ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers is back with more holiday cheer, festive spirit, and family fun than ever. Over 1.5 million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, steamy hot chocolate, and four fun-filled activity zones (with many new additions!), transform the Calgary Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. Most magical of all, is its ability to bring friends and family together during the holiday season.

Your complete winter activity destination

Find all of your family’s favourite holiday traditions in one place, surrounded by the gorgeous backdrop of the brightly lit Calgary Zoo featuring:

  • Four fun-filled activity zones making your visit easy to navigate.
  • The skating rink...it's back!
  • Free visits with Santa!
  • NEW Interactive Light Display.
  • Tickets only $14 for adults, and $11 for kids!

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November 27 to January 2

Nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Gate closes at 8:30 p.m.)

Closed December 25.  Zoo Year’s Eve (December 31) requires a separate ticket


Enter through NORTH GATE ONLY


General Admission (16 years and up). $14.00(plus GST)

Children (3-15 years old). $11.00 (plus GST)

Parking $5.00

For group rates, please contact our Guest Relations office at 403-232-9300.

 Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and your family will receive a 2-for-1 coupon towards a future visit to the zoo. 


Inspire members receive Free unlimited ZOOLIGHTS. Engage members receive a onetime 50% off of ZOOLIGHTS tickets. Parking for Engage and Inspire members is free.


This year, to make your visit easy to navigate, we’ve created four activity zones:

Activity Zone 1 (Savannah Lawn and Destination Africa)

Family night or date night, Zone 1 will make you feel warm and cozy inside, regardless of what the temperature is outside. You’ll find Christmas Karaoke, Lover’s Lane, and Memory Game here. 

Activity Zone 2 (ENMAX Conservatory)

Watch your child’s face light up (and rediscover your own inner child!) when you enter Zone 2. You’ll find Candy Land, Lollypop Rock, and even Santa himself making holiday wishes come true here.

Activity Zone 3 (Grazer’s Lawn)

There are many exciting new additions to ZOOLIGHTS this year! See the interactive polar bear display, “Build a Snow Buddy” station, and inflatable igloos in Zone 3. 

Activity Zone 4 (West Lawn)

Take in the heartwarming array of lights, go for a skate on the ice rink, and cozy up at the fire pit in Zone 4 to cap a perfect evening. 

Done exploring? Then skip the line and buy your ZOOLIGHTS Tickets Here! 


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