ZooLights at Lincoln Park

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 2.34.31 PM

Truly a sight to see, ZooLights at Lincoln Park is sure to place you and yours in the Christmas state of mind. Travelers come from around the country to view this Yuletide spectacle. Located just two miles north of the Zoo, City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay after your holiday adventure is complete!


Round up those that matter most and head on down to the Lincoln Park Zoo this holiday season. With lights as far as the eye can see, the folks at Lincoln Park transport guests to a Christmas wonderland fit for Santa himself. Kicking off Friday, November 25, ZooLights is more than just a visual display; it consists of special events taking place through New Year’s Day.


Event Schedule


Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 25th

Be there as the lights are turned on for the first time! At 4:25pm the switch will be flipped and the Christmas season will officially kickoff. The ceremony takes place next to Café at Wild Things.

Time: 4:25pm

Cost: Free


Holiday Market

Tuesday, November 29

Come shop at ZooLights first ever Holiday Market. More than 30 artisan vendors will set up shop throughout the grounds. A ticket is required for admittance to the market. Tickets are available here.

Time: 6:30-10:00pm

Cost: $10


BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer

Thursday, December 7

The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo have partnered with Louis Glunz Beer for a one-night only craft beer fest. Enjoy a local craft brew or take your taste buds across the pond for an international beer. This is a 21 and older event. Get tickets here.

Time: 5:30-9:00pm

Cost: $40-60


Adults Night Out Presented by Kalahari Resort

Thursday, December 8

If you’re looking for a night out with your significant other, this is when to go! Animal chats, fantastic food, a DJ and cash bars throughout the zoo make this a great date night. Tickets are required and can be purchased here.

Time: 6:30-10:00pm

Cost: $15


The Chris White Trio Tribute to “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Thursday, December 15

Take in the seasonal classics from A Charlie Brown Christmas performed by Chris White’s Jazz Trio. Taking place in Café Brauer, the tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 soundtrack will have you clicking your fingers and humming along. Tickets can be purchased here.

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $25 General Admission, $40 VIP


New Years Eve at ZooLights

Saturday, December 31

Get your New Years Eve started at ZooLights. This all ages event is perfect for the whole family. Hats, horns and party favors are complimentary while supplies last!

Time: 4:30-9:00pm

Cost: Free


Can’t make it to a special event? Not a problem! There’s still plenty to do on non-event nights. Photos with Santa, free children’s crafts, live ice-sculpture, musical light shows and more take place every night at ZooLights. Arrive early as the first 1,000 people to enter receive a free pair of glasses that bring the lights to life!


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Dates: November 25-27, December 2-4, 9-23, 26-31; January 1, 2017

Location: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Cost: Free on non-event nights


For more information on ZooLights and all it has to offer, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/zoolights-presented-comed-and-powershares-qqq-invesco


Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.