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Holiday Magic

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Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31


See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition.

4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Regular parking and admission fees apply. Free with zoo membership.

Chicagoland’s largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carving, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You’re sure to feel the magic of the holidays!

Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, plus there will be Singing to the Animals and special Zoo Chats. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.

Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the Pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree.

Toys for Tots on December 6
Celebrate the opening of Holiday Magic and help spread cheer by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, the UPS Package Parade Truck will be at the zoo's North Gate entrance near the ticket booths to collect toys. Please no toy guns or stuffed animals.