ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo


Bring the family for a night of luminous displays and holiday cheer at ZooLights in the Lincoln Park Zoo! Located 1 mile from Broughton’s The Willows Hotel, book your stay now and celebrate your holiday in the Windy City.


About ZooLights

From now until January 3rd, the Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland to help get families excited for the Christmas season. The zoo itself is open from 10am-5pm, but starting at 4:30 the switch will be flipped and lights will shine- so don’t leave too early! There will be a number of festive activities to enjoy:

  • Photos with Santa- Hurry here, he heads back to the North Pole on December 23rd to get ready for Christmas Eve!
  • Free holiday crafts
  • Animal encounters
  • 3-D displays
  • Musical light shows
  • Warm spiced wine and frosty lager
  • Delicious dinner and snacks
  • Holiday gift shopping
  • Live ice carving
  • Rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure
  • Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo


Click here to see the full schedule of events. Keep in mind- although admission to ZooLights is free, parking rates do apply. Due to the high popularity of the event, public transportation is highly recommended. The ZooLights will be turned on nightly starting December 13th, except on December 24-25.


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ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

When: Now-January 3rd, 4:30-9pm



Where to Stay


The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL. 60657. 888.779.1904.