5 places to see Christmas lights in Calgary this 2018 holiday season

Dec 13 2018, 10:12 pm

The Christmas season is upon us! Take a quick break from shopping for that perfect gift because you do not want to miss out on what’s going on this holiday season.

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Calgary is no stranger to the 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 holiday season.

ZOOLIGHTS at Calgary Zoo

ZOOLIGHTS at the Calgary Zoo never fails 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.

When: Now to Saturday, January 5, 2018 (closed on Christmas Day)

Time: 6 to 9 pm (gates close at 8:30 pm)

Where: The Calgary Zoo — 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary

Tickets: Adults $19.95, kids $14.95 – available online or at the gate

Lion’s Festival of Lights

The festival of lights is the largest drive-by Christmas lights event in Calgary (and it’s free). With over 300,000 lights and opening fireworks to start the celebration, this is a light show you won’t want to miss.

When: Saturday, December 2 to Tuesday, January 8

Time: 6 pm to midnight daily

Where: Confederation Park – 14th Street NW, north of 24th Avenue, Calgary

Admission: Free

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

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.

When: December 9 to January 6  (Excluding December 25)

Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW

Admission: Free!

Find Christmas Downtown

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Christmas trees at CORE Shopping Centre 2016 (CORE Shopping Centre)

Head over to the CORE to browse the decorated trees anytime between November 22 and December 19 — and get some holiday shopping done while you’re at it!

When: November 22 to December 19, 2018

Time: 4 pm to 7 pm

Where: 324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary

Lighten Up Calgary


Christmas lights in Calgary (Lighten Up Calgary)

Lighten Up Calgary provides Calgarians with a map showing the best and brightest residential light displays put up by their very own neighbours!

Take a trip around the city and check out every one of these wonderful displays to truly make your spirits bright.

When: From now until Christmas Day (or whenever people take down their displays)

Time: After dark but not too late!

Where: All over YYC! Check out the map here

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