The East Gate light up during ZooLights, featuring a glowing sign spelling out "#ZooLights"

ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ

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South Lawn lit by holiday lights during ZooLights


Every year, more than half a million holiday-revelers flock to Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual, family-orientated celebration featuring dazzling light displays and holiday festivities. Guests enjoy musical light shows, live ice-sculpting demos, carousel rides, train rides, Ferris wheel rides, holiday drinks and snacks, photos with Santa, holiday shopping, and more!

Sprinkled Throughout ZooLights

Guests enjoy Holiday Market beneath holiday lights strung between the trees

Holiday Market

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the zoo! Explore the only holiday market in the city set against the backdrop of 2.5 million holiday lights!

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Guests navigating the Light Maze during ZooLights

Adults Night Out: Holidaze!

Leave the kids at home; head to the zoo; and enjoy unique animal chats, educational entertainment, and cash bars at this after-hours event.

Person examining crafts at Holiday Market


Sip and savor specialty brews while supporting Lincoln Park Zoo under dazzling holiday lights.

Chris White playing the piano during a tribute performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Chris White Jazz Trio Tribute

Tap your toes and sing along to one of the season’s classic soundtracks: Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas.

A glowing sign spelling out "ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ"
Trees and landscape light up by holiday lights during ZooLights
Landmark Cafe light by holiday lights during ZooLights
Lights during ZooLights
A holiday light display circling Kovler Seal Pool during ZooLights
The Ferris wheel lit by holiday lights during ZooLights

Provide Feedback

Thank you for joining us at ZooLights this year! We hope you and your friends and family have an amazing time. We’d love to get your feedback on your experience. After you visit please take a few minutes to complete our survey for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes experience at one of our animal houses.

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Propose in the Perfect Setting

ZooLights provides the perfect backdrop for popping the question. Make an amazing day shine even brighter amidst 2 million twinkling lights and beautiful zoo grounds. It will be an experience you’ll never forget in a place you can revisit for years to come!

Thank you for considering Lincoln Park Zoo for your proposal. We look forward to working with you and making the season even brighter!

Private Celebration Engagement Package

  • Consultation with events manager regarding proposal and details
  • One bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberry service for couple
  • One usher to secure space
  • Illuminated walkway


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