ZOOLIGHTS: The glow starts with you

Calgary’s brightest holiday tradition is back for its 20th year and is sure to be the most glow-tastic one yet. This year’s ZOOLIGHTS is presented by JSS Barristers. We’ll be glowing for seven weeks of perfect family-friendly fun that gives back to animal conservation. We’re committed to helping you enjoy this incredible event while making the world a better place. 

We’re brightening your ZOOLIGHTS experience with enchanting new themes and special guests. Of course, we’re bringing back the classic activities you’ve come to love and have added in some new ones designed to light you up. You’ll find games on migration, hibernation and adaptation to teach you about conservation and animal behaviours all while having a sparkling good time. 


November 24 – January 6, 2018 (CLOSED December 25)
Nightly from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. GATES CLOSE AT 8:30 p.m.


General (16+) - $14.95
Child (3-15) - $11.95
North Gate access only—parking is $10
Engage and Inspire members park for FREE as part of the membership benefits.  

Please note that zoo day admission tickets may not be used for ZOOLIGHTS admission. Thank you for understanding.

Engage members receive a onetime 50% off of a ZOOLIGHTS ticket as part of membership benefits. Log in to your online membership account to receive this offer. If you do not know your membership login DO NOT create your own online account. Email [email protected] to have your online membership account set up.

Inspire members receive unlimited access to ZOOLIGHTS.  

Wander around Wonderland. 

Light up your smile indoors and out with the ENMAX Conservatory activities and displays with Alice and her magical friends from Wonderland. The ENMAX Conservatory will be divided into three sections highlighting Santa in the Queen’s court, the Mad Hatter’s tea party in the butterfly garden, and down the rabbit hole in the Garden of Life. 


Forget mistletoe. 

Did you know there are 1.5 million twinkling lights to create unforgettable romantic moments all over the zoo? It takes about 90 minutes to fully experience the displays, which is a lot of canoodling. 

Where else can you create wonderful memories and make the world a better place? This year you can skate, craft, sip hot chocolate by the fire, see the Mad Hatter in Wonderland, take your picture with Santa and help support wildlife conservation at the same time. Plus, everything is included with the price of admission—except hot cocoa and snacks. 

Learn all about the four ZOOLIGHTS activity areas here on the activity page. 

Please note that zoo day admission tickets may not be used for ZOOLIGHTS admission. Thank you for understanding.

Admission to ZOOLIGHTS helps support the Calgary Zoo's conservation efforts to protect species at risk, here at home and around the world.

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