Where to See the Best Christmas Light Displays in Calgary and Victoria
There’s something supremely special about a beautifully decorated home or property that brings out the child in everyone. As you drive through an intricately and brightly-lit neighborhood or downtown area, you can’t help but gaze in wonderment at the nativity, Santa, reindeer and winter wonderland displays. For many families and couples, driving around town looking at lights and decorations is a highly anticipated Christmas ritual. That’s why we will be pausing our usual programming to bring to you some of Calgary’s and Victoria’s best places to visit for holiday lights.
Lion’s Festival of Lights
Boasting more than 450,000 bulbs on 16,000 strings, the Lion’s Festival of Lights is an event sure to bring joy to all who visit it. And it’s completely free! We at 24/7 Electric are particularly excited for this festival because the display is 99 percent green, comprising all LED lights. Thousands of hours have been put towards creating an awe-inspiring experience. This is a display you do not want to miss! You can either drive or walk through it.
- Where: 14th St. N.W.
- When: The event opens on December 2nd and will run through January 8th, 2018. You can catch it between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight daily.
- Admission: Free
- For more information, check out their website.
Every year millions of people spend countless hours stringing lights and setting up themed displays for the holidays. If you and your family prefer driving through neighborhoods to look at lights and decorations, check out this map of Calgary’s best Christmas displays. If you are proud of your own decorating skills, you can even submit your own home to be shown on the map. Simply submit your name, phone number, address, description of your display, along with several pictures.
Other Calgary Christmas Light Displays Worth Seeing:
The Butchart Gardens’ Magic of Christmas
Find yourself in awe as you walk through the 12 Days of Christmas display at the Japanese Garden. Between the lights display, carolers, ice skating and dining opportunities, you will most certainly want to adopt this experience as part of your family festivities. And, what’s great about this stop is that if your child is 12 years or younger, they can get a free cup of hot cocoa at their coffee shop when you bring in a handmade snowflake!
- Where: The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC
- When: December 1st – January 6th
- Admission: Adults ($27), Youth ($13.59), Child ($3.00)
If you’re not up to walking around on a bitter cold night, there are so many beautifully decorated neighborhoods to drive through. And the best part of it? You can crank your heater! Keep warm and cozy as you cruise around town with your loved ones, ooh-ing and aw-ing at all the pretty sights. To find the best neighborhood light displays near you, check out this Christmas Lights Map from Times Colonist. Much like the Calgary map, you can also submit your own home to be on the map.
With Christmas just a few days away, keep in mind all the tips we’ve given you thus far, so that you can enjoy a fun-filled and safe holiday with your closest ones. If you need a refresher, check out these articles:
For all your electrical needs this holiday season, call 24/7 Electric at (587)-315-1361 or (778)- 557-1519!