Sparkling, shining, and festive: Christmas lights are one of the best parts of the holiday season. When it gets dark so early, Christmas lights help lift your spirits. Plus, whether you want to be outside in that invigorating December air, or just drive by in the warmth and comfort of your car, it gives you a fun reason to get the whole family up and out the door!

So, here are some of the best and brightest (haha!) Christmas light displays in Calgary and the surrounding areas!

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December 8, 2020: Please note, we are doing our best to update listings as we become aware of how the newest regulations will impact these events. See the latest measures HERE. Be sure to contact the location before heading out.

ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)


That Christmas glow starts at ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, this holiday! For many Calgarians, this magical season is not complete without a visit to the Calgary Zoo to light up the night between November 20, 2020, and January 10, 2021. With over 2 million lights transforming the Calgary Zoo grounds into a magical winter wonderland, this event shines. This incredible glow-tastic event offers family fun adventures both indoors and out.

Read more about it here.

Lions' Festival of Lights (Family Fun Calgary)

Lions’ Festival of Lights

The Lions’ Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas lights showcase in Calgary and begins November 30, 2019. 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!

Read more about it here.

Airdrie Festival of Lights (Family Fun Canada)

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Airdrie Festival of Lights

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 will visit on selected dates and there will be other special events, too. 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!

Read more about it here.


Noel Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)

Noel Christmas Light Park and Market

Gather your friends and family and celebrate the magic and sparkle of Christmas! The Noel Indoor Light Park and Christmas Market is a family-friendly holiday event running from December 18, 2020, to January 3, 2021. It’s the perfect Christmas event, with one of the world’s largest indoor light parks and a market, bringing you delicious food, warm beverages, unique gifts, and of course, Santa.

Read more about it here.

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

Bring the whole family to Spruce Meadows from Fridays – Sundays, November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021 (excluding Christmas Day), 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. Read more about it here.


Legacy Christmas Lights (Family Fun Calgary)Legacy Christmas Lights

The community of Legacy, in Calgary’s SE, will be a bright spot in our city this holiday season, literally! From November 16, 2020, to January 10, 2021, Legacy will light up the south end of the city with more than a million Christmas lights in a cheery display throughout the community as one of Calgary’s largest free light displays. Enjoy walking or driving through the community to see festive lights on parks and playgrounds, trees, show homes, and design features like the Legacy clock tower. There will also be many private homes decorated for this magical display. Read more about it here.

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Light Up Okotoks (Family Fun Calgary)

Light Up Okotoks

Light Up Okotoks is on November 20, 2020. Okotoks sure knows how to get into the holiday spirit! Join them as they launch their annual light tour as part of Light Up Okotoks. Come out to enjoy the lights and festive decorations before Christmas.

Read more about it here.



Canmore Rotary Festival of Trees (Family Fun Calgary)Rotary Festival of Trees in Canmore

The Rotary Festival of Trees is a magical event happening throughout the month of December for the whole family. Imagine an indoor forest of Christmas trees decorated and twinkling all in one place, all created and donated by local businesses. There will be lots of events and activities happening: including a COVID-friendly reverse Santa Claus parade. Is there a better way to kick off the Holiday Season in the mountains?!

Read more about it here.

Downtown Calgary

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 the CORE.


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: 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.

For more holiday fun, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events in Calgary.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our Readers!