December Events at the Toledo Zoo

November 2, 2018

TOLEDO, Ohio – It’s the most wonderful time of the year at your Zoo!

Daily through Mon, Dec. 31, 2018
Lights Before Christmas, presented by KeyBank
Come celebrate the 2018 edition of Toledo’s favorite holiday tradition. The Lights are both merry and bright, with over a million sparkling lights, animated displays, Ice Slide, visits with Santa and more! More information including hours and pricing can be found at

Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 29
LBC Overnights

Enjoy the Zoo for Lights — then spend the night! This overnight experience features up-close encounters with animals, special talks by Zoo staff, evening cookies and cocoa and a continental breakfast. For more overnight information, please visit

Sat, Dec. 1
Wonderful Winter Wreath Workshop

Our horticulture staff will provide all the materials and guidance needed to create a beautiful evergreen wreath to grace your front door or holiday table. No experience is necessary, just bring your creative holiday spirit, enjoy the ambiance set by holiday music and seasonal sweets and spirits and leave with an amazing arrangement. Reservations are required. Workshop is 9:30 a.m. – noon. Register and learn more at

Wed, Dec. 5
YPAC Holiday Howler

Join Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Malawi Event Center to hear from curator of birds, Chuck Cerbini. Guests will have the chance to meet one of the Zoo’s penguins! Register and learn more at

Thurs, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Ice carvings at Lights
Watch ice masterpieces take shape right before your eyes in the Zoo’s Main Plaza beginning at 6 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 24
Zoo and Lights CLOSED

Tue, Dec. 25
Zoo and Lights CLOSED

December 27, 28
Winter Camps (Ages 5-12)

Need some kid-free time to make returns or just cure that cabin fever? Drop off your child at the Zoo from 9a.m. – 3 p.m. for a winter adventure that promises exciting exhibit tours, amazing animal visitors, cool crafts and goofy games. Separate fee; member discount applies. For full details and online registration, please visit

Mon, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve

Ring in the new year at the stroke of…NOON! Kids and families start the New Year a little early by committing to a reZOOlution and gathering for the ball rising at noon, complete with an apple juice toast and singing of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Tue, Jan 1, 2019
Zoo and Lights CLOSED

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