Enjoy these festive extras — and don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram using #WildLightsMKEZoo.
New this year! A 28-foot Pixel Pine Tree on display in the front entrance mall! This special Pixel Pine is a very merry musical tree adorned with Wild Lights animals.
Also new, we’re bursting with excitement to feature a colossal 12-foot LiteZilla Light Wall! It’s not an ordinary canvas, but rather, a massive, glowing masterpiece just waiting for your creative spark. Grab a handful of colorful acrylic LitePins and let your imagination run wild to create pictures, patterns, and designs (maybe even a favorite Zoo animal!) on the enormous backlit panel. LiteZilla will rekindle the joy of bringing ideas to life — in vibrant, glowing color!
Meet Jolly ‘ole St. Nick himself and receive a FREE photo when Santa visits Wild Lights: Dec. 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23.
Get into the holiday spirit with live entertainment in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.
North Shore Bank Safari Train (weather-dependent) – Enjoy a crisp, winter woodland ride.
Penzeys Carousel (weather-dependent) – Ride atop your favorite animal on this old-fashioned fan favorite.
Sky Safari (weather-dependent) – Experience Wild Lights from above!
To accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities, a special Wild Lights Guide will be available to join in this sparkly event.
Wild Lights for Wildlife: Drop off working and non-working lights for recycling to help wildlife! Recycling lights keeps them out of landfills — less space for landfills means more space for wildlife! Proceeds support Wisconsin’s Endangered Resources Fund.
Wild Connections Tours — To make your sparkly night an even more memorable experience, “Go Wild” with an up-close encounter to meet a Humboldt penguin or reticulated giraffe! These popular tours are offered for a fee, and advance registration is required.
Penguin Pool Party tours offered: Dec. 27, 29, and 31 SOLD OUT
Giraffe Jamboree tours offered: Dec. 26, 28, and 30 SOLD OUT
Friday, Dec. 1 – Tracy Hannemann Duo (piano and vocal duo)
Saturday, Dec. 2 – Ben Dameron Duo (jazzy holiday guitars)
Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Caribbean Eclipse Steel Drums
Friday, Dec. 8 – Caribbean Eclipse Steel Drums
Saturday, Dec. 9 – Ellen Winters Duo (piano & vocal duo)
Wednesday, Dec. 13 – David Adler Duo (piano & vocal duo)
Friday, Dec. 15 – Dicken’s Victoria Carolers
Saturday, Dec. 16 – Dicken’s Victoria Carolers
Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Cordes De Lion (string pop)
Thursday, Dec. 21 – Ben Dameron Duo (jazzy holiday guitars)
Friday, Dec. 22 – Dicken’s Victoria Carolers
Saturday, Dec. 23 – Dicken’s Victoria Carolers
Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Ben Dameron Duo (jazzy holiday guitars)
Wednesday, Dec. 27 – Cordes De Lion (string pop)
Thursday, Dec. 28 – Cordes De Lion (string pop)
Friday, Dec. 29 – Caribbean Eclipse Steel Drums
Saturday, Dec. 30 – Mrs. Fun Duo (jazzy holiday music)
Sunday, Dec. 31 – Caribbean Eclipse Steel Drums
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