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All is merry and bright

Tis the season to sparkle and shine!

Many families find great joy in hopping in the car and checking out the twinkling Christmas lights in their neighborhoods. In Calgary, there are many other places you can go to see the magical splendor of holiday lights as well.

There are the classic choices like ZOOLIGHTS and Airdrie Festival of Lights, but there are also a few glowing hidden gems out there. Check out our list of some of the city’s most popular light displays this Christmas season.

Ongoing; Lighten UP Calgary. The best residential Christmas light displays in and around Calgary. Take your kids out to see bright, sparkling lights, listen to holiday music, and donate to worthy causes while enjoying family time. Share your holiday cheer and show Lighten UP Calgary your lit-up home or check out the best places to go near you at

November 23 to December 31; In Search of Christmas Spirit in Banff. Discover the wonder of Christmas in Banff National Park this holiday season. Bundle up for a walk through the Cascade of Time Garden, where you’ll witness a live Christmas story told by the animals of Banff National Park. Learn more at

November 25 to December 31; Glow Calgary YYC Presents: Christmas Around The World. Santa crosses the globe to bring gifts to the children of the world. Can you help him? Celebrate Christmas magic in China, India, The Netherlands, Mexico, France, and England all in one night, and all under the glow of a million twinkle lights at Nutrien Western Events Centre in Stampede Park. The breathtaking space is over 70,000 square feet and brings a majestic winter wonderland completely indoors. Complete your travels with a visit to the North Pole! Learn more at

December 1 to 31; Airdrie Festival of Lights. Located in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars’ worth of displays and other special features. Learn more at

December 1 to January 25, Christmas Lights in Legacy 2022. What was once a one-off way to dazzle local residents has now turned into an annual family-friendly event that brings everyone from Calgary and area together. Drive through the Legacy community in southeast Calgary to enjoy a wondrous Christmas light display of more than one million lights.

December 2 to 31; The Rotary Festival of Trees. A magical event happening throughout the month of December in Canmore for the whole family. Imagine an indoor forest of Christmas trees decorated and twinkling all in one place, all created and donated by local businesses. Learn more at

Fridays to Sundays December 10 to January 2, 5pm 10pm; Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows. Enjoy a huge display of giant lit Christmas trees from the comfort of your car. The grounds are beautifully decked out with over a quarter of a million sparkling holiday lights. It’s truly magical and completely free. Learn more at

Until January 8; ZOOLIGHTS. The Calgary Zoo is full of twinkling lights and the classic holiday activities you’ve come to love. This year’s ZOOLIGHTS will feature activities such as ice skating, fire pits, and much more. Learn more at

Until January 8; 34th Annual Lions Festival of Lights. This year’s display will feature Merry Christmas greetings in 15 languages together with the Candy Canes and Shooting Stars along 14 Street. Learn more at

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