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11 Spectacular Holiday Light Festivals In Alberta This Winter

So merry and bright! 🎄

One of the best parts of winter is seeing all the twinkling lights that come out for the holidays. From massive tunnels that glow colourfully to immense illuminated structures, there are plenty of festive events for you to explore this time of year. So, bundle up and enjoy the dazzling luminescent displays around the province. To make this winter the merriest and brightest yet, we've made a list of all the spectacular Christmas light festivals in Alberta that you need to see this holiday season.

If you haven't already, we highly recommend that you start making a winter bucket list. Because there are so many incredible holiday markets and events happening in Alberta over the next few weeks, you'll need a way to keep track of them all.

One event you won't want to miss is Glow Gardens, where you can stay warm indoors and stroll through the gleaming displays and browse the holiday market. This year, there will be over a million twinkling lights and tons of Instagrammabe photo backgrounds, too.

Another festive event you need to attend is the Edmonton Zoo's holiday lights festival. This is the perfect event to sip on a mug hot chocolate and take in the beautiful and brilliant illuminations with your friends — and the animals.

For the best winter ever, here are 11 holiday light festivals in Alberta that you need to explore:

Luminaria

Price: $16.50 per person

When: December 6-8, 2019

Address: 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, AB

Why You Need To Go: At the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, you can follow a path illuminated with thousands of candles.

Zoominescence

Price: $8.50 per person

When: Every weekend in December and December 26, 2019

Address: 13315 Buena Vista Rd., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Edmonton Valley Zoo will be covered in dazzling light installations.

Winter Light Festival

Price: $9 per person

When: November 29, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Address: 9 Ave S. & Mayor Magrath Dr., Lethbridge, AB

Why You Need To Go: This winter, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland.

Victoria Park IceWay

Price: Free admission

Address: 11004-12004 River Valley Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a picturesque winter evening as you skate down this rainbow-coloured illuminated trail.

Celebrate The Season

Price: Free

When: December 5-23, 2019

Address: 10800 97 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Alberta Legislature Building will be beautifully decorated with Christmas lights this winter.

Magic Of Lights

Price: $25 per standard-sized vehicle

When: November 22, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Address: Castrol Raceway, AB-19, Leduc County, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can drive down a stunningly illuminated 2-km road.

Glow Gardens

Price: From $19.99 per person

When: November 28, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Address: Edmonton Expo Centre, 118 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Stay warm as you stroll through the massive displays of holiday lights at this indoor festival.

Zoolights

Price: $19.95 per person

When: November 22, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Address: Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Harry Potter fans, you won't want to miss Zoolights this year. In addition to all the beautiful Christmas lights, there will be wizard-themed activities, like a potions class.

Airdrie Festival Of Lights

Price: Free admission (donations accepted)

When: December 1-31, 2019

Address: Nose Creek Park, Airdrie, Rocky View No. 44, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is Western Canada’s biggest, free outdoor walk-through Christmas lights display.

Lions Festival Of Lights

Price: Free admission

When: November 30, 2019 - January 8, 2020

Address: Confederation Park, 24 Ave. NW & 14 St. NW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Explore a festive trail covered in 500,000 illuminations.

Noel Christmas

Price: $19.99 on weekdays, $21.99 on weekends

When: November 28 - December 31, 2019

Address: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can walk through a 250-ft interactive light tunnel, visit several light parks, and much more.

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