Unless you’ve got a huge budget, your Christmas light display won’t hold an LED candle to the 2.5 million bulbs that festoon Lincoln Park Zoo during the annual ZooLights event. While most of the animals will be inside, guests are free to wander through the park, snap photos of the display and take part in a variety of activities throughout the holiday season.

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).
This free event transitions Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland. The event is complete with visits from Santa himself, ice sculptors, holiday crafts and activities, and sweet treats of all kinds.

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

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 at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members can pick up their parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during their visit.)

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. The 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 artisans, 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. For more info about these events CLICK HERE.

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