The Seven Best Places to See Christmas Lights in and Around Calgary in 2018

Kayla Young January 2, 2019
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One of my favourite things about Christmas is the glow of beautiful Christmas lights shining on a chilly winter night. Our family has made it an annual tradition to try to visit as many Christmas light displays as we can, and lucky for us, Calgary has them all around the city! I’ve rounded up 7 of the most popular Christmas light displays in and around Calgary to help you and your family find some new favourites of your own.

Lions Festival of Lights

Where: 24 Ave NW & 14 St NW
When: Nightly from 6 pm-midnight from December 2-January 8
Cost: Free

450,000 lights create the beautiful displays put on by the Lions Club for its 32nd year. We love to get bundled up and take in the lights by foot, but they can also be viewed from the warmth of your car by driving along 14 St NW, north of 24 Ave.

Spruce Meadows

Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
When: Nightly from 5-10 pm from December 9-January 6 (Closed on Christmas Day)
Cost: Free

Stay warm and cozy in your vehicle as you drive through the grounds at Spruce Meadows, taking in the colourful lights all around you. Hot chocolate, coffee, and pastries are available in Founders Plaza between 5-8 pm, so make sure to pop out and get a treat before you finish your visit!


Where: 201 St. George’s Drive NE
When: Nightly from 6-9 pm from November 23-January 5
Cost: Children – $14.95, General – $19.95. Save up to $5 by purchasing your tickets online! Parking is $10. Calgary Zoo Inspire members receive unlimited free access to ZOOLIGHTS and Engage and Child members receive 50% off.

Get your winter gear on and wander through over 2 million lights at the Calgary Zoo! To celebrate its 21st year, ZOOLIGHTS has decorated the grounds in a “Snow White and the Seven Stewards of the Forest” theme, which you can enjoy both outdoors and inside the ENMAX Conservatory. Be sure to grab a hot chocolate to warm you up while enjoying the sights and activities!

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Where: Nose Creek Park – 1701 Main Street South, Airdrie, AB, T4B 1C5
When: Nightly from December 1-31 from 6-9 pm
Cost: No admission fee, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 per family is gratefully accepted

The Airdrie Festival of Lights is Western Canada’s largest walk-through Christmas Lights display! Since 1996, this family-friendly event has been put on by volunteers to help light up the holiday season.  Kids will also love visiting with mascots like Lumi the Lightbulb who wanders the grounds nightly.

Legacy Christmas Light Parade

Where: 2 Legacy Circle SE
When: Daily at 5:00 from December 1-December 15
Cost: Free

Over 150,000 lights will be shining in the community of Legacy. Drive through the lights and enjoy them from the warmth of your car, or bundle up and take in the displays on foot!

Enchanted Forest at Cross Iron Mills

Where: 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, AB
When: Monday-Saturday from 10-9 pm, Sundays 11-6 pm
Cost: Free

Cross Iron Mills has arguably one of the most beautiful indoor light displays around! Take a break from Christmas shopping to stand under the twinkling lights of the Enchanted Forest just outside Forever 21. While you’re at it, enter their contest to win a trip to experience the Northern Lights!

Lighten Up Calgary

This fantastic website has complied all of the best Christmas lights and displays around Calgary and put them on a map so you can visit them! Photos of each location are available to view on the website so you know just how to plan your route of what to see first. Make a night of it by putting on your comfiest pajamas, making some popcorn and hot chocolate, and driving around the city to see all the great lights Calgary has to offer!

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