Family & Friends visiting for the Holidays? Take the crew to ZOOLIGHTS!

Bringing family and friends into town for the holidays? Escape the house and make memories at ZOOLIGHTS!

Holiday season is here, and that means being surrounded by the things you love…eggnog, cookies, and visiting family and friends. It’s always exciting to spend time with those you love, especially when they’ve traveled from out of town. However, sometimes the season can lend to festive cabin fever, and you need to get your group out of the house!

So where do you go when you need to entertain kids and adults alike? Look no further than the Calgary Zoo and ZOOLIGHTS, the one stop shop for the season’s classic activities, and Calgary’s number one holiday tradition.

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Why you need to make ZOOLIGHTS your new holiday tradition

Take your sweetheart out for a classic winter date night at ZOOLIGHTS!

Guest blog: Lauren Steeves, Junior Editor with Branded Magazine and It’s Date Night.

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the holidays that brings out the inner-child in me. I get excited hearing Christmas carols, specifically Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. I thoroughly enjoy all the baking and probably eat one (or five) too many cookies and love the delicious combination of rum and eggnog. But I can’t help but get the most excited from the holiday spirit that fills our city and brings with it some of the most amazing events.

One event that you must go to this holiday season is ZOOLIGHTS. Now, I know what you might be thinking, “ZOOLIGHTS? Isn’t that something for kids?” and while it is a kid-friendly event, I discovered it’s actually the perfect setting for a romantic date night with your man, or a fun activity to go to with your girlfriends—so hear me out on this one.

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Experience ZOOLIGHTS: Top Five Holiday Traditions

ZOOLIGHTS at the Calgary Zoo is the place to check out your top five holiday traditions.

Winter at the Calgary Zoo can be some kind of awesome.

On Nov. 27, when we flick on the switch to ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers, the grounds will be transformed into a twinkling wonderland for the entire family. When ZOOLIGHTS began some 18 years ago it was dubbed Wild Lights but, back then, it was far from the conservation-focused $1-million event it’s become.

Between its lengthy history and an annual investment of new activities, 20 to 30 new light figures and more razzle dazzle — it’s no wonder it’s become a top family tradition for more than 120,000 people who attend its five-week run.

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Five holiday traditions you just can’t miss:

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All 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 27, 2015- January 2, 2016), 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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ILLUMINASIA: Lanterns and their Animal Connection

ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada is starting… TOMORROW!

We’re so excited for the launch on September 17, and for our community to experience this inagural festival with us. Not only were these lanterns created in China under the guidance of 800 years of lantern tradition, but the lanterns also represent Chinese animals, as well as Species Survival Plan (SSP) animals here at the zoo!

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ILLUMINASIA: Meet Kenichi Ebina

Have you attended ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada? We’re currently enjoying the second feature week of China, but there’s always something new and fun around the corner. Japan starts October 1- 11, and will feature some incredible programming and performances – including nightly performances by Kenichi Ebina, the Season 8 winner of ‘America’s Got Talent.”

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ILLUMINASIA: Meet John Leung

The very first ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada starts on September 17- Are you ready!?

If you’ve read our ‘how-to’ guide for the festival, you know that it is broken up into three sections by country, each lasting for two weeks. China is featured from September 17 – 27, and will be celebrated through the lantern display, performances, and incredible programming.

Highlights include a gardening class that teaches how to steep the perfect pot of green tea, and a creative cooking class on September 18. You can learn to create Chinese dishes and noodles under the guidance of Chef John Leung, MasterChef Canada contestant, with a special chopstick demonstration!

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ILLUMINASIA: The festival guide

The very first ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada starts on September 17- Are you ready!?

Here is your ‘how-to’ guide to ensure you get the most out of your festival experience! You see, ILLUMINASIA isn’t just a display of incredible 366 handmade Chinese lanterns, but it’s also a celebration of food, culture, art, gardens and fantastic entertainment!

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ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival: The history of Chinese lanterns

Light up your night out! The Calgary Zoo’s new event, ILLUMINASIA, Lantern & Garden Festival, is a bright spot this fall!

What exactly is ILLUMINASIA? Well one thing is for sure- it isn’t ZOOLIGHTS 2.0!

Calgarians are accustomed to spending their winter nights out at the zoo during ZOOLIGHTS, admiring millions of lights in the snow. While this event also lights up the zoo at night, there is even more to explore and enjoy.

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