27th Annual ZooLights Returns to Lincoln Park Zoo with New Features & Animal Habitats

Tickets are $5 per person for ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ beginning Nov. 20; Mondays and Tuesdays remain free

Chicago (August 12, 2021)—A cherished Chicago holiday tradition, Lincoln Park Zoo’s 27th annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ returns this November bringing seasonal joy! Tickets are required. Tickets are $5 per person Wednesday-Sunday and tickets are free Mondays and Tuesdays. All ticket sales support the zoo’s world-class animal care, global conservation efforts, and innovative learning programs. Tickets will be available mid-October, with special early access for zoo members.

“One key piece of feedback we received last year was how much guests appreciated a more intimate ZooLights experience,” said Zoo Director Megan Ross, Ph.D. “To ensure everyone has a safe and memorable experience, $5 tickets will return to ZooLights this year with limited capacity in place. Free nights will also be available every Monday and Tuesday.”

New this year at ZooLights: sensory-friendly visit times, new lighting concepts on the Main Mall and South Lawn, an enhanced Enchanted Forest experience, and a stunning 18-foot holiday tree at the zoo’s new Pepper Family Wildlife Center, set to open this fall.

Zoolights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

A Chicago holiday tradition, ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ illuminates the zoo with dazzling lights and dynamic displays. Enjoy a twinkling winter wonderland complete with festive activities, such as visits with Santa, a holiday pop-up bar, an Enchanted Forest, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ, sweet treats of all kinds, and much more!

Tickets for ZooLights are $5 per person (guests of all ages, including infants, require a ticket) and will be available to the public in mid-October.

Lincoln Park Zoo members will have access to a ZooLights pre-sale. Not a member? Join the zoo at lpzoo.org/membership

ZooLights runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 19-24, 26-30, Dec. 1, 3-15, 17-23, 26-30, and Jan. 1-2.

  • Members-Only Nights
    Active zoo members will enjoy two free Members-Only Nights at ZooLights on November 19 and December 13. Registration is required, and zoo members will experience all regular ZooLights hours and happenings free of charge.
  • ZooLights Free Nights
    ZooLights will be FREE on Mondays and Tuesdays on Nov. 22, 23, 29, and 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28. Tickets are required to attend these free nights and will become available mid-October. All regular ZooLights hours and happenings apply.
  • Sensory-friendly Hours
    Lincoln Park Zoo is offering sensory-friendly visit times on Nov. 29 and Dec. 15 from 4-6 p.m. During these special event times, music and blinking or moving lights will remain static or turned off.
  • Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    Twist and turn through this year’s dazzling Light Maze, a beautifully lit path sure to rouse holiday spirits. One ticket ($3) required per guest.
  • Enchanted Forest
    This whimsical experience brings a fairy-tale land to life with flowers, mushrooms, dripping lights, and magic in the air. One ticket ($3) required per guest.
  • Snowy’s Spirits & S’more
    At this over-the-top holiday-themed pop-up bar, roast s’mores over a fire pit, sip on festive cocktails and hot drinks, and devour sweet treats of all kinds. Free to enter.

Holiday Events

Each of these holiday events require guests to have a ticket to enter the zoo. ZooLights will not be open to the public or will close early on December 2, 16, and 31 due to ticketed events.

  • BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. on Dec. 2
    BrewLights, hosted by the zoo’s Auxiliary Board, returns for another year for holiday cheer and specialty brews. Guests will sip and savor beers while supporting the zoo under the glow of dazzling lights.
  • Chris White Trio Tribute to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Dec. 12
    Back for an encore at Café Brauer, guests will tap their toes during this soulful jazz tribute to a favorite holiday classic. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $35 and include a complimentary beverage.
  • Adults Night Out: Holidaze on Dec. 16
    Guests ages 18 years and older can enjoy dazzling lights, seasonal drinks at Snowy’s Spirits & S’more pop-up bar, and unlimited access to the carousel, Enchanted Forest, and Light Maze! Tickets start at $20 and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink are available for purchase.
  • Zoo Year’s Eve on Dec. 31
    At this adults-only (ages 21+) event, guests can countdown to 2022 with a DJ, games, giveaways, special animal enrichment, and much more. The event begins at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $10.

Proposals and Private Rentals

Thinking of popping the question? Looking to host a holiday celebration? The zoo offers unforgettable holiday packages for those looking for a unique and intimate way to celebrate the season. Interested parties can find out more by contacting groupsales@lpzoo.org. To learn more about Lincoln Park Zoo or ZooLights, visit lpzoo.org.

About Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at lpzoo.org.