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Start your Year off with a Little Extra Magic!

Posted on January 07

Calgary, AB – Looking for a way to hold onto the festive feeling just a little while longer? The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is kicking off 2022 with an extra dose of ZOOLIGHTS magic by hosting one final evening of ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Skating, hot chocolate, and visual splendor await – all in support of wildlife conservation!

DATE: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Price:

  • General (16+ yrs): $21.95
  • Children (3-15 yrs): $14.95
  • Under 3: Free

Attendees should 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 a separately ticketed event. Day admission tickets cannot be used for entry. The last Daily Admission entry to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will be at 2:30 p.m. The last Member entry will be at 3:00 p.m. Gates will reopen at 5:00 p.m. when ZOOLIGHTS begins.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the 25th anniversary of Calgary’s favourite holiday tradition – ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company. Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

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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 and