Longer nights mean greater light shows, and the Detroit Zoo 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. 17-Dec. 31, 2018.
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 “Polar Express Package” ticket price ($16-$22/person ages 2 and up), guests not only get to experience Wild Lights but also the opportunity to see a 15-minute adaption of The Polar Express in 4-D in the Wild Adventure Zone 4-D Theater.
Guests can also go “ice skating” in the Winter Rink, which is lined with an environmentally-friendly layer of Glice, for just $7/person (with skate rental). Each ice skating session lasts about 25 minutes.
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. during the week (plus select Sundays) and 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays Nov. 17-18, 23-25 and 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 and 26-31.
General admission is $11-17 per person if purchased in advance, $17 at the gate (if available) and free for kids under 2. Parking is $8 per car. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time through the Detroit Zoo’s website.
This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly.