Check out the FREE Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo to Jan 5th

Come on out with friends and family and check out the the 25th year celebration of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! This one-of-a-kind, festive holiday experience offers a free, merry, family-oriented celebration of joy right in the heart of the city.

 

A Chicago holiday tradition that helps keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open 365 days a year, ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with visits from Santa (through Dec. 23), ice sculptors (weekends), carolers (weekdays), festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds. ZooLights runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m. It takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights Nov. 29 – 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 6 – 8, Dec. 13 – 15, and then nightly Dec. 16 through Jan. 5 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25).

 

 

ZooLights features hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of 2.5 million lights. Ice sculpture carving, strolling carolers and Santa are regular fixtures of the event, but you’ll also find ticketed happenings like a holiday market (Dec 3), an adults-only night (Dec 5), a live performance of music from A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec 15) and a Zoo Year’s Eve celebration (Dec 31). More info.

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

When: Fridays, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 5

Cost: Free

 

12/20/15 8:43:30 PM — Chicago, IL, USA
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

 

FESTIVE ACTIVITIES

  • Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
  • Incredible 3D displays
  • Warm spiced wine, frosty beers, and festive specials
  • Delicious holiday snacks
  • Joyful gift shopping
  • Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
  • Strolling carolers (Family Night Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)
  • Exciting ticketed experiences (including a one-of-a-kind Light Maze and 65-foot Ferris wheel)
  • Musical light show at the Winter Wonderlawn
  • Hundreds of themed larger-than-life displays
  • Exclusive 3D holiday specs (while supplies last)

MONDAY FAMILY NIGHTS

Monday, December 16, 23, and 30

Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), and all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, as well as strolling carolers! Plus, zoo members (Individual level and above) get free parking. (Individual and Household members can pick up their parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during their visit.)

TICKETED EXPERIENCES

ZooLights attraction tickets cost $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets, and $51 for 20 tickets. Tickets are only available at the zoo.

AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
The carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
1 ticket required per person to ride

Ferris Wheel
This 65-foot Ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as you soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
2 tickets required per person to ride

Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
This attraction features 30,000 LED lights that distract you from twisting your way through this one-of-a-kind experience.
1 ticket required per person

Lionel Train Adventure
The trackless 28-passenger train crosses a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
1 ticket required per person

Cookie Decorating at the Patio at Café Brauer
Pick your favorite holiday design and put your artistic abilities to a delicious test. Take it to go or enjoy under the glow of 2.5 million lights.
2 tickets required per person

RIDE-SHARING

From November 29-January 5, all ride-share pickups and drop-offs must take place at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Stockton Drive.

SPECIAL EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WINTER AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO

Members-Only Night at ZooLights
Friday, November 22, 4:30–9 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public! (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo on this evening. No advance registration is required.)

ZooLights Opening Night!
Friday, November 29, 4:25 p.m.
You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! Join thousands of your closest friends for the official lighting ceremony on the zoo’s Main Mall, near the stairs at the Gift Shop, to kick off the most wonderful time of the year.

Holiday Market Presented by the Illinois Lottery
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30–10 p.m.
Don’t miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo’s fourth annual Holiday Market takes place on #GivingTuesday and will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
(Please note: This is a ticketed event; only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening.)
For guests of all ages
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Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
Thursday, December 5, 6:30–10 p.m.
This winter version of the zoo’s most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds after hours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
(Please note: This is a ticketed event; only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening.)
For guests ages 18 and older
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BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Thursday, December 12, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Support Chicago’s free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal, and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board’s commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo’s The Pride of Chicago capital campaign.
(Please note: This is a ticketed event; only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening.)
For guests ages 21 and older
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Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 15, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle, a delicious seasonal breakfast, and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited-capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk.(Please note: This is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer.)
For guests of all ages
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The Chris White Trio Tribute to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
Sunday, December 15, 5–6:30 p.m. and 7:30–9 p.m.
Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season’s classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights, and experience a new holiday tradition.
(Please note: This is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer.)
For guests of all ages
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Zoo Year’s Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Zoo Year’s Eve is Chicago’s largest adults-only New Year’s Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with thousands of your closest friends, DJ entertainment, and games while basking in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
(Please note: This is a ticketed event; only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening.)
For guests 21 and older
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GlowFlow Yoga
Sunday, January 5, 9–10 a.m.
Get your new year glow on with GlowFlow Yoga at the Zoo! This all-levels yoga class will be held under dim lighting inside Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. Glow sticks will be provided and neon clothing is encouraged!
(Please note: This is a ticketed event that takes place at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House.)
For guests 16 and older
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