DATES: December 9 – 18, 2016 | 5 PM to 9 PM NIGHTLY
TICKETS: Adults: $7.50* | Children: $5.00*
LOCATION: The Edmonton Valley Zoo

Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over one million, is a world-renowned winter metropolis with the proud title of Festival City. People are eager to enjoy activities in their fine city year-round. Our annual Zoominescence, a Festival of Light celebration is our way of spreading that light and illuminating the spirit of Edmonton. This years theme is “Renewable Energy.”

Each December, Zoominescence, a Festival of Light, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, stages a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. We would like to invite you to join us for the 4th Annual Zoominescence, a Festival of Light December 9 – 18, 2016.

This years special event evenings include: Animal Attraction, VIP Night and a special Media Night (Media Night not open to general public.)
*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a fundraiser; annual zoo passes are not valid for entry to this event.


Come down with your significant otter to explore a unique winter wonderland at the zoo! Animal Attraction is an 18 plus event that will take place after the gates of the Edmonton Valley Zoo have closed and all of the lights have come on! Be among the few that will get to take part in this one of a kind experience! Amongst the spectacular exhibitions of light installations there will be live music, entertainers, ice skating, hot chocolate & much s’more!
For more information on Animal Attraction and to purchase tickets, visit The Ark Project.



The main objective of this festival is to drive new traffic to the Edmonton Valley Zoo and to draw community awareness to the fact that the Edmonton Valley Zoo is a year-round facility currently undergoing a major transformation. As well, we want to share the art of local community groups, schools, and organizations in a unique way. We hope to provide another way for Edmontonians to enjoy their winter city. The Festival of Light, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, has complete ownership of all its programs and assets, which can be customized to leverage niche partner brand.

Partnering with Zoominescence, a Festival of Light provides opportunity for:

  • Brand recognition with a loyal, family-centric audience.
  • Regional exposure with an expected 30,000 on-site visitors and up to 1 million regional imprints via television, radio, and internet coverage.
  • Generating goodwill and support for the communities in Edmonton.
  • Promoting winter city initiatives, family-centric values and development for the Capital Region.

The Festival of Light has multiple levels of Sponsorship; each level is customizable to our Partner’s goals and objectives.
2016 Sponsorship Opportunities are now available! Click on the link above to find the Sponsorship Package that’s right for you and your company. Thank you in advance for your support!



Each and every event sponsored by the Valley Zoo Development Society is successful thanks to the dozens of local community volunteers that donate their time. Zoominescence, a Festival of Light volunteer opportunities range from helping string lights in October/ November, to organizing children’s events, to handing out hot chocolate.

Volunteer positions for the 2016 FOL Planning Committee are currently available. Follow the link above to apply.