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ZOOLIGHTS: Keep the Festive Spirit Going

Posted on December 26

26 DECEMBER 2022 (Calgary, AB) – There’s still time to experience Calgary’s favourite winter tradition! The magic of ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, continues with two more weeks of family-friendly fun. 

This year's ZOOLIGHTS is bigger, brighter and more magical than ever before. Familiar favourites, like the wildlife carousel, skating rink and firepits are mixed with all-new immersive experiences sure to dazzle and delight.  

We’re spreading extra cheer with FIVE new installations: 

  • Return to the Wild in Prehistoric Park | Follow the journey of a whooping crane chick from a small, speckled egg until they spread their wings and take flight, released into the wild to safeguard the future of their species. We celebrate conservation success through art, storytelling and illumination. 
  • Forest of Kenya in Destination Africa | Be immersed in stories from the tangled mountain forest complex around Mt. Kenya. We’ll be Bee-ting the Drum for Bongo, as we share the link between a critically endangered antelope species and the buzzing of honeybees with an interactive drumming experience. Lights showcase the biodiversity of Kenya and celebrate the community-led conservation initiatives we are so proud to be part of. 
  • Garden of Light in the Dorothy Harvie Gardens | Enjoy a magical garden experience during the winter. The Dorothy Harvie Gardens will be illuminated in colourful lights and flower figures. 
  • All about Family in the Gorilla Amphitheatre | As you spend time with your dear ones, we want you to get to know one of the families at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo – the gorilla troop! Meet each family member and learn about their relationships through dynamic spoken word poetry and an innovative light show experience. 
  • Polar Wonderland in Exploration Asia | Take a stroll through Polar Wonderland, a new themed section that pays homage to the animals of the North and South poles. This experience is a celebration of winter with shades of blues and snowflakes throughout. 

In total, there are 15 ZOOLIGHTS special experiences and activities to enjoy while there’s still time! Explore them all here

Event details:  

  • Now until January 8, 2023 
  • Nightly from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Ticket pricing* 
    • General (16+): $21.95 
    • Child (3-15): $14.95 
    • Under 3: Free 

*Ticket includes admission to ZOOLIGHTS only. Does not include day admission. ZOOLIGHTS special nights are ticketed separately. 


  • December 31: Zoo Year’s Eve (family-friendly), presented by Orange Frog**
  • December 31: Zoo Year’s Eve Late Night (18+), presented by Orange Frog** 

**Zoo Year’s Eve family-friendly and late-night events are separately ticketed events. ZOOLIGHTS admission tickets, zoo passes and complimentary tickets will not be accepted for admission. Purchase tickets here

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  • Smoke-free in 2023! The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is transitioning to a non-smoking/non-vaping facility. These changes will take effect as of January 1, 2023.

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