ZooLights Press Materials

ComEd and Charter One Present ZooLights 

One of Chicago’s must-see seasonal events introduces ice-skating this year


(Chicago – Nov. 26, 2013) Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland during the 19th annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One beginning Nov. 29. The event runs from 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8 and then runs nightly from Dec. 13 through January 5 (except closed December 24 and 25).

This free, family-oriented holiday celebration illuminates the sky with two million lights, including larger-than-life lighted animal and seasonal features, holiday crafts and activities and sweet treats.

All new this year is Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo. Whizz past the goats and cows at the rink in Farm-in-the-Zoo before heading to the Kovler Lion House to visit Santa Claus himself. Snacks and festive winter warming drinks are available for purchase and will keep the whole family happy. Ice Skating is offered from noon – 9 p.m. daily, beginning Nov. 29, and continues long past the holidays for continuing winter fun until March 2 (except closed December 24 and 25). Tickets to skate are $5 and skate rentals are available for $5.

Also new this year is Members-Only Night at ZooLights on Thursday, Dec. 5. This special night offers Lincoln Park Zoo members an exclusive opportunity to enjoy all of the holiday festivities with limited crowds. To learn more about becoming a Lincoln Park Zoo member, or to renew your membership, visit: http://www.lpzoo.org/support/become-member

For couples looking for a sparkling and magical setting for their wedding proposal (last season nearly a dozen couples got engaged at ZooLights), this year the zoo is offering special proposal packages to enhance the memorable event. Interested parties can find out more by contacting the zoo’s sales department at 312-742-2400 or groupsales@lpzoo.org.

The first 900 visitors each night to ZooLights receive a free pair of 3D glasses for a truly magical light display experience. There will be photos with Santa in the Kovler Lion House through December 23, as well as holiday crafts and shopping.

Take a chilly spin on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, learn some pointers from ice sculpture experts, and be dazzled by a shimmering light show choreographed to holiday music on the zoo’s South Lawn.

ZooLights is presented by ComEd and Charter One. The event is also sponsored by United Airlines, Pepsi and 93.9MYfm.


Media Contacts

Sharon Dewar
(312) 742-2246





Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org.


Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo Opening: November 29, 2013 

Special Guests:
Congressman Mike Quigley
Tommy Hawk of the Chicago Blackhawks
Saddle & Cycle Hockey Club


Photos and video by Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo



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