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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Face painting at Easter Eggstravaganza. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

Warmer weather is finally on its way, and so is Spring Break! The first day of this lovely season is March 20, and everyone is looking forwards to seeing the uncharacteristically cold weather thaw. As visitors come out of winter hibernation, students are on break and looking for some fun!

If you’re searching for a unique outing and want to try out some engaging attractions during this time with your kids, look no further than the Calgary Zoo.

We’ve got the fun (and the variety) to keep your family entertained this spring break.

Spring break the right way at the Calgary Zoo! Here are your top ten tips:

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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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Join us on September 17 for Swift Fox Day!

We’re celebrating one of the Canadian prairie’s most iconic species- the swift fox! This little fox might be small in size, but their status within their ecosystem is HUGE. So why is it important to celebrate (and save) this fox? Join us on September 17 for a day of fun and festivities.

Plan your visit to the Calgary Zoo.

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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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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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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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