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

Transforming the zoo gardens into ‘Zooville’

The Christmas tree in the main Garden Gallery is a sight to see this year!

The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss has come alive in the ENMAX Conservatory thanks to the efforts of our Horticulture team. The display has incorporated the zoo’s commitment to sustainability, and the team has been recycling and re-using products to create the amazing Zooville setting. Horticulturalist Corinne Hannah took the lead on an incredible project that took months to prepare.

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Top Five Family Activities at ZOOLIGHTS

No ZOOLIGHTS visit is complete without a visit to Santa! Young or old, this photo op is a classic.

There’s so much to do at the Calgary Zoo during the holidays! On November 25, 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 – until January 8, 2017.

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EXPERIENCE ZOOLIGHTS: TOP FIVE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

ZOOLIGHTS ready for the holidays! Photo credit: Sergei Belski

Winter at the Calgary Zoo can be some kind of awesome. On November 25, 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 – until January 8, 2017. When ZOOLIGHTS began some 19 years ago it was dubbed Wild Lights but, back then, it was far from the conservation-focused $1-million event it’s become.

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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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