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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TOP FIVE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AT ZOOLIGHTS

Get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS.

Calgary’s brightest holiday tradition is back celebrating its 20th year and we’re positive it will be our brightest yet! This year’s ZOOLIGHTS, presented by JSS Barristers, includes all of the classic activities we love and new ones designed to light up the night.

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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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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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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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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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ZOO YEAR’S EVE – Bring in 2016 in a wild way and with a roar!

Roar in the New Year at the zoo with ZOO YEARS EVE and enjoy the best of ZOOLIGHTS and more!

Find yourself every year wondering what to do to bring in the New Year with your kids and still have the latter half of the evening for an adult celebration? ZOO YEAR’S EVE is the answer!

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