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Wild Lights

November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. $12 in advance - $15 at the gate

24 nights beginning November 18, 2017

Tickets will be available online beginning October 1.

The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display.  For 24 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, showcasing some of the world’s most spectacular photography, is included with admission. Tickets will be available online beginning October 1 at detroitzoo.org. Cost is $12 per person in advance and $15 at the gate for ages 2 and older (under 2 admitted free); parking is $7 per car.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D” will be showing at the Wild Adventure Zone’s 4-D Theater for $5 with Wild Lights admission. Carousel rides and photos with Santa Claus will also be available for purchase.  Wild Lights will be held November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31.

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

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  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    Hours

    The Zoo closes at 4 p.m. and reopens for Wild Lights at 5:30 p.m. Wild Lights runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

    How long does it take?

    The loop takes an average of an hour and a half to complete, including the 15-minute version of “Rudolph 4-D” at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center. Guests also enjoying the Carousel, crafts, Photos with Santa and more will have slightly longer visit times. Guests are welcome to walk the trail as many times as they would like.

    Tickets

    Advance tickets are recommended. Please arrive at your scheduled time according to your ticket. Wild Lights is a wildly popular event; guests should expect traffic and lines and plan arrival times accordingly.

    If you are having difficulty locating your online tickets, please be sure to check your junk/spam folder. If you are unable to print your tickets or have lost them, we can use your smartphone confirmation to look them up in the system.

    Pricing

    Wild Lights is $12 in advance for all guests 2 years and older or $15 at the gate.

    Members and non-members must purchase tickets to Wild Lights.

    Membership allows for free admission and parking during daytime hours, Wild Summer Nights concerts and MemberFest. All other ticketed events are additional.

    Parking

    $7 per car for Members and non-members.

    Concessions

    The Arctic Cafe is open during Wild Lights. Additional food and drink options are available along the trail. A limited number of alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

    Animals

    The pathway allows you to see the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat, the Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat, and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center. All other animal habitats and buildings will be closed for the evening.

    Weather

    Wild Lights is held rain, snow or shine. Please come dressed for the weather and for walking outside.

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