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ZooLights Presented By ComEd and PowerShares QQQ by Invesco

Lincoln Park Zoo
Event organized by Lincoln Park Zoo

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Join us for the brilliance of this fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.


Festive Activities

- Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
- 3D displays
- Warm spiced wine and frosty lager
- Delicious holiday snacks
- Holiday gift shopping
- Live ice-sculpture carving
- Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze, Deep Sea Dive and Polar Dive experiences
- Musical light shows at Winter Wonderlawn
- Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
- 3D holiday specs while supplies last
- Free crafts for children (only on ZooLights Tuesday–Thursday nights)


New Year’s Eve at ZooLights
Sunday, December 31, 4:30-9 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the most sparkling setting in town! We’ll distribute complimentary festive hats, horns and party favors to visitors while supplies last.
For participants of all ages

Mondays, December 11 and 18 and January 1, 2018

Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), and all guests enjoy unlimited, free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel. Plus, zoo members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking voucher at Gateway Pavilion during your visit.)

Lincoln Park Zoo members enjoy exclusive access to a Members Lounge located on the lower level of Park Place Café! Warm up with free hot chocolate, cider and tea, cookies and crafts. The lounge is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout ZooLights.

Tickets can be purchased on-site for $3 each or a bulk package of 10 for $27.

Lionel Train Adventure
The trackless 28-passenger train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
1 ticket required per person to ride

AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
1 ticket required per person to ride

Century Wheel
This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
2 tickets required per person to ride

NEW! Light Maze Presented by PowerShares QQQ by Invesco
This new attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
1 ticket required per person

NEW! Sea Explorer 5-D
Take a virtual submarine ride that’s great for the whole family. With this 5-D, limited-time attraction, you’ll cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore—and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes it feel like you’re really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
2 tickets required per person to ride