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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo


Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights

ZooLights In Brief:

Lincoln Park Zoo gets into the holiday season with "ZooLights", when it decks itself with lights, Santa's Safari, ice carving demonstrations, and more.


Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago


November 25 - 27, December 2-4, December 9, 2011 - January 1, 2012 (closed December 24 and 25)

Dates and times subject to change


5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Admission is free.

Getting to ZooLights By Public Transportation:

CTA bus routes 151 or 156

Parking at ZooLights:

Pretty much forget street parking, as visitors compete with all the apartment buildings in the area. The Lincoln Park Zoo paid parking lot is located on Fullerton Avenue just west of Lake Shore Drive. Regular rates apply.

About ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo:

Every year from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year's Day, Lincoln Park Zoo decorates the zoo with strings of lights and bright displays, and extend their hours into the evening in celebration of the holiday season. In my opinion it's fun just being in the zoo after dark, so throw in ZooLights and a blanket of snow and it's really something special.

But it's not just about the lights. The zoo provides other Christmas attractions as well such as:

  • Santa's Safari -- a unique photo opportunity with Santa, as he's alongside life-like exotic animals.
  • Giant snowglobes featuring holiday characters
  • Family crafts and temporary tattoos
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • Endangered Species Carousel
  • Holiday Express train (a miniature train for tots)
  • African Safari Ride (a simulation ride)

And just like every other day of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights is free admission for all.

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