December Events at the Toledo Zoo

November 5, 2019

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

Daily through Dec. 31
Lights Before Christmas, presented by KeyBank

Come celebrate the 2019 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. 5
YPAC Holiday Howler
Join Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation & EPIC Toledo from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History to celebrate the year of the dragon! Chief mission officer, Kent Bekker, will share his expertise and experience and guests can meet one of the Zoo’s Komodo dragons! Register and learn more at

Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
Ice carvings at Lights
Watch ice masterpieces take shape right before your eyes in the Zoo’s Main Plaza beginning at 6 p.m.

Dec. 6, 14, 20, 21
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 hot cocoa and a continental breakfast. For more information, please visit

Dec. 15
Medical Mutual Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5k
This new holiday 5k is fun fur your whole family, offering a race, walk and Kids Cub Run! All event participants are encouraged to wear holiday themed attire and light-up accessories! Move your paws for the conservation cause! Learn more & sign up at

Dec. 24
Lights OPEN 3 – 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve
Admission gates open 3 – 8 p.m. Park will close at 9 p.m.

Dec. 25
Lights OPEN 3 – 8 p.m. on Christmas Day
Admission gates open 3 – 8 p.m. Park will close at 9 p.m.

Dec. 30 & 31
Winter Camps
Need some kid-free time to make returns or just cure that cabin fever? Drop off your child (ages 5-12) at the Zoo from 9 a.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 more information and to register, please visit

Dec. 31
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 a celebration in the Main Plaza, complete with an apple juice toast and singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Event runs 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dec. 31
Lights OPEN 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve
Admission gates open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Park will close at 9 p.m.

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