Lincoln Park Zoo Holiday Lights Extended Through January

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 16, 2022

CHICAGO – Do you enjoy holiday lights?  Do you enjoy polar bears and elephants?  Then you will be glad to hear that Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual holiday lights display ZooLights will be extended through January 8, 2023. 

Free Admission Nights

Free nights are back! On Mondays, November 21 and 28, December 5, 12, 19, and 26, and January 2, tickets are still required, but they are free.

Ticketed Attractions

Tickets for ZooLights attractions cost $4 for one ticket, $36 for 10 tickets, and $69 for 20 tickets. Tickets will be available to add to your Eventbrite ticket in advance. They will also be available at on-grounds ticket counters.

Below are some of the festivities and event :

Festive Activities

  • Photos with Santa (through December 23)
  • Hundreds of themed displays with 3D and LED lights all across zoo grounds
  • Live ice carving (Fridays and Saturdays only, through January 1)
  • Roaming Christmas carolers (Sundays only, before Dec. 25)
  • Festive roaming characters (December 20 & 21)
  • A holiday pop-up bar at Snowy’s Spirits & S’more
  • Warm spiced wine, frosty beers, and festive drink specials
  • Delicious holiday snacks
  • Joyful gift shopping
  • Exciting ticketed attractions
  • New this year: Get your New Year’s Eve count down done early by bringing the family to ZooLights on December 31 for a count down and champagne or sparkling juice toast on every hour 6-9 p.m.

Lionel Train Adventure

This short, family-friendly train ride near the West Gate entrance is perfect for little ones! 1 ticket per person

Ferris Wheel

The crowd-favorite Ferris wheel is back in 2022! Glide above the lights and take in zoo, park and skyline views on this classic ride. Get your 3D Holospex® Glasses at this attraction. 2 tickets per person

Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ

Twist and turn through this year’s dazzling Light Maze, a safe, beautifully-lit path sure to rouse holiday spirits. Get your 3D Holospex® Glasses at this attraction. 1 ticket per person

S’mores at Snowy’s

Get toasty by a wood burning fire pit. 2 tickets per person

Light Up The LawnZooLights’ Winter Wonderlawn is home to its most dazzling light show, with thousands of LED lights set to a festive program and the tune of bright holiday music. When you purchase this experience, you “flip the switch” on the Winter Wonderlawn and kick off an evening of magic for all of that day’s ZooLights guests!  The cost for this experience is $250-$350. Contact for availability.