Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is Back and Brighter Than Ever

October 8, 2021

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Wild Lights, the Detroit Zoo’s annual holiday light display presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, receives glowing reviews each year by visitors who have made it a holiday tradition. Starting November 20, more than 5 million twinkling LED lights will brighten the evening sky and illuminate buildings, 445 trees and 280 sculptures.

Now in its ninth year, Wild Lights will be held November 20-21 and 26-28, December 1-5, 8-12, 15-23 and 26-31, and January 2-3 and 5-9. Tickets are $17-$24 based on the hour and day. Children younger than 2 are admitted free; parking is $8.

Wild Lights guests will enjoy masterfully designed light displays, festive vignettes and seasonal treats. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcasing award-winning photography, will make its North American premiere at the Zoo this season and is included with Wild Lights admission.

Back by popular demand, the Polar Patio package, sponsored by KeyBank, offers a private dining experience. The package, which ranges from $30-$38, includes admission to Wild Lights and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, all-you-can-eat food and dessert, hot cocoa in a souvenir cup and access to a cash bar.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, capacity is limited. All tickets must be purchased in advance online or at the Detroit Zoo during daytime hours; walk-up tickets will not be sold at the gate.

Wild Lights is also sponsored by Kroger, Ford Motor Company, T-Mobile, DTE Energy, KeyBank, Doetsch Environmental Services, Buddy’s Pizza, IBEW Local 58 and Genisys Credit Union. Visit for information and tickets.