The Lions Festival of Lights is Calgary’s biggest drive-by light show featuring 500,000 lights! The 2021/2022 season marked the 35th anniversary of this beautiful colourful festival.

Christmas Lights across the city are popular among all the locals in Calgary. More and more lights pop up every year, but one thing is sure every year – Lions Festival of Lights will light up Confederation Park.

While you can drive by the park and see some lights, it’s nothing compared to visiting the actual park.

Lions Festival of Lights details:

  • Dates: November 27, 2021 – January 9, 2022
  • Time: 6 pm – 12 am
  • Location: Corner of 14 Street & 24 Avenue NW, Calgary
  • Entrance: Free

Lions Festival of Lights, Calgary

Visiting the festival is our new winter tradition with our little boy Martin. He’s mesmerized by all the lights at Christmas, and I think all parents agree that seeing your kid’s face light up from happiness is the best thing ever.

We liked Zoolights as well, but the Lions Festival of Lights is much bigger with a cozy family charm, so we visit the Calgary Zoo for animals.

I love several things about the festival:

  • The light display is massive
  • It’s 99% green
  • It’s a free event run entirely by volunteers
  • You can sled down the hill with colourful lights around you
  • You can cross country ski across the park

Apart from classic Christmas figures, you can see several light displays with “Merry Christmas” in different languages, five lit-up teepees raised and blessed by Indigenous, many trees with Christmas lights, and a giant lit-up reindeer on the hill.

Tips for visiting

  1. For the exact directions to the Lions Festival of Lights, click on this pin on the map; it’s the main entrance.
  2. There’s no dedicated parking for the Lions Festival of Lights. Parking on the streets fills up quickly, so I recommend arriving in daylight, going sledding, waiting until dark to see the lights, or driving around to find a spot.
  3. Bring hot chocolate in a thermos to fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit.
  4. There’s no public washroom nearby. Year-round washrooms in Confederation Park are pretty far from the location of the festival; you can see the location on the map of North Portion here.
  5. If you’re visiting with kids, it takes approximately 2 hours to walk around all the light displays.

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Pictures of the Lions Festival of Lights shortly after sunset and in dark

Lions Festival of Lights shortly after sunset

Lions Festival of Lights shortly after sunset

Lions Festival of Lights, Calgary

Lights as seen from the street:

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About Maya Steiningerova

Heyo, I’m Maya! An adventure athlete currently living near the Canadian Rockies with my partner in crime Michal. I love running in the mountains, jumping in the ice cold lakes, mountain biking and trying not so common activities, such as mountaineering. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, my hope is to inspire you to live an adventurous life and provide you with tips and tools for your own adventure.