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ZooLights is an annual holiday celebration held from the end of November through the beginning on January at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in America... ... read more

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    2001 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60614

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ZooLights - Festival | Holiday Event | Special Event in Chicago.

ZooLights is an annual holiday celebration held from the end of November through the beginning on January at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in America and home to over 1,200 animals.

Started in 1995, ZooLights now draws over 300,000 visitors each year to admire the more than 2 million lights illuminating the 35-acre zoo. The zoo is open from 5pm–9pm for the lights and other holiday attractions for the whole family to enjoy. ZooLights features ice carving demonstrations, carousels and other holiday-themed rides, and Santa’s Safari, which is a meeting with Santa, spiced up with exotic animals.

ZooLights admission is free but beware of parking, as street parking is near impossible to come by, so the Lincoln Park Zoo paid parking lot is the only feasible option outside of the CTA or the “L”.

ZooLights User Comments

lawrence g. Mar 3, 2013
I love a good snowfall. There’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes from seeing fresh snow on the ground, until you remember you parked on the street. Even if the ground is bare, walking among the fantastic displays at Lincoln Park Zoo gets me in the holiday spirit, just like a fresh snow fall. Every year, the zoo is lit up with colorful displays, some of which are coordinated with Christmas songs. In addition to the menagerie of lights, there are other attractions, like ice sculptures and Santa Claus. The zoo, which is the most visited zoo in the world, is still free during Zoolights and well worth the visit, be that on a date, with your family, or just for a stroll.

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