Wild Lights Holiday Display at Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Lights illuminate the Detroit Zoo on select winter nights, Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 2017, for an unparalleled light show and holiday festivities for all ages.

Longer nights mean greater light shows, and the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights event is definitely a must-see. More than five million LED lights illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures toward the front of the zoo on select nights, select dates Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 2017.

Walk the grounds to the sound of your favorite Christmas tunes. Stop at arts and crafts booths. Find more than 200 animal sculptures throughout the zoo. Purchase warm, seasonal refreshments, Wild Lights memorabilia and photos with Santa.

As part of the special “Rudolph Package” ticket price ($18/person ages 2 and up), guests not only get to experience Wild Lights but also the opportunity to see a 10-minute adaption of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4-D in the Wild Adventure Zone 4-D Theater. The package also includes 3-D glasses that will make the beautiful lights transform into snowflakes or snowmen – and even a red nose so kids can look just like Rudolph.

The zoo’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit also debuts Nov. 18 and will run for the duration of Wild Lights. The gallery serves to reignite visitors’ passion for the natural world.

The reptile conservation center, river otter and beaver habitats will be the only animal exhibits open during Wild Lights. Note: All other animal exhibits, including The Polk Penguin Conservation Center, will be closed during Wild Lights evenings.

The immersive Wild Lights show is sure to keep hearts warm by offering up a smorgasbord of family fun this holiday season.

Wild Lights runs 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 24-26 and Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23 and 26-31, 2017.

General admission is $10-16 per person if purchased in advance, $16 at the gate (if available) and free for kids under 2. Parking is $7 per car. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time through the Detroit Zoo’s website.

Get the scoop on the 2017 Wild Lights event at the Detroit Zoo – plus other holiday events – in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly.