The City is All Aglow With Millions of Twinkling Lights! Winter is the most beautiful time of year in Calgary. Bundle up, bring your cocoa, and enjoy the many Christmas light displays and holiday festivities across the city.
Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo to Jan. 2; 6 to 9pm – gates close at 8:30pm (closed Christmas Day and excludes Zoo Year’s Eve); Every year, people of all ages head to the Calgary Zoo to enjoy hot chocolate, fire pits, fun games and the display of 1.5 million twinkling lights. The Zoo Lights are open every day from 6pm to 9pm (gates close at 8:30pm), finishing on Sunday, January 2. Admission for adults is $14 and admission for children is $11.
Lions’ Festival of Lights – Confederation Park – 14 Street – 24 Avenue NW; For many Calgary families, the annual visit to the Lions’ annual light display marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. Located on the east side of the Confederation Golf Course, you’ll find thousands of glowing lights displayed in beautiful Christmas themes. See Merry Christmas written in 17 languages at the 25rd Annual Lions Festival of Lights located at Confederation Park. The display is illuminated daily from 7pm to Midnight until January 8. This is a free event.
McDougall Centre – 455-6 Street SW; The Christmas Lights on these beautifully kept grounds are a joy to behold.
Olympic Plaza – 228 – 8 Avenue SE; Originally built for medal presentations during the 1988 Winter Olympics, Olympic Plaza is a great place to bring the family to enjoy a day of skating. The rink is open to the public daily from 10am to 9pm until the middle of March, depending on the weather. Grab your ice-skates and glide amongst the lights.
Airdire Festival of Lights Nose Creek Park – Airdire, Alberta; December 1 to 31, nightly from 6 to 9pm. 20 minute drive north from Calgary on QE II Highway. Experience the glow as you walk through a wintry world of twinkling holiday lights. Sip on a cup of hot chocolate while standing beside a roaring fire. Watch the glow as you gleefully ride the miniature trains around a frozen pond! For more information, visit airdriefestivaloflights.com.
Downtown Calgary – Downtown Calgary lights up beautifully, enjoy twinkling office towers and the decorated lobbies of office buildings and hotels. Stephen Avenue Mall glows from top to bottom. Check out Steven Avenue because they are lighting up the Galleria Trees outside Bankers Hall with a special holiday motif for the rest of the season.
Spruce Meadows – Each evening between 5-10 pm from December 5 to January 3 – Scotiabank, Bennett Jones, ATCO Group and AKITA Drilling present Christmas Season magic with a quarter of a million lights, blanketing Spruce Meadows from west to east. The 2 kilometer drive through the grounds includes Tournament Lane, The Courtyard, Traffic Circle, the Nations Flag Park, Congress Hall, Riders Chapel and the Pond with strings of lights measuring nearly 50 kilometers.
CP Holiday Train – Each year the CP Holiday Train heads out on a three-week journey to spread some Christmas joy. This year this spectacular show will arrive in Airdrie on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. and then chug into Calgary on December 11, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. Each event is free with a donation to the local food bank and features live musical. It’s a must see tradition for families.
For a fun and interactive way to plan a Christmas Light tour visit Lighten Up Calgary. They have a route planning tab and you can search for light shows in every quadrant of the city!