The Christmas season is upon us! Take a break from shopping for that perfect Christmas gift, because you do not want to miss out on what’s going on this holiday season.
Calgary is no stranger to holiday spirit, so with this list of six events and places you can go to see some practically magical twinkling lights, you just might catch yourself feeling all too jolly and joyous over this Christmas season.
The ZOOLIGHTS at the Calgary Zoo never fail to amaze. Each year, this unforgettable winter tradition of fun activities and stunning lights warms the hearts of many. Whether you take friends or family along, be sure to make ZOOLIGHTS a top priority this holiday.
Address: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: November 25 – January 8
The festival of lights is the largest, and free, drive-by Christmas lights event in Calgary. With over 105,000 lights, and opening fireworks to start the celebration, this is a light show you won’t want to miss.
Address: 14th Street NW
When: Saturday, November 26 to Sunday, January 8 – nightly lit at 5pm
This two-kilometre drive through in Spruce Meadows is lit up so festively that it’s undeniably special for anybody to see. Also free, this Christmas lights event will leave you feeling as though Christmas day is just one sleep away.
Address: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
When: Saturday, December 10 to Sunday, January 8 from 5 to 10pm
Head on down to Stephen Avenue this Christmas season, and make sure to take your time walking by all of the spectacular lights. When you’re through, be sure to visit CORE, and it’s 45-foot Christmas tree this season.
You can also walk down to McDougall Centre for some more magical lights, and end in Prince’s Island Park as you cross the charmingly lit pedestrian bridge. With so much to do downtown this season, be sure to make the most of it.
Address: 8th Avenue
When: Every night
The Canadian Holiday train will pass by looking like a scene straight out of any Christmas movie ever, and will be presenting a boxcar stage, musical performances, and an important contribution to the local food bank. With musicians Dallas Smith and Odds, this is a Calgary light event you surely won’t want to miss out on.
Address: Anderson C-Train Station – 11015 Anderson Station Way SW
When: Saturday, December 10 from 6:45 to 7:45pm
Legacy will be hosting their second annual Christmas light parade.
With an outdoor skating rink and tunnels of lights, you will want to experience all this community has to offer. The light parade consists of over 80,000 lights and is a perfect drive through activity for all to enjoy.
Address: The Community of Legacy – Legacy Circle SE
When: Thursday, December 1 to Saturday, December 31
Written for Daily Hive by Kylee Williams