ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank

November 28–November 30; December 4 (Zoo Members Only); December 5–7, 12–23; December 26–January 4, 2014–15

Join us for the brilliance of this annual fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.

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

5–9 p.m.

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!

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!

Special Events

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

BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beers Inc., Wednesday, December 3: The first ever Brewlights Presented by Louis Glunz Beers Inc., will treat adult guests to festive ales from Great Lakes Brewing, Delirium Tremens, Anchor Brewing, Temperance Brewing and other top-flight breweries. Visitors can enjoy free samples of 12 selections, then purchase additional pours of their favorite beers as well as food. All proceeds from ticket sales to this event support Lincoln Park Zoo’s efforts to remain free and open to the public 365 days a year.

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

Exclusive Zoo Member Benefits

Members-Only Night at ZooLights
Last holiday season more than 2,000 zoo members and their guests had ZooLights all to themselves for one special night. The perk was so popular we’re offering it again this year from 5–9 p.m. on Thursday, December 4! Zoo members will enjoy:

Learn more about Members-Only Night at ZooLights

Members Lounge at ZooLights
Members will once again receive VIP treatment during this year’s festivities, with exclusive access to the Members Lounge in the Tadpole Room on the lower level at Park Place Café from 5–8 p.m. Warm up with free hot chocolate, cider and tea, cookies and crafts. The Members Lounge will be open November 28–30, December 5–7 and December 12–31. Please note: the Members Lounge will be closed during Members-Only Night at ZooLights.

ZooLights Coat Drive

Throughout ZooLights, we will be collecting new and gently used winter clothing. Donated items will be distributed to Chicago charities. Donation boxes will be located inside Park Place Café.


ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank at Lincoln Park Zoo Slideshow: ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank
Check out photos of the festive fun at this sparkling holiday spectacle!

Some Enchanted Evening: Enjoy a short video of the festive spectacle!


Presented by:

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Supported by:

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