Enjoy the best time of the year in all its glory with your Family. A list of places to enjoy Christmas and holiday light displays in Calgary.
If you like to see illuminated Calgary buildings, bridges and artworks at night, see Night Lights in Calgary.
1. Sparkle Sparkle
Telus Spark will transform into a shimmering wonderland of over 270,000 LED lights! An indoor path experience will lead you through the cosmos in holiday style. The Calgary science centre warms up the darkest winter nights with an original and delightful holiday light experience. Sparkle Sparkle
November 27, 2020 to December 7, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Other event dates cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)
2. Zoo lights at Calgary Zoo
Come experience how 2+ million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, and fun-filled activity zones, transform the Calgary Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. Zoo Lights
November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021, excluding December 25 | 06:00 PM – 9:00 PM
3. Noel Christmas Light Park
Noel Christmas Light Park & Market is transforming the 100,000+ square foot Nutrien Centre, located in the heart of the Stampede Grounds, into a magical holiday wonderland.
Noel features an immersive 250 foot light tunnel, two 50 foot Christmas trees, larger than life arctic animals and unique displays, illuminated with nearly one million twinkling bulbs.
December 11, 2020 to January 3, 2021
BMO Centre, 1410 Olympic Way Southeast, Calgary
4. Lions Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 105,000 lights along 14 th St NW. Details
November 29 to January 8, 2021 | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Confederation Park in NW Calgary. The display can be viewed along 14 St NW, North of 24 Avenue.
5. Airdrie Festival of Lights
Western Canada’s Largest outdoor walk through Christmas Light Display! Enjoy the lights, Ride the miniature train & more! Details
December 1 to 31, 2020 | 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Nose Creek Park -1701 Main St S, Airdrie
6. Legacy Christmas Light Parade
Legacy’s 6th annual Christmas Light Parade is back! With over 100,000 lights, all December, Legacy will be lit up with lights for you and your family to enjoy. Details
November 16 to January 10, 2021
15 Legacy Glen Manor, – Legacy community Calgary
7. Lightup George Lane Park
See George Lane Park in High River all glow in Christmas Lights.
November 14th to December 31, 2020
George Lane Memorial Park, 343 Macleod Trail SW, High River
8. Christmas at Spruce Meadows
During Christmas time, Spruce Meadows is adorned with Christmas decorations. The 2 kilometer drive through the grounds includes Tournament Lane, The Courtyard, Traffic Circle, the Nations Flag Park, Congress Hall, Riders Chapel and the Pond with strings of lights measuring 72 kilometers. Details
November 27 to January 3, 2021
Spruce Meadows, Calgary
9. Light Up Okotoks
See the town of Okotoks all aglow in festive lights. Details
The lights will remain throughout the season.
3rd Friday in November each year
Starting Friday, November 20 | 5:30 PM
Various Venues, Okotoks
10. Lighten Up Calgary
Every year many Calgary residents and neighbourhoods cover their houses with festive Christmas lights and other great decorations, they bring Christmas spirit to the local communities. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it just wouldn’t be Christmas time without twinkling lights. Go on a driving tour of the best residential Christmas light displays in and around Calgary.
During the season
Various Locations across Calgary
11. Lougheed House
Enjoy 14,000 square feet of 20 rooms and nooks, 11 fireplaces, 30 stained glass windows, turrets, bannisters, stair cases, hardwood floors and decorative high ceilings, vintage pianos and an organ, all aglow with Christmas trees, lights, wreaths, nutcrackers and decorations. Lights
November 26 to December 12, 2020 (rest of the dates cancelled due to COVID-19)
Lougheed House, 707 – 13 Ave SW, Calgary
12. CORE Christmas Tree Lighting
Get into the holiday spirit with The CORE. The night culminates with the lighting of The Core’s famous 45-foot tree. Lights
Tree Lighting: TBA
Trees on Display: TBA
The CORE Shopping Centre, Downtown Calgary
13. Christmas Lights Themed Evening out – A free walking tour to enjoy the season.
The best place to enjoy Christmas lights in Calgary, free of charge, is to go for a downtown Calgary walking tour.
Start the day with skating at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE, Calgary). Then walk the pedestrian only Stephen Avenue (8 Avenue SW between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE) decked with artistic lights and window displays.
Continue to the historic McDougall Centre all aglow in Christmas lights.
Prince’s Island Park is your final destination. Cross the twinkling pedestrian bridge, revelling in the glistening icicles on the trees. You can also start the tour at Prince’s Island Park: start your trip at the island lagoon (skate here if you like) and retrace the tour described above.
Make sure you are dressed for the weather!! Best to visit after 1st week of December.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The Canadian Holiday Train embarks on its three-week journey from Montreal, Quebec, finishing up in BC. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The whole train is lit up like a christmas tree. Details
Cancelled for 2020