstice on Candy Cane Lane on December 21st from 6 pm – 8 pm.
When: November 19th to Christmas
Address: Tuscany Vista Crescent, Calgary, AB
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com
Lighten Up Calgary
Do you have the most spectacular light display in your neighbourhood? If you want the whole city to know about it, check out this website: www.lightenupcalgary.ca. It has a map showing the locations of some of the best private light displays in the city are (and some public ones), or you can see the information in list form.
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.