The spirit of the season is gripping Calgary like Clark Griswold in a tangled string of lights. Christmas light displays in Calgary are glowing. From a walk in neighbourhoods parks to a drive by viewing from the comfort of your car, here’s where to see the best Christmas light displays in Calgary:
Who: Evergreen Community Association Christmas Lights Contest
Where: Evergreen [Google Maps]
What: After seeing so many great displays in the community, the CA started having a contest to make the community a destination for light lovers. 2015 marks the 3rd edition.
Who: The Godards
Where: 98 Crestmont Drive Southwest [Google Maps]
When: The show starts at 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm nightly. It is about 20 min. long
What: Almost 1.5 Km. of extension cords with lights to the tune of Darth Vader’s Imperial March (watch below)
Who: Demas Chapalina Wonderland
Where: 113 Chapalina Close SE [Google Maps]
What: Visible from MacLeod Trail south of Stoney Trail. Close to 20,000 lights. 3 time Winner and counting in community competition.
Who: David Stokes
Where: 55 Coventry Rd NE [Google Maps]
When: Running Weekends 6pm-11pm and 6pm-10pm on the weekdays and runs until December 31st.
What:80 Channels controlling over 12,000 glorious LED’s – 30 strobe lights – 3 Arches – 2 Shooting Stars – 9 Mini Trees with 2 colours – 1 1200 Channel RGB Mega Tree. (see their 2013 display below)
Where: 76 Grafton Crescent SW [Google Maps]
What: 202 channels running 38,000 lights – 6 cosmic color ribbons with 4 circles 2 arches – 2 ice poles – rotating star and strobes – 16 x 2 color flips – 2 color spinning star – 100+ strobes – 32 x 2 color mini Christmas tress.
Who: The Elia Family
Where: 2636 28 St SW [Google Maps]
When: Lights will run until Jan 9 from dusk till 11:00
What: Push the button to see our lights dance to the music. Press it again to see the second song. Each song is custom programmed for our display and they change every year.
Who: The Mansons
Where: 180 Harvest Gold Hts NE [Google Maps]
When: Show runs nightly until January 8th. 5:30pm to 10:30pm Monday – Thursday 5:30pm to 11:30pm Friday
What: Animated Display, 480 Channels, 13000+ Lights. Lots of songs. (see a previous display below)
Who: Candy Cane Crescent
Where: 165 Tuscany Vista Cres. NW [Google Maps]
What: Music, lights and Keough Candy Canes that line the street! Wonderful blow ups, lots of lights and music that floats magically through the air.
Who: Dancing Trees
Where: 33 Connaught Drive N.W.[Google Maps]
When: Show runs from 5:30 to 10 Monday to Thursday and 5:30 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
What: 10,000 LED lights synchronized to music
Outside of the communities and personal light displays, many of Calgary’s best attractions have Christmas light displays set up too.
Here’s where you can find more of the best Christmas light displays in Calgary:
What: Incredible lights illuminate the Calgary Zoo in almost every colour imaginable. Along with beautiful scenery you can skate on their skating rink, visit Santa, do kids activities and watch the Calgary Zoo’s new interactive light display.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
When: Friday, November 27 to Saturday, January 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $14 for general admission, $11 for children, and $5 for parking.
Who: Lion’s Festival of Lights
What: Drive by or walk by this Festival of Lights designed by Dean McKenzie and is now considered 99% green with 115,000 LED light bulbs.
Where: 14 Street NW, Calgary
When: Saturday, November 28 to Friday, January 8 at 5 p.m.
Who: Airdrie Festival of Lights
What: Celebrate 20 years of Airdrie’s Festival of Lights. You can walk around and marvel at the different light displays, go skating, and the kids can ride on a little train.
Where: Nose Creek Park, Airdrie
When: Tuesday, December 1 to Thursday, December 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Admission by donation
What: Every evening a quarter of a million lights blanketing Spruce Meadows will glow. If you like skating there is a rink to skate on and if you get hungry they also serve hot chocolate, coffee and snacks.
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
When: Saturday, December 5 to Sunday, January 3 between 5 and 10 p.m.
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