Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a time for getting together with family and friends and share good food and of course egg nog with one another. One of the best parts of Christmas in Calgary is some of the amazing light displays around town. Grab your hot chocolate your love ones and get out there and visit the light displays. It is a great way to spend some quality time together before the huddle and bustle of the holidays gets fully underway.
But first a little "light history"
Colored lights have been a big part of Christmas decorating tradition since the 1950's. Although electric lights were introduced to the Christmas tree for the first time in 1882, candles would continue to dominate Christmas tree decoration into the 1930's due to cost. For the cost-conscious of today, I suggest using energy-saving LED lights, they offer a soft cozy illumination and are easier on the pocket book.
One of my long time running favorite light displays in Calgary. Imagine over $1.5 M lights. More Information can be found on the Calgary Zoo Website
- I suggest ordering your tickets online to avoid the long line ups the night you go! :)
Airdrie Festival of Lights
Looking for an adventure, drive out to Airdrie for their annual festival of lights. You will not be disappointed it is well worth the drive! More Info
And if you just want to see some great homes decorated in Christmas splendor, Lighten up Calgary
is a website of local homes decorated for viewing. With the help of Google maps, this site allows you to map out homes that are all decked out in areas you are interested in driving to. Check back often the list has just been started and I am sure it will be updated shortly with more Calgary homes.