ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

November 17, 2023–January 7, 2024


Free on Mondays

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This year’s ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ will include new and exciting displays, photo ops, and interactive programming all bundled up in the nostalgia of your favorite holiday tradition. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date on all the announcements for this year!

Be sure to check our recommendations below for tips on how to have the best guest experience for you and others this holiday season.

Please note: Saturdays are likely to sell out for the rest of the season. For the best experience with tickets and parking, plan to come on Sundays and weekdays.

ZooLights closes each night at 9 p.m.


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Mondays: Free Admission
Most weeknights: $7
Fridays, Saturdays, and Premium Dates (November 22, December 31): $10
For group sales over 50 guests, contact zoolightsgroups@lpzoo.org.

ZooLights takes place rain or shine. Tickets are transferable through Ticketure. Please make transfer arrangements prior to your time of arrival. Unfortunately, due to the volume of this event, we are not able to offer refunds of any kind.

Important information:

Guests will receive one QR code for an entire ticket order. These QR codes can be shared with your additional guests. Please notify the gate attendant if your complete party will not arrive together.

In order to create the best experience possible for all our guests, please plan to arrive as close to your chosen ticket window as possible.

Please check your ticket confirmation for additional information to help you plan your magical night!

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On busy nights, traffic can become congested and parking may become difficult to find. We encourage you to take the CTA or use a rideshare service if you have the ability to do so.

When the parking lot is full, zoo staff will close the parking lot temporarily to ensure the safety of patrons. The lot will reopen when it is no longer at full capacity. If you are coming on a Friday or Saturday night, please plan your parking in advance.

Find free alternative parking on:

  • North Cannon Drive
  • Stockton Drive
  • North Lincoln Park West
  • Additional streets around the neighborhood

Find paid alternative parking:

  • By using SpotHero or ParkWhiz
  • Along Clark Avenue
  • Along Lincoln Avenue
  • In paid parking lots and garages


For the smoothest experience and to guarantee entry, please purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate will still require an email and a full transaction.

For safety reasons, we cannot accept cash at the gates. Guests paying with cash will be escorted to Searle Visitor Center to buy tickets.

If you are giving your tickets to someone else, please transfer your ticket prior to the date of entry. No refunds will be given due to missed dates or lack of parking.

What You Can Bring

Lincoln Park Zoo does not allow outside food or beverages during ZooLights or other special or ticketed events.

Medications and prescriptions are allowed with proper labeling and identification. Staff may ask you to place certain medications in a secured locker in Searle Visitor Center during your visit.

ZooLights 2023–24 Dates

ZooLights is open every day from Friday, November 17 through January 7, 2024, except for holidays and special event dates below.

Tickets are required for entry on free admission Mondays. Tickets for Monday nights will be available along with all other standard ZooLights dates.

Tickets will not be available at the gate for sold-out dates.


Standard Dates in November and December 2023

Sunday–Thursday: 4:30–9:00 p.m.

Friday–Saturday: 4:30–10:00 p.m.

Special Dates in November and December 2023

Wednesday, November 22: 4:30–10:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 31: 4:30–10:00 p.m.

Week of January 1-7

Monday–Sunday: 4:30–9:00 p.m.



Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day)

Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

Special Event Dates

A separate ticket may be required for special events.

Wednesday, December 6 | Sensory-Friendly Night

Thursday, December 14 | Adults Night Out: Holidaze, (21+ after-hours event)

Sunday, December 10 | The Chris White Trio Tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas (multiple shows)

Sunday, December 31 | Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve (with countdowns every hour)


Members get up to eight free tickets, plus 20% off additional ticket purchases.

Members, to redeem your free tickets, please log in to your member profile before selecting dates. Individual and Household Members can redeem up to four (4) free tickets, while Safari and Donor Club Members can redeem up to eight (8) free tickets. The discount will apply automatically at checkout. Please note that all free tickets must be redeemed in a single transaction.

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