Ring in 2022 with your friends at the zoo!

Posted on December 29

Calgary, AB – It’s not too late to make New Year’s Eve plans in Calgary! The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is ready to ring in the new year with two spectacular events taking place this Friday night, December 31, 2021. With family-family or adults only (18+) options, there’s something for all ages to enjoy while supporting the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives!

ZOOLIGHTS: Zoo Year’s Eve (Family-friendly)
Celebrate the last night of the year with the best and brightest backdrop in the city – ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company! Enjoy the lights and all the classic ZOOLIGHTS activities plus ice carving demonstrations, holiday performers and a special light show on the Zoo Bridge! There’s even a New Year’s countdown repeating all evening long, so your little ones don't have to stay up too late to partake in the fun!

Date: December 31, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Price:

  • General (16+ yrs): $29.95
  • Children (3-15 yrs): $22.95
  • Under 3: Free

ZOOLIGHTS: Zoo Year’s Eve Late Night (Adults only 18+)
For the first time ever, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is keeping the lights on until midnight to ring in the new year! This adults only event includes all the beauty of ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company - plus holiday performers, music, and a special light show on the Zoo Bridge repeating all night long! Cheer on the countdown at the most magical place in the city. Make the evening even more memorable by purchasing a celebration bento or prosecco box to enjoy with a friend or loved one (available by pre-order only).

Date: December 31, 2021

Time: 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

  • First timed ticket entry is 10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Last time ticket entry is 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ZOOLIGHTS: Zoo Year’s Eve Late Night concludes at 12:00 a.m.  

Ticket Price:

  • General (18+ yrs): $29.95

Bentos or Bubbly Add On:

  • Choose from 5 options (Charcuterie for 2, Artisan Cheese for 2, Seafood for 2, Dessert Box for 2, or LaMarca Prosecco for 2): $25+GST each.

Both experiences require attendees to be aware that to enter the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, visitors 12 years of age and older will be required to provide proof of one of the following before being permitted entry:

  • Alberta government-issued QR code (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; or
  • 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. In addition, mask wear is mandatory for all visitors aged 2+ inside all Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo buildings (including Kitamba Café, washrooms, and retail shops) in accordance with the provincial and AHS guidelines.

ZOOLIGHTS is closed for general admission/public entry on December 31, 2021 while the zoo hosts these two ‘zoonique’ events. In addition, both events are separately ticketed. Day admission tickets and regular ZOOLIGHTS tickets cannot be used for entry. ZOOLIGHTS will reopen to the public on January 1, 2022 and ends on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit https://www.calgaryzoo.com/zoolights-special-nights.

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For more information contact:
Alison Archambault
Director, Brand & Engagement
403.232.7766 | 403.919.9482 | [email protected]

For more than 30-years, the Calgary Zoo has led critical wildlife conservation work through the Calgary Zoo, its rural Wildlife Conservation Breeding Centre, as well as across Canada and around the world. The zoo is internationally recognized for world-class animal care and habitat design practices and takes pride in inspiring and educating generations of visitors about the importance of biodiversity and conservation during visits. As the Calgary Zoo continues its journey to be Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation, we are pleased to introduce the world to the Wilder Institute.  

The Wilder Institute is the rebranded Calgary Zoo Foundation and oversees the Calgary Zoo’s conservation portfolio, locally and globally. Together, we will continue to be a force of nature for making the world a wilder place. The staff and volunteers of Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo are passionate about restoring balance to wildlife and human life, together. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species that we love and care for at our facilities, they are directly contributing through admission and on-grounds sales to a not-for-profit charitable conservation organization that works to fight extinction of plants and animals worldwide. Learn more at WilderInstitute.org and CalgaryZoo.com.