Now — Dec. 31

Open daily 3 – 8 p.m.
Gates close at 8 p.m., park closes at 9 p.m.
During Lights, Zoo will be open at 3 p.m. daily.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Open 3 – 8 p.m., park closes at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve
Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Lights on at 3 p.m., park closes at 9 p.m.

With over one million lights, the award-winning Big Tree and 200+ illuminated animal images spread out across the Zoo, the 2021 edition of the electrical spectacle is sure to be both merry and bright!

Ticket Prices


(Reservations required)

Unlimited visits daily.


(Reservations required)



Kids (2-11) & Seniors (60+)



Contact for more information about consignment tickets.

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Visit with Santa

North Star Gift Shop
Photo opportunities 4 – 8 p.m. daily
Nov. 19 – Dec. 23

Meet the Minis

Tuesdays and Saturdays in December, 4-7 p.m.
Brought to you by H.O.O.V.E.S Warrior-Echo project.

Rides and Activities

Ice Slide / $3
Fly down on personal or inner tubes built for two!

Carousel / $2
Indoor African Animal Carousel

Ice Carving Demo / free with admission
Thursdays in Dec. at 6 p.m. in Main Plaza

Holly Jolly Express / $2
Holiday train ride through Africa!
Fri., Sat., Sun. only, weather permitting

Swanton Model Train Railroad Club / free with admission
Starting 5 p.m. daily in the Café
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Bundles can be used toward any ride or activity.

4-Pass Bundle

7-Pass Bundle

Wild Pass




Valid through
Dec. 31, 2021

Valid through
Dec. 31, 2021

Unlimited rides. Valid on date of purchase.

Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5k

Sun, Dec. 12

Presenting Sponsor:

Winter Village Sponsor:

Dancing Northern Lights Sponsor:

Dancing Lights Sponsor:

Media Sponsors: