Holiday Gatherings & Events
Explore Our Events
However you’re celebrating the season, prepare to be dazzled.
Corporate Christmas Parties
Relax and celebrate the year’s accomplishments with a big bash. Customizable for any size or style and with access to ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, a corporate Christmas party at the zoo is one your team will never forget.
Adult Christmas Parties
It’s time to make some memories. Whether you’re feasting on mouthwatering bites or exploring ZOOLIGHTS, your nearest and dearest will remember this party for years to come.
Family & Kids Christmas Parties
The only thing more magical than Christmas is bringing it to the zoo. With options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner events, you can tailor the fun for the whole family.
Corporate ZOOLIGHTS Packages
Bring your team together for Calgary’s favourite holiday tradition. Make the occasion even more special with food, drinks, and gifts that will be remembered.
Whether you’re celebrating an announcement or mingling over drinks, our cocktail receptions can suit your every need. Whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy an elegant affair that brings out the magic of the season.
Come and Go Gatherings
Perfect for relaxed planners, these holiday parties will let you mix and mingle with your guest. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, everyone is sure to make special memories.
Whether you’re celebrating indoors or outdoors, a holiday event at the zoo is always magical. Discover the venues here.
A taste for the extraordinary
Inspire your guests with inspired culinary creations. Our chefs and talented catering team curate delectable bites for every occasion that will make your corporate event unforgettable.
Breakfast Buffet Menu
Plated Dinner Menu
Lunch Buffet Menu
Cocktail Reception Menu
Dinner Buffet Menu
Holiday Drinks Menu
Frequently Asked Questions
Making special holiday memories takes some planning. Get started with our most frequently asked questions here.
Can we come to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo to do a site tour of event venues?
Yes, corporate event venue tours are welcomed and encouraged. We offer private tours of our facilities at no cost. These tours take you through any venues you are interested in. Contact us at (403) 232-7770 or at SalesInfo@CalgaryZoo.com to book your tour.
Do you offer entertainment for a family Christmas party?
Yes, we are excited to partner with Candy Cane Kids and Holiday Hoopla, presented by Occasional Notes, for live performances. Please contact us for more information.
What days of the week can I host my event?
All holiday events are available for booking any day of the week (subject to availability). Please ask us about our reduced pricing for holiday events that take place Monday to Wednesday.
How does your holiday event pricing work?
We offer everything from all-inclusive packages to fully customizable events. Please contact us for more information.
Does a holiday event booking include access to ZOOLIGHTS?
Yes, all evening holiday event bookings include access to ZOOLIGHTS.
What does the payment schedule look like for holiday events?
In order to guarantee your event date and venue selection, you must provide your initial deposit along with the signed Contract Agreement. This deposit includes the venue rental fee for your selected venue. The outstanding balance is then due within 10 days of your event date.
What is your postponement policy for holiday events?
We have a flexible postponement policy if you need to change your event date. Please ask us for more details.
What is your cancellation policy?
Christmas and holiday gatherings are non-refundable and cancellation will result in the forfeiture of the entire deposit.
Do you have an in-house caterer? Can we bring our own food and beverages?
We do have one of the largest catering teams in Calgary, which are led by our talented Chef Kenneth Titcomb. Our team delivers exceptional dining experiences to you and your guests that suit your tastes. No outside food or drink is permitted.
Where do guests park?
Guest parking will be determined by your venue selection. Please contact us for more information on assigned parking locations. Please note that the cost of parking is not included in the cost of your event. Parking costs $13 daily per vehicle. Any attendees with a membership can have free parking if they are successfully registered with ParkPlus. All vehicles must be used by 11:00am by the following day or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.