Discover bright activities at ZOOLIGHTS

Lights can be illuminating- like this one degree of change display. Watch how the temperature from your hand melts the ice below the polar bear.

Get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers– Calgary’s brightest holiday tradition! We’re back for our 20th year from November 24, 2017- January 6, 2018, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep visitors busy. Make sure to visit all four of our activity areas to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

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ZOOLIGHTS- Fun for Friends and Family

For the third year, you can now ice skate at the Calgary Zoo, courtesy of Mahogany Lakeside Living.

After a mild fall, winter has truly arrived in time for the holiday season. Crisp snow has covered the Calgary Zoo grounds, reflecting the shine of 1.5 million LED lights, as the annual evening event ZOOLIGHTS is in full swing. Zoo visitors bring friends and family out to experience Calgary’s favorite holiday tradition. Read more

ZOOLIGHTS CANCELLATION FOR DECEMBER 8; TO RESUME DECEMBER 9

Keep warm on a winter's night at ZOOLIGHTS- cozy up to one of the many fire pits.

The week of December 5, 2016 has been a chilly week in Calgary! With temperatures reaching under -30°C with wind chill, our favourite city on the prairies has been feeling the cold. ZOOLIGHTS had to be cancelled on December 6 and 7, but the end is in sight!

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Wrapped up in planning ZOOLIGHTS

The Calgary Zoo team is getting ready for ZOOLIGHTS 2015!

If you’re a Calgarian, then you know that there is one major seasonal event that the zoo hosts every winter. That’s right, it’s almost time for ZOOLIGHTS!

Calgary’s favourite holiday tradition is back (running from November 25, 2016- January 8, 2017), and with it comes 1.5 million LED lights, activities, and memories to be made.

With all of those twinkling lights, what is it like getting ready for this big event? We caught up with Aaron Cunningham and Kelsey Van Raay, two employees with the ZOOLIGHTS know-how.

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Don’t miss a thing! Check our ILLUMINASIA Itinerary

Have you been down to the zoo to take in the incredible lanterns at ILLUMINASIA Lantern and Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada? If not, we have the perfect itinerary ready for you to make the most your night. Read more

ILLUMINASIA: The Festival Guide 2016

The brightest fall event is returning to Calgary in 2016! The Calgary Zoo’s ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada is back and bigger than before- and we’re not just talking the size of the lanterns!

For those looking to get lost in the glow of a beautiful walk in the gardens, or aiming to take in the brand new stage show, there is something for everyone who likes a night out at the zoo. Here is your ‘how-to’ guide to enjoying ILLUMINASIA.

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Workin’ it at Wedding Fair 2016

Did you check out The Wedding Fair in Calgary this past weekend?

If you didn’t have a chance to stop by and say hi (and try some delicious soup samples…) at our special booth, check out the photos to see this years’ display, and steal one of our recipes for your own kitchen.

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Calgary ZOOLIGHTS 2015 – A Family Affair

Calgary lifestyle blogger Leslie Brooks from Ruff Ruminations captured her family's visit to ZOOLIGHTS.

Guest blog: Leslie Brooks, Calgary lifestyle blogger at Ruff Ruminations.com.

Wonder fills my seven year old’s eyes as we see the first lights entering the zoo on a warm winter night, well warm for Calgary but I suppose that term is relative. You know it’s warm out because the zoo is packed even though ZOOLIGHTS has only just started. It’s 6 p.m. and the families are streaming in non-stop. I think the whole city has the same general rule, if you’ve got a free night and the temperature is above -5 degrees you better take your opportunity to enjoy the warm winter weather and go to ZOOLIGHTS!

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Holiday recipes 2015

Pastry chef Sara Lawson shows off new holiday recipes- new classics to introduce to your family this season!

It’s the holiday season, and that can mean a busy time in the kitchen! To make your holiday menu planning a little easier, here are three great dessert recipes from our zoo catering team. The zoo kitchens make these treats for holiday parties and weddings, and these are all items served at our Christmas Buffets. Even better- they’re all fairly simple to make.

Pastry chef Sara Lawson has concocted seasonal recipes that are a great twist on classic tastes. That way you can spice up your tried and true holiday baking plans with these sweet treats. After all, this is the season of festive traditions- why not start some new ones?

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