5 Things to Do at the Zoo This Winter

Looking for festive nights and fun days out with family, friends and colleagues? Look no further than the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo this winter. Here are five notable things to do on your next visit or two.

See the polar bears  

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s beloved Canadian Wilds experience has been redeveloped and has re-opened as Wild Canada. Wild Canada takes visitors on a journey through seven of Canada’s ecological zones, celebrating the wonder and diversity of a world where people, animals and the land are connected. 


Explore more than 15 extraordinary Canadian species in expansive habitats, including six newly renovated habitats for muskox, bighorn sheep, woodland caribou, North American river otters, whooping cranes and the Jihad Shibley Rocky Mountain Aviary. Plus, the brand-new, world-class polar bear habitat will leave you in awe of this magnificent species. 


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Have dinner in a heated snow globe 

This year’s ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, will be home to seven rentable heated Snow Globes. Snow Globes make your next romantic date night, girls’ night out, family celebration or corporate function extra special. Enjoy a private oasis surrounded by one million twinkling lights at this one-of-a-kind experience. Your Snow Globe rental package includes admission to ZOOLIGHTS and your food and beverage selection.


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Experience the wonder of ZOOLIGHTS

ZOOLIGHTS is even bigger, brighter and bolder this year with over one million lights, 250 light figures, countless art installations, music, activities and an exciting new arctic aurora theme. Immerse yourself in a plethora of lights, making for the perfect photo opportunity, date night or night out with friends and family.


For many Calgarians, the holiday season is simply incomplete without a visit to ZOOLIGHTS. Calgary’s award-winning holiday tradition will glow for seven weeks of festive, family-friendly fun. Don’t miss ice skating, axe throwing, a visit with Santa and delicious hot chocolate.


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Festive celebrations

Eat, drink and be merry at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo with your own Beary Merry Holiday Party. Designed for small groups, this holiday party is the perfect way for you and your small business team, clients, group of friends or family to toast the season in a fun, festive and zoo-nique way. 


Leave the kiddos at home and join us for delicious food and live music while enjoying a festive atmosphere and great conversation with colleagues and friends. Enjoy the live music, dance or head outside for an evening stroll and take in all of the magical sights that ZOOLIGHTS has to offer. It’s a holiday party to remember.


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Ring in the New Year

Celebrate the last night of the year with the best and brightest backdrop in the city. You’ll be able to enjoy all the fun of ZOOLIGHTS with extra special activities added to ring in the New Year, including a New Year’s countdown with a ball drop. Indulge in food and drinks at a safe, hassle-free location in the heart of the city.


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