Eat, Drink, and be Beary Merry at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo 

A Beary Merry Holiday Party (Adults only 18+) 

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is excited to present a Beary Merry Holiday Party to kick off the upcoming holiday season! Designed for small groups, this holiday party is the perfect way for you and your small business team, clients, group of friends, family to toast the season in a fun, festive, and zoo-nique way.  

Leave the kiddos at home and join us for delicious food and live music while enjoying a festive atmosphere and great conversation with colleagues and friends. Enjoy the live music, dance or head outside for an evening stroll and take in all of the magical sights that ZOOLIGHTS has to offer. It’s a holiday party to remember. 

WHEN:  Thursday, December 16, 2021 

WHERE: Safari Lodge 


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Enjoy a stroll through ZOOLIGHTS 
6:00 p.m. - Doors open at Safari Lodge and cash bar is open 
6:30 p.m. – Dinner buffet starts 
9:00 p.m. – ZOOLIGHTS ends at 9:00 p.m.
10:30 p.m. – Cash bar closes
11:00 p.m. - Evening concludes


Beary Merry Buffet Menu


With whipped seasonal compound butter 


Cucumber, tomato, carrot curls, celeriac curl and mandarin orange 


With crisp romaine hearts, bacon bits, parmesan and focaccia croutons 


Dried cranberries, "Zoo Grown" pea shoots and vanilla ginger vinaigrette 


Crispy wild rice, quinoa, harvest rice, pickled blueberries, sugar pea, citrus grainy mustard vinaigrette 


A variety of smoked and cured meats, pickled vegetables and artisan cheese 



Fire roasted cherry tomato, brown butter cream, arugula, roasted hazelnuts 


Accompanied by confit turkey thigh galantine and stone fruit bread stuffing, natural pan gravy and cranberry roasted pear compote 


Slow roasted baron of Alberta AAA beef rubbed with fresh rosemary, garlic and an array of Chef’s special spices Served with a caramelized shallot merlot jus and creamy horseradish aioli 


Variety of melons, pineapple, and berries 


Variety of tarts, petit fours, mousses, custards, and house made Christmas cookies 


Special order Vegan:   


Zucchini ribbon, southwest quinoa stuffing, roasted grape tomato and basil compote



  • $99 plus GST / person 

  • $720 for tables of 8 

*Ticket includes: Admission to ZOOLIGHTS starting at 5:00 p.m., dinner buffet, live music and a photo booth, parking not included. All attendees must be 18 years or older. Members - please see the additional booking information below.  

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Additional Booking Information

  • Please note that this is a separately ticketed event. Day admission tickets cannot be used for entry.
  • All enhanced public safety measures required to enter the zoo grounds during day admission continue to apply during after-hours events. Please visit our ZOOLIGHTS FAQ page for more information.
  • A Beary Merry Holiday Party tickets are non-refundable, not sold onsite and must be purchased online in advance. 
  • Members (Engage & Inspire only) receive a 10% discount on up to two (2) single tickets. Members can access their discount by logging into your membership account. If you are unsure of your membership login DO NOT create your own login, please email [email protected] for assistance.  


  • Will the Calgary Zoo require proof of vaccination to attend the Beary Merry Holiday Party?

    Yes, all enhanced public safety measures required for daily admission to the zoo grounds continue to apply during ZOOLIGHTS and other after-hours events. Please see our ZOOLIGHTS FAQ and Enhanced Public Safety Measures FAQ for additional information to ensure you meet the entry requirements before booking. Tickets are non-refundable.

  • Is A Beary Merry Holiday Party a plated meal or buffet style?

    A Berry Merry Holiday Party is buffet style. In accordance with provincial health & safety guidelines for food and beverage service, our talented team of chefs and servers will be on hand to serve our guests. 

  • What guidelines do you have in place to provide a safe, dining experience at the Calgary Zoo?

    The Calgary Zoo is committed to staying aligned with Alberta Health Services’ directives to ensure zoo visits and activities are safe and fun for all: 

    • In accordance with provincial health & safety guidelines for food and beverage service, our talented team of chefs and servers will be on hand to serve our guests. 

    • Face coverings are required for all visitors (ages 2+) inside all Calgary Zoo buildings in accordance with provincial and AHS guidelines. You will be required to wear a mask to enter Safari Lodge, while you are inside at the buffet line, dancing and using the washrooms. Masks can be removed when seated at your table eating and drinking. 

  • Are masks required?

    Yes, face coverings are required for all visitors (ages 2+) inside all Calgary Zoo buildings in accordance with provincial and AHS guidelines. You will be required to wear a mask to enter Safari Lodge and while you are inside at the buffet line. Masks can be removed when seated at your table eating and drinking.  

    While you are not required to wear a mask while walking the zoo grounds outdoors, please note that you will be required to wear a mask to enter: ENMAX Conservatory, Kitamba Café (except while enjoying food and beverages at our indoor tables), Gift Shop locations, indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services.

  • Is parking included? What time should I arrive?

    PARKING is $12.00 and is not included. Engage and Inspire members receive free parking. 

    Please park and enter the zoo through our North parking lot and entrance.

  • Important Health & Safety Information

    You are not to enter the Calgary Zoo if:

    • You are ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID -19. These include:

      • Fever

      • Cough

      • Shortness of breath

      • Runny nose

      • Sore throat

      • And/or others listed on Alberta Health Services website

    • You have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19.

    • You or someone in your household has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.