The 8 Most Instagrammable Spots at ZOOLIGHTS

With over 2 million lights, ZOOLIGHTS makes for some amazing photos. Whether you’re looking to up your Instagram game or just want to capture the highlights of your holiday adventures, there are endless spots worth pulling out your camera for. Here are the most Instagrammable spots at ZOOLIGHTS:

  1. Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love is a favourite amongst ZOOLIGHTS goers. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic photo with your special someone or fun boomerang with friends.

  1. Santa

A photo with Santa is on everyone’s holiday bucket list and you can find him right here at ZOOLIGHTS! If you want your photo with Santa, make sure to pop by the ENMAX Conservatory. He’s here every night!

  1. The Dolphin Bridge

The dolphins that line the zoo’s bridge offer the perfect dramatic backdrop for your next ZOOLIGHTS photo.

  1. The Giant Red Chair

The giant red chair is a photo-op must any time you visit the Calgary Zoo and ZOOLIGHTS is no exception. Hop up on this over-sized seat and grab a pic solo or with your family or friends!

  1. Skating Rink

The outdoor skating rink presented by Calgary Hitmen Hockey is the perfect place to snap a cute photo and show off your skating skills.

  1. Sprinkle Tree

If you’re looking for a unique spot for a ZOOLIGHTS photo, look no further than the Sprinkle Tree. This giant tree wrapped in colourful Christmas lights is the perfect backdrop for any playful holiday photo.

  1. The Fire Pits

In search of the coziest cold-weather photo imaginable? Then make sure to snuggle up by one of the many fire pits around ZOOLIGHTS for a merry holiday photo of your own.

  1. Gingerbread House

In the mood for a sweet treat? Come take a selfie with the biggest gingerbread house in town!

Tony the Sax Man: the Music of ZOOLIGHTS

As you arrive at the zoo for ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company and make your way across the concourse, a surprising sound fills the air. It’s not one usually associated with the zoo, like the roar of lions or chirping of birds. It’s a saxophone. The beautiful sound of jazzy Christmas music fills the air near the front entrance of the zoo, welcoming visitors to the magical holiday experience that is ZOOLIGHTS.

Tony Daoust, aka The Sax Man, first learned to play music when he was nine years old. At 12, his parents rented his first sax so that he could play it in the school band. Tony took to it like a natural and, except for a short hiatus after high school, has been playing ever since.

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7 Tips for the Best ZOOLIGHTS

Hot Chocolate? Check! Santa Claus? Check! Ice skating? Check!

ZOOLIGHTS has every tradition you need for a festive holiday season, all in one place! In fact, there are so many things to do, it can be hard to know where to begin. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here is are you Top 7 Tips for the best ZOOLIGHTS ever:

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The Team Behind ZOOLIGHTS

With twinkling lights, hot chocolate by the fire, and ice skating – to name just a few attractions – ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company has become a holiday staple for many Calgarians. Every year, friends, families and couples frolic amongst two million lights and experience all of the classic holiday activities rolled into one.

Beginning November 23, 2018 and running until January 5, 2019, the festivities last seven weeks in total, but the task of creating Calgary’s most luminous holiday tradition takes much longer.

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ZOOLIGHTS: What to do in cold weather?

Enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire during a winter evening.

Calgary is experiencing some wintry temperatures – so what does that mean for your ZOOLIGHTS visit? We’ve got you covered, so get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS and make memories, despite the chill. Here are our tips for a cold weather trip.

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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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Go local this Easter Eggstravaganza with our top five tips!

It’s time for Easter Eggstravaganza, a classic two days of springtime fun at the Calgary Zoo.

Join us April 14 and 15, when kids of all ages can explore, create, and learn. This year we looked close to home for our inspiration — the Eggstravaganza is packed with local organizations who want to help us celebrate with face painting, bunny races, cookie decorating and more!

Hop to it! We’ve packed these two days with all the Easter fun your family can find.

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Introducing the grey wolf- the leader of the pack

Are you voting for the leader of the pack?

Are you hearing the call of the wild? That howl is the distinctive voice of the wolf, a species that values strong social bonds and teamwork. Is the dashing grey wolf up to the challenge of being “Canada’s Greatest Animal?” Read more

Oh Canada! A calling to name Canada’s Greatest Animal

Meet the 'eh team'! Who will you vote for to be Canada's Greatest Animal?

The national animal of Canada has been the beaver since 1975. For years the determined rodent has represented Canuck history and a resilient attitude. Sure they’re tough, and can flash a great set of teeth, but is this truly the ambassador that modern Canadians are looking for?

As Canada celebrates our 150 birthday, it’s time to take a look at who represents the people of this great nation. A movement is growing- citizens looking for the national animal that represents the mature and diverse country that Canada has become. With a little flexing of our democratic muscles, constituents can finally crown “Canada’s Greatest Animal.”

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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