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Thursdays - Sundays
November 25, 2016 to January 1, 2017

See the zoo in a whole new light! This holiday season, your Henry Vilas Zoo will shine brighter than ever as we bring Zoo Lights to Madison! Enjoy a warm beverage as you take a stroll down candy cane lane and enjoy the festive sights and sounds. Thousands of lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland that's not to be missed.


Thursdays & Sundays: 5:30 - 9pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 5:30 - 10pm

*closed Dec. 24-25
**open every night of Winter Break (Dec. 26- Jan. 1)

Santa & Carousel: 5:30 - 8pm nightly
Glacier Grille Restaurant: 5:30 - 8:30pm Thursdays & Sundays; 5:30 - 9:30pm Fridays & Saturdays

Admission: $7 per person (children under 3 are admitted for free)

Family 4-packs will be available for $24/night
Season passes are now available for purchase online (2 Adults, 2 Kids) for $44
All tickets, except season passes, will be sold on-site at the gates the night-of.

Holiday Parties:

A private holiday event at the zoo is something your guests will be WILD about! For details and prices, please view our Zoo Lights Corporate Nights brochure.

Platinum Sponsor:

Candy Cane Lane Sponsor:

Large Exhibit Sponsors:

The Grainger Foundation

Small Exhibit Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Habush Habush and Rottier S.C.

Special Offers:

Pizza Brutta on Monroe St: During winter break – present a selfie with our polar bear statue during Zoo Lights and get $1 off your order at Pizza Brutta! Valid 12/26-1/1.