Update: COVID-19 - Enhanced Public Health Measures

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo has implemented the Restrictions Exemption Program.

Effective November 15, 2021, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will require all visitors 12 years of age and older to provide proof of one of the following before being permitted entry:

  • Alberta government-issued QR code (either paper or digital) proving COVID-19 double vaccination (with the second dose received two (2) weeks or more prior to date of attendance);
    • Valid identification that matches the vaccine record is required for adults 18 years and over.
    • First Nation, out-of-province and Canadian Armed Forces vaccine records are accepted proofs of vaccination, as is the ArriveCan app and valid international travel identity document.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the previous 72 hours prior to entrance (either PCR or Rapid Test); or
  • Valid proof of medical exemption.

Those who are unable to show proof of one of the items listed above will be denied entry. This applies to all visitors aged 12 years and older.

Verification will be done by Guest Relations or Security team members at the gates. This includes visitors, members, donors and attendees at special events, weddings and all corporate events.

A friendly reminder that mask wear is required for ages 2+ inside all animal buildings, washrooms, retail and food spaces.

Please visit Alberta's Public Health Actions for more information. 

Make your Christmas party a "natural" wonder amongst the flora and fauna at the Calgary Zoo. Whether it's a kid's breakfast or lunch party or an adults-only, glamorous nighttime gala, your guests will enjoy the best cuisine Calgary has to offer, stunning views and a scene-setting walk through the dazzling ZOOLIGHTS on the way to the party.

We host a range of holiday gatherings, such as but not limited to:

Conscious Culinary

Cuisine Passed Apps
Cheese Board






The Calgary Zoo's Culinary Team fosters a farm-to-table mentality. We grow everything from kale and Swiss chard to herbs and our own cardamom. We strive to grow as much of our own produce as possible and utilize local suppliers to supplement it. The zoo supports programs like Oceanwise and only sources sustainable seafood. Whether you are looking for an elegant reception or intimate get-together, the team has a variety of interesting and unique catering options.

Click here to download our 2021 Catering Menu

Contact us today for more information!

Phone: (403) 232-7770

Email: [email protected]


Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can we come to the Calgary Zoo to do a Site Tour of your Venues?
    • Yes – in fact, we encourage it!  We’d be thrilled to welcome you to the zoo for a private Tour of our facilities.  Site Tours are free and we will take you through the Venues of any locations that you’re interested in.  Please contact us to schedule the Site Tour.  

  • Do you offer entertainment for a Family Christmas Party?
    • Yes, we are very happy to welcome back the live performance of Candy Cane Kids (presented by Occasional Notes).  Please contact us for more information. 

  • What days of the week can I host my Christmas or Holiday gathering?
    • All Holiday Event types are available for booking 7 days a week – subject to availability.  Please ask us about our reduced pricing for Holiday Events on a Monday to Wednesday! 

  • How does your Holiday pricing work?
    • Please reach out for more information!  We offer everything from all-inclusive packages to fully customizable Events. 

  • Does an Event booking include access to ZOOLIGHTS?
    • Yes, all evening Holiday Event bookings include access to our fantastic ZOOLIGHTS experience!  Please note that the 2021 ZOOLIGHTS experiences will be running from November 19th, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022. 

  • What would the payment schedule look like for my Holiday Event?
    • In order to guarantee your Event date and Venue selection, you must provide your initial deposit along with the signed Contract Agreement.  This deposit is equal to the Venue Rental Fee for the Venue that you selected.  The outstanding balance is then due within 10 days of the Event date.   

  • What is your postponement policy for Holiday Events?
    • We continue to support a very flexible postponement policy if you need to change your Event date.  Please ask us for more details on what a postponement would look like due to a change in the COVID-19 gathering restrictions. 

  • What is your cancellation policy?
    • You have the right to cancel the Event and terminate the Contract Agreement by giving the Calgary Zoo written notice.  If you cancel the Agreement by giving at least six (6) months written notice, we will refund the deposit – except for Team Builders, Christmas & Holiday Parties, and all BBQ’s (E.g. there are no refunds for these types of Events).  Corporate and social functions cancelled in writing between two and six (2 and 6) months before the Event date will result in forfeiture of the entire deposit(s).  Events cancelled within two (2) months of the date will result in the full anticipated charges of the Event being invoiced.    

  • Do you have an in-house caterer? Can we bring our own food & beverages?
    • At the Calgary Zoo, the exotic experiences don’t end with the animals.  Our chefs extend that feeling of discovery and excitement with inspired creations to delight your senses.  With one of the largest catering teams in the city, we’re confident that your guests will enjoy a first-rate dining experience as civilized or wild as your taste!  No outside food or beverage is permitted.  

  • Where do guests park?
    • The guest parking location will be determined by your Venue (E.g. where the Event is being held).  Please contact us for more information on assigned Parking locations.  Note: parking is not included in your Event – the cost is $12 per vehicle daily.  Any attendees with a valid Engage or Inspire membership may use their pass for parking access.  Please note that all vehicles must be moved by 11:00 am the following day or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.  

Click HERE ti view our full Holiday Gatherings FAQ