Zoo Lights When the animals go to sleep at night, the zoo comes alive with light! Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, browse our holiday market featuring new vendors each weekend
When the animals go to sleep at night, the zoo comes alive with light!
Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, browse our holiday market featuring new vendors each weekend (full schedule will be available soon), and enjoy the festive sights and sounds of the season.
We’ve added MORE lights & new displays! Thousands of lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland- we can’t WAIT to welcome you back!
Zoo Lights will be open:
November 15 – December 30
Thursdays – Sundays: 5:30-9:00 pm
*Last tickets are sold at 8:30 pm
**Closed on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22); open every night of Winter Break (Dec. 26- 30)
Santa & Carousel: 5:30 – 8pm nightly
*Santa is at the Zoo every night thru Dec. 23rd!
Admission: $7 per person (children under 3 are admitted for free)
4-pack tickets will be available for $25/night
Season passes are now available for purchase online (includes 4 tickets for each night of Zoo Lights) for $44, Individual for $20.
All tickets, except season passes & group sales, will be sold on-site at the gates the night-of.
For safety reasons, wheelchairs and strollers will not be available for rent during the winter. You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wheelchair to the zoo during this time!
A warm holiday thank you to our 2018 Zoo Lights sponsors:
Habush, Habush & Rottier
Orthodontic Specialists of Madison
Quincy Bio Science
UW Credit Union
WISC-TV Channel 3
Enbridge Energy Partners
November 23 (Friday) 5:30 pm - December 30 (Sunday) 9:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo
702 S Randall Ave
Save Our Species Luncheon February 12, 2019 As Henry Vilas Zoo and zoos across the country look towards the future, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are one of the last
Save Our Species Luncheon
February 12, 2019
As Henry Vilas Zoo and zoos across the country look towards the future, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are one of the last lines of defense for animals facing the threat of extinction globally. The Henry Vilas Zoo & Zoological Society are positioned to take the lead in protecting species because of ground-breaking research we are doing here in Madison to save animals from extinction.
Join us for our second annual Save Our Species Luncheon, featuring special guests Dr. Christopher Dold, Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld and John Calvelli, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society. This will be a moderated panel presentation, giving you the opportunity to ask Chris and John your questions.
Single Ticket: $100
Full Table (10 seats): $1,000
Interested in sponsoring the event? Please click here for sponsorship opportunities and benefits.
*Tickets will be for sale in early 2019. Check back soon!
(Tuesday) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
1001 Wisconsin Avenue