HOLIDAY & CHRISTMAS PARTY VENUES

Make your Holiday event a “natural” wonder amongst the flora and fauna at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Whether it’s a Children’s Breakfast or Corporate Lunch Party or an Adults-only Glamorous Evening Gala, your guests will enjoy the best cuisine Calgary has to offer, stunning views and a scene-setting walk through of our dazzling ZOOLIGHTS on the way to the party.

WE HOST A WIDE RANGE OF HOLIDAY EVENTS IN CALGARY

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY EVENT NOW!

Explore our Holiday Celebrations by Type

Corporate Christmas Party Venues

 

Relax and celebrate all of your accomplishments this year with one of our incredible Corporate Christmas Parties! Make it even more exciting by incorporating a range of fun activities at the zoo. Corporate Parties are available in the ENMAX Conservatory, Safari Lodge, and Grazers Restaurant. We have the options that suite any style or size of Event. And don’t forget – an evening Corporate Party includes access to our dazzling ZOOLIGHTS experience!

Adult Christmas Parties

 

Throwing a Christmas Party is about creating meaningful memories with those that are nearest and dearest. Let us help you host an unforgettable Christmas Party where your friends are still talking about it weeks later! Marvel in fantastic drinks, appetizers, dinner, decorations, dessert and much more.  And don’t forget – an evening Party includes access to our dazzling ZOOLIGHTS experience!

Family & Kids Christmas Parties

 

If family entertainment is what you’re after, we have some fantastic and unique options for you! From a festive breakfast, lunch or dinner soiree for the kids to enjoying a live performance, we have a style that will fit all of your needs. What better way to celebrate a special holiday celebration than with their friends and favourite animals too?

Corporate ZOOLIGHTS Packages

 

Provide some cheer with Calgary’s favourite holiday tradition! With customizable options for food, beverage and gifts, it’s the most magical way to wish your staff the best of the season. Packages include discounted admission and food & beverage for each guest as well as a designated pickup location for your items. Private event spaces are available for rent – ask us for more information!

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Cocktail Receptions

 

Looking for the perfect social setting for networking within the business world, launching a new product or making an announcement? Indulge in an elegant holiday cocktail party in any of our four venues – make your reception atmosphere as classy or relaxed as you like with budget-friendly food and beverage options!

Come and Go Gatherings

 

Do you want to have a holiday party but not one that requires extensive menu planning? Do you have people coming from out-of-town? Don’t want everyone to be crowded all at once? A Come and Go Gathering is a great way to enjoy mixing and mingling of your guests. Available in any of our venues – with an indoor and outdoor option available!

A Setting Like No Other!

Zoolights Enchanted Dinner Event. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski
Zoolights Enchanted Dinner Event. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski
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A TASTE FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY

At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, the exotic experiences don’t end with the animals. Our chefs extend that feeling of discovery and excitement with inspired creations to delight your senses. With one of the largest catering teams in the city, we’re confident your guests will enjoy a first-rate experience as civilized or wild as your taste.

Zoolights Enchanted Dinner Event. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski
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Contact us today for more information!

Phone: (403) 232-7770

Email: [email protected]

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY EVENT NOW!

Did you know?

One benefit of sponsoring the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo could be a free venue for your next Corporate Event?!

For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Greenlaw-Arseneau –  Manager, Sponsorship

T (403) 294-7670 | C (403) 680 6571

FAQs

Can we come to the Calgary Zoo to do a Site Tour of your Venues?

Yes – in fact, we encourage it! We’d be thrilled to welcome you to the zoo for a private Tour of our facilities. Site Tours are free and we will take you through the Venues of any locations that you’re interested in. Please contact us to schedule the Site Tour.

Do you offer entertainment for a Family Christmas Party?

Yes, we are very happy to welcome back the live performance of Candy Cane Kids (presented by Occasional Notes). Please contact us for more information.

What days of the week can I host my Christmas or Holiday gathering?

All Holiday Event types are available for booking 7 days a week – subject to availability. Please ask us about our reduced pricing for Holiday Events on a Monday to Wednesday!

How does your Holiday pricing work?

Please reach out for more information! We offer everything from all-inclusive packages to fully customizable Events.

Does an Event booking include access to ZOOLIGHTS?

Yes, all evening Holiday Event bookings include access to our fantastic ZOOLIGHTS experience! Please note that the 2022 ZOOLIGHTS experiences will be running from late November to early January. More specific details to come.

What would the payment schedule look like for my Holiday Event?

In order to guarantee your Event date and Venue selection, you must provide your initial deposit along with the signed Contract Agreement. This deposit is equal to the Venue Rental Fee for the Venue that you selected. The outstanding balance is then due within 10 days of the Event date.  

What is your postponement policy for Holiday Events?

We continue to support a very flexible postponement policy if you need to change your Event date. Please ask us for more details on what a postponement would look like due to a change in the COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

What is your cancellation policy?

You have the right to cancel the Event and terminate the Contract Agreement by giving the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo written notice. If you cancel the Agreement by giving at least six (6) months written notice, we will refund the deposit – except for Team Builders, Christmas & Holiday Parties, and all BBQ’s (E.g. there are no refunds for these types of Events). Corporate and social functions cancelled in writing between two and six (2 and 6) months before the Event date will result in forfeiture of the entire deposit(s). Events cancelled within two (2) months of the date will result in the full anticipated charges of the Event being invoiced.

Do you have an in-house caterer? Can we bring our own food & beverages?

At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, the exotic experiences don’t end with the animals. Our chefs extend that feeling of discovery and excitement with inspired creations to delight your senses. With one of the largest catering teams in the city, we’re confident that your guests will enjoy a first-rate dining experience as civilized or wild as your taste! No outside food or beverage is permitted.

Where do guests park?

The guest parking location will be determined by your Venue (E.g. where the Event is being held). Please contact us for more information on assigned Parking locations. Note: parking is not included in your Event – the cost is $12 per vehicle daily. Any attendees with a valid Engage or Inspire membership may use their pass for parking access. Please note that all vehicles must be moved by 11:00 am the following day or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.