NOVEMBER 26, 2020 TO JANUARY 3, 2021

Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over one million, is a world-renowned winter metropolis. Each December, Zoominescence, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, stages a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Our vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. Join us for an evening of light, animals, skating, hot chocolate and fun for the whole family! 

We’re ready to light up the night and show you the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s sparkle as we bring back one of Edmonton’s favourite holiday traditions! Beginning Friday, November 26, Zoominescence is back, proudly sponsored by Epcor!

The Edmonton Valley Zoo has changed its hours for the holiday season. From November 26, 2020 until January 3, 2021, join us Thursdays through Sundays between 3:30-9:30 p.m. to see the zoo in a new light, with additional days on December 21, 22 and 23. Please note that the Epcor Zoominescence days/hours will be the ONLY time the zoo is open during this time period. The zoo will be closed Mondays-Wednesdays, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

We will continue to follow current health and safety guidelines, including timed ticketing, the one-way path throughout the zoo, and required masks or face coverings in indoor areas. Tickets can be booked online at movelearnplay.edmonton.ca. The entire run of Epcor Zoominescence tickets are being released on November 1, so don’t hesitate! Please ensure you change the dates in the calendar view to access tickets beyond the regular two-week window.

We look forward to seeing you this holiday season at the Epcor’s Zoominescence at the Edmonton Valley Zoo!


Heart & Soul: Community Resilience

Title: Home Is Where the heART Is
Artists: Ice on Whyte Carvers:  Mark Edwin Berg & Cliff Vacheresse

Concept: This piece will speak to the fundamental interdependence and resilience of life. Showcasing the interspecies collaboration that creates the balance of life on the planet. In essence the piece is saying, “We are all in this together”.

Title: Heartbeat
Artists: Vignettes Showcase Inc. & Victoria Wright

Concept: The heart is a universal symbol of love and care. If there’s one thing that we can all agree on it’s to let a little more love in our lives – for the love and conservation of our environment and ourselves. Heartbeat is an installation with that intention – to let love in. Heartbeat is a suspended, motion sensing LED light installation. The installation is interactive. Upon walking underneath, the installation will light up and pulse, like the rhythm of our hearts.

Title: There is Always Hope
Artist: Jeff Cuddeback

Concept: An inspiring audio inside a 9 foot tall structure designed to bring listeners into a state of reverence for the moment and hope for the future by touching upon many of the world’s problems, solutions that currently exist, and sharing a more universal and hopeful perspective of the current state of the world.

Title: Strong Roots, Tall Branches
Artist: Madison Dewar

Concept: A mangrove forest ecosystem. When mangrove seeds fall, they float until they find calm water and take root. They form densely packed colonies, whose roots and branches provide a safe haven for a variety of plants and animals. Mangrove forests appear all over the world, and represent my hopes for our community – a group of people coming together to support one another through ongoing storms and hardships.

Title: Dancing Lights
Artists: Amos Kajner Nonnekes & Vinny Lee & Taimoore Bhatti

Concept: Symbolizing the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights, as well as the joy and whimsy that comes when you finally discover them. A showcase of the power that a community can bring – one LED tube on its own would be just a light in the sky, but 31 of them create a beautiful and captivating experience. Arranged in a semi-circle, the LED tubes work together as one community, exploring the power of coming together to create something bigger than ourselves – it’s sum is greater than its parts.

Title: Chrome Heart
Artists: Adon Lee Clements & David Kaminiski (Sokaris Inc.)

Concept: Our concept looks at what is important in life, especially during these hard times. Depending on which angle you view the installation from you will see our representation of Family/Community (figures standing together), Life (Abstract shapes), and Love (A heart). It encompasses the theme ‘Heart & Soul: Community Resilience by showing the important parts of existence; people, life, and love.

Title: Fish at Risk
Artists: Lynette Maurice & Cindi Zuby

Concept: An exhibit that features Alberta’s Bull Trout swimming in provincial waters. Through our care and concern with the environment, we will give people of all ages an opportunity to remember the beauty of our water and the life in these systems. It shows rippling water with many fish swimming together in one direction, reminding us of the sense of community even in the water, even in the winter under a layer of ice. The blue and white coloured water will show off the green fish to remind us of our need for stewardship and conservation.

Title: Together / Ensemble
Artists: Virginie Rainville & Jean-Phillipe Langlois

Concept: In this particular time of the world, more than never we are feeling the need to be together. We need to find our allies and friends to feel right; we need to be part of a group, a family. Socially distancing but with that impression that we are all so tight together, all around the world. We are witnessing a world changing and people all around the globe reclaiming the right to stand up and be recognized.

Title: Aurora Animals
Artists: Vignettes Showcase Inc. & Vinny Lee

Concept: Aurora Animals will contrast nature’s transience with the conservation of art and wildlife. It is a monolithic animal installation featuring the northern lights, animals on the Zoo’s conservation list, and upcycled art installations.

Title: Shadow Pillar
Artists: Amos Kajner Nonnekes & Vinny Lee & Taimoore Bhatti

Concept: Symbolizing the role that the Valley Zoo plays in the community – one of immersive experience, where we entire into another animals kingdom, and forget about the perils of our own. Our community has gone through a tremendous amount in the last year – every once and a while, we need to take a second and immerse ourselves in an experience that allows us to briefly forget about the perils we face today.   Showcasing the interconnectivity, the panels like our community feature a diverse group, stronger and more resilient when working together.


Zoominescence vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. Check out our 2020 Sponsorship opportunities to discover how your business can get in on the fun and get some great exposure while supporting an amazing cause.


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It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children’s future and the planet!