Spend a Shimmery, Sparkly, Festive Evening with ZOOLIGHTS at The Calgary Zoo – With Newly Expanded Family Activities!

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.

ZOOLIGHTS (Family Fun Calgary)

Presented by JSS Barristers, this holiday family favourite is celebrating its 20th anniversary. ZOOLIGHTS puts the shine on the season, with 1.5 million lights transforming the Calgary Zoo grounds into a magical winter wonderland, including over 200 light figurines and a variety of interactive and choreographed light displays. And this year, ZOOLIGHTS features more family-friendly activities than ever before! This incredible glow-tastic event offers family fun adventures both indoors and out.

ZOOLIGHTS at the Calgary Zoo (Family Fun Calgary)

Within easy-to-navigate activity zones, you’ll enjoy musical performances, an interactive light display, warming fire pits, and many fun and interactive family activities. Visitors will find games on migration, hibernation, and adaptation to learn about conservation and animal behaviours, all while having a sparkling good time.

Santa comes in from the cold during ZOOLIGHTS; until December 23rd, take the kids to visit him at his cozy indoor oasis as the ENMAX Conservatory becomes a magical Wonderland, complete with the Alice and her buddy, the Mad Hatter. All the best of winter is here: a visit with Santa, playing in the snow, ice skating, and hot chocolate by the fire! Make sure you swing by the Build-a-Snowman area for the chance to create a life-size snowman (it is already built and you can dress him up to help him adapt to winter – details found here: www.calgaryzoo.com). Bring your skates, or borrow some from the KidSport Skate Shack on site, and enjoy free ice skating on the undercover ice-rink. On Fridays and Saturdays, there’ll be a DJ spinning tunes for added energy at the rink! Dress warmly, and bring your favourite mug for the hot chocolate.

ZOOLIGHTS Santa (Family Fun Calgary)

Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids 3-15 (infants under 2 get in free). Tickets are available at the gate, but you can save time by purchasing in advance online! Parking is $10, and entrance is only through the North Gate. Plan your visit here!

Whether you are creating a new holiday tradition or continuing a favourite one, your whole family will love the festive spectacle of ZOOLIGHTS at The Calgary Zoo! Everything that’s magical has come together in one place for ZOOLIGHTS!

2017 ZOOLIGHTS Visit:

Zoo lights Wonderland (Family Fun Calgary)

Getting ready to fall down the rabbit hole. Photo Credit: Charity Quick

We were lucky enough to make a visit to ZOOLIGHTS this year on a beautiful night. Our first stop was the Enmax Conservatory, which had been transformed into a literal Wonderland, complete with Alice, the Mad Tea Party, and the Cheshire Cat! The details of the Alice in Wonderland displays were simply lovely, and Santa was there, too, ready to meet all his friends.

Zoo lights Wonderland (Family Fun Calgary)

The tea party is just waiting for the Mad Hatter. Photo Credit: Charity Quick

With more lights than ever before, the outdoor displays were enchanting.

Zoo lights (Family Fun Calgary)

Breathtaking Lights! Photo Credit: Charity Quick

And the kids loved all the activities, learning about migration and hibernation in fun, hands-on ways. Make ZOOLIGHTS part of your holiday fun this year!

Zoo lights Hibernation (Family Fun Calgary)

The kids crawling through the tunnel into the hibernation den. Photo Credit: Charity Quick


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
Website: www.calgaryzoo.com/zoolightsyyc

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