Upcoming Events

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Sponsored by Hawks Landscape

More than 50 trees, donated by Hawks Landscape, are decorated by local youth groups for all to see and enjoy. Each year the Zoological Society chooses a theme and groups are assigned to a category. Groups handmake 60-70 ornaments based on their assigned category and are invited to decorate their assigned tree inside the Zoo.

The creativity of these animal-themed ornaments will surely impress Zoo guests. The trees will be displayed through the month of December and viewable during open hours. For more information, go to zoosociety.org.

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For the second year, the Zoo will transform into an illuminated destination with millions (even more than 2021!) of glittering lights throughout the forests and pathways, letting guests enjoy an enchanted evening under the stars. Stroll along a 1-mile path glowing with animal-themed light displays.

New this year — sparkling sculptures of a gorilla, gazelle, rhino, zebras, and a dazzling peacock photo op!

Event runs Dec. 1 – 31 with the exception of the following dates: Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 24, 25.

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The Zoo’s annual “Giving Tree,” decked out with sparkling lights and ornaments with animal wishes, is showcased in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, December 1st – 31st. A favorite holiday tradition, the “Giving Tree” encourages Zoo guests to give back with a gift, gift card, or monetary donation to their favorite animal.

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Cheers! sponsored by North Shore Bank
A special 21+ evening featured at Wild Lights Powered by We Energies

Cheers! Wild Lights is an evening to experience a night out just for adults as the Zoo is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling and sparkling lights placed throughout the forests and pathways.

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Start a NEW tradition for New Year’s Eve with the Zoo’s Wild Lights special event!

Whether it’s date night with your special someone or a group outing with the family, Wild Lights offers a unique and glittery experience for all! It’s the most wonderful time of the year to stroll along a 1-mile path glowing with animal-themed light displays and millions of shimmering lights. Zoo Year’s Eve Wild Lights is sure to become part of your festivities to ring in the New Year for years to come!

TICKETS FOR WILD LIGHTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!