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What? Is it really almost Christmas?  How did that happen! Wasn’t Labour Day just last weekend?

If you’re like me, the Christmas season has definitely snuck up like no other year. I’m not sure why, but I suspect my phone has something to do with it. I think I  (and you!) spend way too much time Tweeting, Facebooking and even Snapchatting, that the time for merriment is passing us by and we don’t even realize it!

So I’ve teamed up with TELUS and we’re going into #HolidayMode! We’re encouraging everyone to put their phones down and get into the holiday spirit by spending quality fact time with those you love most this Christmas

One of the best ways to do so is by checking out Christmas lights. Some neighbourhoods go all out, but there are three really great places in Calgary that offer up free displays so bright, you’ll forget all about the glow of your cell phone!

Calgary Zoo’s ZOOLIGHTS

Lions and tigers and… 1.5 million lights, oh my! Zoolights has quickly become one of the best Christmas traditions in Calgary. Whether you go with your family to enjoy the Kids Zone or perhaps a romantic date to enjoy the new skating rink, Zoolights will truly dazzle your imagination and it’s sure to put your in the Christmas spirit.
Until January 3, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
General Admission (16+): $14 Children: $11  

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows



If you like Christmas lights, but you like to enjoy them from the warmth of your car, then Spruce Meadows is the place for you!  Their Christmas Lights spectacular is actually a two kilometer drive through the grounds that includes Tournament Lane, The Courtyard, Traffic Circle, the Nations Flag Park, Congress Hall, Riders Chapel and the Pond with strings of lights measuring nearly 75 kilometers.
Until January 4, 2015
5:00 – 10:00 pm

Lions’ Festival Of Lights

Any time of year you go to Confederation Park golf course, it’s beautiful, but this time  of year is particularly stunning! The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 105,000 lights along 14th St NW. The Festival is now 98% GREEN, draws over 55,000 visitors per day!
Until January 8. 2015
Time: 6:00pm-12:00 am
Confederation Park Golf Course

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How will you enter #HolidayMode this season? Share with me using the hashtag, then put your phone down! And if you think you’ll have trouble unplugging, check out these handy tips from TELUS.


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 TELUS is passionate about bringing Canadians together over the holidays. It connects millions of people every day, but understands that nothing can replace the human connection.

This holiday season TELUS is asking Canadians to enter Holiday Mode; a seasonal practice to unplug and embrace the face-to-face moments with those who mean the most – their family and friends.


Mike Morrison


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