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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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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