It's already that time of year where we're looking forward to the holiday season. In Calgary each year, the zoo likes to put on its holiday finery and magically transform into a winter wonderland filled with twinkling lights. Calgary Zoolights is back next month and we can't wait to get our hands on tickets for the most romantic and gorgeous time of year to visit the zoo.
Starting on Friday, November 22 Zoolights will run throughout the rest of the year. This will be the 23rd year of Zoolights and it's an annual tradition for many holiday light seekers in Calgary.
Imagine keeping your hands warm with hot chocolate on a chilly night as snowflakes start to fall around you while you're surrounded by hundreds of thousands of holiday lights. Each year, there's also usually a giant gingerbread house that looks as good as it smells and it gets you in the mood for the holidays.
This year, the event is getting an extra magical touch. There are going to be brand-new activities this year at Zoolights including Wizarding Wednesdays and potions class.
It's not clear yet what Wizarding Wednesdays and the potion class will entail but it's almost impossible to think that it's not a shout out to Harry Potter. If you're dying to attend the pop-up Harry Potter bar that's coming to Calgary next year, this could be your chance to pregame.
According to the CBC, more than 100,000 people attend Zoolights each year. There are over 1 million lights that will be twinkling in the cold night air during the event and it's breathtaking.
Even though Zoolights likes to get fun and funky each year with new themes and activations, you can still enjoy your old favourite parts of the event. There's still going to be toasty fire pits to keep you warm and ice skating so you can glide through the lit-up night.
Alberta is set to be the most magical holiday province of all this year. Edmonton's Luminaria event that will light up a botanical garden with candles is coming up soon. Plus, there's a Japanese garden in Lethbridge that will be totally transformed by holiday lights. Put all three on your winter bucket list for the most magical holiday season possible!
When: November 22 to January 4, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Walk thorough a magical night full of lights at Zoolights with a Harry Potter twist you won't want to miss.