Please note that ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, has been CANCELLED for Sunday, December 18, 2022, Monday, December 19, 2022,Tuesday, December 20, 2022, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 and Thursday, December 22, 2022 due to extreme cold weather conditions. Weather conditions are carefully monitored daily and closures will be posted. Ticket holders will be contacted within 48-hours and provided with an alternate date to attend. If the attendee can’t attend on the assigned alternate date, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will work with them to find an alternative solution.

ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back for the 26th year! Calgary's award winning, magical holiday tradition will be glowing for seven weeks of festive family-friendly fun. Enjoy all the magic of ZOOLIGHTS while supporting wildlife conservation - it's a win-win!

We're brightening your ZOOLIGHTS experience with bigger, brighter, and more magical themes to make this year even more memorable! This year's ZOOLIGHTS will feature exciting, themed areas and activities including a new story in Prehistoric Park, a new Polar Wonderland, a multi-sensory experience in the gorilla amphitheater, the Nutcracker in the ENMAX Conservatory, brand new Snow Globes for rent and so much more! Of course, we're bringing back all the classic activities everyone has come to love like the "Tunnel of Light", Skating Rink, Firepits and Rival Axe Throwing.


November 18, 2022 - January 8, 2023
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Gates closed 8:30 p.m.

EXCLUDING: The following dates are excluded from regular ZOOLIGHTS admission:

  • November 21: Private event

  • November 23: Adults Only Night (18+) - this evening requires a separate ticket*

  • November 29: Private event

  • December 1: Private event

  • December 25: the Calgary Zoo is closed

  • December 31: Zoo Year's Eve (Family-friendly) - this evening requires a separate ticket*. Tickets on sale soon.

  • December 31: Zoo Year's Eve Adults Only Night - this evening requires a separate ticket*

    **Dates subject to change: if ZOOLIGHTS is open the date will be available on the calendar to purchase
    **Please note that regular ZOOLIGHTS admission tickets, zoo passes, or complimentary tickets will NOT BE ACCEPTED for admission on these nights.

Plan your visit in advance! Click here for everything you need to know to make the most of your ZOOLIGHTS experience, including activity details, sensory experiences, FAQ's and more!

General Pricing

  • General (16+) $21.95

  • Child (3-15) $14.95


  • ZOOLIGHTS is a separately ticketed event. Day admission tickets cannot be used for entry.

  • ZOOLIGHTS tickets are non-refundable. Please visit our ZOOLIGHTS FAQ page for more information on our cancellation and refund policy.

  • November 18, 2022 - January 8, 2023, the last daily admission ticket entry to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will be at 3:00 p.m. including members. Our security team will clear zoo grounds from 4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. All day admission visitors, including members, will be asked to depart the grounds at this time while our teams prepare for the festive night ahead. Our gates will reopen nightly at 5:00 p.m. when ZOOLIGHTS begins.

Members Pricing

Zoo members get pricing benefits based on membership level. Member discount pricing / free entry will be applied in the cart. You MUST BE LOGGED into your account PRIOR to adding tickets to the cart to receive member benefits (pricing will be auto applied). Memberships must be valid on the date of the visit/experience to receive a discount.
 If you are unsure of your membership login
DO NOT create your own login, please email for assistance.

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All Inspire Members have unlimited free access to ZOOLIGHTS but must obtain a ticket for each visit. The ticket will be discounted to free in the cart.

Engage and Child members receive a one-time 50% off discount on ZOOLIGHTS tickets. The ticket will be discounted in the cart.



Please select a night you'd like to visit

Dress for the weather! The zoo is open year round with plenty of areas to explore both outdoors and indoors. Day admission, events, experiences happen rain, snow or shine. Purchases/tickets are non-refundable. See our website Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo for more details.