Where to See Christmas Lights in Calgary 2023

woman exploring the holiday light displays at ZOOLIGHTS
woman exploring the holiday light displays at ZOOLIGHTS
Christmas Lights in Calgary

Where to See Christmas Lights in Calgary 2023

Light up the holiday season with Christmas lights in and around Calgary.

Tour holiday light displays from the comfort of your car or explore the attractions and neighbourhoods that are lighting up this holiday season. Bundle up and embrace the holiday spirit with Christmas lights in and around Calgary.

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Lighten Up Calgary Map of Residential Light Displays in Calgary

Take a drive through the neighbourhood to see some of the best Christmas light displays in and around Calgary. Lighten Up Calgary creates a helpful map of Calgary neighbourhoods with must-see displays across the city that are free and family friendly.


Light Up Okotoks

Location: Downtown Okotoks

Dates: November 17, 2023

Celebrate the holiday season and see downtown Okotoks transformed into a winter wonderland at Light Up Okotoks. Kick off the holiday season with wagon rides, fire pits, photos with Santa, and watch the tree lighting, fireworks, along with holiday shopping at local businesses.



Location: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

Dates: November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Experience over 2 million holiday lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, and fun-filled activity zones with a Calgary tradition at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, with enchanting new themes and special guests. ZOOLIGHTS is open nightly from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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family walking through lights displays at ZOOLIGHTS

Discover the magic of the zoo after dark at ZOOLIGHTS (photo credit: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo)

young girls walking through light displays at ZOOLIGHTS

ZOOLIGHTS is an all ages event (photo credit: ZOOLIGHTS)

In Search of Christmas Spirit (Banff)

Location: Cascade of Time Garden - Cave Avenue, Banff

Dates: November 17 – December 31, 2023

Follow the enchanted trail of illuminated sculptures and lights that tells the story of the wildlife in Banff National Park when you go In Search of Christmas Spirit. Bundle up and walk through this live Christmas story.


GLOW Calgary Presents: Christmas Around The World

Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

Dates: December 7-31, 2023

Help Santa Claus find his beloved reindeer in this mesmerizing maze of magical lights at Santa's Sleigh Adventure! Step into a world of wonder and entertainment suitable for everyone in the family at this brand new, all-indoors holiday wonderland.


Cochrane Light Up

Location: Historic Main Street, Cochrane

Dates: November 25, 2023

Cochrane Light Up brings residents and visitors together for bright lights and Christmas cheer. Join the community for a special holiday tradition in Cochrane. More details to come!


Airdrie Festival of Lights

Location: Nose Creek Park, Airdrie, AB

Dates: December 1-31, 2023

The Airdrie Festival of Lights is Western Canada’s largest, free, outdoor walk-through Christmas light display that has been a family friendly tradition since 1996.


Rotary Festival of Lights

Location: The Malcom Hotel, Canmore

Dates: December 1-31, 2023

Make a day trip of it and enjoy the Rotary Festival of Lights in Canmore, with tree viewing and magical candy cane lane, and gingerbread house contest, along with special events for everyone in the family.


Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

Location: Spruce Meadows

Dates: December 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31

Try counting the quarter of a million lights on a drive through grounds with Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows.


Lions Festival of Lights

Location: 14th Street NW

Dates: November 25, 2023 - January 8, 2024

Enjoy the largest free drive-by Christmas lights showcase in Calgary with this annual tradition that includes over 500,000 bulbs on 16,000 strings of lights. Stay tuned for more details on the Lions Festival of Lights.

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Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows.

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows


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