Enjoy the FREE 2014 Lincoln Park ZooLights Family Fun in Chicago – Nov 28th to Jan 4th

The 2014 ZooLights Family Fun in Chicago is an annual tradition of bringing family and friends to the FREE Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago for incredible light displays and lots of family fun.  Join us for the brilliance of this annual fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring more than 2 million lights, luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds. They’ll flip the on switch for the free holiday fun on November 28. Afterward, ZooLights will shine Friday–Sunday until December 12, at which point the lights be on nightly (except December 24 and 25) until January 4.   Get the complete program and Map in PDF here.  


Santa heads back to the North Pole after December 23, however.

5–9 p.m. 


BONUS  The first 1,000 visitors each night receive free holiday specs to make the lights sparkle.

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Festive Activities

  • Photos with Santa through December 23
  • Free holiday crafts
  • Animal encounters
  • 3-D displays
  • Musical light shows
  • Warm spiced wine and frosty lager
  • Delicious dinner and snacks
  • Holiday gift shopping
  • Live ice carving every night
  • Rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
  • Rides on the new Lionel Train Adventure
  • Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo at the Farm-in-the-Zoo


The first 1,000 guests each night will receive our cool holiday specs to check out the lights!


Standard parking rates apply in the zoo lot.


Stick around for some Ice Skating

  • Ice skating returns for its second year at the Farm-in-the-Zoo.
  • Admission is $5 and skate rental is another $5.
  • A full ice rink calendar with hours is available at lpzoo.org.


ZooLights Program and Map

Download the 2014 ZooLights Program and Map

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo!
Be sure to meander over to the Farm-in-the-Zoo during your ZooLights visit to enjoy Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo! Open daily until 9 p.m. from November 28–March 1 (except December 24 and 25). $5 admission; $5 skate rental (or bring your own). Get ready to glide!

BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer
On Wednesday, December 3, the first-ever Brewlights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer will feature a dozen delicious beers from top-flight breweries. Purchase tickets online to enjoy free samples of 12 selections, with the additional option to buy pours of your favorite beers. Food will be available for purchase as well.

Special Events


Opening Day, Friday—November 28: Help us flip the switch! At 4:55 p.m. we will hold a lighting ceremony at the Kovler Sea Lion Pool to kick off the festivities.


BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer—Wednesday, December 3: A savory selection of holiday cheer will be on tap at the first-ever BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer. Guests will enjoy a dozen different draft beer samples, then have the opportunity to purchase additional pours of their favorite brews.


New Year’s Eve: We will distribute complimentary festive hats, horns and party favors to visitors while supplies last!

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