Despite the challenges of 2020 and many events cancelled, I’m glad the winter Zoolights remained open. Our little Martin likes any light within sight, doesn’t matter if it’s a Christmas tree or a street lamp.
We were excited to show him glowing colourful lights. And I think this will become our yearly winter tradition.
It’s been Calgary’s holiday tradition for 24 years. More than 2 million lights decorate the alleys of the Zoo for six weeks. You can drink hot chocolate by the fire while kids are ice skating, meet with Santa, try beating on the African drums, and take a photo in Lover’s Lane.
Bundle up and prepare to see one of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Calgary.
Here is everything you need to know about Zoolights in Calgary:
- Zoolights are from November 20, 2020 to January 10,2021
- Starting at 5 pm and ending at 9 pm with last entry at 8:30 pm.
- Entries are in 30 minutes intervals. First entry is 5 pm – 5:30 pm and last entry at 8 pm – 8:30 pm
- You can purchase timed tickets online only and have to enter the zoo in the time interval you buy tickets for (but can stay as long as you’d like).
- Tickets cost 19.95 CAD (16+) and 14.95 CAD (child 3-15)
- The Calgary Zoo is accessible by car, transit (route #202 of C-train), and by foot or bike from the Bow River Pathway.
- You can enter from North entrance only at 210 St. George’s Drive NE.
- Parking is 12 CAD per day, no hourly option is available.
- Free parking is available at the Renfrew Off Leash Dog Park but then you have to walk 1 km to the zoo entrance.
- Skating rink is very tiny and skate rentals are free.
- You can warm up by the fire pits, and buy mulled wine, beer, spiced rum with eggnog, baileys hot chocolate, food or frozen treats.
- It’s a family friendly venue and easily accessible with a stroller.
- It takes about 1,5 hours to walk around and enjoy Zoolights to the fullest.
- Sensory Sundays are reserved for sensory sensitive guests with no music and some lights off.
- During Zoolights, you won’t be able to see any animals. If you arrive earlier, I highly recommend taking a stroll on the Bow River Pathway from which you can see bears.
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