I have been there on the first day of The Calgary Zoo's Zoolights. On the whole, I got the impression that this event lacks holiday cheers yet even though there were Christmas lights and carols. Maybe it's because today was only the first day of Zoolights, or it's because today was the zoo's second day of the full reopening after 2013 Calgary flooding. Lightings were less than I expected. My Canadian friend told me that last year's lights were better than this year's. Many of the zoo's animal sections were closed at night. The arboretum building was opened and decorated. Because no street vendors are inside the zoo, you should use the zoo's restaurants. Prices are not cheap at the restaurants there. I saw some people eating their snacks from Tim Hortons at the zoo's restaurants. In terms of money, it's an idea for you to prepare some light snacks before you go to the zoo. The best-selling item at the restaurants was "a zoolight mug." This mug flashes when you push a button at it's bottom. Pre-warning: Kids cry for this mug.
Zoolight mug + hot chocolate + cookie: $10
Coffee/ tea: $2.75 (Coffee tastes bad)
Regular fries: $3.25
Bundle up when you visit here. My Canadian friend's family and I stayed here for an hour. Considering the duration of the stay and limited zoo use, admission wasn't cheap. No family admissions. Free chocolate candies will be given to you by the volunteers there.
Pro: There are fireplaces to warm you up at some points. Participation games for kids. You will see many babies in strollers, and dads who carry their kid around their neck. SantaVision(live webcast with Santa from the North Pole)
Con: Expensive admission. Wintry cold weather at nighttime. You may meet random racists without your knowledge. I heard three times tonight that certain white people talking among themselves "Why are so many Asians here?" to the passing Asians. This is Calgary, you know, eh?
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