Wild Lights

November 18-20, 25-27; December 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. $10 in advance - $13 at the gate

29 nights beginning November 18, 2016

The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display. For 29 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the Ford Education Center showcases brilliant photography and is included with admission. Carousel rides and photos with Santa Claus will be available for purchase.

Wild Lights will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m.

  • November 18-20, 25-27
  • December 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-31.

Tickets will be available online for Members beginning October 1 and for the general public beginning October 15 at detroitzoo.org.

Please note, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center will not be open for this event.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D


A 10-minute adaptation of the beloved animated television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be featured at the Wild Adventure Zone 4-D Theater exclusively during Wild Lights.  This abbreviated version was recreated in traditional stop-motion puppet animation in partnership with SimEx-Iwerks and Bent Image Lab. Featured in high definition 3-D, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D is more visually brilliant than ever before while preserving the authenticity.

Wild Lights guests will recognize classic songs and dialogue brought to life by loveable, iconic characters – the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the elf, Santa Claus and, of course, “the most famous reindeer of all.”   Rudolph is a timeless holiday classic and we are excited to have it add to the magic that is Wild Lights.

Tickets will be $5/person ages 2 and up