Zoolights: more attractions, easier navigation

A tradition spanning 18 years, Calgary Zoo’s annual Zoolights is now lighting up the holiday season.

“This year, we made it really easy because we divided the zoo up into four different activity zones,” media relations spokesperson Trish Exton-Parder said.

It is also easier to navigate activities for children and adults, as “Zoolights is created for folks of all ages,” she said.

Zoolights opened Nov. 27 and runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly except for Christmas Day until Jan. 2. Visitors can sing at Christmas karaoke located in Destination Africa, or enjoy a walk along Candyland outside of ENMAX Conservatory.

Also, zone three allows patrons to journey through the Arctic and the Antarctic with new attractions such as the inflatable igloos and a build-your-own-snowman activity, while the skating rink returns to the West Lawn.

“Zoolights isn’t just about having a million lights after all,” Exton-Parder said. “It’s also about all the activities that go along with it.”

This year, Zoolights introduces “One Degree of Change,” a new interactive light display meant to educate Calgarians about climate change.

“The display allows us to provide educational information to people about trying to save energy, climate change and how it affects animals like polar bears,” Exton-Parder said.

With over 1.5 million lights, 200 displays and more, Zoolights designers try to create something new every year.

Mark Wheatley, a father of two, said he never lets a year pass without visiting Zoolights with his family.

“There’s a magic to the event,” Wheatley said. “They have all these pretty lights and music that really engages the holiday spirit in people.”

For more information, visit the zoo website.

WHOANDWHAT in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. WHYANDMORE. (Photo by Tracy Tapang /The Press)
Karaoke: A little girl sings her heart out at Zoolights’ Christmas Karaoke in the Calgary Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Photo by Tracy Tapang /The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Tracy Tapang worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2015-16 academic year.